Behind Arguelles' proud and rather self-centered demeanor (described in the previous chapter), he is a thoughtful person concerned with social issues. He is very sensitive to the ways in which economic, social and cultural issues affect individuals. In his own life, Jose Arguelles struggles to find ways to advance himself while also contributing something valuable to his community. Arguelles must not be content with simply blaming society for his own problems or those of others, but rather become active in finding creative ways to solve these problems.
He is a freedom-loving, strong-willed and independent-minded individual, and he insists upon living his own life as he sees fit, even if it means ignoring convention and tradition. In personal relationships, Jose Arguelles cannot be owned or possessed, and while he is willing to share himself with another, he does not always adjust easily to the emotional give and take of close relationships. Though intellectually open, Arguelles can be enormously stubborn, opinionated and inflexible on a one-to-one level. Jose has strong convictions and feelings about fairness and equality, and he tries to abide by them; however, his ideals about how people "should" treat one another do not always take into account human weaknesses, differences and needs. Jose Arguelles probably dislikes sentimentality and traditional gender roles and "games".
He is fair, intelligent, objective and rational and he often let his head rule rather than his heart. Jose Arguelles seems rather self-sufficient and emotionally detached because he is capable of putting aside his personal feelings and viewing things dispassionately. But once Jose makes up his mind on an issue, it is difficult to dissuade him, and he can be rather dogmatic.
Jose Arguelles thinks in broad terms and is concerned with the world beyond his own personal sphere - his town, nation, or even planet. He is likely to become involved in, or show a keen interest in, community endeavors, social organizations and groups of all kinds. He enjoys being part of a group endeavor, and he often assumes the role of organizing, managing or supervising group activities.
Forward-looking and progressive, he harbors great hopes for the future. Jose Arguelles stays current and up to date, and responds to contemporary cultural trends, both in terms of personal style and ideas. When young, Jose Arguelles was very influenced by peer pressure and by all the "latest crazes". Jose has an experimental mind and is attracted to novelty.
His strong points include his concern for human welfare and social betterment, his sense of fairness and democratic spirit, and his vision. His faults are his stubbornness and inflexibility, and a tendency to be very obtuse and insensitive when it comes to personal feelings and human needs.
His energies are directed to either perfecting his techniques, skills, and abilities in work, or in "perfecting", refining, and improving himself as a person. Critical analysis and attention to minute detail are intrinsic in either process. The urge to bring about a state of wholeness or optimal functioning is a strong motivation of Jose Arguelles', and he is quite a perfectionist!
Arguelles can easily become overly identified or involved with the function he performs, with his work, or with his own health and "growth process".
He is infused with a sense of personal destiny or mission and can be extremely driven, obsessed and fanatical. Learning about power and how to use it effectively is definitely on his agenda. Jose Arguelles confronts abusive power, tyranny and dominating people who will teach him about power and eventually force Arguelles to claim his own.
Jose has artistic talents and interests and appreciates art in many forms. Jose Arguelles could become an actor and he has good judgment of the real value of things. Arguelles has an affectionate nature with a cheerful disposition and strong feelings of love.
Arguelles alternates between aggression and apathy and sometimes feels that he is unable to meet all the demands made on him. Once Jose Arguelles becomes aware of what he needs to do, however, he is capable of working long and hard, not giving up until his work is done.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Leo and Sun in Aquarius
Sun in Aquarius
Sun in 6th house
Sun Opposition Pluto
Sun Conjunct Moon/Venus
Sun Conjunct Mars/Saturn