approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Mikhail's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Mikhail Baryshnikov comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Mikhail Baryshnikov - 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 Mikhail Baryshnikov" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Mikhail a little better. This page describes the disguise Baryshnikov wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Mikhail Baryshnikov has a sensible and realistic outlook on life and his two feet are always planted firmly on the ground (though he may, on occasion, have his head in the clouds). Others often see Baryshnikov as a rock of strength, solid, reliable, dependable, and constant. He is, in fact, amazingly consistent for he possesses great powers of endurance and does not like to make changes or adjustments to his regular routine. Mikhail does things deliberately and methodically and does not easily accommodate the unexpected. Though he has a gentle, even soft, appearance, Mikhail Baryshnikov is enormously strong-willed and stubborn. He follows his own pace and refuses to be rushed or pushed into anything before he feels sure about it. Baryshnikov can be coaxed and persuaded by charm, beauty, love or affection - but never forced. He will not fight either, but simply stubbornly resist any attempt at being coerced into doing something he does not want to do.
When Baryshnikov has a purpose, he is extremely fixed, immovable, and bullheaded about it. His obstinacy is often infuriating to others, especially since it takes much provocation to make him flare up or respond to their anger. Mikhail Baryshnikov appears calm, unruffled, and unemotional most of the time, but behind his easygoing and peaceable appearance there lies great strength. When it comes to a contest of wills, Mikhail often wins simply due to his relentless persistence and his ability to outlast just about anyone. Another reason for his reluctance to make changes is his very strong need for security. Mikhail is most comfortable in stable, relatively unchanging conditions and he also has a strong desire for tangible security - a home of his own, money in the bank, job security, etc. The flip side of Baryshnikov's hankering for permanence is that he easily gets caught up in a rut and will stay in a familiar situation (e.g. job, marriage) long after it has lost its vitality and interest.
Mikhail Baryshnikov has a keen appreciation of the natural world and he derives great joy from the down-to-earth comforts of the physical world, with its myriad of delights. He is quite sensual in a very natural, wholesome way and he knows how to enjoy himself. Baryshnikov is appealing to the opposite sex in an earthy way. He is also a great lover of beauty and his tastes are basically conventional or classic - not modern.
There is an intense and somewhat secretive or guarded quality about Mikhail Baryshnikov which may make people around him distinctly uncomfortable. They may feel that Mikhail is constantly monitoring their inner motives, and he probably is. Baryshnikov sees through anything phony, any false pretense - and he may or may not be above using others' Achilles' heels (which he perceives so clearly) against them. At times, however, Mikhail Baryshnikov may be too suspicious and assign negative intentions to innocent people. Mikhail should avoid always looking on the dark side.
Mikhail Baryshnikov has a sweet, appealing demeanor and seems instinctively to grasp the concept that "one catches more flies with honey than with vinegar". His personal brand of charm is usually quite winning. Mikhail coaxes rather than coerces. However, if he does not get what he wants, Mikhail Baryshnikov is likely to resort to insincere flattery, wheedling, whining or pouting rather than stating directly what he needs, or doing it for himself. Baryshnikov seems to need others' approval first.
There is a receptive, elusive quality to Mikhail's personality. Baryshnikov can be difficult to pin down, difficult to know, something of a mystery. At times Mikhail Baryshnikov may feel frustrated because he feels that he is not being perceived very clearly, that he does not make a powerful impression, that he is easily overlooked or discounted. If he does not wish to be "invisible", Baryshnikov must make some effort to define and clarify - both for himself and for the rest of the world - who Mikhail Baryshnikov is. On the other hand, Mikhail Baryshnikov may purposely create illusions about himself with the intent to deceive - or entertain - others.
Others may see Mikhail as a cool, reserved and unapproachable person, perhaps as a result of his conservative and stern upbringing. Mikhail Baryshnikov may feel that no one understands him and tends to isolate himself from others.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Pluto Square Asc.
Venus Sextile Asc.
Neptune Quincunx Asc.
Asc. Opposition Sun/Saturn