Although Tracy Chapman appears gentle and sympathetic toward others (as explained in the previous chapter), she is also a "warrior". Chapman sometimes feels torn between these two facets of her character: the sensitive, tenderhearted, home-loving side, and the assertive, competitive, risk-taking side. People who first meet Tracy Chapman often think that she is a "softy", but later find out that she is strong willed and pursues her goals aggressively.
She is a person who thrives on challenge, and she often feels that she must battle her way through life, relying on no one and nothing but her own strength, intelligence and courage. Tracy Chapman believes in being totally honest, true to herself and her own vision and convictions, even if it means standing alone. Honesty, integrity, personal honor and authenticity are Chapman's gods, and she has no sympathy for weakness of character in others.
Tracy Chapman craves the freedom to do things in her own way, and she works very well independently. Cooperating with others or carrying out another's will is not her style. Tracy likes to be the chief - or to go it alone.
Tracy Chapman loves action and if others are settling down into a nice, comfortable little rut, then she is always ready to stir things up, do something new, make changes and introduce some fresh blood. Routine and sameness are tantamount to death for her. She is not afraid of trying something that has never been done before, and even though she may sometimes be perceived as a fool, Tracy Chapman also discovers, invents and initiates things that others will later emulate. Taking risks and following her own star are the breath of life for Chapman, and she wilts (or gets very frustrated and angry) if she cannot do this.
She is spontaneous, impulsive, direct, enthusiastic and assertive. Tracy Chapman believes in the power of positive thinking and positive action, and she perceives herself as a strong, even invincible, person. Tracy Chapman hates being ill or in a position of dependency. Accepting her own human limitations and emotional needs is often difficult for her.
She is basically aggressive in her attitudes and less adept at relating to others, picking up on subtle messages and nuances, listening, nurturing and harmonizing. She is often so fired up about her own projects or goals that she inadvertently runs over or ignores other people's feelings and interests. Being receptive and appreciative of others' contributions, ideas and feelings would be highly instrumental in improving Chapman's relationships. Her impatience to get on with things causes Tracy Chapman to be rather insensitive, thereby alienating others unnecessarily. She also frequently tries to accomplish her goals through anger or temper tantrums. Tracy Chapman would gain much by learning to slow down, relax and sometimes just let things be, however her energetic, restless nature rarely allows Tracy Chapman to do so.
Her career, reputation, and public image are very important to Chapman. Tracy Chapman has a strong desire to be influential or make her mark on the world. The merely personal sphere does not satisfy her; her ambitions include making a major contribution and receiving broad recognition for her unique effort and gifts. Tracy Chapman may undervalue the personal or inner side of life.
There is an ongoing, subtle conflict within Tracy Chapman, between her conscious attitudes and aspirations, and her deeper emotional and subconscious beliefs, needs, and feelings. This creates considerable inner stress and sometimes paralyzing indecision, mostly due to the fact that Tracy may be trying to follow a path that is at odds with her subconscious desires. Chronic tightness or tension in her body may well be a signal that Tracy Chapman is denying or suppressing the messages from her subconscious or emotional self.
Ideally, Tracy Chapman will learn to accept the two quite different aspects of her and to express both of them. If she cannot do this, Chapman is apt to attract many relationships into her life with people who reflect her denied or repressed qualities, and who seem to make her life difficult. (Read also chapter 4 in order to get a better picture of the duality described here.)
She is apt to be a fanatic in some way, and cannot go halfway in anything she does. Her extremism may seem (and actually be) obsessive and somewhat blind. That is, Tracy Chapman does not always consciously understand why she feels as driven or intense about a given course of action as she does. There is a strong element of fate or inevitability in Chapman's life. A significant death or loss in her close relationships is apt to profoundly influence Tracy Chapman and shape important decisions in her life, and she may consciously seek out intense, life-or-death experiences as well.
Her emotions are very intense and Tracy Chapman is excited quite easily. Love is very important to her and she is constantly seeking emotional fulfillment, but she will not waste time with casual relationships.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Cancer and Sun in Aries
Sun in Aries
Sun in 10th house
Sun Quincunx Moon
Sun Quincunx Pluto
Sun Opposition Moon/Pluto