Who is Julie(lipse?

Well, obviously she's an visually-oriented sanguine INFP cusp aquarian number seven rooster hierophant ectomorph of the vata-pitta type.

Errrr.... I mean, good question. Throughout the ages, human societies have come up with systems for arranging people by their predominant personality traits. These typologies are not rigid classifications for people! but rather, loose guidelines that at best may enable people to better develop balance in themselves, empathize with one another and appreciate the glorious variety of the human condition. Or so the supporters claim.

The book Who Am I? contains short introductions to about two dozen different typological systems. For even shorter introductions, read this article.

I was born at 09:25 AM (that's 15:25 GMT) 20 January 01982 in Bozeman, Montana.
Ryan was born at 12:45 AM () 17 October 1979 in Dade City, Florida.

I was born in the year of the Rooster, based on Chinese astrology. Roosters are said to be practical, straightforward, honest, attentive to detail (what's called "sensation" in Jungian/Meyers-Briggs typology). "deep thinkers with much ability and talent. You like to keep busy, you try hard and you hate to fail. You'd rather work by yourself than with others and your fortunes can swing high or low." I don't think I'm practical or attentive to detail, but the rest is pretty good, and I am pleased with the designation because of my deep affection for chickens. My mate Ryan was born in the year of the Goat, said to be creative, esoteric, most comfortable in their own minds (i.e, introverted), not well organized or materialistic. Not only is this more true, it also explains his occasional resemblance to the Greek God Pan (god of male sexuality...rrrrrrowr!), a mischevious goat-legged, goat-horned satyr and one of the oldest members of the Pantheon.

In western astrology, my sunsign is cusp between Capricorn and Aquarius. It's technically in Aquarius, and I consider myself an Aquarian, an air sign--idealistic, humane, altruistic, impersonal. My rising sign is Piscese, and my Moon is in Sagittarius along with Uranus and Neptune, Mercury and Venus are in Aquarius; Mars, Saturn and Pluto are in Libra, and Jupiter is in Scorpio. Ryan's sun is in Libra.

On the medicine wheel, I am again cusp, between the first moon of renewal and the second moon of rest and cleansing. I identify primarily with the moon of rest and cleansing, making my starting totem animal the otter, and my starting totem plant the quaking aspen. My mineral is silver.

In Tarot numerology terms, my personality and soul number is 5. (20 + 01 = 21; 21+1982 = 2003; 2 + 0 + 0 + 3 = 5). The fifth card of the major arcana is the Hierophant, symbol of learning and teaching in groups. Ryan's is 8. (17 + 10 = 27; 1979 + 27 = 2006; 2 + 0 + 0 + 6 = 8). The eighth card of the major arcana is either Strength through gentleness or (by some accounts) Justice, the scales, balance and commitment. Depends which deck you're using.

Personally, I would have chosen 2, The High Priestess. For Ryan I would have chosen10, the Wheel of Fortune. Oh well.

On the Meyer-Briggs Type Indicator, the MBTI, the most popular personality test in the world, I've consistently scored INFP 3 times from 1999-2001. Same with the closely-related Keirsey test, where INFP is termed "healer". Introverted, intuitive, feeling and perceptive. The Keirsey site describes us as:
Healer Idealists are abstract in thought and speech, cooperative in striving for their ends, and informative and introverted in their interpersonal relations. Healer present a seemingly tranquil, and noticiably pleasant face to the world, and though to all appearances they might seem reserved, and even shy, on the inside they are anything but reserved, having a capacity for caring not always found in other types. They care deeply-indeed, passionately-about a few special persons or a favorite cause, and their fervent aim is to bring peace and integrity to their loved ones and the world.

Healers have a profound sense of idealism derived from a strong personal morality, and they conceive of the world as an ethical, honorable place. Indeed, to understand iNFps, we must understand their idealism as almost boundless and selfless, inspiring them to make extraordinary sacrifices for someone or something they believe in. The iNFp is the Prince or Princess of fairytale, the King's Champion or Defender of the Faith, like Sir Galahad or Joan of Arc. Healers are found in only 1 percent of the general population, although, at times, their idealism leaves them feeling even more isolated from the rest of humanity.

Healers seek unity in their lives, unity of body and mind, emotions and intellect, perhaps because they are likely to have a sense of inner division threaded through their lives, which comes from their often unhappy childhood. Healers live a fantasy-filled childhood.
Very yin. Ryan's scored ENFP, my extroverted mirror. I did NOT have an unhappy childhood.

In William Sheldon's somatotype theory, I am primarily an ectomorph, cerebrotonic, and secondarily a mesomorph, somatotonic.

In Rudolf Steiner's system, based on that of Hippocrates, I would consider myself Sanguine (identified with blood)--changeable, cheerful, socially oriented.

Of the elements earth, air, fire, and water (and optionally wood, metal, ether) I have always identified with water primarily, and air secondarily, even before my interest in dolphins developed.

In Ayurvedic terms, my primary prakti, or physical nature, is vata-pitta, with vata slightly dominant. Vata is the "air-ether" type of light build, irregular eating patterns, enthusiasm, imagination, quick to grasp new information and quick to forget it, tendency to worry, easily tired, energy comes in bursts. Changability and variability. I have an excessively vata dosha. My mental state is pitta with a strong kapha influence. My guna is sattvic, but with a slight imbalance of kapha.

Using the RLstats test, if I were rolled up as a Dungeons & Dragons character, I'd come out something like this: STR: 7
DEX: 13
IQ: 17
WIS: 15
CHAR: 18

From an enneagram perspective, which I dislike because I find them pretentious and negative, I am primarily a seven, an epicure. Good.

If I were to rank my gifts in Gardner's multiple intelligences, they would be, from best to worst:

  1. Intrapersonal (self-knowledge)
  2. Linguistic
  3. Visuo-spatial
  4. Logical/mathematical
  5. Interpersonal
  6. Musical
  7. Kinesic

I deeply resent my lack of an intuitive grasp of music.

Hmm. Well, all these systems are very entertaining, but...
How would I characterize myself?

I am introverted. I don't enjoy "socializing," "hanging out," or "small talk" as pastimes--they simply don't interest me. When I'm involved in such events, I tend to be quiet and stay in the background. I no longer consider myself shy, and I enjoy public speaking. I don't mind being in crowds of people I don't know. I'm enjoy talking to people about things--ideas, areas of knowledge, feelings, personal predilections. I (obviously!) enjoy talking about myself, and I crave the approval/attention of the social world--but only if they leave me alone. I readily become involved in intellectual debate, although afterwards I may need to de-stress from it in private if it's very heated. I have a circle of close friends with whom I share deep bonds of trust and communication. I am happiest and most balance/productive when I am alone or with my very closest friends. I will always need time in my life to be completely by myself.

My greatest fear is being ultimately alone in the universe.

I fall in love frequently and with an intensity that frightens me. These feelings are not limited to a particular gender, age, or type nor are they limited to individuals with whom I would wish to persue romantic involvement (though I hope for close friendships with all of them). These "crushes" often last for many years with very little fanning, and I make few efforts to suppress them. I try to be honest about these feelings with myself, Ryan, my friends, and the objects of my affection.

I am quite self-aware, perhaps even a little self-involved or proud. I am comfortable with my emotional life, my mental life, my skills, my knowledge, my ability to care for myself. I am confident. I am very comfortable in my body, which I adore as one of my greatest blessings. I remember my dreams.

When I am doing something it is very difficult for me to stop or shift gears, even for a few minutes. If I become absorbed in a book, a conversation, a painting, a sculpture, etc. many hours may pass before I realize that I've missed meals, forgotten obligations, and really need to go to the bathroom!

On the other hand, at any point in my life I have literally dozens of interests, projects, and passions, most of them ongoing. On the scale of days and weeks I find it nigh impossible to concentrate on one area of knowledge. It may take me a long time to finish a project or master a subject; on the other hand, I have an easy time finding connections between my interests, and I almost never waste spurts of energy or passion for a given area. I am task oriented and "driven"--I am not happy unless I am "accomplishing" something or doing something "important." I get a lot done, but I'm become deeply stressed under pressure and have trouble relaxing. I take failure very personally and have to work several orders of magnitude harder to keep plugging away on something that I have failed--a subject I got low scores on, a project that's well past its due date or one that was returned to me for improvement, or an area where I have little natural talent (composing music, physical competition, organic chemistry). I don't give up on these things, but it's an uphill struggle. Fortunately, that doesn't happen often.

My strongest sensory orientation is visual. I learn best from books, and best of all from books with pictures. I am very much an intellectual. I live in my mind more than in my body, although I am trying to transcend this disparity.

I make lists constantly, and I need some kind of written incentive to stay on top of day-to-day things.

I am open minded to a fault.

I almost never go along with norms or conventional wisdom--in all areas of my life I try to personally seek out the best ways of doing things. Sometimes I reinvent the wheel, but I live a life that is very good for me, and I know why and how I do it.

My priorities are: Care of my physical well being
Care of the well being of Ryan, my family and inner circle of friends (including my potential/future children, who will be at the top once they're no longer potential)
Persuit of work with and for dolphins
Living in harmony with my ideals, particularly of harmony with the natural environment and individual empowerment
Exploration of new skills and realms of knowledge
Eventual mastery of same
Fame in the sense of making a significant and noticed contribution to my society (I'm an attention slut)

Yep, that's me! Sorry you asked?

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