mental interests and abilities
He is more of a poet than a rational scientist, for his mind does not function in a strictly logical, linear fashion. The language of music, art or poetry comes naturally to Alan Arkin, and he is also able to think in highly abstract and symbolic terms. Translating his thoughts and impressions into concrete, everyday language may be difficult for Arkin at times he may consequently appear less intelligent or at least less quick-witted and verbal than others. This was especially true of Alan Arkin as a child, and he probably daydreamed a good deal as well. He is intuitive and able to sense the thoughts and feelings of others even before they say anything to him. Alan often forms an opinion about a person or situation without much factual knowledge of them, and his impressions are usually correct. Arkin can be somewhat absent-minded and he becomes so immersed in his own thoughts that he overlooks things in his immediate, tangible environment. Alan Arkin is extremely open-minded and believes that anything is possible. Intangible or spiritual forces seem just as real to Alan Arkin as anything in the concrete world. His imagination and sympathetic understanding of other people are two of his greatest gifts.
He is quite verbal and communicative and eager to get his own ideas and opinions across to others. Alan Arkin says what is on his mind. Others see Arkin as a lively, intelligent person, and perhaps something of a chatterbox at times.
Often Alan's emotions and his logic are out of sync with one another. What Alan Arkin feels or subconsciously wants or believes is quite different from his conscious thoughts. Thus he may have trouble becoming clear about a given situation or making up his mind. Alan Arkin functions best when he takes time to reflect, brood and incubate his ideas and decisions, utilizing his intuition and emotions as well as his reasoning. If Alan Arkin studies his dreams and their messages he will be surprised to discover how often his true feelings about someone or something are significantly different from his conscious stance.
Putting his feelings into words does not come very easily, and Alan Arkin may feel awkward trying to articulate and communicate on subjects other than the purely factual or intellectual. However, finding an outlet through writing or telling his feelings would be very gratifying for Arkin.
His mind is intuitive, imaginative, colorful and strongly influenced by imagery or fantasy. Arkin sees the world with the eyes of an artist or a poet, and the hard sciences, as well as fields of endeavor based on concrete facts, rules or rigorous logic, are not Arkin's forte. At times he is able to perceive things that other people cannot - e.g. the "aura" of a place or a person - while at others, Alan Arkin apparently does not see and/or overlooks things that are blatantly obvious to others. One problem Alan Arkin is prone to is that he projects his fantasies, wishes and dreams onto other people or external circumstances and simply fails to see what is actually at stake.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Mercury in Pisces
Mercury in 1st house
Moon Quincunx Mercury
Mercury Opposition Neptune