Behind Petty's strong, proud appearance (described in the previous chapter), there is a very tender, sensitive, sentimental, feeling person. He is probably much shyer and more private than initially presumed.
Richard has powerful emotional attachments to the past, his family, his childhood, places he associates with safety and security, and his beginnings. It is very important to Petty to maintain a connection with his roots and heritage and keep family bonds strong. Loyal, devoted, and sentimental, Petty tends to cling to whatever is dear to him - be it a person, a familiar place, or a cherished possession.
He is sympathetic, nurturing, supportive and very sensitive to the emotional needs of other people. Richard likes to be needed and to care for others, and he often worries about the people he loves. Richard Petty has a very strong need for a sense of belonging and acceptance, and much of his life centers on his home. He is more concerned about people and their feelings than with power, achievement, or position in society. Kindness, consideration and tenderness are more meaningful to Richard Petty than any sort of honor the world can bestow.
He is primarily emotional and his views are often dominated by his feelings and his own personal, subjective experiences, rather than reason, logic or abstract principles. It is difficult for him to judge situations fairly and objectively because his personal sympathies and loyalties usually factor in. Richard Petty takes things very personally and sometimes builds a wall around himself to shield himself from pain and rejection. Richard Petty feels rather shy and vulnerable at heart. He also tends to be moody and experiences frequent mood swings. Richard Petty needs to have a place and time in his life to withdraw, introspect, dream and replenish himself; otherwise Richard Petty becomes cranky and unhappy with those around him.
Richard Petty functions in an instinctive, irrational manner and likes to immerse himself in creative activities where he can express his feelings, imagination and instincts. Petty often loves to cook, since it can be both creative and a way to nurture and nourish others. Richard Petty also has a great affinity for music, because it evokes and communicates feelings that may be difficult or impossible to put into words.
His compassion, sensitivity, and imagination are Petty's strong points. His faults include an inability to let go of the past and move forward, clannishness and prejudice, and a tendency for self-pity when facing hardship.
Leading groups and classes and being involved in community efforts, social activities, events or movements are areas where Richard Petty really shines and expresses his creativity. An awareness of politics or the larger social impact of individual actions comes naturally to him.
He is an original! Richard Petty radiates a sort of electrical excitement about the things he is interested in, and conveys this to others, but he also gets bored rather quickly. Richard does not mind being a bit unusual or breaking a few rules either.
Richard Petty has a harmonious and graceful manner along with an appreciation of beautiful, perhaps even artistically furnished surroundings. Richard may be quite attractive and he is likely to make a favorable impression on everyone.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Leo and Sun in Cancer
Sun in Cancer
Sun in 11th house
Sun Sextile Uranus
Sun Conjunct Venus/Asc.