approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Francesco Forgione's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Padre Pio comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Padre Pio - 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 Padre Pio" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Francesco Forgione a little better. This page describes the disguise Pio of Pietrelcina 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, Padre Pio 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. Francesco Forgione has a strong desire for harmonious and pleasant relationships, and revels in a spirit of cooperation, compromise, friendship, and fairness. Padre Pio very much wants to be liked and because of his need for approval and acceptance, Pio of Pietrelcina is easily influenced by others' opinions, especially those expressed by the young. He so much wants to please that often Padre Pio will suppress his own intense or unpleasant feelings in order to avoid offending others. Sometimes Pio of Pietrelcina'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. Padre Pio 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 Pio of Pietrelcina is especially interested in and usually quite skilled at, for Francesco Forgione 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 Padre Pio - he is not an independent loner. Having a partner increases his self-confidence. Padre Pio 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 Francesco Forgione.
Others see Padre Pio as an agreeable, smooth, harmonious, and "nice" person. Though there may be much more to him, this is the sort of face Pio of Pietrelcina 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 Padre Pio usually adopts a friendly, cooperative approach rather than a strong, forceful, I'm-going-to-conquer-the-world attitude.
Padre Pio radiates a sense of confidence, well-being, and optimism, which inspires trust and good feelings in others. He likes himself and it shows. He expects success in life and he generally achieves it. However, Pio of Pietrelcina also tends to exaggerate or to overestimate himself, and he can be sloppy and careless when it comes to details.
The initial impression Pio of Pietrelcina makes on people may be somewhat deceiving, in that the way Francesco Forgione thinks and his true opinions are not always readily apparent. Padre Pio may try to clothe his ideas and thoughts in terms that tend to mute them rather than clarify them. For instance, he may have a very definite, unambiguous opinion, but state it in such a gentle, tactful manner that it seems that he does not believe it as vigorously as he does. This creates miscommunication or misunderstandings at times. On another level, Padre Pio tends to become scattered and nervous when he is out of balance. He needs clarity and order in his environment to be at his finest.
Francesco Forgione often comes across to others more abruptly or even antagonistically than is necessary to achieve his aims. And naturally if people perceive that he is trying to compete with them or run them over, some of them will put up a lot of resistance to Padre Pio and his objectives. Pio of Pietrelcina might be more successful if he tones himself down a bit and shows some consideration, without completely sacrificing his own needs and wants.
There is a receptive, elusive quality to Francesco Forgione's personality. Pio of Pietrelcina can be difficult to pin down, difficult to know, something of a mystery. At times Padre Pio 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", Pio of Pietrelcina must make some effort to define and clarify - both for himself and for the rest of the world - who Padre Pio is. On the other hand, Padre Pio may purposely create illusions about himself with the intent to deceive - or entertain - others.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
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