approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Rod's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Rod Steiger comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Rod Steiger - 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 Rod Steiger" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Rod a little better. This page describes the disguise Steiger wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Ferociously proud and somewhat vain, Rod Steiger likes to be impressive and to be considered special and unique. He is not timid, meek, or self-effacing, and is rarely content with staying in the background or in a subordinate position. He is a natural leader, and does not take orders from others very well. Steiger must have something of his own, something creative - be it a business, a project, a home or whatever - that he can develop and manage according to his own will and vision. Whatever Rod does, he does it in a unique, dramatic, individual way. He likes to put his own personal stamp on it.
Rod Steiger also has a very strong sense of dignity, self-respect, and personal honor and is deeply offended if someone treats him in a humiliating or dishonorable way. Steiger will rarely confront the offender - he is too proud to do so - but he will lose his affection and respect for them. Rod dislikes pettiness and hates to be snubbed or ignored.
Steiger admires others who are strong individuals like himself. When Rod Steiger befriends someone, Steiger is tremendously loyal, sincere, and willing to go to extraordinary lengths to make that person happy. He is very giving and generous, but his gifts are never anonymous - Rod expects recognition and appreciation for them. He also expects the intense loyalty that he offers to his dear ones to be reciprocated. However, Rod Steiger often has trouble developing relationships with people who are as strong as himself, for he does not really cooperate or share the leading role very easily. If he is not in the leading role, he aspires to be and will compete with the person who is.
Rod Steiger has great heart and courage, and people often look to him for strength, encouragement, and affirmation. Rod always puts his best face forward and rarely allows others to see him hurting, disheartened, or vulnerable. Rod Steiger also has a very strong need for love, admiration, appreciation, and praise, although he does not like others to realize just how important it is to him.
His outlook on life tends to be very personal and rather self-centered. His own self-expression, self-actualization and self-realization interest Rod more than anything else. Rod Steiger feels that if he does his best where he is, the rest of the world will take care of itself.
Rod Steiger appears contained, and perhaps wary or mistrustful as well. He watches his step, and frequently withdraws if his environment does not feel welcoming and safe. As a result, Steiger may seem much more conservative than he actually is. Rod fears making mistakes in social situations, and is extremely sensitive to criticism or rejection. As he matures, Rod Steiger is likely to grow in confidence, because he will learn to depend more on his own evaluation of himself.
In significant ways, Steiger's emotional nature and personal needs are at odds with the way he presents himself. As a result of this inconsistency, Rod Steiger may be uncomfortable showing his instinctive responses and true feelings. He may put them aside, maybe even be ashamed of them.
When Rod Steiger is in an emotionally charged situation, those who do not know him well may be quite surprised at his reactions or behavior. The real challenge, though, is to completely accept himself, so that he does not act as if his emotional needs and impulses did not count for very much.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Saturn Square Asc.
Moon Quincunx Asc.