Although Melvyn Douglas appears gentle and sympathetic toward others (as explained in the previous chapter), he is also a "warrior". Douglas 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 Melvyn Douglas 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. Melvyn Douglas 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 Douglas' gods, and he has no sympathy for weakness of character in others.
Melvyn Douglas 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. Melvyn likes to be the chief - or to go it alone.
Melvyn Douglas 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, Melvyn Douglas also discovers, invents and initiates things that others will later emulate. Taking risks and following his own star are the breath of life for Douglas, and he wilts (or gets very frustrated and angry) if he cannot do this.
He is spontaneous, impulsive, direct, enthusiastic and assertive. Melvyn Douglas believes in the power of positive thinking and positive action, and he perceives himself as a strong, even invincible, person. Melvyn Douglas 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 Douglas' relationships. His impatience to get on with things causes Melvyn Douglas to be rather insensitive, thereby alienating others unnecessarily. He also frequently tries to accomplish his goals through anger or temper tantrums. Melvyn Douglas would gain much by learning to slow down, relax and sometimes just let things be, however his energetic, restless nature rarely allows Melvyn Douglas to do so.
His career, reputation, and public image are very important to Douglas. Melvyn Douglas 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. Melvyn Douglas may undervalue the personal or inner side of life.
Melvyn Douglas is loving and well loved by others, and has a strong need for relationships that offer kindness, friendship and affection. His artistic and creative powers are also well developed and Melvyn does everything in a harmonious, gracious, pleasing manner. Aesthetics are very important to Douglas, as are his personal appearance and attractiveness.
Melvyn has big aspirations and the desire to succeed in life in a grand way. Melvyn Douglas tends to exaggerate, promise more than is feasible and misjudge by being overly optimistic. However, he never gives up on his hopes for the future. Douglas tends to be restless and discontent with the responsibilities and limitations of life.
While Melvyn Douglas deeply appreciates beauty and has a great desire for love, he is in no way frivolous or indiscriminate in his affections. Douglas can be very frugal and sparing with both money and emotions.
However he also has a more somber side, which keeps Douglas' optimism from becoming ungrounded or overblown. Melvyn Douglas tends to seesaw between his faith, vision and high aspirations, and his caution and realism (or fear!). He cannot and does not rely on good luck or grace alone, and he accepts the need for hard work. His skeptical or "somber" side is described below.
He is often plagued by feelings of personal inadequacy, inhibitions and self-doubt. Melvyn Douglas has a cautious, realistic attitude toward life and is highly responsible and disciplined with regard to his obligations and duties. Melvyn Douglas tends to work and struggle more than necessary and to take himself too seriously.
Although he takes himself and his responsibilities seriously, there is also a part of Melvyn Douglas that rebels against rules and restrictions and the need to contend with outside authority. Douglas can feel torn between conforming to the rules or fulfilling his obligations, and breaking free of them. His wilder side will now be described.
The unusual and unorthodox appeal to Douglas, and he does not allow tradition, convention or other people's expectations to dictate how he is going to live his life. Melvyn Douglas craves freedom, adventure, excitement and discovery, and is not afraid of change. Melvyn Douglas possesses inventive and creative genius.
Melvyn Douglas undergoes deep, transformative changes in his life with relative ease and a minimum of conscious resistance. Because he does not avoid the depths, Douglas has access to a lot of personal power and strength. Without realizing it or seeking it, Melvyn is apt to have quite a potent effect on the people he comes into contact with, even superficially. Others sense that Melvyn Douglas is a force to be reckoned with.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Cancer and Sun in Aries
Sun in Aries
Sun in 10th house
Sun Conjunct Venus
Sun Square Jupiter
Sun aspects Venus and Saturn
Sun aspects Jupiter and Saturn
Sun Square Saturn
Sun aspects Saturn and Uranus
Sun Trine Uranus
Sun Sextile Pluto