approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Pat's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Pat Riley comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Pat Riley - 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 Pat Riley" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Pat a little better. This page describes the disguise Riley wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Pat Riley appears gentle and soft, and he acts rather reserved with others until he knows them well and feels it is safe to be open with them. Pat has a strong need for emotional security and a sense of belonging, and is deeply attached to the past: his heritage, roots, family, cherished friends, familiar places, etc. Making radical changes or moves away from what is familiar and safe can be very painful and difficult for him. Riley tends to cling to people, memories and possessions of personal or sentimental significance. Having a home, a safe haven, is very important to Riley.
Riley approaches life emotionally and subjectively and he is sensitive to the emotional atmosphere, the subtle undercurrents of feeling in and around him. Instinctive and non-rational, Pat Riley is often unable to give a clear, simple explanation for his actions. Something either feels right, or it does not.
His emotions and personal loyalties tend to color Pat's thoughts and opinions. He views life from a very personal perspective and often cannot mentally detach himself from his own personal bias and prejudices. He is apt to be concerned primarily with how something affects him and those dear and close to him, rather than with the principle or the broader social implications. For instance, he may be very patriotic and feel that whatever "my country" does is right without really knowing much about the other nation's policies or point of view. Simply put: if it is good for Pat and his near and dear ones, then it is good. If it is not good for him and his near and dear ones, it is no good.
He is tenaciously loyal, protective, and supportive of those he cares about, and has a very strong nurturing, paternal nature. Pat Riley empathizes with others and intuitively senses the feelings and needs of other people. Compassionate and sympathetic, he is easily moved by others' pain, and Pat Riley is often the one that others seek out when they need comfort, reassurance, or help.
His moods fluctuate and change frequently and he is sometimes open and sometimes withdrawn emotionally. Pat Riley communicates nonverbally and appreciates a person who can pick up subtle cues and hints, rather than having to make everything explicit.
Pat never forgets either kindness or unkindness shown to him.
Pat Riley has a mature and rather heavy, solemn demeanor, and he tends to take himself and life too seriously. He possesses a great deal of self-control, self-discipline, and a very dominant conscience. He may be dogged by feelings of personal inadequacy and inhibition. Pat Riley seems authoritarian to others.
Pat Riley is extremely sensitive to all the impressions and energies around him and at times can be overcome or dominated by more forceful personalities. Learning to establish clear boundaries is important for him, as Pat Riley tends to become enmeshed emotionally and/or psychically with whomever he is with. He may have the chameleon's trait of appearing to become the people or person he is with the most.
Pat Riley has a sweet, appealing demeanor and seems instinctively to grasp the concept that "one catches more flies with honey than with vinegar". His personal brand of charm is usually quite winning. Pat coaxes rather than coerces. However, if he does not get what he wants, Pat Riley is likely to resort to insincere flattery, wheedling, whining or pouting rather than stating directly what he needs, or doing it for himself. Riley seems to need others' approval first.
Pat Riley has a big heart, is generous with his affections, and has a strong desire to take care of everyone around him. It is easy for Riley to establish personal contacts and relationships because of his ability to fully understand others.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Saturn Conjunct Asc.
Neptune Square Asc.
Venus Sextile Asc.
Asc. Conjunct Moon/N. Node