Secretive and inclined to brooding silences, it is difficult for others to really know his inner core, for Shaquille O'Neal only trusts and opens himself to a select few. Allowing himself to be vulnerable and to relinquish control in relationships is not easy for O'Neal.
Shaquille has intense, passionate loves and hates and is a jealously loyal and protective friend - or a fearsome foe. Shaquille O'Neal has a nasty habit of holding onto past hurts, resentments and guilt - and to keep such feelings to himself. It is important for Shaquille O'Neal to learn to forgive and let go, as well as to express his feelings openly and directly, rather than hiding or repressing them.
He is not content with superficial appearances and is always probing beneath the surface of things for hidden motives. Shaquille O'Neal has a great deal of emotional depth.
O'Neal depends a great deal upon other people for emotional support and he has a large "family" of friends that care about him and treat him as kin. The women in Shaquille's life are particularly important to him, and his relationships with them powerfully influence his sense of security and happiness. Shaquille O'Neal may be overly dependent and unsure of himself without a close partner.
There is a side to Shaquille O'Neal which loves comfort and the easy life, and unless other factors in his chart indicate strong drive and ambition, O'Neal can be lazy and overly permissive with himself. He enjoys being taken care of and pampered, and self-indulgence is always a temptation for O'Neal. If Shaquille's parents made the unfortunate mistake of indulging him too much as a child, this may be a very hard habit to break. Shaquille O'Neal can be so soft and affectionate that it is hard to say no to him. Eating too many sweets is a vice Shaquille is particularly prone to.
Some rather acute fears of being excluded, rejected, left out in the cold or separated from loved ones can make Shaquille O'Neal either extremely cautious about getting close to people or clingy toward whoever gives him any warmth or security. Shaquille O'Neal tends to withhold and clamp down on many of his feelings and craves nurturing and security, perhaps feeling that they are unacceptable or will never be satisfied. Learning to be open and trust others to nurture him is important to him. His earliest years, especially O'Neal's relationships with his mother, will determine whether Shaquille O'Neal will overcome his fears or retreat behind a mask of self-sufficiency and indifference.
Shaquille has an optimistic outlook, good intuition and the ability to find and use opportunities to his advantage. His quick understanding of things allows Shaquille O'Neal to see beyond ordinary limits, and he has the courage to exploit unexpected breaks.
His love feelings and desires are easily aroused but he may find it difficult to sustain his romantic interest in relationships after the initial, exciting "chase and conquest". Shaquille O'Neal enjoys a dynamic partner with a strong independent streak, and he does not like things to become too peaceful or predictable in the love arena. Shaquille wants to see sparks fly once in awhile, even if it means instigating a fight.
O'Neal is very much aware of his personal appearance, attractiveness, and charm, and he can be rather narcissistic. On the other hand, Shaquille O'Neal is concerned with getting along with others and he has a pleasing, agreeable manner that people find quite appealing. Shaquille uses tact or charm to get what he wants rather than intense effort or force. His desire for love and affection colors everything Shaquille O'Neal does.
He is prone to get involved in highly intense, even obsessive relationships - "fatal attractions", so to speak. At its darkest, this urge for intensity in the personal arena may compel Shaquille O'Neal to choose friends or mates who are rather dangerous or dishonorable characters with a penchant for manipulating and inflicting pain on their "loved ones". On the other hand, O'Neal may be tempted to use his own sexuality or charm to play the same sort of game, to use love or friendship as a bargaining chip or to gain power over others. Even if his intentions are basically good, Shaquille O'Neal will find that his closest relationships are rather tumultuous affairs in which some rather unlovely aspects of his (such as jealousy and the desire to dominate or to be a victim) keep showing their faces. These are qualities that need to be understood and ultimately outgrown.
His feelings are very powerful and Shaquille O'Neal expresses them vividly. His romantic relationships are likely to be very passionate and deep. Shaquille O'Neal has a tendency to go to extremes in love relationships and may be driven by inner compulsion rather than rational thinking.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Moon in Scorpio
Moon in 7th house
Moon Quincunx Venus
Moon Opposition Saturn
Moon Conjunct Jupiter/Uranus
Venus in Aries
Venus in 1st house
Venus Quincunx Pluto
Venus Opposition Moon/Pluto