Though Oliver Hardy seems rather dreamy, fluid, and impressionable (as mentioned in the previous chapter), he is actually very realistic and well grounded. His compassion and receptivity to others' feelings discussed earlier is balanced by a rather pragmatic, businesslike, no-nonsense aspect to his character, as described below.
Serious, disciplined and quietly ambitious, he is driven to prove himself and to achieve material accomplishments and success. His work, his position in the world, and his contributions to society are very important to Hardy. Oliver Hardy will persevere through enormous hardship and frustration in order to reach a goal he has set for himself, and he often sacrifices much in the area of personal relationships and home life in order to do so.
Oliver Hardy has a thoughtful, quiet and self-contained disposition and does not readily show his inner feelings and needs. Oliver Hardy seems to always be in control, capable, efficient and strong. He is often the person in the family or group who is given more responsibility (and more work) than the others. He is highly conscientious and even as a child he possessed great maturity, soberness, and worldly wisdom.
He is basically a pragmatic realist, and though he may have all sorts of dreams, ideals and colorful theories, he feels that the ultimate test of a concept is its practical usefulness. Oliver has an innate shrewdness and business sense, and there is a bit of the cynic in him as well.
He is clear-headed, detached and objective, and is not swayed by emotional dramatics. He is often authoritarian - strictly fair, but without mercy. Oliver Hardy has a great respect for tradition and even if he does not agree with certain laws, he will abide by them or strive to change them, but never flagrantly disregard them. Cautious and conservative, Oliver Hardy plays by the rules.
He is subtle, understated, quiet, deep, not easy to get to know intimately, and never superficial. He is a modest person and sometimes overly self-critical. Giving himself (and others) permission to feel, play, be spontaneous and silly, and sometimes weak and vulnerable is not easy for Hardy.
Hardy's strong points are his depth and thoroughness, patience, tenacity and faithfulness. His faults are a tendency to be rigid and inflexible, and too serious.
Leading groups and classes, and being involved in community efforts, social activities, events or movements are areas where Oliver Hardy really shines and expresses his creativity. An awareness of politics or the larger social impact of individual actions is natural to him.
Hardy can be an inspiring leader of a team or group effort. His dynamism and energy evokes the same in others, and he sees healthy competition between people as a plus. Generally, Oliver Hardy enjoys fine health as well.
While Oliver Hardy does have a strong drive, he frequently holds himself back. One of his challenges lies in learning to endure frustration and to patiently overcome the obstacles in his life (or his own internal caution and resistance!).
Realistic and practical, Oliver Hardy sets goals for himself that are modest enough for him to actually achieve. He is able to tackle long, difficult projects and see them through, for Hardy possesses self-discipline, concentration and perseverance. Oliver Hardy also has a strong sense of responsibility and is very conscientious about fulfilling his obligations. Hardy often does things because he feels it is expected of him.
Emotionally, it could be difficult for Oliver Hardy to discern illusion from reality. He is impressionable and sympathetic toward others. However, Hardy tends to idealize others and could adopt a fantasy view of a wonderful marriage, causing disappointment later on.
His emotions are very intense and Oliver Hardy is excited quite easily. Love is very important to him and he is constantly seeking emotional fulfillment, but he will not waste time with casual relationships.
He is inclined to feel uncomfortable or restrained in some way in the presence of others and prefer to be alone. Oliver Hardy is modest and shy in his approach to others and tends to accept more responsibility than he really needs to.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Pisces and Sun in Capricorn
Sun in Capricorn
Sun in 11th house
Sun Sextile Mars
Sun aspects Mars and Saturn
Sun Trine Saturn
Sun Opposition Moon/Neptune
Sun Opposition Moon/Pluto
Sun Opposition Saturn/N. Node