Although Max Ernst appears gentle and sympathetic toward others (as explained in the previous chapter), he is also a "warrior". Ernst sometimes feels torn between these two facets of his character: the sensitive, tenderhearted, home-loving side, and the assertive, competitive, risk-taking side. People who first meet Max Ernst often think that he is a "softy", but later find out that he is strong willed and pursues his goals aggressively.
He is a person who thrives on challenge, and he often feels that he must battle his way through life, relying on no one and nothing but his own strength, intelligence and courage. Max Ernst believes in being totally honest, true to himself and his own vision and convictions, even if it means standing alone. Honesty, integrity, personal honor and authenticity are Ernst's gods, and he has no sympathy for weakness of character in others.
Max Ernst craves the freedom to do things in his own way, and he works very well independently. Cooperating with others or carrying out another's will is not his style. Max likes to be the chief - or to go it alone.
Max Ernst loves action and if others are settling down into a nice, comfortable little rut, then he is always ready to stir things up, do something new, make changes and introduce some fresh blood. Routine and sameness are tantamount to death for him. He is not afraid of trying something that has never been done before, and even though he may sometimes be perceived as a fool, Max Ernst also discovers, invents and initiates things that others will later emulate. Taking risks and following his own star are the breath of life for Ernst, and he wilts (or gets very frustrated and angry) if he cannot do this.
He is spontaneous, impulsive, direct, enthusiastic and assertive. Max Ernst believes in the power of positive thinking and positive action, and he perceives himself as a strong, even invincible, person. Max Ernst hates being ill or in a position of dependency. Accepting his own human limitations and emotional needs is often difficult for him.
He is basically aggressive in his attitudes and less adept at relating to others, picking up on subtle messages and nuances, listening, nurturing and harmonizing. He is often so fired up about his own projects or goals that he inadvertently runs over or ignores other people's feelings and interests. Being receptive and appreciative of others' contributions, ideas and feelings would be highly instrumental in improving Ernst's relationships. His impatience to get on with things causes Max Ernst to be rather insensitive, thereby alienating others unnecessarily. He also frequently tries to accomplish his goals through anger or temper tantrums. Max Ernst would gain much by learning to slow down, relax and sometimes just let things be, however his energetic, restless nature rarely allows Max Ernst to do so.
His career, reputation, and public image are very important to Ernst. Max Ernst has a strong desire to be influential or make his mark on the world. The merely personal sphere does not satisfy him; his ambitions include making a major contribution and receiving broad recognition for his unique effort and gifts. Max Ernst may undervalue the personal or inner side of life.
Max Ernst often feels that he is at cross purposes with himself, for his conscious intentions and desires conflict with his subconscious emotional needs and drives. He is torn in two different directions. Max has difficulty satisfying both his need to be an individual and his need for caring relationships and a sense of belonging. Moreover, Max sends out mixed messages so people do not always know how to respond to him or what Max really wants, thereby creating confusion or conflict in close relationships.
Max has to overcome considerable hardship in order to fulfill his personal destiny. However, he does have the strength and stamina necessary to do so. Support and helpful guidance from his father or other significant men in his life may well be lacking. In fact, their disapproval of Max and their harsh criticism are apt to be two of his greatest handicaps, and at times he may feel quite discouraged and alone. But true self-reliance and a solid sense of his own powers may well be the silver lining to that cloud in his life. Max Ernst needs to learn to follow his own creative impulses and heart's desires, regardless of what his critics or the authorities say.
Max Ernst feels physically strong and fit and has a healthy sex-life. His actions are governed by a strong sense of honor and integrity. Ernst is ambitious with a talent for organizing and a strong desire to succeed, insuring by that his professional success.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Cancer and Sun in Aries
Sun in Aries
Sun in 10th house
Sun Square Moon
Sun Quincunx Saturn
Sun Conjunct Mars/Jupiter