Behind Phoenix's rather cool, conservative, somewhat impersonal and businesslike demeanor (as described on the previous page), he is much more passionate and emotional. Joaquin Phoenix often conceals his vulnerability beneath a veneer of toughness or indifference.
Quiet, deep, emotionally complex and intensely private, he is not a person who is easy to get to know and understand. Joaquin Phoenix is extremely sensitive but disinclined to show it, and he only allows a special few into his inner world. Like a wary animal, he is cautious and mistrustful of those he does not know until "he sniffs them out". He is highly instinctive and intuitive. Joaquin Phoenix usually has a strong, immediate gut reaction to people, even though he may be unable to clearly articulate why he feels the way he does. His feelings and perceptions go deeper than words.
Joaquin Phoenix also has a powerful need for deep emotional relationships and he forms very intense love bonds and attachments. He is possessive and often jealous of anyone or anything that he perceives as a threat to his relationship with someone he loves. When Joaquin Phoenix commits himself to someone or something, he is wholeheartedly devoted and expects complete loyalty in return. Joaquin merges with or "marries" the person he loves at a very deep level and therefore separations are extremely painful for him, and often stormy and nasty. When Phoenix has been wounded, he is not inclined to turn the other cheek and will retaliate if at all possible. Joaquin will most certainly never forget the hurt and he often harbors grievances and resentment for a very long time. Forgiveness does not come easily to him.
Whatever he does, Joaquin does with passion and fervor, and he often goes to extremes. Phoenix can be hot or cold, but never lukewarm about anything. Phoenix can also be very narrow-minded: either he is 100% involved in something or it does not exist for him at all. Rarely is Joaquin Phoenix emotionally detached and objective. He definitely has a fanatical streak. He is also immensely strong-willed and his tenacity in pursuing his objectives often borders on obsession. He is filled with fierce pride, courage and emotional strength.
Joaquin Phoenix loves mysteries and is deeply attracted to the hidden, dark, secret side of life. Joaquin never takes things at face value and is always probing beneath the surface of people and situations to discover what is really going on. Joaquin Phoenix tends to be more of a cynic than an idealist.
His career, reputation, and public image are very important to Phoenix. Joaquin Phoenix has a strong desire to be influential or make his mark on the world. The merely personal sphere does not satisfy him; his ambitions include making a major contribution and receiving broad recognition for his unique effort and gifts. Joaquin Phoenix may undervalue the personal or inner side of life.
Joaquin Phoenix tends to see things from his perspective only and to be rather subjective. He also enjoys talking and expressing his views but does not always listen as well. Joaquin Phoenix has a clear mind, a love of learning and new experiences, and he needs constant mental stimulation and activity.
Joaquin Phoenix is loving and well loved by others, and has a strong need for relationships that offer kindness, friendship and affection. His artistic and creative powers are also well developed and Joaquin does everything in a harmonious, gracious, pleasing manner. Aesthetics are very important to Phoenix, as are his personal appearance and attractiveness.
There is an ongoing, subtle conflict within Joaquin Phoenix, between his conscious attitudes and aspirations, and his deeper emotional and subconscious beliefs, needs, and feelings. This creates considerable inner stress and sometimes paralyzing indecision, mostly due to the fact that Joaquin may be trying to follow a path that is at odds with his subconscious desires. Chronic tightness or tension in his body may well be a signal that Joaquin Phoenix is denying or suppressing the messages from his subconscious or emotional self.
Ideally, Joaquin Phoenix will learn to accept the two quite different aspects of his and to express both of them. If he cannot do this, Phoenix is apt to attract many relationships into his life with people who reflect his denied or repressed qualities, and who seem to make his life difficult. (Read also chapter 4 in order to get a better picture of the duality described here.)
Although Joaquin Phoenix prefers harmony and accord, he also has a confrontational side.
He is assertive, energetic, active, courageous and vital. Joaquin Phoenix has a very strong physical drive that expresses itself as sexuality and passion, a desire to compete with others, and a tendency to fight. Joaquin Phoenix has a victorious spirit and the will to win.
Joaquin has lofty aspirations but does not struggle or labor to achieve them. His self-confidence and inner harmony attract success and benefit him in an almost magical way. His optimism and cheerful generosity also win Phoenix many allies and successes in life.
Innovative, original, unorthodox and unconventional, he identifies with the role of a rebel, reformer or iconoclast. Joaquin Phoenix insists upon a great deal of personal freedom and does not easily adapt to others' needs and wishes. Joaquin needs a lifestyle that allows him to be spontaneous. He often feels that he is somehow different from other people and outside of society's mainstream.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Capricorn and Sun in Scorpio
Sun in Scorpio
Sun in 10th house
Sun Conjunct Mercury
Sun Conjunct Venus
Sun Quincunx Moon
Sun aspects Venus and Mars
Sun Conjunct Mars
Sun Trine Jupiter
Sun Conjunct Uranus