approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Don's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Don Barry comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Don Barry - 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 Don Barry" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Don a little better. This page describes the disguise Red Barry wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Don Barry meets life head on and throws himself into new experiences with zest and enthusiasm. He is direct, straightforward, assertive, and usually completely aboveboard in all his dealings. Candid and incapable of guile, insincerity or phoniness, Don projects a confident and sometimes arrogant façade to others. He often lacks tact and sensitivity, and can be completely oblivious to others' needs, and inadvertently selfish. Red Barry is self-reliant and does not depend upon social approval and reinforcement as much as other people do. He likes to be original and does not mind doing it alone. Don Barry may feel that he does not fit into groups very well and that he does not naturally blend in and cooperate with others. He likes to be either a leader or a loner.
Red Barry is a doer and thrives on freedom, challenge, and activity. He tends to think in clear, black and white terms, and to be somewhat simplistic in his outlook, which enables Don to act in a very decisive and self-assured manner. When inspired by an idea, Don Barry feels such a sense of urgency and excitement about it that he will often forge ahead and try to implement it in a rather bold but poorly planned and crudely executed way. Patience and careful attention to details are not Red Barry's forte. However, he never accepts defeat and will experience brilliant and unprecedented successes and discoveries, as well as painful failures. To Don Barry it is far better to make mistakes than to play it safe and never try.
He is scornful of what he sees as weakness or passivity in others and also of the human tendency to imitate and follow. Don Barry is not a follower. Others see Don as a strong individual and perhaps brash and brazen as well. Red Barry presents a strong front to the world and generally does not allow others to see his vulnerable or insecure side.
The effect of his childhood experiences, and the beliefs and attitudes Don learned while young, are clearly apparent in his demeanor. All is well on the surface, but when trouble arises, Don Barry seems childish and needy. When he is in calmer waters, he appears to have a vulnerable, trusting nature that brings out the mothering instinct in others.
Despite the fact that his core self is quite distinct from the face the world generally sees, Don Barry has a strong desire to be seen and recognized, to be acknowledged, and to have a significant impact on people in his environment. He may do remarkable things in order to be noticed. However, Don Barry often does not get the full recognition he yearns for.
Don Barry is extremely sensitive to all the impressions and energies around him and at times can be overcome or dominated by more forceful personalities. Learning to establish clear boundaries is important for him, as Don Barry tends to become enmeshed emotionally and/or psychically with whomever he is with. He may have the chameleon's trait of appearing to become the people or person he is with the most.
It may be hard for Don Barry to hold his ground and he may be taken advantage of easily. Red Barry displays little strength or force to others and may be quick to resign, despite having many longings, hopes, and wishes for the future.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Moon Opposition Asc.
Sun Square Asc.
Neptune Square Asc.
Asc. Opposition Sun/Neptune