approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Martin's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Martin Balsam comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Martin Balsam - his real motivation, which describes the kind of person he is at heart and where his 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 Martin Balsam" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Martin a little better. This page describes the disguise Balsam wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
He is a gentle, sensitive person with a deep understanding of people and a very tolerant, accepting, non-judgmental approach towards life. In a noisy, competitive atmosphere Martin Balsam is often receding and withdrawn for he is not an aggressive, forceful person, and he intensely dislikes conflict. In fact Martin tends to be somewhat passive, to wait, watch, observe, feel and know much - but to act little. Letting things resolve or work themselves out in their own way, rather than directing or forcing his will upon them is often Balsam's way of dealing with problems.
Martin Balsam may have a deeply religious or spiritual feeling about life, not in the orthodox sense necessarily, but an intuitive sense of the immensity and underlying oneness of all life, which makes so many human aspirations seem rather unimportant. He needs peaceful surroundings in order to flourish, and periods of quiet solitude are essential for Balsam's emotional balance and well-being.
Martin Balsam is also very compassionate and cannot tolerate seeing any fellow creature suffer - be it human, animal, or even plant! As a child Martin Balsam probably cried very easily and became quite upset whenever others were hurt, physically or emotionally. The world of Balsam's imagination and fantasy was also very real to Balsam, a place to escape to when the outside world became too harsh, demanding, or simply uninteresting.
Because he is very giving and forgiving, people sense Balsam's sympathetic nature and gravitate toward him when in need. Often Balsam will continue to give to people even when he realizes they are taking advantage of him or becoming overly dependent upon him. Martin Balsam overlooks and makes excuses for other people's weaknesses, and for his own as well. Discrimination and self-discipline are not Balsam's strong points.
Though he may be as intelligent as anyone else, he does not really have a rational, logical approach toward life, and trying to reach Martin through logical arguments is often futile. His feelings, intuition, and heart, not his head, lead him, which may infuriate or bewilder Balsam's more rational friends. Martin Balsam certainly recognizes that there is much more to life than can be explained intellectually and categorized into neat little boxes, and Martin Balsam has an open, receptive attitude toward such areas as psychic phenomena, telepathy, parapsychology, etc. He is not as structured and rigid in his attitudes as many people are, which enables Martin Balsam to see many different points of view and to accept all of them as valid. This can lead to vagueness, uncertainty, and confusion on his part - or to a very flexible and holistic way of approaching any issue.
He may come across as a bit scattered, nervous or restless, as if unable to sit still. Martin Balsam seems alert and quick, but sometimes a bit on edge. Martin tends to stay perpetually busy, and would find handiwork of some kind soothing.
There is a certain intensity, charisma or compelling attractiveness about Martin Balsam that may have little to do with his physical features. It is energy, a subtle sexuality that he emanates. Moreover, Balsam tends to do everything wholeheartedly and with passion, which is quite fascinating to other people. His instincts and psychological perceptions about others are quite incisive.
Martin Balsam seems to enjoy projecting a different image of himself to others, giving them a false impression of himself. He is inclined to associate with odd and peculiar people and is likely to have very strange romantic relationships.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Mercury Square Asc.
Pluto Trine Asc.
Asc. Opposition Venus/Neptune