Although Leslie Howard appears gentle and sympathetic toward others (as explained in the previous chapter), he is also a "warrior". Howard sometimes feels torn between these two facets of his character: the sensitive, tenderhearted, home-loving side, and the assertive, competitive, risk-taking side. People who first meet Leslie Howard often think that he is a "softy", but later find out that he is strong willed and pursues his goals aggressively.
He is a person who thrives on challenge, and he often feels that he must battle his way through life, relying on no one and nothing but his own strength, intelligence and courage. Leslie Howard believes in being totally honest, true to himself and his own vision and convictions, even if it means standing alone. Honesty, integrity, personal honor and authenticity are Howard's gods, and he has no sympathy for weakness of character in others.
Leslie Howard craves the freedom to do things in his own way, and he works very well independently. Cooperating with others or carrying out another's will is not his style. Leslie likes to be the chief - or to go it alone.
Leslie Howard loves action and if others are settling down into a nice, comfortable little rut, then he is always ready to stir things up, do something new, make changes and introduce some fresh blood. Routine and sameness are tantamount to death for him. He is not afraid of trying something that has never been done before, and even though he may sometimes be perceived as a fool, Leslie Howard also discovers, invents and initiates things that others will later emulate. Taking risks and following his own star are the breath of life for Howard, and he wilts (or gets very frustrated and angry) if he cannot do this.
He is spontaneous, impulsive, direct, enthusiastic and assertive. Leslie Howard believes in the power of positive thinking and positive action, and he perceives himself as a strong, even invincible, person. Leslie Howard hates being ill or in a position of dependency. Accepting his own human limitations and emotional needs is often difficult for him.
He is basically aggressive in his attitudes and less adept at relating to others, picking up on subtle messages and nuances, listening, nurturing and harmonizing. He is often so fired up about his own projects or goals that he inadvertently runs over or ignores other people's feelings and interests. Being receptive and appreciative of others' contributions, ideas and feelings would be highly instrumental in improving Howard's relationships. His impatience to get on with things causes Leslie Howard to be rather insensitive, thereby alienating others unnecessarily. He also frequently tries to accomplish his goals through anger or temper tantrums. Leslie Howard would gain much by learning to slow down, relax and sometimes just let things be, however his energetic, restless nature rarely allows Leslie Howard to do so.
His career, reputation and public image are very important to Howard. Leslie Howard has a strong desire to be influential or make his mark on the world. He is not satisfied with the personal sphere alone; his ambitions include making a major contribution and receiving broad recognition for his unique effort and gifts. Leslie Howard may undervalue the personal or inner facet of life.
Leslie Howard tends to see things from his perspective only and to be rather subjective. He also enjoys talking and expressing his views but does not always listen as well. Leslie Howard has a clear mind, a love of learning and new experiences, and he needs constant mental stimulation and activity.
He may have had a demanding and perfectionist or absent father. In any case, a lack of support and approval, a great deal of responsibility at an early age and an underlying feeling that he can never quite measure up may hold Howard back. While he may encounter a great deal of adversity and struggle alone through many of life's trials, this makes Leslie Howard tough and determined. However, Howard should beware of becoming cynical, too hard on himself, and too demanding and critical of others.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Cancer and Sun in Aries
Sun in Aries
Sun in 10th house
Sun Conjunct Mercury
Sun Opposition Saturn