Bill Viola is an intuitive who is open to the reality of the world, objects, and others. He has a special duality to his mind, which is made up of equal parts of intellectual resources and sensitivity, giving him great intuition and humanism. As a function of this latter, he has a great sense of his fellow human and the oracular art of divining people’s unconscious wishes and motivations – in fact, his advice is often sought. In material terms, it gives him a talent for locating lost objects and a spirit of discovery and invention. Overall, he welcomes the signs arriving from the outer world in a positive and liberal way and even incites them to promise more than they can provide. However, when something does not satisfy him, he has the ability to cheer himself up rapidly and is quick to discover whatever positive aspects it may present. This involves a process of readaptation which requires formidable ego transformations, and they are the challenge for him. It is up to him to renew himself, to behave in such a way as to drain his environment of fearsome or threatening aspects. He is usually perceived as an idealist. Deep within himself, he sense the presence of a “new life.” It is the crucible of his ideal and all his hopes. The “new life” may assume the garb of various philosophies of liberation; whatever they may be, they all endeavor to revitalize alienated modern people, oppressed and downtrodden by Western civilization. However, in his striving to free himself and his fellow humans from a social contract based on the power of sheer lucre and corrupt lobbies, he displays a singular inclination to depend upon the very social forces he intends to topple. The reason for this is that, because he is quite sociable, the only thing he instinctively grasps profoundly is social action and organization. His perception of his own personality is vague or even negative. In fact, his grandiose personal gestures are motivated by a need to hide his unavowed feelings of inferiority and, at times, his fear of strong personalities. But he is above all an idealist. Hope is the prime mover of his spirit, and he is continually traveling along the axis of the hope/despair polarity. As he applies himself to ignoring whatever is impervious to his aspirations, he should acquire some certainty of what is still possible – for him and the world. In relation to his ideal, he behaves realistically, although others are unable to perceive his realism because he expressed himself in such an
Bill Viola wanted to wield power and enjoy social prestige. He felt quite at home in the modern world others found frightening.
Bill Viola needs others to fulfill himself and accomplish his ambitions.
At the time of your birth, your rising sign was located in Taurus (the Bull), while the sun was passing through the sign of Aquarius (the Water-Bearer). A summary of the various clues mentioned above provide your personality profile. The following key words capture the essence of your character and indicate certain contradictions which may create tension: Independence – Opposition to progress – Rebelliousness – Compassion – Originality – Perseverance – Fluctuation – Pragmatism – Productivity – Inventive mind – Sensuality – Sense of paradox.
With your complacent, steady character and bluntness, you sometimes display a determinism and persistence you are likely to carry to an extreme. Awareness of this tendency can bolster your relationships with others. Simultaneously non-conformist and respectful of tradition, your nature is fundamentally paradoxical. Enraged by the injustice, unfairness, and tyranny in the world, you are attracted to the study of social problems. You will struggle to solve them, torn between your awareness of practical realities and your attraction to idealist, utopian solutions. An environmentalist before the discipline was invented, anything related to nature or the Earth arouses your interest.
Bill Viola was born on the three and one-half days after the full moon rose, a “full moon” lunar type. This “soli-lunar” configuration gives him an objective, rational, and lucid character. However, because the moon is opposite the sun at the time of the full moon, his objective tendencies are balanced by a more idealistic penchant. Because the forces pull him in two different ways – one toward dreams, the other toward reality – he may be aware of some inner contradictions which are causing practical and social difficulties for him. At times, he is too demanding of himself or others, comparing them to an ideal, whereas at others, he is too nonchalant and indulgent about life. He vacillates between two poles. One is elitist; the other is more earthy and perhaps vulgar at times. The result is a multifaceted self. Generally speaking, his monthly energy flow is strongest at the time of the full moon. He would be wise to schedule intensive work phases at that time, as well as ambitious and demanding projects.