Although River Phoenix approaches life instinctively and intuitively (as described on the previous page), he also has a very analytical, rational, unemotional side, as discussed below. His conflicting urges may vacillate between living passionately and dangerously, and being conservative and playing it safe.
At heart River Phoenix is modest and humble and rarely strives to be in the limelight or in a position of power. River Phoenix has a sharp analytical mind, a keen eye for detail, and prefers to observe, dissect, and study life from a distance. Conscientious and conservative, Phoenix can be relied upon to be cautious, efficient, and thorough in his work and he takes pride in a job well done. What he may lack in self-confidence River Phoenix often makes up for in skills - fostering expertise, technical knowledge and competence in a specialized area. He is adept at using his hands to create or fix things, and meticulous attention to detail and careful craftsmanship are his forte. Some would say he is a little too meticulous, for Phoenix can be extremely critical and petty if everything is not done exactly as he thinks it should be, and he worries about things that other people consider trivial and unimportant. River Phoenix likes to organize, categorize and arrange everything into a logical system and is often distinctly uncomfortable when something does not fit into a neat category. Disorganization vexes Phoenix. He probably wishes that he were not such a perfectionist, for besides being a stickler for details, Phoenix can also be mercilessly self-critical. Whether in his environment or within himself, Phoenix tends to focus on the flaws, with a desire to improve, refine, and perfect. He is strictly factual, truthful, and scrupulously honest in his self-assessment and often does not give himself enough praise or credit.
He is also highly discriminating and may be especially particular about his diet, hygiene, and health habits. River has high aesthetic standards and refined sensitivities, and is bothered by environmental elements (such as disorder, cigarette smoke, etc.) that others overlook. His tastes are simple and understated, yet refined. He is truly offended by coarseness, bluntness and vulgarity. Phoenix can sometimes be difficult to live with because of his fastidiousness, sensitivity and idiosyncrasies about food and cleanliness.
Though River Phoenix seems rather cool and self-contained, he is very helpful by nature and enjoys serving others. He is content to play a supporting role rather than the lead. He is quietly devoted to the ones he cares for.
He is cautious, realistic and practical in his approach to life and disinclined to gamble. River Phoenix analyzes before he acts. He is sometimes too serious. If Phoenix allowed himself to play and make mistakes, it would be highly beneficial to his health!
His career, reputation and public image are very important to Phoenix. River Phoenix has a strong desire to be influential or make his mark on the world. He is not satisfied with the personal sphere alone; his ambitions include making a major contribution and receiving broad recognition for his unique effort and gifts. River Phoenix may undervalue the personal or inner facet of life.
River Phoenix often feels that he is at cross purposes with himself, for his conscious intentions and desires conflict with his subconscious emotional needs and drives. He is torn in two different directions. River has difficulty satisfying both his need to be an individual and his need for caring relationships and a sense of belonging. Moreover, River sends out mixed messages so people do not always know how to respond to him or what River really wants, thereby creating confusion or conflict in close relationships.
He is assertive, energetic, active, courageous and vital. River 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. River Phoenix has a victorious spirit and the will to win.
His life is apt to be blessed with more than his share of helpful friends, fortuitous relationships, and doors opening up to him at just the right time. Because River Phoenix is usually willing to share and to give back to others in a generous way, he continues to generate success in his life no matter how unfortunate prevailing circumstances are. River should beware, however, of becoming an opportunist.
Along with his energy and drive, River Phoenix has high ideals and an active fantasy life. There is a dreamer and an idealist in Phoenix, as well as a doer and a fighter. River wants to win but not at the expense of others, and this may be somewhat of a dilemma for him.
River is extremely sensitive and imaginative, and he can get lost in his dreams, fantasies and visions. He is attracted to artistic and creative pursuits, as well as to the world of color, beauty, and emotion. River Phoenix is also drawn to mysticism and he has deep spiritual aspirations and yearnings. Gentle and peace loving, Phoenix may lack the will and competitive spirit needed to make his way in the world. He is often impractical and may seek to avoid or escape the harsh realities of life.
Emotionally, it could be difficult for River Phoenix to discern illusion from reality. He is impressionable and sympathetic toward others. However, Phoenix tends to idealize others and could adopt a fantasy view of a wonderful marriage, causing disappointment later on.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Scorpio and Sun in Virgo
Sun in Virgo
Sun in 10th house
Sun Square Moon
Sun Conjunct Mars
Sun Sextile Jupiter
Sun aspects Mars and Neptune
Sun Square Neptune
Sun Conjunct Moon/Neptune