approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Charles' basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Van Johnson comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Van Johnson - 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 Van Johnson" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Charles a little better. This page describes the disguise Van Johnson wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Modest, unobtrusive, and often rather quiet or shy, he is a person who is content to stay in the background or to serve as an assistant, in the supporting role rather than in the lead. He is quite humble in his own assessment of himself; he seeks perfection, with a tendency to be overly self-critical. No matter how well he does something, Van Johnson always sees the flaws in it and how it could be improved. Often Van Johnson will simply refuse to attempt something because he feels he cannot meet his own high standards.
Van Johnson has an eye for detail and he gets upset when something is not done just so, usually something others consider rather inconsequential or trivial. He is hard to please and his relationships with others may suffer because of this. Van Johnson also has refined sensitivities and is very discriminating and particular in his choice of foods, clothes, friends, artwork, etc. Order in Van Johnson's environment is very important to Van Johnson.
Van Johnson steps into situations rather cautiously, and not without realistically assessing all of the risks and potential advantages involved. Unless something is a safe bet, he is unlikely to dive into it. Van Johnson tends to underestimate his own capacities and to lack confidence and trust in life, which inhibits his spontaneity. Worrying is a bad habit of his. On the other hand, Charles rarely falls flat on his face and what he does, he does very well.
Others see Van Johnson as a self-sufficient and rather self-contained person. Van Johnson has a strong sense of propriety. Politeness, good manners, and correct behavior are important to him. His clear, cool, objective and non-emotional attitude is apparent to others first, and though he is really quite helpful and caring, he does not radiate much sympathy and as a result, others may not see the helpful side as readily. Charles may seem more businesslike and factual as well as more conservative than he really is at heart. He is the person others might go to for technical advice or an unbiased opinion, but not for emotional support.
He is keenly observant, intelligent, and has a great desire for learning and for self-improvement, but he is not especially ambitious and is often satisfied with a rather simple, unglamourous position in life.
When Van Johnson believes he has something important to say or to contribute, he overcomes his shyness and modesty, and he can make a striking impression with his intelligence, expertise, skill, or clarity. In fact, though not self-aggrandizing, Van Johnson does make his presence felt wherever he goes and even if he does not seek it, Van Johnson tends to be a dominating influence on others in his circle. Leadership positions may be thrust upon him. Though subtle, Van Johnson cannot and will not be ignored.
Van Johnson seems tolerant, broad-minded, and well-educated or as if he has traveled widely. He radiates a certain distinction, even nobility. Van Johnson is apt to have a significant impact on the people he encounters, without even realizing it - a positive, encouraging one.
Charles has penetrating insight into people and a keen eye and ear for the hidden, unspoken, behind-the-scenes elements in life. He may seem intense and make other people a bit uncomfortable at times. There is also a sexual quality in Charles' manner which can be quite alluring, in a subtle way.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Sun Conjunct Ascendant in Virgo
Jupiter Trine Asc.
Pluto Sextile Asc.