Although Shannon O'Brien approaches life with curiosity and a willingness to learn and try new things (as stated in the previous chapter), at heart she is much more stable and reliable than she appears. O'Brien is, in fact, quite solid though she can leave the impression of being rather changeable. She is also not quite as flexible and adaptable as one might assume initially. O'Brien can act silly or experiment with a lot of different things, but does not lose perspective or balance.
She is a steadfast and patient soul, capable of tremendous devotion, dedication, endurance and constancy. The ability to follow through and stick with things is one of her greatest assets. Once O'Brien's course is set, she pursues it tenaciously until it is completed, stubbornly resisting any attempts to sway her from her purpose.
Shannon O'Brien has a very practical nature; she wants to see concrete, tangible results for her efforts, and she is not one to concoct wild dreams that are unlikely to come into fruition. Most of her "wild dreams" have to do with material achievements, well-being and security, for she has a great love of the physical world and she wants to experience and enjoy it to the full. Though Shannon O'Brien will work long and persistently, she also has a strong sensual and comfort-loving side, and she wants to enjoy what she has worked for. In fact, O'Brien can be enormously lazy at times and has a tendency to overindulge in good food and other earthly pleasures. Shannon O'Brien also loves the beauty of the natural world and she probably prefers a serene country setting to an urban life style.
Basically, her needs are simple and she is easy to please. Shannon O'Brien has a strong desire for security, stability and peace, and will rarely make changes unless she is forced to do so. She is not very demanding emotionally, though she does crave a great deal of physical closeness and affection. Because of her faithfulness, emotional steadfastness and gentle strength, others often depend upon O'Brien for support. Though she hates upheaval and sudden changes, Shannon O'Brien usually maintains her poise and equanimity. Shannon O'Brien also has an innate sense of harmony with nature, allowing things to grow and unfold in their own time and the patience to nurture something into being - be it a garden, a child, or a creative project. She makes an excellent parent, especially if she follows her instincts more often than "the experts".
Shannon has three major faults: one is her bullheaded obstinacy. The second is her unwillingness to deviate from her safe, predictable routine. And the third is O'Brien's tendency to always insist upon realism and undervalue the imaginative, speculative, and fanciful - in other words, Shannon O'Brien lacks the ability to play with ideas and possibilities, and to open her mind to new horizons.
Shannon O'Brien tends to get involved in the helping professions or in activities where her efforts are hidden, behind the scenes, unacknowledged or unknown to the public. O'Brien may find it exceedingly uncomfortable to assert herself or get up in front of an audience.
O'Brien can be an inspiring leader of a team or group effort. Her dynamism and energy evokes the same in others, and she sees healthy competition between people as a plus. Generally, Shannon O'Brien enjoys fine health as well.
While Shannon O'Brien does have a strong drive, she frequently holds herself back. One of her challenges lies in learning to endure frustration and to patiently overcome the obstacles in her life (or her own internal caution and resistance!).
Realistic and practical, Shannon O'Brien sets goals for herself that are modest enough for her to actually achieve. She is able to tackle long, difficult projects and see them through, for O'Brien possesses self-discipline, concentration and perseverance. Shannon O'Brien also has a strong sense of responsibility and is very conscientious about fulfilling her obligations. O'Brien often does things because she feels it is expected of her.
Although she takes herself and her responsibilities seriously, there is also a part of Shannon O'Brien that rebels against rules and restrictions and the need to contend with outside authority. O'Brien can feel torn between conforming to the rules or fulfilling her obligations, and breaking free of them. Her wilder side will now be described.
Impulsive, restless and spontaneous, her life is apt to be somewhat unstable and full of sudden changes. Shannon O'Brien is extremely independent and craves excitement, adventure, freedom and discovery. O'Brien has a rebellious streak and she often feels she is unusual and different from society's mainstream. The unorthodox and the novel appeal to her.
Along with her energy and drive, Shannon O'Brien has high ideals and an active fantasy life. There is a dreamer and an idealist in O'Brien, as well as a doer and a fighter. Shannon wants to win but not at the expense of others, and this may be somewhat of a dilemma for her.
While she is realistic and conscientious (or overly conscientious), as described above, Shannon O'Brien also has an otherworldly, dreamy, or mystically-inclined side, as described below.
Shannon O'Brien is extremely sensitive, compassionate and giving, often to her own detriment. Her ideals and spiritual values motivate Shannon O'Brien, and she cannot live for personal gain or materialistic concerns alone. There must be an element of beauty, magic, imagination, inspiration or creativity in what she does. Otherwise Shannon O'Brien becomes listless and aimless. The arts, theater, music and/or charitable work are ideally suited to Shannon.
She prefers more serious kinds of conversation with her friends and neighbors rather than small talk. Because her communication is clear and concise, Shannon O'Brien can impress others by taking control of negotiations or business dealings.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Gemini and Sun in Taurus
Sun in Taurus
Sun in 12th house
Sun Sextile Mars
Sun aspects Mars and Saturn
Sun Trine Saturn
Sun aspects Saturn and Uranus
Sun Square Uranus
Sun aspects Mars and Neptune
Sun aspects Saturn and Neptune
Sun Opposition Neptune
Sun Conjunct Mercury/Asc.