Although Vanessa Carlton comes across as a very private, somewhat wary and enigmatic individual (as described on the previous page), there is another, quite different side to her: a person who really wants to be noticed, known, loved and admired.
Proud and intensely individual, Vanessa Carlton really wants to stand out, to be the very best she can be, and to be recognized and appreciated for her unique contributions. Doing something well and being respected for it is extremely important to her, and she cannot tolerate being relegated to the background, taking orders from others, or being "just one of the team". Vanessa Carlton must put her personal stamp on whatever she does, and direct her own course in life. Vanessa Carlton needs to have a place where she can shine, express herself creatively, and be the one in charge.
Vanessa has big dreams and the determination, spirit, vitality and enthusiasm to realize them. Vanessa Carlton also has a noble, romantic heart, and a love of the dramatic, colorful, and extravagant.
For Vanessa Carlton, it is true that "the entire world's a stage" and she secretly (or perhaps not so secretly) desires to be the star or hero of the play. Vanessa wants to be great and to receive the love and applause of an adoring audience, even if the "audience" is just one other special person. She needs someone to believe in her and her dreams. Though Carlton appears radiantly self-confident and independent, she is actually very dependent on the affirmation, love and recognition of others. She cannot bear going unnoticed or unappreciated.
Vanessa Carlton also loves wholeheartedly and generously and really knows how to make the person she loves feel special. Vanessa Carlton loves the magic of "being in love" and knows how to keep the romance alive in her relationships. She is also immensely loyal and will defend her loved ones and stand by them to the end - as long as they never offend her pride or betray her trust. However, Vanessa Carlton likes to be the strong one in her relationships and she really does not share the leading role very easily. Ideally, Vanessa needs to find a person who is as strong-willed as she is, but who will not try to dominate or compete with her.
Carlton's strengths are her zest and love for life, her creative power and her warm and generous heart. Her primary fault is her tendency to be very egocentric, and so concerned with the impression she is making and with her own creative self-expression that she forgets there is another, larger world that does not revolve around her.
Her career, reputation, and public image are very important to Carlton. Vanessa Carlton 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. Vanessa Carlton may undervalue the personal or inner side of life.
Carlton can be an inspiring leader of a team or group effort. Her dynamism and energy evokes the same in others, and she sees healthy competition between people as a plus. Generally, Vanessa Carlton enjoys fine health as well.
Impulsive, restless and spontaneous, her life is apt to be somewhat unstable and full of sudden changes. Vanessa Carlton is extremely independent and craves excitement, adventure, freedom and discovery. Carlton has a rebellious streak and she often feels she is unusual and different from society's mainstream. The unorthodox and the novel appeal to her.
Along with her energy and drive, Vanessa Carlton has high ideals and an active fantasy life. There is a dreamer and an idealist in Carlton, as well as a doer and a fighter. Vanessa wants to win but not at the expense of others, and this may be somewhat of a dilemma for her.
She is imaginative and sensitive to anything colorful, beautiful or magical. She is attracted to artistic and creative pursuits, music and mysticism. Her spiritual values color Vanessa's whole perspective and approach to life. She is idealistic and perhaps impractical.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Scorpio and Sun in Leo
Sun in Leo
Sun in 10th house
Sun Sextile Mars
Sun Square Uranus
Sun aspects Mars and Neptune
Sun Trine Neptune