approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Maxim's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Maxim Gorky comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Maxim Gorky - 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 Maxim Gorky" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Maxim a little better. This page describes the disguise Gorky wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Cautious, prudent, and rather self-contained, he is a person who approaches life realistically and who is not inclined to take foolish chances or get carried away by the overly optimistic or idealistic schemes of starry-eyed dreamers. In fact, Maxim Gorky frequently has a jaundiced view of such things. He is rather worldly-wise at a fairly young age, even somewhat of a cynic. Often the world does not seem like a safe, friendly place to Gorky, and he tends to approach life in a guarded, conservative manner. He is generally calculated and careful, and is rarely spontaneous, fluid, open, and childlike.
He is pragmatic, shrewd, and an excellent strategist, carefully planning his moves for maximum effectiveness and advantage. He is willing to work long and persistently for what he wants and he often does things the hard way. Maxim does not expect others to take care of him and sometimes refuses or simply does not seek any outside help. He is often very ambitious, but quietly so. There is nothing flamboyant or flashy about his approach. He is very responsible, conscientious, and concerned with his duties to others and how he comes across socially - his "rank" so to speak.
To others Maxim Gorky seems mature, serious, quiet, reflective, and emotionally detached. Maxim dislikes sloppy sentimentality and will not openly display his feelings, especially the more tender ones. Gorky likes to always appear poised and in control; and he hates to show any weakness, vulnerability, or chinks in his armor.
Maxim Gorky respects tradition and the time-honored way of doing things, and he feels that there is much to be gained from studying history and also by learning from older, more experienced people. A wise mentor or father is often Gorky's guide in life, and he in turn develops a great deal of hard-earned wisdom, which he likes to impart to younger people.
Maxim Gorky has a stern, authoritarian, no-nonsense aspect to his personality. He expects much from himself and may not give himself enough leeway to experiment and make mistakes.
He also tends to be rather close-fisted, to save and conserve his money and resources rather than spending or enjoying them. Maxim Gorky spends money on things of quality and of lasting value, things which are good investments, but not frivolous, temporary pleasures. There is a bit of the ascetic in him. Maxim exercises great self-discipline and self-control and he can "do without" very well. His tastes are generally understated and simple.
Though he may have other, more colorful and imaginative sides, the face Gorky shows the world is modest and rather conservative.
Gorky may seem unpredictable and unreliable in the way he behaves towards others - or his personal relationships may seem constantly in flux, so that Maxim Gorky is always a bit off center.
Maxim Gorky also comes across as an independent sort, someone who does not wish to be controlled or dictated to.
Despite the fact that his core self is quite distinct from the face the world generally sees, Maxim Gorky has a strong desire to be seen and recognized, to be acknowledged, and to have a significant impact on people in his environment. He may do remarkable things in order to be noticed. However, Maxim Gorky often does not get the full recognition he yearns for.
Maxim Gorky is extremely sensitive to all the impressions and energies around him and at times can be overcome or dominated by more forceful personalities. Learning to establish clear boundaries is important for him, as Maxim Gorky tends to become enmeshed emotionally and/or psychically with whomever he is with. He may have the chameleon's trait of appearing to become the people or person he is with the most.
There is a certain intensity, charisma or compelling attractiveness about Maxim Gorky that may have little to do with his physical features. It is energy, a subtle sexuality that he emanates. Moreover, Gorky 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.
Maxim Gorky comes across to others as intelligent, alert, articulate, knowledgeable and communicative. He is quite curious and interested in the people and events around him and cannot resist commenting about them.
Gorky also needs to be busy and active and he moves quickly. Maxim Gorky also appears to be restless. Keeping his mind or hands occupied helps with that.
Maxim Gorky 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 Gorky's relationships will be very important to him and possibly affect his future.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Uranus Opposition Asc.
Sun Square Asc.
Neptune Square Asc.
Pluto Trine Asc.
Mercury Sextile Asc.
Asc. Opposition Pluto/N. Node