approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Léo's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Léo Baekeland comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Léo Baekeland - 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 Léo Baekeland" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Léo a little better. This page describes the disguise Baekeland 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, Léo Baekeland 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 Baekeland, 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. Léo 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 Léo Baekeland seems mature, serious, quiet, reflective, and emotionally detached. Léo dislikes sloppy sentimentality and will not openly display his feelings, especially the more tender ones. Baekeland likes to always appear poised and in control; and he hates to show any weakness, vulnerability, or chinks in his armor.
Léo Baekeland 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 Baekeland's guide in life, and he in turn develops a great deal of hard-earned wisdom, which he likes to impart to younger people.
Léo Baekeland 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. Léo Baekeland 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. Léo 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 Baekeland shows the world is modest and rather conservative.
Léo Baekeland can get by in life almost by personality alone. There is a radiant, warm, attractive quality about Léo that others cannot help responding to favorably. Usually he appears confident and clear about who he is, and it is very difficult not to notice him or feel his influence when Baekeland is around.
He may be seen as the wild card, the unpredictable or kooky one, because occasionally Léo Baekeland 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 Léo's role to shake things up a bit and he may not be entirely comfortable with this himself.
He is very receptive to the influence of his environment, giving other people a chance to exploit or use him. Léo Baekeland has the ability to tune into the events around him, but he also should be careful not to overreact to the intentions of others.
He may find it difficult to get ahead because Léo lacks the vitality to do so. Léo Baekeland tends to wait for better conditions and has the desire to accomplish a lot without straining himself too much. Quite often, though, his plans just seem to hang in the air.
Léo Baekeland has a tendency to live in a world of his own, a world that is likely to be far from reality. Léo wants to make a big impression, and with his dazzling personality he knows how to put on a brilliant show.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Sun Sextile Asc.
Uranus Quincunx Asc.
Asc. Conjunct Mercury/Neptune
Asc. Conjunct Mars/Neptune
Asc. Conjunct Jupiter/Neptune