approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Richard's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Richard Burton comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Richard Burton - 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 Richard Burton" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Richard a little better. This page describes the disguise Burton wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Richard Burton meets life head on and throws himself into new experiences with zest and enthusiasm. He is direct, straightforward, assertive, and usually completely aboveboard in all his dealings. Candid and incapable of guile, insincerity or phoniness, Richard projects a confident and sometimes arrogant façade to others. He often lacks tact and sensitivity, and can be completely oblivious to others' needs, and inadvertently selfish. Burton is self-reliant and does not depend upon social approval and reinforcement as much as other people do. He likes to be original and does not mind doing it alone. Richard Burton may feel that he does not fit into groups very well and that he does not naturally blend in and cooperate with others. He likes to be either a leader or a loner.
Burton is a doer and thrives on freedom, challenge, and activity. He tends to think in clear, black and white terms, and to be somewhat simplistic in his outlook, which enables Richard to act in a very decisive and self-assured manner. When inspired by an idea, Richard Burton feels such a sense of urgency and excitement about it that he will often forge ahead and try to implement it in a rather bold but poorly planned and crudely executed way. Patience and careful attention to details are not Burton's forte. However, he never accepts defeat and will experience brilliant and unprecedented successes and discoveries, as well as painful failures. To Richard Burton it is far better to make mistakes than to play it safe and never try.
He is scornful of what he sees as weakness or passivity in others and also of the human tendency to imitate and follow. Richard Burton is not a follower. Others see Richard as a strong individual and perhaps brash and brazen as well. Burton presents a strong front to the world and generally does not allow others to see his vulnerable or insecure side.
Richard Burton appears to be sweet to other people, and he knows how to use charm, persuasion, and affection rather than more direct (but possibly disagreeable) methods to get his point across. Being overly concerned with appearances and surface beauty is possible; and if so, Richard Burton may also seem vain and narcissistic to others.
Richard often comes across to others more abruptly or even antagonistically than is necessary to achieve his aims. And naturally if people perceive that he is trying to compete with them or run them over, some of them will put up a lot of resistance to Richard Burton and his objectives. Burton might be more successful if he tones himself down a bit and shows some consideration, without completely sacrificing his own needs and wants.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Venus Square Asc.
Mars Quincunx Asc.