Although Neville Brand appears gentle and sympathetic toward others (as explained in the previous chapter), he is also a "warrior". Brand 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 Neville Brand 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. Neville Brand 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 Brand's gods, and he has no sympathy for weakness of character in others.
Neville Brand 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. Neville likes to be the chief - or to go it alone.
Neville Brand 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, Neville Brand also discovers, invents and initiates things that others will later emulate. Taking risks and following his own star are the breath of life for Brand, and he wilts (or gets very frustrated and angry) if he cannot do this.
He is spontaneous, impulsive, direct, enthusiastic and assertive. Neville Brand believes in the power of positive thinking and positive action, and he perceives himself as a strong, even invincible, person. Neville Brand 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 Brand's relationships. His impatience to get on with things causes Neville Brand to be rather insensitive, thereby alienating others unnecessarily. He also frequently tries to accomplish his goals through anger or temper tantrums. Neville Brand would gain much by learning to slow down, relax and sometimes just let things be, however his energetic, restless nature rarely allows Neville Brand to do so.
Leading groups and classes and being involved in community efforts, social activities, events or movements are areas where Neville Brand really shines and expresses his creativity. An awareness of politics or the larger social impact of individual actions comes naturally to him.
Neville Brand has a strong need to be with people whom he is emotionally close to. He is very sensitive to others emotional needs, lending a sympathetic ear to their problems. Peace and harmony in his personal surrounding and relationships are very important to Brand.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Cancer and Sun in Aries
Sun in Aries
Sun in 11th house
Sun Conjunct Moon/Asc.