approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Tom's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Tom Petty comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Tom Petty - 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 Tom Petty" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Tom a little better. This page describes the disguise Petty wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Cautious, prudent, and rather self-contained, he is a person who approaches life realistically and who is not inclined to take foolish chances or get carried away by the overly optimistic or idealistic schemes of starry-eyed dreamers. In fact, Tom Petty frequently has a jaundiced view of such things. He is rather worldly-wise at a fairly young age, even somewhat of a cynic. Often the world does not seem like a safe, friendly place to Petty, and he tends to approach life in a guarded, conservative manner. He is generally calculated and careful, and is rarely spontaneous, fluid, open, and childlike.
He is pragmatic, shrewd, and an excellent strategist, carefully planning his moves for maximum effectiveness and advantage. He is willing to work long and persistently for what he wants and he often does things the hard way. Tom does not expect others to take care of him and sometimes refuses or simply does not seek any outside help. He is often very ambitious, but quietly so. There is nothing flamboyant or flashy about his approach. He is very responsible, conscientious, and concerned with his duties to others and how he comes across socially - his "rank" so to speak.
To others Tom Petty seems mature, serious, quiet, reflective, and emotionally detached. Tom dislikes sloppy sentimentality and will not openly display his feelings, especially the more tender ones. Petty likes to always appear poised and in control; and he hates to show any weakness, vulnerability, or chinks in his armor.
Tom Petty respects tradition and the time-honored way of doing things, and he feels that there is much to be gained from studying history and also by learning from older, more experienced people. A wise mentor or father is often Petty's guide in life, and he in turn develops a great deal of hard-earned wisdom, which he likes to impart to younger people.
Tom Petty has a stern, authoritarian, no-nonsense aspect to his personality. He expects much from himself and may not give himself enough leeway to experiment and make mistakes.
He also tends to be rather close-fisted, to save and conserve his money and resources rather than spending or enjoying them. Tom Petty spends money on things of quality and of lasting value, things which are good investments, but not frivolous, temporary pleasures. There is a bit of the ascetic in him. Tom exercises great self-discipline and self-control and he can "do without" very well. His tastes are generally understated and simple.
Though he may have other, more colorful and imaginative sides, the face Petty shows the world is modest and rather conservative.
Petty may seem unpredictable and unreliable in the way he behaves towards others - or his personal relationships may seem constantly in flux, so that Tom Petty is always a bit off center.
Tom Petty also come across as an independent sort, someone who does not wish to be controlled or dictated to.
Tom Petty tends to be somewhat inhibited and may feel uncomfortable when he is with other people. Tom should try to avoid unpleasant, untruthful or deceptive individuals in order to prevent misunderstandings or disappointments.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Uranus Opposition Asc.
Asc. Conjunct Neptune/N. Node