What Are You Made of, Astrologically?

The balance of the Elements and the Qualities is one of the simplest approaches to interpreting the birth details of a person, and yet it can be surprisingly revealing. Subscribers to my Micro-Lessons of Astrology acknowledge that a brief description of the Qualities that I offered helped them to understand themselves and their partners, their strengths and weaknesses.

There can surely be different approaches to evaluating the balance of the Elements and the Qualities. This particular algorithm only takes into account the natal planets, from the Sun to Pluto. It also assigns a different weight to different groups of planets. The Luminaries, the Sun and the Moon, get 4 points. Personal Planets (Mercury, Venus, and Mars) get 3 points each. Social Planets (Jupiter and Saturn) get 2 points each, whereas Uranus, Neptune and Pluto only get 1 point each.

Interpretations only appear for those factors that either stronger or weaker than the average. For example, if the amount of Fire in your profile is average, you won't see anything about it, but if it is stronger or weaker than average, you will!

It might be interesting to ponder on your so called "synthetic sign". It's the sign of the zodiac at the intersection of your strongest Element and Quality. It can often be your Sun Sign or Moon Sign, and so unsurprising, but occasionally it can be something very different and thought-provoking.

I hope you will enjoy this interactive feature. Please do not hesitate to contact me and tell me about your discoveries.

Planets' Positions at Birth

Sun 6° 59' Gemini Jupiter 13° 27' Libra
Moon 9° 42' Cancer Saturn 25° 49' Sagittarius
Mercury 13° 55' Taurus Uranus 26° 49' Aries
Venus 21° 18' Aries Neptune 14° 10' Pisces
Mars 24° 58' Gemini Pluto 19° 04' Capricorn

Modes and Qualities Count

Fire 6 Cardinal 11
Earth 4 Fixed 3
Air 9 Mutable 10
Water 5    


The average values for the Elements are from 6 to 7, for the Qualities -- from 8 to 10. If your points for an Element are above the average, that Element is strong in your profile, and the more points, the stronger it is. But if the number of points is less than average, that Element is weak, and the lesser -- the weaker. The same is true about the Qualities.

Below you will find interpretations for strong or weak Elements and Qualities for the submitted birth details.

The Element of Earth is Weak

Weak Element of Earth manifests itself as a lack of practicality and separation from reality. Such people can have all sorts of plans and designs but are usually unable to implement them on their own.

The Element of Air is Strong

Strong Air makes the person sociable, easily contactable, interested in receiving and transmitting various kinds of information. These people facilitate movement: they carry the ideas of Fire and the resources of Earth from where they are in abundance to where they are scarce. The Element of Air is the circulation system of the world.

On the physical level, a strong element of Air manifests itself as enhanced circulation and accented interrelationship of organs and systems. As it is impossible to keep a gas in only one part of the vessel -- it will inevitably take the whole volume -- so an "airy" body will not allow anything to excessively concentrate in one place. As a result, any illnesses are defeated easier, as it is the whole body that fights them in a coordinated way. However, if the pathogenic force is too strong, the resulting complications can be more severe, compared to the other Elements, because of the global scale of the problem.

On the emotional plane, Air is associated with lightness, openness, but also some degree of detachment. Wind is a good analogy here: it will not put a lot of pressure on anyone, and if there is an obstacle, it will easily go round it. Intense, profound experiences are not typical for the Air people. Although, of course, the wind can sometimes become a hurricane!

On the intellectual plane, a pronounced interest in anything and everything is typical for the element of Air. The more Air there is in one's profile, the stronger the "information hunger" experienced by the person, and every sign of this Element satisfies its hunger in its own peculiar way. In general, however, it is exactly the Air people who become eternal students, book lovers and voracious consumers of all kinds of information.

The Element of Water is Weak

Weak Water manifests itself as a lack of imagination. It can erect around the person the boundaries of dry realistic schemes, depriving him or her of emotional support and intuitive rapport with others.

The Cardinal Quality is Strong

Strong cardinality is typical for initiators, generators of ideas, people making the first step in a new direction.

Acute, suddenly emerging health problems are typical for Cardinal people. These usually come to naught quite quickly, without leaving behind a significant trace.

The impulse that prompts Cardinal people to take an action usually comes from within. It arises in their mind, and so the Cardinal quality is sometimes also called 'mental'.

On one hand, this way of motivation is beneficial, since Cardinal people are very independent, but on the other hand, there is also a hidden weakness, as the Cardinal people's actions are usually poorly connected with reality.

Another fundamental weakness of these people is that they are unable to continue what was started. For this, they need assistance of people representing the other two Qualities, the Fixed people in the first place.

The Fixed Quality is Weak

This means that the person is unstable. It would be better for him or her to not engage in an activity that requires a lot of time for completion.







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