Behind Balsam's rather soft, gentle, non-aggressive appearance (as described on the previous page), he is passionate and strong-willed. While Balsam may seem very tolerant and forgiving, deep inside he does not readily forget an insult. There is much more bite to Martin than is initially apparent.
Quiet, deep, emotionally complex and intensely private, he is not a person who is easy to get to know and understand. Martin Balsam is extremely sensitive but disinclined to show it, and he only allows a special few into his inner world. Like a wary animal, he is cautious and mistrustful of those he does not know until "he sniffs them out". He is highly instinctive and intuitive. Martin Balsam usually has a strong, immediate gut reaction to people, even though he may be unable to clearly articulate why he feels the way he does. His feelings and perceptions go deeper than words.
Martin Balsam also has a powerful need for deep emotional relationships and he forms very intense love bonds and attachments. He is possessive and often jealous of anyone or anything that he perceives as a threat to his relationship with someone he loves. When Martin Balsam commits himself to someone or something, he is wholeheartedly devoted and expects complete loyalty in return. Martin merges with or "marries" the person he loves at a very deep level and therefore separations are extremely painful for him, and often stormy and nasty. When Balsam has been wounded, he is not inclined to turn the other cheek and will retaliate if at all possible. Martin will most certainly never forget the hurt and he often harbors grievances and resentment for a very long time. Forgiveness does not come easily to him.
Whatever he does, Martin does with passion and fervor, and he often goes to extremes. Balsam can be hot or cold, but never lukewarm about anything. Balsam can also be very narrow-minded: either he is 100% involved in something or it does not exist for him at all. Rarely is Martin Balsam emotionally detached and objective. He definitely has a fanatical streak. He is also immensely strong-willed and his tenacity in pursuing his objectives often borders on obsession. He is filled with fierce pride, courage and emotional strength.
Martin Balsam loves mysteries and is deeply attracted to the hidden, dark, secret side of life. Martin never takes things at face value and is always probing beneath the surface of people and situations to discover what is really going on. Martin Balsam tends to be more of a cynic than an idealist.
Martin Balsam craves intense experiences and is attracted to aspects of life that are strange, unfathomable or taboo. Martin may hide his interests or inclinations, except from those who know him very intimately. Martin Balsam is rarely content with himself and his life, and he has an inner urge to continually delve deeper than ever before. Martin is also highly interested in social power and the role that money and economics play in people's lives.
Martin Balsam has a healthy amount of self-control and self-discipline. Balsam also radiates a rather responsible, trustworthy, solid feeling about himself which will win him the confidence of others, especially his superiors.
While he is realistic and conscientious (or overly conscientious), as described above, Martin Balsam also has an otherworldly, dreamy, or mystically-inclined side, as described below.
Martin is extremely sensitive and imaginative, and he can get lost in his dreams, fantasies and visions. He is attracted to artistic and creative pursuits, as well as to the world of color, beauty, and emotion. Martin Balsam is also drawn to mysticism and he has deep spiritual aspirations and yearnings. Gentle and peace loving, Balsam may lack the will and competitive spirit needed to make his way in the world. He is often impractical and may seek to avoid or escape the harsh realities of life.
Martin Balsam deeply believes in his own power and his ability to survive any change and emerge victorious from any difficulty. Martin has tremendous inner resources and strength. Intense, strong willed, and zealous, he pursues his desires and goals with complete dedication and singleness of purpose, and he may be somewhat compulsive and even fanatical at times. Martin likes to live intensely and has no respect for people who are weak or avoid confronting life and their own destiny.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Pisces and Sun in Scorpio
Sun in Scorpio
Sun in 8th house
Sun Sextile Saturn
Sun aspects Saturn and Neptune
Sun Square Neptune
Sun Trine Pluto