approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Xanana's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Xanana Gusmão comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Xanana Gusmão - his real motivation, which describes the kind of person he is at heart and where his 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 Xanana Gusmão" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Xanana a little better. This page describes the disguise Gusmão wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
He is a gentle, sensitive person with a deep understanding of people and a very tolerant, accepting, non-judgmental approach towards life. In a noisy, competitive atmosphere Xanana Gusmão is often receding and withdrawn for he is not an aggressive, forceful person, and he intensely dislikes conflict. In fact Xanana tends to be somewhat passive, to wait, watch, observe, feel and know much - but to act little. Letting things resolve or work themselves out in their own way, rather than directing or forcing his will upon them is often Gusmão's way of dealing with problems.
Xanana Gusmão may have a deeply religious or spiritual feeling about life, not in the orthodox sense necessarily, but an intuitive sense of the immensity and underlying oneness of all life, which makes so many human aspirations seem rather unimportant. He needs peaceful surroundings in order to flourish, and periods of quiet solitude are essential for Gusmão's emotional balance and well-being.
Xanana Gusmão is also very compassionate and cannot tolerate seeing any fellow creature suffer - be it human, animal, or even plant! As a child Xanana Gusmão probably cried very easily and became quite upset whenever others were hurt, physically or emotionally. The world of Gusmão's imagination and fantasy was also very real to Gusmão, a place to escape to when the outside world became too harsh, demanding, or simply uninteresting.
Because he is very giving and forgiving, people sense Gusmão's sympathetic nature and gravitate toward him when in need. Often Gusmão will continue to give to people even when he realizes they are taking advantage of him or becoming overly dependent upon him. Xanana Gusmão overlooks and makes excuses for other people's weaknesses, and for his own as well. Discrimination and self-discipline are not Gusmão's strong points.
Though he may be as intelligent as anyone else, he does not really have a rational, logical approach toward life, and trying to reach Xanana through logical arguments is often futile. His feelings, intuition, and heart, not his head, lead him, which may infuriate or bewilder Gusmão's more rational friends. Xanana Gusmão certainly recognizes that there is much more to life than can be explained intellectually and categorized into neat little boxes, and Xanana Gusmão has an open, receptive attitude toward such areas as psychic phenomena, telepathy, parapsychology, etc. He is not as structured and rigid in his attitudes as many people are, which enables Xanana Gusmão to see many different points of view and to accept all of them as valid. This can lead to vagueness, uncertainty, and confusion on his part - or to a very flexible and holistic way of approaching any issue.
Xanana Gusmão seems quirky, unusual, offbeat and "different". Sometimes it seems that he is trying to provoke people and upset the status quo just by being himself. Gusmão tends to be restless, excitable, and somewhat ungrounded or nervous as well.
Bright, alert, quick of tongue and/or of movement, there is youthfulness about Xanana's manner and appearance regardless of his chronological age. Xanana Gusmão also always appears busy and active, and somewhat restless. Gusmão needs mental stimulation from his environment, or he will rapidly get bored.
To others, Xanana Gusmão appears capable, mature, and down to earth. Even when he was young, there was a certain practicality and responsible air about Xanana that inspired people to rely on him. Gusmão keeps his cool in most situations.
Xanana Gusmão tends to get excited easily and may act a bit restless in the presence of other people. Always in motion, Gusmão seems to come across like a whirlwind and has a constant need for different and new experiences.
Xanana Gusmão tends to lead a very harmonious life and live in peaceful surroundings. His emotions seem to play a big part in his relationships with others and Gusmão bases his relationships on inner understanding between people.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Uranus Square Asc.
Mercury Trine Asc.
Saturn Trine Asc.
Asc. Conjunct Uranus/MC
Asc. Conjunct MC/N. Node