approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Maurice's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Maurice Ravel comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Maurice Ravel - 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 Maurice Ravel" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Maurice a little better. This page describes the disguise Ravel wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
He is very strong-willed and proud, but intensely private and not easy to know well. Behind Ravel's quiet exterior lies a great deal of emotional depth, sensitivity, complexity, and also fierce determination. When Maurice Ravel wants something he goes after it rather quietly but insistently and wholeheartedly - and what Maurice Ravel wants, Maurice Ravel usually gets.
He is not a person who lives haphazardly or superficially. Maurice wants to live passionately and intensely and is not averse to challenge, danger, or to facing the darker side of life - human pain and struggle. Maurice Ravel functions well in crisis situations and he often seeks them out, for he enjoys the feeling of living at full capacity.
He is very intuitive about other people and especially about their unspoken feelings and hidden motives. Maurice Ravel usually has strong, immediate gut reactions, either positive or negative, which prove to be correct. Ravel approaches life very instinctively and is not always fully conscious of why he feels or acts the way he does. Maurice Ravel also has a very strong affinity with animals - an acute sensitivity and a nonverbal rapport with them.
In new relationships he is rather cautious, sometimes even suspicious, until he gets to know and trust someone - and trust does not come easily to Ravel. When Maurice Ravel commits himself emotionally to someone, be it friend or lover, he is intensely loyal and devoted to them and he also expects the same kind of unwavering, undying loyalty in return. If he is ever betrayed by someone he cares deeply for, Maurice Ravel is capable of hating and retaliating with as much fervor as he once loved. Nothing is done halfway. In fact, he is intensely involved and often jealously attached to whatever he cares about, be it person, idea, or cause. There is definitely a streak of emotional fanaticism in him.
Because of his natural reserve, others may see Maurice Ravel as something of an enigma. He is quite self-protective and often defensive. Maurice Ravel also has a very magnetic quality, especially to members of the opposite sex.
Maurice Ravel appears to be sweet to other people, and he knows how to use charm, persuasion, and affection rather than more direct (but possibly disagreeable) methods to get his point across. Being overly concerned with appearances and surface beauty is possible; and if so, Maurice Ravel may also seem vain and narcissistic to others.
Bright, alert, quick of tongue and/or of movement, there is youthfulness about Maurice's manner and appearance regardless of his chronological age. Maurice Ravel also always appears busy and active, and somewhat restless. Ravel needs mental stimulation from his environment, or he will rapidly get bored.
Maurice Ravel has a strong need to influence others and to dominate his home or environment. He is likely to join associations with large groups of people and some of Ravel's relationships will be very important to him and possibly affect his future.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Venus Square Asc.
Mercury Trine Asc.
Asc. Opposition Pluto/N. Node