approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Ben's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Ben Harper comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Ben Harper - 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 Ben Harper" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Ben a little better. This page describes the disguise Harper wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Cautious, prudent, and rather self-contained, he is a person who approaches life realistically and who is not inclined to take foolish chances or get carried away by the overly optimistic or idealistic schemes of starry-eyed dreamers. In fact, Ben Harper frequently has a jaundiced view of such things. He is rather worldly-wise at a fairly young age, even somewhat of a cynic. Often the world does not seem like a safe, friendly place to Harper, and he tends to approach life in a guarded, conservative manner. He is generally calculated and careful, and is rarely spontaneous, fluid, open, and childlike.
He is pragmatic, shrewd, and an excellent strategist, carefully planning his moves for maximum effectiveness and advantage. He is willing to work long and persistently for what he wants and he often does things the hard way. Ben does not expect others to take care of him and sometimes refuses or simply does not seek any outside help. He is often very ambitious, but quietly so. There is nothing flamboyant or flashy about his approach. He is very responsible, conscientious, and concerned with his duties to others and how he comes across socially - his "rank" so to speak.
To others Ben Harper seems mature, serious, quiet, reflective, and emotionally detached. Ben dislikes sloppy sentimentality and will not openly display his feelings, especially the more tender ones. Harper likes to always appear poised and in control; and he hates to show any weakness, vulnerability, or chinks in his armor.
Ben Harper respects tradition and the time-honored way of doing things, and he feels that there is much to be gained from studying history and also by learning from older, more experienced people. A wise mentor or father is often Harper's guide in life, and he in turn develops a great deal of hard-earned wisdom, which he likes to impart to younger people.
Ben Harper has a stern, authoritarian, no-nonsense aspect to his personality. He expects much from himself and may not give himself enough leeway to experiment and make mistakes.
He also tends to be rather close-fisted, to save and conserve his money and resources rather than spending or enjoying them. Ben Harper spends money on things of quality and of lasting value, things which are good investments, but not frivolous, temporary pleasures. There is a bit of the ascetic in him. Ben exercises great self-discipline and self-control and he can "do without" very well. His tastes are generally understated and simple.
Though he may have other, more colorful and imaginative sides, the face Harper shows the world is modest and rather conservative.
He is forceful and energetic and goes for what he wants quite aggressively. He is a doer and an achiever and has a positive "I can" attitude. He may run over people and stir up opposition and conflict because Ben Harper tends to be very self-centered, or simply oblivious to the needs and intentions of others.
He may come across a bit scattered, nervous, or restless, as if he cannot sit still. Ben Harper seems alert and quick, but sometimes a bit on edge. Ben tends to stay perpetually busy, and would find handiwork of some kind to be soothing.
Ben Harper has a rather generous, open, broad-minded demeanor, and he likes to do things in a big way. If he does this primarily to impress others, Ben will find that many people prefer to avoid him. Even without meaning to, Harper can seem a bit arrogant or preachy.
There is a certain intensity, charisma, or compelling attractiveness about Ben Harper that may have little to do with his physical features. It is energy, a subtle sexuality that he emanates. Also, Harper tends to do everything wholeheartedly and with passion, which is quite fascinating to other people. His instincts and psychological perceptions about others are quite incisive.
At times Ben Harper may feels that he is all alone in the world and that other people only cause difficulties for him. Constantly bounced to and fro by others, Ben has a strong desire to free himself from his stressful surroundings.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Mars Conjunct Asc.
Mercury Square Asc.
Jupiter Square Asc.
Pluto Trine Asc.
Asc. Opposition Saturn/Uranus