approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Max's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Max Ernst comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Max Ernst - 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 Max Ernst" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Max a little better. This page describes the disguise Ernst wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Max Ernst appears gentle and soft, and he acts rather reserved with others until he knows them well and feels it is safe to be open with them. Max has a strong need for emotional security and a sense of belonging, and is deeply attached to the past: his heritage, roots, family, cherished friends, familiar places, etc. Making radical changes or moves away from what is familiar and safe can be very painful and difficult for him. Ernst tends to cling to people, memories and possessions of personal or sentimental significance. Having a home, a safe haven, is very important to Ernst.
Ernst approaches life emotionally and subjectively and he is sensitive to the emotional atmosphere, the subtle undercurrents of feeling in and around him. Instinctive and non-rational, Max Ernst is often unable to give a clear, simple explanation for his actions. Something either feels right, or it does not.
His emotions and personal loyalties tend to color Max's thoughts and opinions. He views life from a very personal perspective and often cannot mentally detach himself from his own personal bias and prejudices. He is apt to be concerned primarily with how something affects him and those dear and close to him, rather than with the principle or the broader social implications. For instance, he may be very patriotic and feel that whatever "my country" does is right without really knowing much about the other nation's policies or point of view. Simply put: if it is good for Max and his near and dear ones, then it is good. If it is not good for him and his near and dear ones, it is no good.
He is tenaciously loyal, protective, and supportive of those he cares about, and has a very strong nurturing, paternal nature. Max Ernst empathizes with others and intuitively senses the feelings and needs of other people. Compassionate and sympathetic, he is easily moved by others' pain, and Max Ernst is often the one that others seek out when they need comfort, reassurance, or help.
His moods fluctuate and change frequently and he is sometimes open and sometimes withdrawn emotionally. Max Ernst communicates nonverbally and appreciates a person who can pick up subtle cues and hints, rather than having to make everything explicit.
Max never forgets either kindness or unkindness shown to him.
The effect of his childhood experiences, and the beliefs and attitudes Max learned while young, are clearly apparent in his demeanor. It is all right on the surface, but when trouble arises Max Ernst seems childish and needy. When he is in smoother waters, he appears to have a vulnerable, trusting nature that brings out the mothering instinct in other people.
Despite the fact that his core self is quite a bit different from the face the world generally sees, Max Ernst has a strong desire to be seen and recognized, to be acknowledged, and to have a significant influence on people in his environment. He may do remarkable things in order to be noticed. However, Max Ernst often does not get the full recognition he wishes for.
He is assertive and bold. Max Ernst is willing to be the first person to speak up and make his position known, and to strike out on his own if necessary. Max generally gets along better with men than with women because his approach is quite direct and sometimes tactless and insensitive as well. He can be a bit too forceful. However, Max Ernst's boldness is his calling card, and most people feels that he can at least be trusted to be honest with them.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Moon Opposition Asc.
Sun Square Asc.
Mars Sextile Asc.