At heart he is quite different from what his exuberant, freewheeling manner (described in the previous chapter) would suggest. Although Nelson Mandela gets restless and like to move around, home is also very important to him, and he craves security and familiarity (as described in more detail below). At times he may feel torn between his craving for the comfortable and familiar versus a taste for the foreign and the unknown. Mandela will need to find a place in his life for these two contradictory impulses.
Nelson has powerful emotional attachments to the past, his family, his childhood, places he associates with safety and security, and his beginnings. It is very important to Mandela to maintain a connection with his roots and heritage and keep family bonds strong. Loyal, devoted, and sentimental, Mandela tends to cling to whatever is dear to him - be it a person, a familiar place, or a cherished possession.
He is sympathetic, nurturing, supportive and very sensitive to the emotional needs of other people. Nelson likes to be needed and to care for others, and he often worries about the people he loves. Nelson Mandela has a very strong need for a sense of belonging and acceptance, and much of his life centers on his home. He is more concerned about people and their feelings than with power, achievement, or position in society. Kindness, consideration and tenderness are more meaningful to Nelson Mandela than any sort of honor the world can bestow.
He is primarily emotional and his views are often dominated by his feelings and his own personal, subjective experiences, rather than reason, logic or abstract principles. It is difficult for him to judge situations fairly and objectively because his personal sympathies and loyalties usually factor in. Nelson Mandela takes things very personally and sometimes builds a wall around himself to shield himself from pain and rejection. Nelson Mandela feels rather shy and vulnerable at heart. He also tends to be moody and experiences frequent mood swings. Nelson Mandela needs to have a place and time in his life to withdraw, introspect, dream and replenish himself; otherwise Nelson Mandela becomes cranky and unhappy with those around him.
Nelson Mandela functions in an instinctive, irrational manner and likes to immerse himself in creative activities where he can express his feelings, imagination and instincts. Mandela often loves to cook, since it can be both creative and a way to nurture and nourish others. Nelson Mandela also has a great affinity for music, because it evokes and communicates feelings that may be difficult or impossible to put into words.
His compassion, sensitivity, and imagination are Mandela's strong points. His faults include an inability to let go of the past and move forward, clannishness and prejudice, and a tendency for self-pity when facing hardship.
Nelson Mandela craves intense experiences and is attracted to aspects of life that are strange, unfathomable, or taboo. He may hide his interests or inclinations, except from those who know Nelson very intimately. Nelson Mandela is rarely content with himself and his life, and he has an inner urge to be continually going farther or deeper than him ever have before. Nelson has also a strong interest in social power and the role that money and economics play in people's lives.
Nelson Mandela feels that he has the support of his family or others in his environment for his creative efforts and personal goals, which enables him to act with confidence. He is able to satisfy both his need to be an individual and his need for caring relationships and a sense of belonging. He is in harmony with himself and is therefore an effective individual.
At times Nelson Mandela may feel an uncontrollable urge to radically alter his direction in life, or to act in ways that seem eccentric or at least highly uncharacteristic of him. When his life is becoming too predictable, Nelson may do something to upset the status quo, sometimes without realizing why or how he is doing this. These impulses may seem at odds with his conscious intent and desires for himself, and can be unsettling. However, there is a streak of unconventionality and creative genius in Nelson Mandela which needs to be expressed now and then.
Nelson Mandela probably has great intellectual ability and curiosity. Nelson never seem to run out of ideas and always welcomes the study of new subjects, the more abstract the better. But he also has the basic sense to translate abstract ideas into practical reality.
His deep comprehension and good powers of concentration give Nelson Mandela the ability to judge matters wisely and prudently. He is a keen observer and also can be a persuasive speaker. Nelson likes to be in control, but needs appreciation and recognition for his efforts.
Mandela has a strong will and great determination and is willing to work hard to reach his goals. Nelson Mandela often takes on more than his share and labors untiringly, sparing himself no pain in his work. Nelson should guard against over-exerting himself physically.
Nelson Mandela tends to become excited and upset at the slightest cause, generating tension with others. Nelson also could encounter strange experiences or coincidences with others. He may have a feeling of being different than others and he wants to be his own person.
Nelson Mandela has a restless and somewhat nervous manner and he attracts attention through his initiative and originality. He is drawn to unusual friends and acquaintances, and because of his confidence may be regarded as a leader in his sphere.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Sagittarius and Sun in Cancer
Sun in Cancer
Sun in 8th house
Sun Trine Moon
Sun Quincunx Uranus
Sun Conjunct Mercury/Jupiter
Sun Conjunct Mercury/Pluto
Sun Conjunct Saturn/Pluto
Sun Opposition Uranus/N. Node
Sun Opposition Uranus/Asc.