Marion Zimmer Bradley
approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Marion's basic stance toward life, the way others see her, the way Marion Zimmer Bradley comes across, the face she shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Marion Zimmer Bradley - her real motivation, which describes the kind of person she is at heart and where her true priorities lie. Study this page and the next one and compare them - there may be significant differences between the two, in which case "the inner Marion Zimmer Bradley" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Marion a little better. This page describes the disguise Bradley wears, her role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Modest, unobtrusive, and often rather quiet or shy, she is a person who is content to stay in the background or to serve as an assistant, in the supporting role rather than in the lead. She is quite humble in her own assessment of herself; she seeks perfection, with a tendency to be overly self-critical. No matter how well she does something, Marion Zimmer Bradley always sees the flaws in it and how it could be improved. Often Bradley will simply refuse to attempt something because she feels she cannot meet her own high standards.
Marion Zimmer Bradley has an eye for detail and she gets upset when something is not done just so, usually something others consider rather inconsequential or trivial. She is hard to please and her relationships with others may suffer because of this. Marion Zimmer Bradley also has refined sensitivities and is very discriminating and particular in her choice of foods, clothes, friends, artwork, etc. Order in Bradley's environment is very important to Bradley.
Bradley steps into situations rather cautiously, and not without realistically assessing all of the risks and potential advantages involved. Unless something is a safe bet, she is unlikely to dive into it. Marion Zimmer Bradley tends to underestimate her own capacities and to lack confidence and trust in life, which inhibits her spontaneity. Worrying is a bad habit of hers. On the other hand, Marion rarely falls flat on her face and what she does, she does very well.
Others see Marion Zimmer Bradley as a self-sufficient and rather self-contained person. Bradley has a strong sense of propriety. Politeness, good manners, and correct behavior are important to her. Her clear, cool, objective and non-emotional attitude is apparent to others first, and though she is really quite helpful and caring, she does not radiate much sympathy and as a result, others may not see the helpful side as readily. Marion may seem more businesslike and factual as well as more conservative than she really is at heart. She is the person others might go to for technical advice or an unbiased opinion, but not for emotional support.
She is keenly observant, intelligent, and has a great desire for learning and for self-improvement, but she is not especially ambitious and is often satisfied with a rather simple, unglamorous position in life.
Marion Zimmer Bradley often finds herself in the role of supportive caretaker, assistant, or facilitator of others' creative efforts and projects. Though seemingly unemotional and poised, she cares deeply and has a very strong nurturing urge, which Marion expresses in tangible ways such as running errands for sick friends or nursing them back to health.
She is direct, honest, and to the point - some might say excessively so. However, no one has to guess who Marion Zimmer Bradley is or what she wants - she is pretty much up front. Marion radiates a refreshing enthusiasm and vigor when she is at her best. She seems to enjoy competition without taking it terribly seriously.
Marion Zimmer Bradley has a sympathetic understanding of others and the ability to see through people. Very sensitive, her emotional state depends a lot on the influence of her immediate surroundings and relationships. For this reason others may see Marion as a somewhat unstable person.
Marion Zimmer Bradley tends to think of work as a hard and necessary chore and she may feel that she has little freedom of movement because of pressure caused by her surroundings. Bradley is likely to feel hemmed in and consider dealing with others quite burdensome.
Marion Zimmer Bradley tends to be somewhat inhibited and does not want to attract attention to her. She is likely to think that other people are more important than she is and prefers to live in seclusion.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Moon in Virgo Conjunct Ascendant in Virgo
Mars Trine Asc.
Asc. Conjunct Moon/Neptune
Asc. Opposition Mars/Saturn
Asc. Opposition Saturn/N. Node