approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Pete's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Pete Townshend comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Pete Townshend - 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 Pete Townshend" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Pete a little better. This page describes the disguise Townshend wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Modest, unobtrusive, and often rather quiet or shy, he is a person who is content to stay in the background or to serve as an assistant, in the supporting role rather than in the lead. He is quite humble in his own assessment of himself; he seeks perfection, with a tendency to be overly self-critical. No matter how well he does something, Pete Townshend always sees the flaws in it and how it could be improved. Often Townshend will simply refuse to attempt something because he feels he cannot meet his own high standards.
Pete Townshend has an eye for detail and he gets upset when something is not done just so, usually something others consider rather inconsequential or trivial. He is hard to please and his relationships with others may suffer because of this. Pete Townshend also has refined sensitivities and is very discriminating and particular in his choice of foods, clothes, friends, artwork, etc. Order in Townshend's environment is very important to Townshend.
Townshend steps into situations rather cautiously, and not without realistically assessing all of the risks and potential advantages involved. Unless something is a safe bet, he is unlikely to dive into it. Pete Townshend tends to underestimate his own capacities and to lack confidence and trust in life, which inhibits his spontaneity. Worrying is a bad habit of his. On the other hand, Pete rarely falls flat on his face and what he does, he does very well.
Others see Pete Townshend as a self-sufficient and rather self-contained person. Townshend has a strong sense of propriety. Politeness, good manners, and correct behavior are important to him. His clear, cool, objective and non-emotional attitude is apparent to others first, and though he is really quite helpful and caring, he does not radiate much sympathy and as a result, others may not see the helpful side as readily. Pete may seem more businesslike and factual as well as more conservative than he really is at heart. He is the person others might go to for technical advice or an unbiased opinion, but not for emotional support.
He is keenly observant, intelligent, and has a great desire for learning and for self-improvement, but he is not especially ambitious and is often satisfied with a rather simple, unglamourous position in life.
Pete Townshend radiates a sense of good will, optimism, and trust, which inspires hope in other people. His presence has a healing effect on others even without Townshend's awareness. Though Townshend appears modest and content in a humble position, he has a sense of inner greatness or worthiness that is unmistakable. Pete Townshend also has a balance of confidence and humility, of faith and caution, that makes him very appealing to others and he has many more admirers than he realizes.
Pete Townshend seems quirky, unusual, offbeat and "different". Sometimes it seems that he is trying to provoke people and upset the status quo just by being himself. Townshend tends to be restless, excitable, and somewhat ungrounded or nervous as well.
The way Pete Townshend comes across to others, particularly on first impression, tends to conceal certain important aspects of his. Specifically, what gives Pete pleasure, how he likes to give and receive affection, and what he seeks in friendship or love relationships are not at all apparent from Townshend's outward demeanor. Pete Townshend seems to send mixed signals, and this can create a bit of confusion for the people who are interested in getting close to him or knowing him on more than a superficial level.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Jupiter Conjunct Ascendant in Virgo
Uranus Square Asc.
Venus Quincunx Asc.