approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Howard's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Howard Duff comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Howard Duff - 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 Howard Duff" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Howard a little better. This page describes the disguise Duff 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, Howard Duff 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 Duff, 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. Howard 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 Howard Duff seems mature, serious, quiet, reflective, and emotionally detached. Howard dislikes sloppy sentimentality and will not openly display his feelings, especially the more tender ones. Duff likes to always appear poised and in control; and he hates to show any weakness, vulnerability, or chinks in his armor.
Howard Duff 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 Duff's guide in life, and he in turn develops a great deal of hard-earned wisdom, which he likes to impart to younger people.
Howard Duff 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. Howard Duff 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. Howard 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 Duff shows the world is modest and rather conservative.
In addition to his responsible and mature demeanor, Howard Duff also radiates a sense of confidence, well-being, and optimism which inspires trust and good feelings in others. He expects success in life and he generally achieves it. Howard Duff tends to create opportunities for himself wherever he goes, through his sincerity and positive attitude.
His emotional responses, feelings, and prejudices come across to others quite clearly and Howard Duff could be seen as a rather moody, inconsistent creature. On the other hand, he is not impersonal or removed, so people are drawn to confide in him. At times Duff may wish he was not so easy to read.
Duff may well have been discouraged from freely expressing himself, and an overemphasis on being acceptable, conforming to certain standards and expectations, and generally not getting out of line is apt to inhibit Howard quite a bit.
Howard Duff has a kind and loving nature and he radiates friendliness and warmth wherever he goes. Because of his obliging and cordial manner, Duff is likely to have many harmonious relationships with others.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Jupiter Conjunct Ascendant in Capricorn
Moon Square Asc.
Saturn Quincunx Asc.
Asc. Conjunct Venus/N. Node