approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Sam's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Sam Shepard comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Sam Shepard - 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 Sam Shepard" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Sam a little better. This page describes the disguise Shepard wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
He is a gentle, sensitive person with a deep understanding of people and a very tolerant, accepting, non-judgmental approach towards life. In a noisy, competitive atmosphere Sam Shepard is often receding and withdrawn for he is not an aggressive, forceful person, and he intensely dislikes conflict. In fact Sam tends to be somewhat passive, to wait, watch, observe, feel and know much - but to act little. Letting things resolve or work themselves out in their own way, rather than directing or forcing his will upon them is often Shepard's way of dealing with problems.
Sam Shepard may have a deeply religious or spiritual feeling about life, not in the orthodox sense necessarily, but an intuitive sense of the immensity and underlying oneness of all life, which makes so many human aspirations seem rather unimportant. He needs peaceful surroundings in order to flourish, and periods of quiet solitude are essential for Shepard's emotional balance and well-being.
Sam Shepard is also very compassionate and cannot tolerate seeing any fellow creature suffer - be it human, animal, or even plant! As a child Sam Shepard probably cried very easily and became quite upset whenever others were hurt, physically or emotionally. The world of Shepard's imagination and fantasy was also very real to Shepard, a place to escape to when the outside world became too harsh, demanding, or simply uninteresting.
Because he is very giving and forgiving, people sense Shepard's sympathetic nature and gravitate toward him when in need. Often Shepard will continue to give to people even when he realizes they are taking advantage of him or becoming overly dependent upon him. Sam Shepard overlooks and makes excuses for other people's weaknesses, and for his own as well. Discrimination and self-discipline are not Shepard's strong points.
Though he may be as intelligent as anyone else, he does not really have a rational, logical approach toward life, and trying to reach Sam through logical arguments is often futile. His feelings, intuition, and heart, not his head, lead him, which may infuriate or bewilder Shepard's more rational friends. Sam Shepard certainly recognizes that there is much more to life than can be explained intellectually and categorized into neat little boxes, and Sam Shepard has an open, receptive attitude toward such areas as psychic phenomena, telepathy, parapsychology, etc. He is not as structured and rigid in his attitudes as many people are, which enables Sam Shepard to see many different points of view and to accept all of them as valid. This can lead to vagueness, uncertainty, and confusion on his part - or to a very flexible and holistic way of approaching any issue.
His desire to love and be loved is very much apparent, very much on the surface, and Sam Shepard is known for his personal charm and affectionate nature. He may also seem overly dependent on the approval and appreciation of others.
At times his feisty spirit, aggressiveness, and overly forceful approach get Sam into trouble. Sam Shepard tends to take offense when none was intended. He may be viewed as a troublemaker, an upstart, or an egotist with little concern for others. Sam Shepard needs to moderate his temper in order to avoid constant irritation with those in his environment.
Sam Shepard comes across as contained, and perhaps wary or mistrustful as well. He watches his step, and frequently withdraws if his environment does not feel welcoming and safe. As a result, Shepard may seem much more conservative than he actually is. Sam is wary of committing social blunders and is extremely sensitive to criticism or rejection. As he matures, Sam Shepard's confidence is likely to grow because he will learn to depend more on his own self-assessment..
At times his desire to impress other people, or be important or popular may make Shepard do things that go against his better judgment. Even Sam's sincere attempts to be generous or helpful may be misinterpreted, or seen as pompousness or interference. Sam Shepard needs to be aware of his tendency to overdo - to go all out - even when it is not appropriate.
Sam Shepard has a strong desire to make an extraordinary or unusual impression on his environment. Sam has the ability to fascinate and sweep others along, but he can also be quite inconsiderate and ruthless.
Shepard would like to embrace the whole world and is everyone's favorite. Sam Shepard is very impressionable, has an inner feeling for others and can easily establish relationships with everyone. He is likely to have a busy social life and also enjoys working in group activities.
Sam Shepard has a hypnotizing effect on people in his surroundings and others see him as someone with extraordinary capabilities. Sam has a strong desire to mentally dominate his relationships, and with his ability to out-talk anyone, he can sway them to his opinions.
Sam Shepard loves children and young people and is likely to provide an intellectually stimulating environment for them. Shepard is inclined to lead an active social life and establishing relationships with others comes easy to him.
A very self-confident personality and the ability to gain the respect of other people will almost assure Sam Shepard of a position of leadership. He is likely to be successful and his efforts will be recognized by others.
He may feel that personal relationships are interfering with the pursuit of his goals and chooses to lead a life on his own. But at the same time Sam Shepard often may feel lonely and alienated by others.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Venus Opposition Asc.
Mars Square Asc.
Saturn Square Asc.
Jupiter Quincunx Asc.
Asc. Opposition Sun/Pluto
Asc. Opposition Sun/N. Node
Asc. Opposition Mercury/Pluto
Asc. Opposition Mercury/N. Node
Asc. Conjunct Mars/MC
Asc. Conjunct Saturn/MC