approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Shirley's basic stance toward life, the way others see her, the way Shirley MacLaine comes across, the face she shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Shirley MacLaine - her real motivation, which describes the kind of person she is at heart and where her 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 Shirley MacLaine" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Shirley a little better. This page describes the disguise MacLaine wears, her role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Modest, unobtrusive, and often rather quiet or shy, she 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. She is quite humble in her own assessment of herself; she seeks perfection, with a tendency to be overly self-critical. No matter how well she does something, Shirley MacLaine always sees the flaws in it and how it could be improved. Often MacLaine will simply refuse to attempt something because she feels she cannot meet her own high standards.
Shirley MacLaine has an eye for detail and she gets upset when something is not done just so, usually something others consider rather inconsequential or trivial. She is hard to please and her relationships with others may suffer because of this. Shirley MacLaine also has refined sensitivities and is very discriminating and particular in her choice of foods, clothes, friends, artwork, etc. Order in MacLaine's environment is very important to MacLaine.
MacLaine steps into situations rather cautiously, and not without realistically assessing all of the risks and potential advantages involved. Unless something is a safe bet, she is unlikely to dive into it. Shirley MacLaine tends to underestimate her own capacities and to lack confidence and trust in life, which inhibits her spontaneity. Worrying is a bad habit of hers. On the other hand, Shirley rarely falls flat on her face and what she does, she does very well.
Others see Shirley MacLaine as a self-sufficient and rather self-contained person. MacLaine has a strong sense of propriety. Politeness, good manners, and correct behavior are important to her. Her clear, cool, objective and non-emotional attitude is apparent to others first, and though she is really quite helpful and caring, she does not radiate much sympathy and as a result, others may not see the helpful side as readily. Shirley may seem more businesslike and factual as well as more conservative than she really is at heart. She is the person others might go to for technical advice or an unbiased opinion, but not for emotional support.
She is keenly observant, intelligent, and has a great desire for learning and for self-improvement, but she is not especially ambitious and is often satisfied with a rather simple, unglamorous position in life.
Shirley often comes across to others more abruptly or even antagonistically than is necessary to achieve her aims. And naturally if people perceive that she is trying to compete with them or run them over, some of them will put up a lot of resistance to Shirley MacLaine and her objectives. MacLaine might be more successful if she tones herself down a bit and shows some consideration, without completely sacrificing her own needs and wants.
MacLaine may well have been discouraged from freely expressing herself, and an overemphasis on being acceptable, conforming to certain standards and expectations, and generally not getting out of line is apt to inhibit Shirley quite a bit.
She may be seen as the wild card, the unpredictable or kooky one, because occasionally Shirley MacLaine does surprising things that are either totally out of character or are actually intended to shock people. There is an erratic quality or rebelliousness that comes across at odd moments. It seems to be Shirley's role to shake things up a bit and she may not be entirely comfortable with this herself.
Others may see Shirley as a cool, reserved and unapproachable person, perhaps as a result of her conservative and stern upbringing. Shirley MacLaine could feel that no one understands her and tends to isolate herself from others.
Shirley MacLaine tends to think of work as a hard and necessary chore and she may feel that she has little freedom of movement because of pressure caused by her surroundings. MacLaine is likely to feel hemmed in and consider dealing with others quite burdensome.
Shirley MacLaine has a tendency to live in a world of her own, a world that is likely to be far from reality. Shirley wants to make a big impression, and with her dazzling personality she knows how to put on a brilliant show.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Mars Quincunx Asc.
Saturn Quincunx Asc.
Uranus Quincunx Asc.
Asc. Opposition Sun/Saturn
Asc. Opposition Mars/Saturn
Asc. Conjunct Jupiter/Neptune