Though Melissa Mathison seems rather cautious and conservative (as discussed in the previous chapter), she has a much more playful, humorous side as well. Moreover, the combination of her attention to detail and cautious, circumspect approach to life, coupled with her youthful curiosity and quick mind makes Melissa mentally sharp, articulate and clever.
Melissa Mathison is, in many ways, an eternal child. Her mind is bright, alert, curious, flexible, playful and always eager for new experiences - and her attention span is often quite brief. Mathison grasps ideas quickly and once her initial curiosity has been satisfied, she is ready to move on. Melissa Mathison craves frequent change and variety, as well as new situations and people.
It may be hard for Melissa Mathison to decide just where her talents and true vocation lie, for she has a multitude of interests and is loathe limiting herself by concentrating on just one. She is easily distracted by all of the other fascinating possibilities. Her curiosity and restlessness propel Melissa toward many different experiences in life, and she is willing to taste or try anything once. Doing the same thing over and over again, even if it is something she does well, is tantamount to drudgery for Mathison.
Melissa Mathison lives in her head a great deal - reading, observing, thinking, spinning ideas around - and she needs mental stimulation every bit as much as she needs food and drink. In fact, if Melissa had to choose between a good book or movie and a good lunch, she would very likely choose the former. Melissa Mathison has a creative mind and she often lives by her wits.
She is also a very social creature, with a strong need to communicate and interact with people. She enjoys using and playing with words and has a real flair for getting her ideas across in a clever, interesting, articulate manner. Writing and/or speaking are areas she has talent for.
Melissa Mathison also has a rather lighthearted and mischievous sense of humor, and often does not take anything too seriously. Though she craves emotional involvement, it is hard for Melissa Mathison to achieve it, for she is frequently unwilling to commit herself to anything, to take responsibility or to limit her personal freedom and mobility.
Her happiness lies in using her creativity and language skills to communicate something meaningful, teach, inspire, or bring people together. Melissa has an unbiased mind and can usually offer a fresh, clear, uncluttered perspective. Her faults are her lack of constancy and persistence, and her tendency to overlook or ignore deep emotional issues and other people's feelings.
Her career, reputation and public image are very important to Mathison. Melissa Mathison has a strong desire to be influential or make her mark on the world. She is not satisfied with the personal sphere alone; her ambitions include making a major contribution and receiving broad recognition for her unique effort and gifts. Melissa Mathison may undervalue the personal or inner facet of life.
She is often plagued by feelings of personal inadequacy, inhibitions and self-doubt. Melissa Mathison has a cautious, realistic attitude toward life and is highly responsible and disciplined with regard to her obligations and duties. Melissa Mathison tends to work and struggle more than necessary and to take herself too seriously.
While she is realistic and conscientious (or overly conscientious), as described above, Melissa Mathison also has an otherworldly, dreamy, or mystically-inclined side, as described below.
She is imaginative and sensitive to anything colorful, beautiful or magical. She is attracted to artistic and creative pursuits, music and mysticism. Her spiritual values color Melissa's whole perspective and approach to life. She is idealistic and perhaps impractical.
Melissa Mathison undergoes deep, transformative changes in her life with relative ease and a minimum of conscious resistance. Because she does not avoid the depths, Mathison has access to a lot of personal power and strength. Without realizing it or seeking it, Melissa is apt to have quite a potent effect on the people she comes into contact with, even superficially. Others sense that Melissa Mathison is a force to be reckoned with.
She may be a bit high-strung and over-zealous in the pursuit of her endeavors. Mathison always seems to be in a hurry and has the ability to evaluate situations quickly. Melissa Mathison has a brilliant mind and possibly could invent something.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Virgo and Sun in Gemini
Sun in Gemini
Sun in 10th house
Sun Square Saturn
Sun aspects Saturn and Neptune
Sun Trine Neptune
Sun Sextile Pluto
Sun Conjunct Mercury/Uranus