approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Neal's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Neal Cassady comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Neal Cassady - 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 Neal Cassady" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Neal a little better. This page describes the disguise Cassady wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
He is very strong-willed and proud, but intensely private and not easy to know well. Behind Cassady's quiet exterior lies a great deal of emotional depth, sensitivity, complexity, and also fierce determination. When Neal Cassady wants something he goes after it rather quietly but insistently and wholeheartedly - and what Neal Cassady wants, Neal Cassady usually gets.
He is not a person who lives haphazardly or superficially. Neal wants to live passionately and intensely and is not averse to challenge, danger, or to facing the darker side of life - human pain and struggle. Neal Cassady functions well in crisis situations and he often seeks them out, for he enjoys the feeling of living at full capacity.
He is very intuitive about other people and especially about their unspoken feelings and hidden motives. Neal Cassady usually has strong, immediate gut reactions, either positive or negative, which prove to be correct. Cassady approaches life very instinctively and is not always fully conscious of why he feels or acts the way he does. Neal Cassady also has a very strong affinity with animals - an acute sensitivity and a nonverbal rapport with them.
In new relationships he is rather cautious, sometimes even suspicious, until he gets to know and trust someone - and trust does not come easily to Cassady. When Neal Cassady commits himself emotionally to someone, be it friend or lover, he is intensely loyal and devoted to them and he also expects the same kind of unwavering, undying loyalty in return. If he is ever betrayed by someone he cares deeply for, Neal Cassady is capable of hating and retaliating with as much fervor as he once loved. Nothing is done halfway. In fact, he is intensely involved and often jealously attached to whatever he cares about, be it person, idea, or cause. There is definitely a streak of emotional fanaticism in him.
Because of his natural reserve, others may see Neal Cassady as something of an enigma. He is quite self-protective and often defensive. Neal Cassady also has a very magnetic quality, especially to members of the opposite sex.
Neal Cassady has a great fear of losing control or letting down his guard, which prevents him from opening up to other people.
Expressing himself in an open, non-defensive way does not come easily to Cassady, and at times he feels like a pressure cooker, holding a great deal of his passionate feelings and drives inside. Because he does not share his deepest self readily, Neal may begin to believe that the feelings he has are uncommon and even shameful or evil. Neal Cassady tends to think the worst of himself. He projects a secretive, dark, mysterious, or "bad" image to others.
On the positive side, Neal Cassady is capable of enormous discipline and serious, sustained effort in whatever area he chooses.
Neal Cassady is extremely sensitive to all of the incoming impressions and energies around him, and at times he can be overcome or dominated by more forceful personalities. Learning to establish clear boundaries is important for him, as Neal Cassady tends to become enmeshed emotionally and/or psychically with whomever he is with. He may have the chameleon's trait of seeming to become the people or person he is with the most.
Neal Cassady appears to be liberal and open-minded. Anything new, innovative, unusual, or off the beaten track arouses his interest. Cassady infuses his environment with enthusiasm, new life and excitement. Though not intentionally disruptive, Neal Cassady does enjoy startling or waking people up a bit.
His life is never a secret to anyone, for Cassady likes to publicize his plans and let people know exactly where he stands. Others are drawn to Neal Cassady because of his ease in conversational ability and people often may seek his advice.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Saturn Conjunct Ascendant in Scorpio
Neptune Square Asc.
Uranus Trine Asc.
Asc. Conjunct Mercury/MC