Although Aristide Briand appears gentle and sympathetic toward others (as explained in the previous chapter), he is also a "warrior". Briand sometimes feels torn between these two facets of his character: the sensitive, tenderhearted, home-loving side, and the assertive, competitive, risk-taking side. People who first meet Aristide Briand often think that he is a "softy", but later find out that he is strong willed and pursues his goals aggressively.
He is a person who thrives on challenge, and he often feels that he must battle his way through life, relying on no one and nothing but his own strength, intelligence and courage. Aristide Briand believes in being totally honest, true to himself and his own vision and convictions, even if it means standing alone. Honesty, integrity, personal honor and authenticity are Briand's gods, and he has no sympathy for weakness of character in others.
Aristide Briand craves the freedom to do things in his own way, and he works very well independently. Cooperating with others or carrying out another's will is not his style. Aristide likes to be the chief - or to go it alone.
Aristide Briand loves action and if others are settling down into a nice, comfortable little rut, then he is always ready to stir things up, do something new, make changes and introduce some fresh blood. Routine and sameness are tantamount to death for him. He is not afraid of trying something that has never been done before, and even though he may sometimes be perceived as a fool, Aristide Briand also discovers, invents and initiates things that others will later emulate. Taking risks and following his own star are the breath of life for Briand, and he wilts (or gets very frustrated and angry) if he cannot do this.
He is spontaneous, impulsive, direct, enthusiastic and assertive. Aristide Briand believes in the power of positive thinking and positive action, and he perceives himself as a strong, even invincible, person. Aristide Briand hates being ill or in a position of dependency. Accepting his own human limitations and emotional needs is often difficult for him.
He is basically aggressive in his attitudes and less adept at relating to others, picking up on subtle messages and nuances, listening, nurturing and harmonizing. He is often so fired up about his own projects or goals that he inadvertently runs over or ignores other people's feelings and interests. Being receptive and appreciative of others' contributions, ideas and feelings would be highly instrumental in improving Briand's relationships. His impatience to get on with things causes Aristide Briand to be rather insensitive, thereby alienating others unnecessarily. He also frequently tries to accomplish his goals through anger or temper tantrums. Aristide Briand would gain much by learning to slow down, relax and sometimes just let things be, however his energetic, restless nature rarely allows Aristide Briand to do so.
His career, reputation and public image are very important to Briand. Aristide Briand has a strong desire to be influential or make his mark on the world. He is not satisfied with the personal sphere alone; his ambitions include making a major contribution and receiving broad recognition for his unique effort and gifts. Aristide Briand may undervalue the personal or inner facet of life.
Sensitive and imaginative, he is attracted to artistic and creative pursuits and to mysticism. Aristide Briand is impressionable and receptive, and often has experiences that are unusual and unexplainable by the rational mind. Aristide has an abundance of dreams, visions and longings, but does not always have the concentrated will and stamina to make them materialize. Gentle, idealistic and peace loving, Aristide often seeks to avoid the harsh realities of life. Aristide has an ethereal quality about him.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Cancer and Sun in Aries
Sun in Aries
Sun in 10th house
Sun Conjunct Neptune