Many of the traits discussed in the previous chapter are emphasized again below. His intuition is usually correct, but there are also times when Robert Mapplethorpe obstinately and passionately pursues his goal when a more flexible attitude and open communication with others would benefit him greatly.
Quiet, deep, emotionally complex and intensely private, he is not a person who is easy to get to know and understand. Robert Mapplethorpe is extremely sensitive but disinclined to show it, and he only allows a special few into his inner world. Like a wary animal, he is cautious and mistrustful of those he does not know until "he sniffs them out". He is highly instinctive and intuitive. Robert Mapplethorpe usually has a strong, immediate gut reaction to people, even though he may be unable to clearly articulate why he feels the way he does. His feelings and perceptions go deeper than words.
Robert Mapplethorpe also has a powerful need for deep emotional relationships and he forms very intense love bonds and attachments. He is possessive and often jealous of anyone or anything that he perceives as a threat to his relationship with someone he loves. When Robert Mapplethorpe commits himself to someone or something, he is wholeheartedly devoted and expects complete loyalty in return. Robert merges with or "marries" the person he loves at a very deep level and therefore separations are extremely painful for him, and often stormy and nasty. When Mapplethorpe has been wounded, he is not inclined to turn the other cheek and will retaliate if at all possible. Robert will most certainly never forget the hurt and he often harbors grievances and resentment for a very long time. Forgiveness does not come easily to him.
Whatever he does, Robert does with passion and fervor, and he often goes to extremes. Mapplethorpe can be hot or cold, but never lukewarm about anything. Mapplethorpe can also be very narrow-minded: either he is 100% involved in something or it does not exist for him at all. Rarely is Robert Mapplethorpe emotionally detached and objective. He definitely has a fanatical streak. He is also immensely strong-willed and his tenacity in pursuing his objectives often borders on obsession. He is filled with fierce pride, courage and emotional strength.
Robert Mapplethorpe loves mysteries and is deeply attracted to the hidden, dark, secret side of life. Robert never takes things at face value and is always probing beneath the surface of people and situations to discover what is really going on. Robert Mapplethorpe tends to be more of a cynic than an idealist.
Robert Mapplethorpe has a clear sense of his own self and he therefore conveys a strong impression to others of who he is and what he wants. Assertive and self-motivated, Mapplethorpe can be a leader - one whom others look to for direction - but he competes and often clash with other strong individuals. Robert Mapplethorpe feels a need to be in control of his own life and he can be too self-involved, too immersed in his own interests, and oblivious to others at times.
Robert Mapplethorpe 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.
He is blessed with abundant optimism, self-confidence and cheerful generosity. His good will and friendliness win him many allies. Robert Mapplethorpe also has grand visions and aspirations, and the desire to succeed in life in a big way. Robert expects the best, and usually gets it.
However he also has a more somber side, which keeps Mapplethorpe's optimism from becoming ungrounded or overblown. Robert Mapplethorpe tends to seesaw between his faith, vision and high aspirations, and his caution and realism (or fear!). He cannot and does not rely on good luck or grace alone, and he accepts the need for hard work. His skeptical or "somber" side is described below.
He is often plagued by feelings of personal inadequacy, inhibitions and self-doubt. Robert Mapplethorpe has a cautious, realistic attitude toward life and is highly responsible and disciplined with regard to his obligations and duties. Robert Mapplethorpe tends to work and struggle more than necessary and to take himself too seriously.
He is intensely willful, zealous, and fanatical though Robert often hides the intensity of his feelings and his personal motives and desires. Mapplethorpe is infatuated with power and has an almost compulsive desire for personal recognition and the desire to be "somebody". Robert Mapplethorpe tends to worship heroes who have powerful personal magnetism and charisma and often seeks to emulate them. Robert Mapplethorpe both fears, and is intensely fascinated with, death and the hidden, secret, dark side of life.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Scorpio and Sun in Scorpio
Sun in Scorpio
Sun in 1st house
Sun Trine Moon
Sun Conjunct Jupiter
Sun aspects Jupiter and Saturn
Sun Square Saturn
Sun Square Pluto