Though Joseph Smith seems quite soft and sympathetic (as mentioned in the previous chapter), deep down, he is very hardheaded and practical and Smith can be surprisingly cool and impassive. He is caring, but at the same time rather detached and unemotional. Joseph Smith has a knack for understanding others because he can empathize with them without getting "sucked into" their problems and concerns. For this reason, he is a good parent. Joseph can also be very shrewd in business because he can sense what others want and is clever at finding ways to market products or services that people want.
Serious, disciplined and quietly ambitious, he is driven to prove himself and to achieve material accomplishments and success. His work, his position in the world, and his contributions to society are very important to Smith. Joseph Smith will persevere through enormous hardship and frustration in order to reach a goal he has set for himself, and he often sacrifices much in the area of personal relationships and home life in order to do so.
Joseph Smith has a thoughtful, quiet and self-contained disposition and does not readily show his inner feelings and needs. Joseph Smith seems to always be in control, capable, efficient and strong. He is often the person in the family or group who is given more responsibility (and more work) than the others. He is highly conscientious and even as a child he possessed great maturity, soberness, and worldly wisdom.
He is basically a pragmatic realist, and though he may have all sorts of dreams, ideals and colorful theories, he feels that the ultimate test of a concept is its practical usefulness. Joseph has an innate shrewdness and business sense, and there is a bit of the cynic in him as well.
He is clear-headed, detached and objective, and is not swayed by emotional dramatics. He is often authoritarian - strictly fair, but without mercy. Joseph Smith has a great respect for tradition and even if he does not agree with certain laws, he will abide by them or strive to change them, but never flagrantly disregard them. Cautious and conservative, Joseph Smith plays by the rules.
He is subtle, understated, quiet, deep, not easy to get to know intimately, and never superficial. He is a modest person and sometimes overly self-critical. Giving himself (and others) permission to feel, play, be spontaneous and silly, and sometimes weak and vulnerable is not easy for Smith.
Smith's strong points are his depth and thoroughness, patience, tenacity and faithfulness. His faults are a tendency to be rigid and inflexible, and too serious.
His energies are directed to either perfecting his techniques, skills, and abilities in work, or in "perfecting", refining, and improving himself as a person. Critical analysis and attention to minute detail are intrinsic in either process. The urge to bring about a state of wholeness or optimal functioning is a strong motivation of Joseph Smith's, and he is quite a perfectionist!
Smith can easily become overly identified or involved with the function he performs, with his work, or with his own health and "growth process".
Emotionally, it could be difficult for Joseph Smith to discern illusion from reality. He is impressionable and sympathetic toward others. However, Smith tends to idealize others and could adopt a fantasy view of a wonderful marriage, causing disappointment later on.
Joseph Smith feels physically strong and fit and has a healthy sex-life. His actions are governed by a strong sense of honor and integrity. Smith is ambitious with a talent for organizing and a strong desire to succeed, insuring by that his professional success.
Smith has a strong will and great determination and is willing to work hard to reach his goals. Joseph Smith often takes on more than his share and labors untiringly, sparing himself no pain in his work. Joseph should guard against over-exerting himself physically.
Joseph Smith has a great desire for freedom and independence and is subject to strong emotional tensions. He is very creative and forges ahead tirelessly. But Smith tends to make the highest demands on his physical energy and is prone to over-stimulate his nerves.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Cancer and Sun in Capricorn
Sun in Capricorn
Sun in 6th house
Sun Conjunct Moon/Neptune
Sun Conjunct Mars/Jupiter
Sun Conjunct Saturn/Pluto
Sun Conjunct Uranus/Pluto