approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Joan's basic stance toward life, the way others see her, the way Joan Fontaine comes across, the face she shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Joan Fontaine - her real motivation, which describes the kind of person she is at heart and where her 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 Joan Fontaine" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Joan a little better. This page describes the disguise Fontaine wears, her role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
She is a natural diplomat, reasonable, tolerant, fair, always willing to listen to varying viewpoints, and prepared to see the other side of an issue. Even if she strongly disagrees with someone, Joan Fontaine will try to find points of similarity and agreement rather than emphasizing the differences. She often avoids taking an extreme or one-sided stance on anything. Joan has a strong desire for harmonious and pleasant relationships, and revels in a spirit of cooperation, compromise, friendship, and fairness. Joan Fontaine very much wants to be liked and because of her need for approval and acceptance, Fontaine is easily influenced by others' opinions, especially those expressed by the young. She so much wants to please that often Joan Fontaine will suppress her own intense or unpleasant feelings in order to avoid offending others. Sometimes Fontaine's politeness is interpreted as being phony or wishy-washy.
Her need to create harmony extends to her physical environment and personal appearance as well. Joan Fontaine appreciates beauty and has a natural sense of balance, symmetry, and proportion. She does everything in good taste, with a sense of style and art. From her home furnishings to her choice of clothing, everything must be aesthetically appealing, not simply functional or utilitarian.
She also feels that relationships are a form of art - one that Fontaine is especially interested in and usually quite skilled at, for Joan possesses tact and acute awareness of other people. Marriage is very significant to her and finding the right person to share her life with is extremely important. Being part of a close relationship seems natural to Joan Fontaine - she is not an independent loner. Having a partner increases her self-confidence. Joan Fontaine does have a tendency, however, to become overly dependent on her partner and perhaps not to develop a clearly defined identity outside of the relationship. Finding the balance between being herself and blending and uniting with another is a challenge for Joan.
Others see Joan Fontaine as an agreeable, smooth, harmonious, and "nice" person. Though there may be much more to her, this is the sort of face Fontaine shows to the world. She possesses personal charm and an understated, non-combative manner. Her motto could be "one catches more flies with honey than with vinegar" for Joan Fontaine usually adopts a friendly, cooperative approach rather than a strong, forceful, I'm-going-to-conquer-the-world attitude.
Joan Fontaine appears confident and self-assured and she makes a definite impression on other people: She cannot be ignored. Personal recognition and acclaim for Fontaine's creative efforts is very, very important to Fontaine. While Joan wants to be a sweetheart or a "nice guy", Joan Fontaine will often find herself in leadership positions in which she needs to confront people or assert her authority decisively.
Joan has strong leadership qualities and finds it natural to take charge of her family environment. She throws herself wholeheartedly into all her affairs, does not like others to make demands on her, but Joan Fontaine will willingly give of her in most situations.
Joan Fontaine believes in good fellowship or comradeship and cultivates an active social life. Her relationships tend to be very harmonious and her participation in group efforts is carried out with vigorous and energetic cooperation.
She is likely to live in an unusual or somewhat restless environment. Joan Fontaine needs her freedom and may be a bit inconsiderate and combative toward others at times. Joan has a strong desire to exceed her limits, even if it means having to use force.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Sun Conjunct Ascendant in Libra
Asc. Conjunct Moon/Mars
Asc. Conjunct Mars/N. Node
Asc. Opposition Uranus/Pluto