approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Willem's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Willem Mengelberg comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Willem Mengelberg - 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 Willem Mengelberg" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Willem a little better. This page describes the disguise Mengelberg wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Cautious, prudent, and rather self-contained, he is a person who approaches life realistically and who is not inclined to take foolish chances or get carried away by the overly optimistic or idealistic schemes of starry-eyed dreamers. In fact, Willem Mengelberg frequently has a jaundiced view of such things. He is rather worldly-wise at a fairly young age, even somewhat of a cynic. Often the world does not seem like a safe, friendly place to Mengelberg, and he tends to approach life in a guarded, conservative manner. He is generally calculated and careful, and is rarely spontaneous, fluid, open, and childlike.
He is pragmatic, shrewd, and an excellent strategist, carefully planning his moves for maximum effectiveness and advantage. He is willing to work long and persistently for what he wants and he often does things the hard way. Willem does not expect others to take care of him and sometimes refuses or simply does not seek any outside help. He is often very ambitious, but quietly so. There is nothing flamboyant or flashy about his approach. He is very responsible, conscientious, and concerned with his duties to others and how he comes across socially - his "rank" so to speak.
To others Willem Mengelberg seems mature, serious, quiet, reflective, and emotionally detached. Willem dislikes sloppy sentimentality and will not openly display his feelings, especially the more tender ones. Mengelberg likes to always appear poised and in control; and he hates to show any weakness, vulnerability, or chinks in his armor.
Willem Mengelberg respects tradition and the time-honored way of doing things, and he feels that there is much to be gained from studying history and also by learning from older, more experienced people. A wise mentor or father is often Mengelberg's guide in life, and he in turn develops a great deal of hard-earned wisdom, which he likes to impart to younger people.
Willem Mengelberg has a stern, authoritarian, no-nonsense aspect to his personality. He expects much from himself and may not give himself enough leeway to experiment and make mistakes.
He also tends to be rather close-fisted, to save and conserve his money and resources rather than spending or enjoying them. Willem Mengelberg spends money on things of quality and of lasting value, things which are good investments, but not frivolous, temporary pleasures. There is a bit of the ascetic in him. Willem exercises great self-discipline and self-control and he can "do without" very well. His tastes are generally understated and simple.
Though he may have other, more colorful and imaginative sides, the face Mengelberg shows the world is modest and rather conservative.
Willem Mengelberg has a mature and rather heavy, solemn demeanor, and he tends to take himself and life too seriously. He possesses a great deal of self-control, self-discipline, and a very dominant conscience. He may be dogged by feelings of personal inadequacy and inhibition. Willem Mengelberg seems authoritarian to others.
Despite the fact that his core self is quite distinct from the face the world generally sees, Willem Mengelberg has a strong desire to be seen and recognized, to be acknowledged, and to have a significant impact on people in his environment. He may do remarkable things in order to be noticed. However, Willem Mengelberg often does not get the full recognition he yearns for.
He may come across as a bit scattered, nervous or restless, as if unable to sit still. Willem Mengelberg seems alert and quick, but sometimes a bit on edge. Willem tends to stay perpetually busy, and would find handiwork of some kind soothing.
He is somewhat erratic and constantly looking for something new. Willem Mengelberg changes his opinions frequently and others never know what he will do next. Because Mengelberg is easily excitable and unpredictable, others may find it taxing to spend time with him.
He may find it difficult to get ahead because Willem lacks the vitality to do so. Willem Mengelberg tends to wait for better conditions and has the desire to accomplish a lot without straining himself too much. Quite often, though, his plans just seem to hang in the air.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Saturn Conjunct Asc.
Sun Square Asc.
Mercury Square Asc.
Asc. Opposition Moon/Uranus
Asc. Opposition Mars/Neptune