John Steinbeck is actually a more sensitive, vulnerable and compassionate person than his proud and somewhat vain manner (described in the previous chapter) would suggest. Although he maintains a strong, confident facade, he is actually quite soft, understanding and caring.
At heart he is very gentle, impressionable and receptive - a dreamer. The world of his imagination, feelings, and intuition is as real to John Steinbeck as anything in the outer world, though he may have trouble verbalizing or interpreting his inner experiences in a way others can understand. Mystical, artistic, musical, emotional and imaginative, he has a rich inner life, though Steinbeck may seem rather unobtrusive and quiet outwardly. John Steinbeck usually keeps to himself.
John shows great sensitivity and empathy toward others and often senses things psychically or intuitively which prove to be correct. He is tolerant, forgiving and nonjudgmental, accepting people unconditionally regardless of their flaws, mistakes, or outward appearance. John has deep compassion for the suffering of any fellow creature and he often feels the pain of others as if it were his own. John Steinbeck sympathizes with the needy, the disadvantaged and the misfits of society. He is capable of giving selflessly, living a life of devoted and compassionate service to others, as a healer, physician, social worker or minister. However, Steinbeck tends to give indiscriminately, to let others take advantage of his kindness, and to encourage the weak to remain so by becoming dependent upon him. John has little sense of boundaries, or of knowing when to say "no". Moderation and self-discipline are not his strong points.
He is a lover and a peacemaker rather than a fighter, and he tries to avoid open conflict. Steinbeck will patiently ignore or "tune out" problems and hope they will go away by themselves, rather than confront them directly and Steinbeck tends to lack the positive, fighting spirit that is sometimes necessary to overcome challenges. He is fluid, open, nonresistant and somewhat passive. John Steinbeck does things in a subtle, often covert, manner.
His gifts may also lie in the realm of the creative, artistic, or musical, for he possesses great sensitivity, inspiration and limitless imagination. John Steinbeck has a strong affinity for beauty and love.
His faults include a tendency to be lazy and negligent, and to wallow in self-pity rather than take strong, definite action to change his life for the better. He also tends to become so detached from his immediate environment that he lives in a disorderly, chaotic sort of hodgepodge, though this probably bothers those around Steinbeck more than it bothers him.
John Steinbeck craves intense experiences and is attracted to aspects of life that are strange, unfathomable, or taboo. He may hide his interests or inclinations, except from those who know John very intimately. John Steinbeck is rarely content with himself and his life, and he has an inner urge to be continually going farther or deeper than him ever have before. John has also a strong interest in social power and the role that money and economics play in people's lives.
John Steinbeck feels that he has the support of his family or others in his environment for his creative efforts and personal goals, which enables him to act with confidence. He is able to satisfy both his need to be an individual and his need for caring relationships and a sense of belonging. He is in harmony with himself and is therefore an effective individual.
He is assertive, energetic, active, courageous and vital. John Steinbeck has a very strong physical drive that expresses itself as sexuality and passion, a desire to compete with others, and a tendency to fight. John Steinbeck has a victorious spirit and the will to win.
His courage to face life seems to be a bit on the low side and John Steinbeck is prone to worry a lot. Fear of his own inadequacies could distort his perspective and deplete his strength to go on in the direction he has chosen.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Leo and Sun in Pisces
Sun in Pisces
Sun in 8th house
Sun Trine Moon
Sun Conjunct Mars
Sun Conjunct Saturn/MC