approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Ken's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Ken Howard comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Ken Howard - 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 Ken Howard" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Ken a little better. This page describes the disguise Howard wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Ken Howard appears gentle and soft, and he acts rather reserved with others until he knows them well and feels it is safe to be open with them. Ken has a strong need for emotional security and a sense of belonging, and is deeply attached to the past: his heritage, roots, family, cherished friends, familiar places, etc. Making radical changes or moves away from what is familiar and safe can be very painful and difficult for him. Howard tends to cling to people, memories and possessions of personal or sentimental significance. Having a home, a safe haven, is very important to Howard.
Howard approaches life emotionally and subjectively and he is sensitive to the emotional atmosphere, the subtle undercurrents of feeling in and around him. Instinctive and non-rational, Ken Howard is often unable to give a clear, simple explanation for his actions. Something either feels right, or it does not.
His emotions and personal loyalties tend to color Ken's thoughts and opinions. He views life from a very personal perspective and often cannot mentally detach himself from his own personal bias and prejudices. He is apt to be concerned primarily with how something affects him and those dear and close to him, rather than with the principle or the broader social implications. For instance, he may be very patriotic and feel that whatever "my country" does is right without really knowing much about the other nation's policies or point of view. Simply put: if it is good for Ken and his near and dear ones, then it is good. If it is not good for him and his near and dear ones, it is no good.
He is tenaciously loyal, protective, and supportive of those he cares about, and has a very strong nurturing, paternal nature. Ken Howard empathizes with others and intuitively senses the feelings and needs of other people. Compassionate and sympathetic, he is easily moved by others' pain, and Ken Howard is often the one that others seek out when they need comfort, reassurance, or help.
His moods fluctuate and change frequently and he is sometimes open and sometimes withdrawn emotionally. Ken Howard communicates nonverbally and appreciates a person who can pick up subtle cues and hints, rather than having to make everything explicit.
Ken never forgets either kindness or unkindness shown to him.
He is rather easily irritated and is apt to strike out somewhat irrationally when the mood strikes him. Though basically kind and sympathetic, Ken Howard will aggressively defend and protect those he cherishes (and his own interests). He may even be quite militant under the guise of standing up for his family, or country, or home team. Howard could also be an effective advocate for the rights and needs of children, mothers, and families.
Ken Howard 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 Ken Howard 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.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Mars Conjunct Ascendant in Cancer
Neptune Square Asc.