approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Mongkut's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way King Mongkut comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner King Mongkut - 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 King Mongkut" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Mongkut a little better. This page describes the disguise Rama IV 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, King Mongkut always sees the flaws in it and how it could be improved. Often Rama IV will simply refuse to attempt something because he feels he cannot meet his own high standards.
King Mongkut 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. King Mongkut also has refined sensitivities and is very discriminating and particular in his choice of foods, clothes, friends, artwork, etc. Order in Rama IV's environment is very important to Rama IV.
Rama IV 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. King Mongkut 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, Mongkut rarely falls flat on his face and what he does, he does very well.
Others see King Mongkut as a self-sufficient and rather self-contained person. Rama IV 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. Mongkut 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.
At times King Mongkut comes across to others as being rather intense and possibly manipulative or controlling. Or he may get involved in relationships which are "fatal attractions", where he acts out compulsive, intense needs and desires. There is a sexual, seductive quality in Rama IV's glance or manner that others notice right away. This may either repel them or draw them to King Mongkut irresistibly.
Rama IV projects a feeling of broad-mindedness, generosity, and beneficence, a sense that he is someone others should listen to and treat with respect. Because King Mongkut generally makes such a favorable impression on people, many doors are open to him, and it may seem that he Mongkut somehow luckier than other people. Mostly this is due to the confidence that King Mongkut emanates.
He projects himself with vigor and energy and impresses others with the force of his personality. His will-power probably was developed early in life and King Mongkut takes control of whatever situation he is involved in.
King Mongkut 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 Rama IV to establish personal contacts and relationships because of his ability to fully understand others.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Pluto Opposition Asc.
Jupiter Sextile Asc.
Asc. Conjunct Sun/Mars
Asc. Opposition Moon/N. Node