Her optimism and enthusiasm (mentioned in the previous chapter), is balanced by an innate objectivity, detachment, and pragmatic realism that usually keeps her idealistic ventures on a sound course. Though she appears confident and positive, Patti Smith is often quite skeptical and much more cautious than she lets on. And while it is true that Smith likes to play, she is also serious about her work and commitments.
Serious, disciplined and quietly ambitious, she is driven to prove herself and to achieve material accomplishments and success. Her work, her position in the world, and her contributions to society are very important to Smith. Patti Smith will persevere through enormous hardship and frustration in order to reach a goal she has set for herself, and she often sacrifices much in the area of personal relationships and home life in order to do so.
Patti Smith has a thoughtful, quiet and self-contained disposition and does not readily show her inner feelings and needs. Patti Smith seems to always be in control, capable, efficient and strong. She is often the person in the family or group who is given more responsibility (and more work) than the others. She is highly conscientious and even as a child she possessed great maturity, soberness, and worldly wisdom.
She is basically a pragmatic realist, and though she may have all sorts of dreams, ideals and colorful theories, she feels that the ultimate test of a concept is its practical usefulness. Patti has an innate shrewdness and business sense, and there is a bit of the cynic in her as well.
She is clear-headed, detached and objective, and is not swayed by emotional dramatics. She is often authoritarian - strictly fair, but without mercy. Patti Smith has a great respect for tradition and even if she does not agree with certain laws, she will abide by them or strive to change them, but never flagrantly disregard them. Cautious and conservative, Patti Smith plays by the rules.
She is subtle, understated, quiet, deep, not easy to get to know intimately, and never superficial. She is a modest person and sometimes overly self-critical. Giving herself (and others) permission to feel, play, be spontaneous and silly, and sometimes weak and vulnerable is not easy for Smith.
Smith's strong points are her depth and thoroughness, patience, tenacity and faithfulness. Her faults are a tendency to be rigid and inflexible, and too serious.
Patti Smith has a clear sense of her own self and she therefore conveys a strong impression to others of who she is and what she wants. Assertive and self-motivated, Smith can be a leader - one whom others look to for direction - but she competes and often clash with other strong individuals. Patti Smith feels a need to be in control of her own life and she can be too self-involved, too immersed in her own interests, and oblivious to others at times.
She is assertive, energetic, active, courageous and vital. Patti Smith has a very strong physical drive that expresses itself as sexuality and passion, a desire to compete with others, and a tendency to fight. Patti Smith has a victorious spirit and the will to win.
While Patti Smith does have a strong drive, she frequently holds herself back. One of her challenges lies in learning to endure frustration and to patiently overcome the obstacles in her life (or her own internal caution and resistance!).
Patti has to overcome considerable hardship in order to fulfill her personal destiny. However, she does have the strength and stamina necessary to do so. Support and helpful guidance from her father or other significant men in her life may well be lacking. In fact, their disapproval of Patti and their harsh criticism are apt to be two of her greatest handicaps, and at times she may feel quite discouraged and alone. But true self-reliance and a solid sense of her own powers may well be the silver lining to that cloud in her life. Patti Smith needs to learn to follow her own creative impulses and heart's desires, regardless of what her critics or the authorities say.
Along with her energy and drive, Patti Smith has high ideals and an active fantasy life. There is a dreamer and an idealist in Smith, as well as a doer and a fighter. Patti wants to win but not at the expense of others, and this may be somewhat of a dilemma for her.
While she is realistic and conscientious (or overly conscientious), as described above, Patti Smith also has an otherworldly, dreamy, or mystically-inclined side, as described below.
Patti is extremely sensitive and imaginative, and she can get lost in her dreams, fantasies and visions. She is attracted to artistic and creative pursuits, as well as to the world of color, beauty, and emotion. Patti Smith is also drawn to mysticism and she has deep spiritual aspirations and yearnings. Gentle and peace loving, Smith may lack the will and competitive spirit needed to make her way in the world. She is often impractical and may seek to avoid or escape the harsh realities of life.
She is inclined to feel uncomfortable or restrained in some way in the presence of others and prefer to be alone. Patti Smith is modest and shy in her approach to others and tends to accept more responsibility than she really needs to.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Sagittarius and Sun in Capricorn
Sun in Capricorn
Sun in 1st house
Sun Conjunct Mars
Sun aspects Mars and Saturn
Sun Quincunx Saturn
Sun aspects Mars and Neptune
Sun aspects Saturn and Neptune
Sun Square Neptune
Sun Opposition Saturn/N. Node