Behind Cunningham's rather solid, conservative appearance (as described on the previous page), he really is a go-getter. While Merce Cunningham seems rather soft, there is actually a lot of fight and spunk in him. His practical and down-to-earth side may be at odds with the part of Cunningham that wants action, exploration, adventure and excitement, but these two facets of his nature can also complement one another. His pioneering and enterprising spirit is liable to get Merce Cunningham in trouble several times, but eventually his determination to see a project through will succeed.
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. Merce Cunningham 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 Cunningham's gods, and he has no sympathy for weakness of character in others.
Merce Cunningham 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. Merce likes to be the chief - or to go it alone.
Merce Cunningham 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, Merce Cunningham also discovers, invents and initiates things that others will later emulate. Taking risks and following his own star are the breath of life for Cunningham, and he wilts (or gets very frustrated and angry) if he cannot do this.
He is spontaneous, impulsive, direct, enthusiastic and assertive. Merce Cunningham believes in the power of positive thinking and positive action, and he perceives himself as a strong, even invincible, person. Merce Cunningham 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 Cunningham's relationships. His impatience to get on with things causes Merce Cunningham to be rather insensitive, thereby alienating others unnecessarily. He also frequently tries to accomplish his goals through anger or temper tantrums. Merce Cunningham would gain much by learning to slow down, relax and sometimes just let things be, however his energetic, restless nature rarely allows Merce Cunningham to do so.
Merce Cunningham tends to get involved in the helping professions or in activities where his efforts are hidden, behind the scenes, unacknowledged, or unknown to the public. Asserting himself or getting up in front of an audience may be exceedingly uncomfortable for Cunningham.
He is assertive, energetic, active, courageous and vital. Merce Cunningham has a very strong physical drive that expresses itself as sexuality and passion, a desire to compete with others, and a tendency to fight. Merce Cunningham has a victorious spirit and the will to win.
While Merce Cunningham does have a strong drive, he frequently holds himself back. One of his challenges lies in learning to endure frustration and to patiently overcome the obstacles in his life (or his own internal caution and resistance!).
Realistic and practical, Merce Cunningham sets goals for himself that are modest enough for him to actually achieve. He is able to tackle long, difficult projects and see them through, for Cunningham possesses self-discipline, concentration and perseverance. Merce Cunningham also has a strong sense of responsibility and is very conscientious about fulfilling his obligations. Cunningham often does things because he feels it is expected of him.
He prefers more serious kinds of conversation with his friends and neighbors rather than small talk. Because his communication is clear and concise, Merce Cunningham can impress others by taking control of negotiations or business dealings.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Taurus and Sun in Aries
Sun in Aries
Sun in 12th house
Sun Conjunct Mars
Sun aspects Mars and Saturn
Sun Trine Saturn
Sun Conjunct Mercury/Asc.