approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Tenzin Gyatso's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Dalai Lama comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Dalai Lama - 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 Dalai Lama" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Tenzin Gyatso a little better. This page describes the disguise The Dalai Lama wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Dalai Lama 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. Tenzin Gyatso 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. The Dalai Lama tends to cling to people, memories and possessions of personal or sentimental significance. Having a home, a safe haven, is very important to The Dalai Lama.
The Dalai Lama 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, Dalai Lama 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 Tenzin Gyatso'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 Tenzin Gyatso 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. Dalai Lama empathizes with others and intuitively senses the feelings and needs of other people. Compassionate and sympathetic, he is easily moved by others' pain, and Dalai Lama 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. Dalai Lama communicates nonverbally and appreciates a person who can pick up subtle cues and hints, rather than having to make everything explicit.
Tenzin Gyatso never forgets either kindness or unkindness shown to him.
Dalai Lama appears confident and self-assured and he makes a clear, strong impression on others. He is very concerned with the impact he makes on others and with getting personal recognition, sometimes too much so. Dalai Lama tends to dominate in relationships and to be oblivious to others' points of view if they differ very much from The Dalai Lama's own.
Dalai Lama seems tolerant, broad-minded, and well-educated or as if he has traveled widely. He radiates a certain distinction, even nobility. The Dalai Lama is apt to have a significant impact on the people he encounters, without even realizing it - a positive, encouraging one.
To others, Dalai Lama appears capable, mature, and down to earth. Even when he was young, there was a certain practicality and responsible air about Tenzin Gyatso that inspired people to rely on him. The Dalai Lama keeps his cool in most situations.
His emotional instincts, feelings, and intuition play a big part in the decisions Dalai Lama makes and how he interacts with the world, and generally his feelings are quite accurate and helpful to him. Also, establishing emotional rapport with the people he meets on a day to day level is rather easy for The Dalai Lama. Dalai Lama appears somewhat sympathetic and concerned, so that others are drawn to him, especially when they need guidance or help.
Dalai Lama tends to blend in with and take on the characteristics of the people in his surroundings, and may thus not make a powerful individual statement of his own. He may project an aura of glamour or "make-believe", and enjoy trying on different personalities at different times.
Dalai Lama has a hypnotizing effect on people in his surroundings and others see him as someone with extraordinary capabilities. Tenzin Gyatso has a strong desire to mentally dominate his relationships, and with his ability to out-talk anyone, he can sway them to his opinions.
He is very sensitive to his surroundings and inclined to be easily influenced by others. Dalai Lama tends to avoid confrontations, discussions or arguments for fear that he cannot stand up to them.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Sun Conjunct Asc.
Jupiter Trine Asc.
Saturn Trine Asc.
Moon Sextile Asc.
Neptune Sextile Asc.
Asc. Conjunct Mercury/Pluto
Asc. Conjunct Uranus/Neptune