approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Nicholas' basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Nicholas Ray comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Nicholas Ray - 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 Nicholas Ray" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Nicholas a little better. This page describes the disguise Ray wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
He is a gentle, sensitive person with a deep understanding of people and a very tolerant, accepting, non-judgmental approach towards life. In a noisy, competitive atmosphere Nicholas Ray is often receding and withdrawn for he is not an aggressive, forceful person, and he intensely dislikes conflict. In fact Nicholas tends to be somewhat passive, to wait, watch, observe, feel and know much - but to act little. Letting things resolve or work themselves out in their own way, rather than directing or forcing his will upon them is often Ray's way of dealing with problems.
Nicholas Ray may have a deeply religious or spiritual feeling about life, not in the orthodox sense necessarily, but an intuitive sense of the immensity and underlying oneness of all life, which makes so many human aspirations seem rather unimportant. He needs peaceful surroundings in order to flourish, and periods of quiet solitude are essential for Ray's emotional balance and well-being.
Nicholas Ray is also very compassionate and cannot tolerate seeing any fellow creature suffer - be it human, animal, or even plant! As a child Nicholas Ray probably cried very easily and became quite upset whenever others were hurt, physically or emotionally. The world of Ray's imagination and fantasy was also very real to Ray, a place to escape to when the outside world became too harsh, demanding, or simply uninteresting.
Because he is very giving and forgiving, people sense Ray's sympathetic nature and gravitate toward him when in need. Often Ray will continue to give to people even when he realizes they are taking advantage of him or becoming overly dependent upon him. Nicholas Ray overlooks and makes excuses for other people's weaknesses, and for his own as well. Discrimination and self-discipline are not Ray's strong points.
Though he may be as intelligent as anyone else, he does not really have a rational, logical approach toward life, and trying to reach Nicholas through logical arguments is often futile. His feelings, intuition, and heart, not his head, lead him, which may infuriate or bewilder Ray's more rational friends. Nicholas Ray certainly recognizes that there is much more to life than can be explained intellectually and categorized into neat little boxes, and Nicholas Ray has an open, receptive attitude toward such areas as psychic phenomena, telepathy, parapsychology, etc. He is not as structured and rigid in his attitudes as many people are, which enables Nicholas Ray to see many different points of view and to accept all of them as valid. This can lead to vagueness, uncertainty, and confusion on his part - or to a very flexible and holistic way of approaching any issue.
His desire to love and to be loved is very much apparent, very much on the surface, and Nicholas Ray is known for his personal charm and affectionate nature. He may also seem overly dependent on others' approval and appreciation of him.
There is an intense and somewhat secretive or guarded quality about Nicholas Ray which may make people around him distinctly uncomfortable. They may feel that Nicholas he is constantly scanning their inner motives, and he probably is. Ray sees through anything phony, any false pretense - and he may or may not be above using others' Achilles' heels (which he perceives so clearly) against them. At times though, Nicholas Ray may be too suspicious and assigns negative intentions to innocent people. Nicholas should avoid looking always on the dark side.
Nicholas Ray appears to be unusual, highly independent, and a free spirit. There is a touch of brilliance, of the creative genius, in his manner. He is also restless and easily distracted, tending to fly from one thing to another, which may give the impression that Ray is unreliable.
He is likely to acquire a very powerful position and will gain public recognition for his efforts. Nicholas Ray may even achieve a degree of celebrity in his sphere and would make an excellent politician.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Venus Opposition Asc.
Pluto Square Asc.
Uranus Sextile Asc.
Asc. Conjunct MC/Pluto