Though Willem Dafoe seems quite rational and even coolly detached and impersonal at times (as mentioned in the previous chapter), he is precisely the opposite when people really get to know him. He is rather sentimental. And though he appears unconventional or nonconforming, Willem's ties to the past and to family history and tradition run deep. Moreover, Dafoe can be very effective at working for human rights and any issues related to women, children and family.
Willem has powerful emotional attachments to the past, his family, his childhood, places he associates with safety and security, and his beginnings. It is very important to Dafoe to maintain a connection with his roots and heritage and keep family bonds strong. Loyal, devoted, and sentimental, Dafoe tends to cling to whatever is dear to him - be it a person, a familiar place, or a cherished possession.
He is sympathetic, nurturing, supportive and very sensitive to the emotional needs of other people. Willem likes to be needed and to care for others, and he often worries about the people he loves. Willem Dafoe has a very strong need for a sense of belonging and acceptance, and much of his life centers on his home. He is more concerned about people and their feelings than with power, achievement, or position in society. Kindness, consideration and tenderness are more meaningful to Willem Dafoe than any sort of honor the world can bestow.
He is primarily emotional and his views are often dominated by his feelings and his own personal, subjective experiences, rather than reason, logic or abstract principles. It is difficult for him to judge situations fairly and objectively because his personal sympathies and loyalties usually factor in. Willem Dafoe takes things very personally and sometimes builds a wall around himself to shield himself from pain and rejection. Willem Dafoe feels rather shy and vulnerable at heart. He also tends to be moody and experiences frequent mood swings. Willem Dafoe needs to have a place and time in his life to withdraw, introspect, dream and replenish himself; otherwise Willem Dafoe becomes cranky and unhappy with those around him.
Willem Dafoe functions in an instinctive, irrational manner and likes to immerse himself in creative activities where he can express his feelings, imagination and instincts. Dafoe often loves to cook, since it can be both creative and a way to nurture and nourish others. Willem Dafoe also has a great affinity for music, because it evokes and communicates feelings that may be difficult or impossible to put into words.
His compassion, sensitivity, and imagination are Dafoe's strong points. His faults include an inability to let go of the past and move forward, clannishness and prejudice, and a tendency for self-pity when facing hardship.
His energies are directed toward either honing his professional techniques, skills and abilities or "perfecting", refining, and improving himself as a person. Critical analysis and attention to minute detail are intrinsic in either process. Willem Dafoe is highly motivated to strive for a state of wholeness or optimal functioning and he is quite a perfectionist!
Dafoe can easily become overly identified or involved with the task he performs, with his work, or with his own health and "growth process".
Innovative, original, unorthodox and unconventional, he identifies with the role of a rebel, reformer or iconoclast. Willem Dafoe insists upon a great deal of personal freedom and does not easily adapt to others' needs and wishes. Willem needs a lifestyle that allows him to be spontaneous. He often feels that he is somehow different from other people and outside of society's mainstream.
Willem is extremely sensitive and imaginative, and he can get lost in his dreams, fantasies and visions. He is attracted to artistic and creative pursuits, as well as to the world of color, beauty, and emotion. Willem Dafoe is also drawn to mysticism and he has deep spiritual aspirations and yearnings. Gentle and peace loving, Dafoe may lack the will and competitive spirit needed to make his way in the world. He is often impractical and may seek to avoid or escape the harsh realities of life.
He is warm-hearted, kind, generous and very popular, especially with the opposite sex. Dafoe's happy feelings rub off onto others and everyone enjoys being with him. Due to a protective and encouraging upbringing, his relationships with his parents are good.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Aquarius and Sun in Cancer
Sun in Cancer
Sun in 6th house
Sun Conjunct Uranus
Sun Square Neptune
Sun Conjunct Venus/Jupiter