challenges and difficulties
He is very self-conscious and has a great need for ego-affirmation and praise. Expressing himself freely and openly is not easy for Tolstoy. Leo Tolstoy tends to work hard at playing and "having fun", rather than being light-hearted and spontaneous. Developing self-love and self-acceptance regardless of his "performance" is an important task for Leo.
His fears revolve around money and material security, and Leo Tolstoy works very hard to ensure that his assets are solid. He may be very conservative, even stingy with his money because he is afraid there will not be enough. He may turn this fear around and become very shrewd about investments and financial matters.
Leo Tolstoy seesaws between playing it safe, and doing something unique and original, between self-control and letting loose, between being a responsible adult and a rebellious adolescent, between what Leo has to or should do and what his spontaneous impulses tell him to do. All of this creates enormous inner tension as well as friction with people in his environment. Leo Tolstoy may, for instance, bitterly resent government or authority figures who "crush his individuality", yet ignore his obligations and responsibilities, thus ensuring that they will pursue him. Learning to give each side its due is an ongoing challenge for Tolstoy.
Now we will discuss patterns of behavior which Leo Tolstoy instinctively and habitually reverts to when under stress - a mostly subconscious process that he is apt to over indulge in because it is so familiar and hence easy for him. The direction Leo Tolstoy needs to follow in order to develop balance, greater awareness, and wholeness is also described.
Instinctively he is a fighter and an individualist who can stand alone when necessary. Very often, however, Leo stands alone when he does not need to, not realizing the support, assistance, and resources others may have to offer. Leo Tolstoy has a tendency to "reinvent the wheel" and to feel that he must be self-reliant and that only he can come up with the answers he needs. Implicit in this attitude is a kind of arrogance as well as a rather competitive approach, which - at its worst - can alienate him from others, or make Leo Tolstoy feel that "it is me against the world".
Social skills and graces and what Leo Tolstoy calls social "games" do not come naturally to him. Leo Tolstoy needs to learn how to share and join others, and how to negotiate and resolve conflict with others in a cooperative way.
The arena he is most likely to wrestle with these issues is in playful self-expression, games or sports, and creativity. Leo Tolstoy should try to develop any artistic, expressive, creative potentials he feels he possesses, utilizing the qualities described above.
He is very social and his relationships with others are very warm and expansive. It is essential for Leo's emotional welfare to be surrounded by people and he is an active member of groups or associations he belongs to.
Leo Tolstoy has a strong desire to take part in social functions and entertainment and cultivate an active exchange of thoughts with others. Leo also appreciates associations and has the ability to carry enterprises to a successful conclusion through teamwork.
Tolstoy is inclined to seek out relationships with people who have the same interests and he has a desire to work with them on obtaining mutual objectives. Some of Leo's contacts or introductions could come about suddenly.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Saturn in Leo
Saturn in 2nd house
Saturn Opposition Uranus
N. Node in Libra
N. Node in 5th house
N. Node Conjunct Moon/Jupiter
N. Node Conjunct Mercury/Jupiter
N. Node Opposition Uranus/Asc.