approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Alan's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Alan Leo comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Alan Leo - 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 Alan Leo" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Alan a little better. This page describes the disguise Leo wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Ferociously proud and somewhat vain, Alan Leo likes to be impressive and to be considered special and unique. He is not timid, meek, or self-effacing, and is rarely content with staying in the background or in a subordinate position. He is a natural leader, and does not take orders from others very well. Leo must have something of his own, something creative - be it a business, a project, a home or whatever - that he can develop and manage according to his own will and vision. Whatever Alan does, he does it in a unique, dramatic, individual way. He likes to put his own personal stamp on it.
Alan Leo also has a very strong sense of dignity, self-respect, and personal honor and is deeply offended if someone treats him in a humiliating or dishonorable way. Leo will rarely confront the offender - he is too proud to do so - but he will lose his affection and respect for them. Alan dislikes pettiness and hates to be snubbed or ignored.
Leo admires others who are strong individuals like himself. When Alan Leo befriends someone, Leo is tremendously loyal, sincere, and willing to go to extraordinary lengths to make that person happy. He is very giving and generous, but his gifts are never anonymous - Alan expects recognition and appreciation for them. He also expects the intense loyalty that he offers to his dear ones to be reciprocated. However, Alan Leo often has trouble developing relationships with people who are as strong as himself, for he does not really cooperate or share the leading role very easily. If he is not in the leading role, he aspires to be and will compete with the person who is.
Alan Leo has great heart and courage, and people often look to him for strength, encouragement, and affirmation. Alan always puts his best face forward and rarely allows others to see him hurting, disheartened, or vulnerable. Alan Leo also has a very strong need for love, admiration, appreciation, and praise, although he does not like others to realize just how important it is to him.
His outlook on life tends to be very personal and rather self-centered. His own self-expression, self-actualization and self-realization interest Alan more than anything else. Alan Leo feels that if he does his best where he is, the rest of the world will take care of itself.
Alan Leo tends to take himself and his dignity seriously, and thus to inhibit his spontaneous creativity and dramatic impulses. Alan Leo appears mature, disciplined, controlled, and somewhat authoritarian to others. He is overly responsible much of the time, and tends to be far too hard on himself.
There is a receptive, elusive quality to Alan's personality. Leo can be difficult to pin down, difficult to know, something of a mystery. At times Alan Leo may feel frustrated because he feels that he is not being perceived very clearly, that he does not make a powerful impression, that he is easily overlooked or discounted. If he does not wish to be "invisible", Leo must make some effort to define and clarify - both for himself and for the rest of the world - who Alan Leo is. On the other hand, Alan Leo may purposely create illusions about himself with the intent to deceive - or entertain - others.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Saturn Conjunct Ascendant in Leo
Neptune Quincunx Asc.