approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Gordon's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Gordon Cooper comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Gordon Cooper - 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 Gordon Cooper" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Gordon a little better. This page describes the disguise Cooper wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Ferociously proud and somewhat vain, Gordon Cooper 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. Cooper 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 Gordon does, he does it in a unique, dramatic, individual way. He likes to put his own personal stamp on it.
Gordon Cooper 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. Cooper will rarely confront the offender - he is too proud to do so - but he will lose his affection and respect for them. Gordon dislikes pettiness and hates to be snubbed or ignored.
Cooper admires others who are strong individuals like himself. When Gordon Cooper befriends someone, Cooper 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 - Gordon expects recognition and appreciation for them. He also expects the intense loyalty that he offers to his dear ones to be reciprocated. However, Gordon Cooper 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.
Gordon Cooper has great heart and courage, and people often look to him for strength, encouragement, and affirmation. Gordon always puts his best face forward and rarely allows others to see him hurting, disheartened, or vulnerable. Gordon Cooper 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 Gordon more than anything else. Gordon Cooper feels that if he does his best where he is, the rest of the world will take care of itself.
Gordon Cooper appears sympathetic and approachable. Because he uses his feelings and intuition in assessing people, others sense that Cooper understands their feelings or their personal situations. At the same time Gordon Cooper really wants people to know how he feels, and their care and support are very important to him.
The initial impression Cooper makes on people may be somewhat deceiving, in that the way Gordon thinks and his true opinions are not always readily apparent. Gordon Cooper may try to clothe his ideas and thoughts in terms that tend to mute them rather than clarify them. For instance, he may have a very definite, unambiguous opinion, but state it in such a gentle, tactful manner that it seems that he does not believe it as vigorously as he does. This creates miscommunication or misunderstandings at times. On another level, Gordon Cooper tends to become scattered and nervous when he is out of balance. He needs clarity and order in his environment to be at his finest.
He may be seen as the wild card, the unpredictable or kooky one, because occasionally Gordon Cooper does surprising things that are either totally out of character or are actually intended to shock people. There is an erratic quality or rebelliousness that comes across at odd moments. It seems to be Gordon's role to shake things up a bit and he may not be entirely comfortable with this himself.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Moon Trine Asc.
Mercury Quincunx Asc.
Uranus Quincunx Asc.