challenges and difficulties
He is very self-conscious and has a great need for ego-affirmation and praise. Expressing himself freely and openly is not easy for Mandela. Nelson Mandela tends to work hard at playing and "having fun", rather than being light-hearted and spontaneous. Developing self-love and self-acceptance regardless of his "performance" is an important task for Nelson.
His attitude toward religion, philosophy, and politics is very conservative and possibly narrow or rigid. On the one hand, Nelson Mandela may believe in nothing that is speculative or intangible, requiring proof for any idea presented to him. Each idea is thoroughly and systematically examined. On the other hand, Nelson may tenaciously cling to his grand philosophical or metaphysical beliefs and opinions, refusing to modify them or to be open and receptive to others' insights and perspectives.
His overall outlook on life is serious, and Nelson Mandela may feel that life or God will punish him if he does not watch his steps!
His outlook on life is inclined to be somewhat negative and Nelson Mandela tries to avoid relationships and social interaction as much as possible. There is a morose side to Nelson's nature that makes him feel that no one cares about him, that life is difficult and perhaps not even worthwhile.
Now we will discuss patterns of behavior which Nelson Mandela instinctively and habitually reverts to when under stress - a mostly subconscious process that he is apt to over indulge in because it is so familiar and hence easy for him. The direction Nelson Mandela needs to follow in order to develop balance, greater awareness, and wholeness is also described.
It is easy for Nelson Mandela to become distracted from his path by the multitude of interesting choices, possibilities, and options available to him. Nelson Mandela needs to develop single mindedness and focus. Until Nelson directs his attention to some of the big questions, such as "What is my life's purpose?" "What is really important to me and essential to my happiness?", he is apt to dabble, scatter his energies in many directions and engage in activities which are entertaining but ultimately neither fruitful nor enriching.
Having an overall vision for his life and aligning his daily activities so that they support rather than detract from Mandela's larger purpose in life, is a significant step toward his personal development.
It is deep within himself, as Nelson Mandela faces his own demons, fears, and struggles - those aspects of life that are not easily or readily shared, those parts of his life that Nelson Mandela keeps hidden from public view where he is most likely to wrestle with these issues.
The qualities described above can also be beneficially channeled into some sort of charitable work, altruistic service or ministering to people in need.
The specific habits which are likely to hold Nelson Mandela back, or which he is prone to overdo, especially during stressful periods, include:
The tendency for self-indulgence, laziness, and over-reliance on the generosity or affection of others, as well as making love relationships, social life and superficial pleasures more important than anything else in his life.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Saturn in Leo
Saturn in 9th house
Saturn Conjunct Sun/MC
N. Node in Sagittarius
N. Node in 12th house
N. Node Opposition Venus