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 1° 43' Leo Jupiter 16° 02' Libra
Moon 15° 44' Leo Saturn 21° 59' Sagittarius
Mercury 28° 11' Leo Uranus 28° 29' Aries
Venus 21° 45' Gemini Neptune 13° 54' Pisces
Mars 2° 32' Leo Pluto 17° 47' Capricorn

Modes and Qualities Count

Fire 17 Cardinal 4
Earth 1 Fixed 14
Air 5 Mutable 6
Water 1    


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 Fire is Strong

Strong Fire gives the person plenty of energy. He or she has a constant urge for activity, and only very serious obstacles or lengthy periods of bad luck can deprive him or her of their innate optimism. Fire people are happy to share with other people their ideas, energy and enthusiasm. The Element of Fire is the engine of the world!

On the physical level, a strong Fire gives an accelerated metabolism, propensity to hot and spicy food, as well as to inflammatory diseases, high temperatures and sweating.

On the emotional level, warmth, passion, ardor, desire to warm-up another person, to share with him or her one's optimism are prominent. We can literally say about a person with strong Fire that he or she is hot!

On the intellectual level, strong Fire gives idealism. In any situation this person seeks the essence -- the idea -- and gets happy like a child, if succeeds, often forgetting about the practical side of the issue.

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 Weak

Weak Air makes it difficult for the person to establish contacts with the others. He or she might be very clever but nobody will ever realise this, just because it is so difficult to engage them in a communication. Like an astronaut in the vacuum of the outer space, people lacking the Element of Air feel themselves isolated and need an assistance from the others.

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 Weak

This can be associated with a lack of initiative, passivity, and a fear of innovation.

The Fixed Quality is Strong

This makes the person stable, persistent, patient, and able for concentration and prolonged efforts in one direction.

The main feature of those with strong Fixed Quality is constancy. Ideally, they would prefer to never change their state, regardless of what they are doing. If a Fixed person is working, he or she might be willing to work indefinitely, just to not be distracted. But if the same person is having fun instead, again, he or she will be doing it "on all cylinders". Those who have the Fixed Quality strongly manifested are often perceived as stubborn, obstinate people.

Health-wise, the Fixed quality is associated with chronic illnesses -- those that exist for a long time and aren't acutely troubling, except for the periods of exacebration. They respond the best to a similar kind of treatment: lengthy, gradual, but persistent.

In order to switch to something different from what they are doing now, Fixed people need an external impulse which would be strong enough to exceed their threshold of insensitivity. It is typical for them to have a great reserve of inner strength that helps to counter illnesses, and so the Fixed Quality is sometimes called Vital. Their strong side is in their unconditional ability to continue plans initiated by cardinal people. Thanks to their persistence, they can make those plans a reality. Their weak side, however, is that, similar to Cardinal people, they poorly coordinate their actions with the surrounding reality. They just want to not be bothered -- and they couldn't care less.

The Mutable Quality is Weak

It indicates that the person poorly understands the real-life conditions, and is not able to maneuver and find the path of least resistance.







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