challenges and difficulties
Maene doubts his own intelligence and mental capacities, and he may work very hard at studies in order to compensate for this. Stefaan is often overly serious and disinterested in light or superficial conversation. Spontaneous communication, social give-and-take, and making small talk are likely to be difficult for him.
Stefaan Maene has a mature, disciplined, serious attitude toward life that colors everything he does. Caution and realism are his virtues though Stefaan limits himself at times by being too careful, shy or fearful, not believing in himself enough, or lacking the required assertiveness. Others find Stefaan Maene difficult to get to know intimately, as Maene tends to distance himself from them or to outwardly adopt a rather stern, "adult" demeanor.
His faith, optimism, and sense of possibilities are tempered by a great deal of caution, and often doubt or skepticism as well. Whatever hopes or visions Stefaan Maene has for his life are firmly held in check by his sense of reality. At times he may wish for more freedom, but Stefaan also fears it and holds back. Stefaan Maene may blame practical limitations, some external condition or the prevailing Authority for his own inhibitions.
The conflict between spiritual needs and ideals versus material desires or limitations of the "real world" is one of Stefaan's ongoing challenges. It may be hard for Stefaan Maene to sort out his true values, especially when he is enmeshed in the demands of mundane life. Times of retreat, isolation, meditation and prayer could be helpful to Maene in this regard. Finding inner strength through spirituality and attunement to a higher source is ultimately the answer for him.
When he is with others, Stefaan Maene may often suddenly become inhibited. He is inclined to be afraid of confrontations and probably will avoid group activities as much as possible.
Stefaan Maene strongly rebels against any restrictions and may have the desire to break away and overthrow any thoughts of responsibility. On the other hand, limitations in his life could suddenly wane, thereby leaving Maene free to do his own thing.
Now we will discuss patterns of behavior which Stefaan Maene 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 Stefaan Maene needs to follow in order to develop balance, greater awareness, and wholeness is also described.
Stefaan Maene has a great capacity for sympathy, tenderness, and caring, which is a gift that he is apt to over bestow at times. For balance, Stefaan Maene needs to foster mature self-discipline, self-control, and personal responsibility.
When under stress, he has a strong instinct to retreat back to the nest, to be a child again, or to become overwhelmed with feelings and longings to be taken care of. Also, he may encourage others to depend on him emotionally (and otherwise) to an unhealthy degree. Stefaan Maene needs to learn how to set limits and to turn off the flow of support when necessary.
It is in fostering a personal vision or philosophy of life, whether through religious or philosophical studies, education or the wisdom of distant lands or cultures that Stefaan Maene is most likely to wrestle with these issues. Stefaan Maene needs to cultivate the qualities described above in this endeavor. Long distance communication and involvement with foreigners is likely to be significant to Maene.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Saturn in Gemini
Saturn in 1st house
Jupiter Quincunx Saturn
Saturn Opposition Neptune
Saturn Opposition Uranus/N. Node
Saturn Opposition Uranus/MC
N. Node in Capricorn
N. Node in 9th house