challenges and difficulties
Shepard doubts his own intelligence and mental capacities, and he may work very hard at studies in order to compensate for this. Sam is often overly serious and disinterested in light or superficial conversation. Spontaneous communication, social give-and-take, and making small talk are likely to be difficult for him.
He is serious by nature, and may have difficulty making small talk or participating in friendly, personal exchanges.
Sam Shepard tries to be strictly accurate and is critical of people who exaggerate or discuss subjects they really know little about. Shepard withholds his thoughts and opinions until he has thought everything through quite thoroughly, and sometimes Sam's silence discomforts others.
His mental concentration is very good but his breadth of understanding may not be.
Somewhat shy, Sam finds it difficult to relate to people and tends to withdraw from others. Since it is hard for Sam Shepard to establish relationships, he would rather be by himself. Sam prefers everything to be simple or plain and prefers a more humble and secluded life.
Now we will discuss patterns of behavior which Sam Shepard instinctively and habitually reverts to when under stress - a mostly subconscious process that he is apt to over indulge in because it is so familiar and hence easy for him. The direction Sam Shepard needs to follow in order to develop balance, greater awareness, and wholeness is also described.
Sam Shepard's path lies in his development as an individual, the discovery of his own strengths and joys, the capacity to express his uniqueness and to stand out in a crowd. This involves becoming a leader, even though Shepard's instinct is actually to be "one of the Indians" rather than the "chief". When under stress Sam Shepard is apt to seek safety in numbers, to go along with the group. Also, he may believe that striving to do his personal best and to excel is wrong or selfish, but Sam should let go of this notion. Finding his own center and doing what gives him delight and energy is the most worthwhile contribution Sam Shepard can offer the world at large.
The arena he is most likely to wrestle with these issues is in playful self-expression, games or sports, and creativity. Sam Shepard should try to develop any artistic, expressive, creative potentials he feels he possesses, utilizing the qualities described above.
The following are specific activities that will support Sam Shepard in his growth. These may or may not feel natural to Shepard, and he may initially resist or feel awkward about them, but they are crucial to his path to wholeness.
Sam Shepard's path to wholeness involves confronting his dark and hidden recesses, bringing them out into the open, and transforming himself in the process. Healing abilities develop as a result of Shepard's willingness to experience and transform deep emotions such as grief, anger, and pain. Furthermore, bringing light to the darkness and pain in the world without becoming overwhelmed by it is a significant challenge for Sam.
He may have an inner fear of separation and could feel left out or ignored at times. Either Sam Shepard did not receive much affection while he was growing up or it had to be shared with others. Sam may find it difficult to show his love in his relationships.
His relationships with others may be rather unstable and unreliable. With a somewhat negative attitude and weak will, Sam Shepard avoids opposition and escapes his responsibilities. In his relationships he is likely to choose people who are asocial.
He is very obliging and always looks for relationships with other people. Sam Shepard tends to really feel at home with his family or in groups or associations that he may join. Sam has a strong desire to feel at one with his community.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Saturn in Gemini
Saturn in 3rd house
Saturn Opposition Venus/Asc.
N. Node in Leo
N. Node in 5th house
N. Node Conjunct Pluto
N. Node Conjunct Venus/Saturn
N. Node Conjunct Mars/Neptune
N. Node Opposition Asc./MC