Mercedes de Acosta
approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Mercedes' basic stance toward life, the way others see her, the way Mercedes de Acosta comes across, the face she shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Mercedes de Acosta - her real motivation, which describes the kind of person she is at heart and where her 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 Mercedes de Acosta" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Mercedes a little better. This page describes the disguise de Acosta wears, her role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Mercedes de Acosta appears gentle and soft, and she acts rather reserved with others until she knows them well and feels it is safe to be open with them. Mercedes has a strong need for emotional security and a sense of belonging, and is deeply attached to the past: her heritage, roots, family, cherished friends, familiar places, etc. Making radical changes or moves away from what is familiar and safe can be very painful and difficult for her. de Acosta tends to cling to people, memories and possessions of personal or sentimental significance. Having a home, a safe haven, is very important to de Acosta.
de Acosta approaches life emotionally and subjectively and she is sensitive to the emotional atmosphere, the subtle undercurrents of feeling in and around her. Instinctive and non-rational, Mercedes de Acosta is often unable to give a clear, simple explanation for her actions. Something either feels right, or it does not.
Her emotions and personal loyalties tend to color Mercedes' thoughts and opinions. She views life from a very personal perspective and often cannot mentally detach herself from her own personal bias and prejudices. She is apt to be concerned primarily with how something affects her and those dear and close to her, rather than with the principle or the broader social implications. For instance, she may be very patriotic and feel that whatever "my country" does is right without really knowing much about the other nation's policies or point of view. Simply put: if it is good for Mercedes and her near and dear ones, then it is good. If it is not good for her and her near and dear ones, it is no good.
She is tenaciously loyal, protective, and supportive of those she cares about, and has a very strong nurturing, paternal nature. Mercedes de Acosta empathizes with others and intuitively senses the feelings and needs of other people. Compassionate and sympathetic, she is easily moved by others' pain, and Mercedes de Acosta is often the one that others seek out when they need comfort, reassurance, or help.
Her moods fluctuate and change frequently and she is sometimes open and sometimes withdrawn emotionally. Mercedes de Acosta communicates nonverbally and appreciates a person who can pick up subtle cues and hints, rather than having to make everything explicit.
Mercedes never forgets either kindness or unkindness shown to her.
Her emotional instincts, feelings and intuition play a big part in the decisions Mercedes de Acosta makes and how she interacts with the world, and generally her feelings are quite accurate and helpful to her. Also, establishing emotional rapport with the people she meets day-to-day is rather easy for de Acosta. Mercedes de Acosta appears somewhat sympathetic and concerned, so that others are drawn to her, especially when they need guidance or help.
de Acosta is likely to go her own way in life and she has a tendency to stay secluded from others. Mercedes de Acosta is always preoccupied with her own thoughts and ideas and gives other people the impression that she does not want to be bothered with their problems.
She is charming and friendly to everyone, but may prefer more superficial and frequently changing relationships with people rather than steady and lasting friendships. Some of her meetings with others could come about suddenly.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Moon Sextile Asc.
Asc. Opposition Mercury/Saturn
Asc. Opposition Venus/Uranus