approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Michael's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Michael Stipe comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Michael Stipe - 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 Michael Stipe" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Michael a little better. This page describes the disguise Stipe wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
He is a natural diplomat, reasonable, tolerant, fair, always willing to listen to varying viewpoints, and prepared to see the other side of an issue. Even if he strongly disagrees with someone, Michael Stipe will try to find points of similarity and agreement rather than emphasizing the differences. He often avoids taking an extreme or one-sided stance on anything. Michael has a strong desire for harmonious and pleasant relationships, and revels in a spirit of cooperation, compromise, friendship, and fairness. Michael Stipe very much wants to be liked and because of his need for approval and acceptance, Stipe is easily influenced by others' opinions, especially those expressed by the young. He so much wants to please that often Michael Stipe will suppress his own intense or unpleasant feelings in order to avoid offending others. Sometimes Stipe's politeness is interpreted as being phony or wishy-washy.
His need to create harmony extends to his physical environment and personal appearance as well. Michael Stipe appreciates beauty and has a natural sense of balance, symmetry, and proportion. He does everything in good taste, with a sense of style and art. From his home furnishings to his choice of clothing, everything must be aesthetically appealing, not simply functional or utilitarian.
He also feels that relationships are a form of art - one that Stipe is especially interested in and usually quite skilled at, for Michael possesses tact and acute awareness of other people. Marriage is very significant to him and finding the right person to share his life with is extremely important. Being part of a close relationship seems natural to Michael Stipe - he is not an independent loner. Having a partner increases his self-confidence. Michael Stipe does have a tendency, however, to become overly dependent on his partner and perhaps not to develop a clearly defined identity outside of the relationship. Finding the balance between being himself and blending and uniting with another is a challenge for Michael.
Others see Michael Stipe as an agreeable, smooth, harmonious, and "nice" person. Though there may be much more to him, this is the sort of face Stipe shows to the world. He possesses personal charm and an understated, non-combative manner. His motto could be "one catches more flies with honey than with vinegar" for Michael Stipe usually adopts a friendly, cooperative approach rather than a strong, forceful, I'm-going-to-conquer-the-world attitude.
Despite the fact that his core self is quite distinct from the face the world generally sees, Michael Stipe 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, Michael Stipe often does not get the full recognition he yearns for.
Michael Stipe comes across as contained, and perhaps wary or mistrustful as well. He watches his step, and frequently withdraws if his environment does not feel welcoming and safe. As a result, Stipe may seem much more conservative than he actually is. Michael is wary of committing social blunders and is extremely sensitive to criticism or rejection. As he matures, Michael Stipe's confidence is likely to grow because he will learn to depend more on his own self-assessment..
He may feel that personal relationships are interfering with the pursuit of his goals and chooses to lead a life on his own. But at the same time Michael Stipe often may feel lonely and alienated by others.
Other people may consider his environment a bit strange and Stipe likes to surround himself with a certain air of mystery. Michael Stipe tends to be very secretive and is likely to exert his power from behind the scenes.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Sun Square Asc.
Saturn Square Asc.
Asc. Opposition Saturn/MC
Asc. Conjunct Neptune/Pluto