Richard Francis Burton
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 Francis Burton comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Richard Francis 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 Francis 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.
He is very strong-willed and proud, but intensely private and not easy to know well. Behind Burton's quiet exterior lies a great deal of emotional depth, sensitivity, complexity, and also fierce determination. When Richard Francis Burton wants something he goes after it rather quietly but insistently and wholeheartedly - and what Richard Francis Burton wants, Richard Francis Burton usually gets.
He is not a person who lives haphazardly or superficially. Richard 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. Richard Francis Burton 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. Richard Francis Burton usually has strong, immediate gut reactions, either positive or negative, which prove to be correct. Burton approaches life very instinctively and is not always fully conscious of why he feels or acts the way he does. Richard Francis Burton 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 Burton. When Richard Francis Burton 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, Richard Francis Burton 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 Richard Francis Burton as something of an enigma. He is quite self-protective and often defensive. Richard Francis Burton also has a very magnetic quality, especially to members of the opposite sex.
Richard Francis Burton appears to be unusual, highly independent, and a free spirit. There is a touch of brilliance, of the creative genius, in his manner. He is also restless and easily distracted, tending to fly from one thing to another, which may give the impression that Burton is unreliable.
Richard Francis Burton tends to blend in with and take on the characteristics of the people in his surroundings, and may thus not make a powerful individual statement of his own. He may project an aura of glamour or "make-believe", and enjoy trying on different personalities at different times.
At times his desire to impress other people, to be important, or to be popular may make Burton does things that go against his better judgment. Even Richard's sincere attempts to be generous or helpful may be misinterpreted, seen as pompousness or interference. Richard Francis Burton needs to be aware of his tendency to overdo - to go all out - even when it is not appropriate.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Uranus Sextile Asc.
Neptune Sextile Asc.
Jupiter Quincunx Asc.