Behind Gephardt's proud and rather self-centered manner (described in the previous chapter), he is a thoughtful person concerned with social issues. He is very sensitive to the ways in which economic, social and cultural issues affect individuals. In his own life Dick Gephardt struggles to find ways to advance himself while also contributing something valuable to his community. Gephardt must not be content with simply blaming society for his problems or others' problems, but rather become active in creatively finding ways to solve these problems.
He is a freedom-loving, strong-willed, and independent-minded individual, and he insists upon living his own life as he sees fit, even if that means ignoring convention and tradition. In personal relationships Dick Gephardt cannot be owned or possessed, and while he is willing to share himself with another, he does not always adjust easily to the emotional give and take of close relationships. Though intellectually open, Gephardt can be enormously stubborn, opinionated, and inflexible on a one-to-one level. Richard has strong convictions and feelings about fairness and equality, and he tries to live by his ideals, but his ideals about how people "should" treat one another do not always take into account human weaknesses, differences, and needs. Dick Gephardt probably dislikes sentimentality and traditional gender roles and "games".
He is fair, intelligent, objective, and rational and he often let his head rule rather than his heart. Dick Gephardt seems rather self-sufficient and detached emotionally because he is capable of putting aside his personal feelings and viewing things dispassionately. But once Richard makes up his mind on an issue, he is difficult to sway and can be rather dogmatic.
Dick Gephardt thinks in broad terms and is concerned with the world beyond his own personal sphere - his town, nation, or even planet. He is likely to become involved in community affairs, social organizations, and groups of all kinds, or to have a keen interest in such. He enjoys being part of a group endeavor, and he often assumes the role of organizing, managing, or supervising group activities.
Forward-looking and progressive, he harbors great hopes for the future. Dick Gephardt stays current and up to date, and responds to contemporary cultural trends, both in terms of personal style and in terms of ideas. When young, Dick Gephardt was very influenced by his peers and by group pressures and by all the "latest crazes". Richard has an experimental mind and is attracted by the novel.
His strong points include his concern for human welfare and social betterment, his sense of fairness and democratic spirit, and his vision. His faults are his stubbornness and inflexibility, and a tendency to be very obtuse and insensitive when it comes to personal feelings and human needs.
Dick Gephardt invests a tremendous amount of his creative energy into his relationships with others, particularly his marriage or other close partnerships. Richard feels that he needs others in order to be all that he can be, and he is disinclined to solitary activities and endeavors.
Working with people on a one-to-one basis to bring about mutual understanding, harmony, and satisfaction is an area in which Dick Gephardt can really excel. Counseling or negotiating are talents of his.
Richard has big aspirations and the desire to succeed in life in a grand way. Dick Gephardt tends to exaggerate, to promise more than is possible, and to misjudge through being overly optimistic. However, he never loses his hopes for the future. Restlessness and discontent with responsibilities and limitations in life can be troublesome for Gephardt.
However he also has a heavier side which keeps Gephardt's optimism from becoming ungrounded or overblown. Dick Gephardt tends to seesaw between his faith, vision and high aspirations, and his caution and realism (or fear!). He cannot and does not rely on good luck or grace alone, and he accepts the need for hard work. His doubting or "heavy" side is described below.
Feelings of personal inadequacy, inhibitions, and self-doubt often plague him. Dick Gephardt has a cautious, careful, realistic attitude toward life and is highly responsible and disciplined with regard to his obligations and duties. Dick Gephardt tends to work and struggle more than he needs to, and to take himself too seriously.
He is strong-willed, forceful and independent. Gephardt knows what he wants, but sometimes may act too impulsively, causing quarrels or disagreement with others. Dick Gephardt tends to judge himself and others quite severely, but he is very sincere, honest and trustworthy.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Leo and Sun in Aquarius
Sun in Aquarius
Sun in 7th house
Sun Square Jupiter
Sun aspects Jupiter and Saturn
Sun Square Saturn
Sun Conjunct Moon/Mars