A crystallized outer identity. Hardness in the way you interact with the outer world. Exacting in the way you interact with the outer world. Having a very real outer identity. Having a very real reputation. An awareness of having a limited time to reach your goals. Honed through taking hard knocks, in a public way. A somber public identity. Professional public conduct. Someone who commands a great deal of respect. People who reach the top of their game. People who set the benchmark for others in their profession. Demonstrating professionalism. Leading by example. Being able to take the heat. Take a licking and keep on ticking. Walking the line. Other people may get to fool around in their professions, but you don’t get to. To get to the top you have to take what you do very seriously. No fooling around at on the job. Adhering to rules and guidelines. Following the expected codes of conduct.
The supreme authority of your mother or father. Rigid outer expectations. Expected to follow the rules. Expected to be mature and responsible. Expected to live up to your parents’ expectations. You’re a symbol of maturity and responsibility. Wise beyond your years. Mature beyond your years. Little old men and women in young bodies. Hardworking from a young age. ‘Professional’ from a young age. Professional child actors. Lifelong professionals. Starting your career at a young age. Being ambitious from a young age. Expected to live up to the family standards of achievement. Fulfilling your parents’ goals. Living out the unfulfilled wish of a parent – even if it’s not what really resonates with you inside.
Rules and people in positions of authority. Wanting to assume a role as an authority figure. Wanting to influence and shape the world. Wanting to be someone who sets the standard in your profession. Wanting to have control over your public identity. Wanting to be seen as someone who is in control. Wanting to be seen as someone who is at the top of their game. Disliking showing weakness in professional settings. Disliking showing incompetence in professional settings. Presenting a stern face of professionalism. There’s no ‘give’ when it comes to what you want to achieve. Walking a narrow path. Walking the line. Walking a tight rope.
Getting to the top through sound judgment, hard work, and respect for your elders. Getting to the top by cultivating relationships with people in positions of authority. Getting to the top by having respect for the people who came before you. Getting to the top by respecting the existing status quo. Taking on the burden of a public position. The responsibility of shaping the world. Avoidance of positions of authority because the responsibility is just too much to bear. Not wanting to be responsible for what happens to others. The burden of being in the public eye.
Having the burden of taking care of a parent. One parent is overly dutiful, strict, and bound by expectations and rules. One parent is sullen, melancholy, and depressive. One parent has exceedingly high expectations. One parent was unable to live out a dream because of restrictions, obstacles, or a lack of some kind. You may feel like a burden to one of your parents. You may find that your parents love you best when you are obedient. Outer achievement is regarded more highly than personal feelings. Outer recognition is more important than self-knowledge and personal insight. Having the approval of outside authorities may be more important to you than having the acceptance of your family. Family intimacy may be lost in the wake of personal ambition.
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