King Mongkut's fundamental needs, values, and orientation towards life are symbolized by the four astrological elements. Each person has their own unique balance of these four basic energies: fire (warmth, inspiration, enthusiasm), earth (practicality, realism, material interests), air (social and intellectual qualities), and water (emotional needs and feelings).
Rama IV's "elemental make-up" is described below. Remember that most people are "unbalanced" or lopsided, and if Mongkut is lacking or deficient in a certain element (or elements), it simply means that he needs to consciously develop that particular aspect in order to appreciate and/or work harder in that dimension of life.
Sometimes we overestimate the element that we are least endowed with, sensing it as a lack within ourselves, but more often we neglect or ignore it. The qualities described below will be reiterated and explained in more detail in the following pages.
King Mongkut has a great capacity to relate to, appreciate and understand different people and points of view, and he tends to be quite liberal in his attitudes. He is primarily a thinking person who requires much intellectual and social stimulation, conversation and interaction. King Mongkut comprehends abstract reasoning and concepts very quickly and he likes ideas, language and culture. Rama IV cannot imagine being happy in a world without books, films or interesting relationships.
There is an androgynous quality to Mongkut, and he relates equally well to men and women, having both male and female characteristics in nearly equal measure within himself. King Mongkut tends to see someone as a person first, rather than as a woman or a man.
Friendship is very important to his sense of well-being. King Mongkut thrives on camaraderie, teamwork, social endeavor and sharing. However, he is also quite objective about them and there is often an impersonal touch to his relationships with others.
His mind is Rama IV's real gift: thinking clearly, logically and creatively, planning and organizing efficiently, and communicating intelligently. However, King Mongkut tends to "live in his head" - reading about, talking about, and observing life without becoming completely immersed in it. Mongkut should avoid becoming a dabbler. He also needs to foster constancy, stability, and depth.
Fortunately, as you will read in the next chapter, King Mongkut has a down-to-earth attitude towards life that prevents him from becoming lost in his lofty ideas, concepts or ideals. King Mongkut has a healthy dose of practicality.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Air Element is Strong (F,E,A,W Scores = 14,12,19,4)
Air is Strong and Ascendant is in Earth sign