challenges and difficulties
Banks either overvalues or undervalues his possessions and assets. He can also go to extremes in dealing with bodily needs and desires, being either hedonistic or ascetic. Russell Banks may deny himself sensual pleasure and enjoyment of the fruits of his labors. He may also be stingy and unable to give freely. Many times Russell Banks feels that he does not have "enough" to make him feel secure, regardless of how much (money, insurance, etc.) he has!
Russell Banks has a mature, disciplined, serious attitude toward life that colors everything he does. Caution and realism are his virtues though Russell limits himself at times by being too careful, shy or fearful, not believing in himself enough, or lacking the required assertiveness. Others find Russell Banks difficult to get to know intimately, as Banks tends to distance himself from them or to outwardly adopt a rather stern, "adult" demeanor.
Once he decides what he wants to do, Russell Banks will pursue his goal tenaciously and, if necessary, sacrifice a great deal for his deeply felt convictions. This trait tends to make Russell feel a little out of step with others. Russell Banks takes things a little more seriously and has an inclination to be somewhat of a fanatic, although probably not flamboyantly so; as a result, others may not be aware of how deeply Russell feels and how driven he is about the things that are important to him. Russell Banks has a deep inner resolve and is willing to struggle to do the things that are really meaningful to him, rather than follow an easier but less meaningful course in life.
Russell Banks tends to be emotionally shy, sensitive and awkward and may have difficulty expressing his true feelings, even when his affection is real. One of Banks' parents may have been too strict and unloving, and as a result, Russell may fear close relationships.
His vitality tends to be a bit low and Russell may have to fight against the tendency to be inactive. Easily discouraged, Russell Banks is inclined toward pessimism. Perhaps his upbringing was too authoritative, causing problems in his relationship with his parents.
Russell Banks tends to be very sensitive to his surroundings and is strongly influenced by the prevailing conditions surrounding him. Russell may feel that he has more obligations than he can properly handle, and that it is hopeless to even try.
Somewhat shy, Russell finds it difficult to relate to people and tends to withdraw from others. Since it is hard for Russell Banks to establish relationships, he would rather be by himself. Russell prefers everything to be simple or plain and prefers a more humble and secluded life.
He may frequently feel hindered or oppressed by other people and may suddenly join forces with others in order to overcome difficulties. Russell Banks seems to be afraid of his own courage and may find it hard to express his desires.
Now we will discuss patterns of behavior which Russell Banks instinctively and habitually reverts to when under stress - a mostly subconscious process that he is apt to over indulge in because it is so familiar and hence easy for him. The direction Russell Banks needs to follow in order to develop balance, greater awareness, and wholeness is also described.
Instinctively he is a fighter and an individualist who can stand alone when necessary. Very often, however, Russell stands alone when he does not need to, not realizing the support, assistance, and resources others may have to offer. Russell Banks has a tendency to "reinvent the wheel" and to feel that he must be self-reliant and that only he can come up with the answers he needs. Implicit in this attitude is a kind of arrogance as well as a rather competitive approach, which - at its worst - can alienate him from others, or make Russell Banks feel that "it is me against the world".
Social skills and graces and what Russell Banks calls social "games" do not come naturally to him. Russell Banks needs to learn how to share and join others, and how to negotiate and resolve conflict with others in a cooperative way.
It is in his marriage and other intimate, one-to-one relationships that he is most likely to wrestle with these issues. He may see the qualities that he needs to develop more fully (described above) in his partner. It is important for Russell Banks to recognize, appreciate, and listen to the people in his life who express such attributes, as well as to develop them himself. Russell Banks has to put energy and attention into learning about others, and about himself through others.
The specific habits which are likely to hold Russell Banks back, or which he is prone to overdo, especially during stressful periods, include:
Russell Banks tends to over-rely on luck or grace, living for tomorrow and gambling. Russell is overconfident and tends to overextend himself and take on more than is humanly possible. Russell is often dogmatic about his philosophy of life or religious beliefs.
Russell Banks seems to be a loner, rather serious and quiet. Perhaps he is burdened by family conditions that weigh him down. Russell prefers to associate with older or more authoritative people and is happier in a subordinate position.
He is very social, loves artistic events and entertainment, and has the ability to show his feelings without reservation. Russell Banks probably found joy in learning things early in life and he stays close to his family and other relations.
Because of rigid and somewhat unpleasant family relationships, Russell Banks is inclined to seclude himself from others. He may prefer to live in archaic surroundings and may be interested in antiques.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Saturn in Taurus
Saturn in 1st house
Saturn Square Pluto
Saturn Conjunct Sun/Venus
Saturn Conjunct Sun/Mars
Saturn Opposition Moon/Neptune
Saturn Conjunct Venus/Asc.
Saturn Conjunct Uranus/Asc.
N. Node in Libra
N. Node in 7th house
N. Node Opposition Jupiter
N. Node Opposition Sun/Saturn
N. Node Opposition Mercury/Venus
N. Node Opposition Saturn/Asc.