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 Bernstein. Leonard Bernstein 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 Leonard.
His attitude toward religion, philosophy, and politics is very conservative and possibly narrow or rigid. On the one hand, Leonard Bernstein may believe in nothing that is speculative or intangible, requiring proof for any idea presented to him. Each idea is thoroughly and systematically examined. On the other hand, Leonard may tenaciously cling to his grand philosophical or metaphysical beliefs and opinions, refusing to modify them or to be open and receptive to others' insights and perspectives.
His overall outlook on life is serious, and Leonard Bernstein may feel that life or God will punish him if he does not watch his step!
Leonard Bernstein tends to be emotionally shy, sensitive and awkward and may have difficulty expressing his true feelings, even when his affection is real. One of Bernstein's parents may have been too strict and unloving, and as a result, Leonard may fear close relationships.
His physical vitality and mental energy tend to be somewhat low. For this reason Leonard Bernstein should try to avoid any unnecessary emotional and physical stress and maintain good health habits in order to enhance his resistance to illness.
He prefers to work alone rather than with others. Content on his own, Bernstein tends to become inhibited when he is with others, especially women. Leonard Bernstein may feel that the effort required to be with others is too great and probably not even worth it.
Now we will discuss patterns of behavior which Leonard Bernstein 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 Leonard Bernstein needs to follow in order to develop balance, greater awareness, and wholeness is also described.
It is easy for Leonard Bernstein to become distracted from his path by the multitude of interesting choices, possibilities, and options available to him. Leonard Bernstein needs to develop single mindedness and focus. Until Leonard directs his attention to some of the big questions, such as "What is my life's purpose?" "What is really important to me and essential to my happiness?", he is apt to dabble, scatter his energies in many directions and engage in activities which are entertaining but ultimately neither fruitful nor enriching.
Having an overall vision for his life and aligning his daily activities so that they support rather than detract from Bernstein's larger purpose in life, is a significant step toward his personal development.
It is in his relationships with others that he is most likely to wrestle with these issues. There is a dynamic balance (or conflict) within Leonard Bernstein between acting spontaneously and being true to himself versus modifying himself or his behavior to suit others. Leonard Bernstein seesaws between being inordinately concerned with his self to being overly conciliatory and concerned with others' needs, rights, or opinions about him. Learning to act authentically and forthrightly regardless of possible consequences is Bernstein's task.
Leonard Bernstein has a tendency to shy away from other people, and he reacts toward others in an almost fearful way. Bernstein seems to lack confidence in himself and for this reason may feel that he lacks the ability to adapt easily to relationships with others.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Saturn in Leo
Saturn in 9th house
Saturn Conjunct Sun/Venus
Saturn Conjunct Sun/Neptune
Saturn Opposition Moon/N. Node
N. Node in Sagittarius
N. Node in 1st house
N. Node Opposition Moon/Saturn