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 27° 54' Virgo Jupiter 25° 50' Libra
Moon 3° 31' Libra Saturn 21° 44' Sagittarius
Mercury 13° 19' Virgo Uranus 27° 38' Aries
Venus 0° 46' Virgo Neptune 12° 26' Pisces
Mars 9° 42' Virgo Pluto 16° 52' Capricorn

Modes and Qualities Count

Fire 3 Cardinal 8
Earth 14 Fixed 0
Air 6 Mutable 16
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 Weak

Usually manifests as an absence of original ideas and incentives to action. In principle, this person can be quite active and mobile but as if lacking a power source. He or she has to wait until someone with strong Fire will come up with an idea, or illuminate the field of activity -- then they'll be able to take up the case.

The Element of Earth is Strong

Strong Element of Earth makes a person practical, realistic, firmly standing on the ground and recognising only tangible things. He or she is usually thrifty, has a high capacity for work, able to do things with his or her own hands and possesses diligence in financial matters. The Element of Earth is the flesh of the world.

In the body, the Earth is responsible for the construction of organs, tissues, systems, and for making sure that the building materials are available in sufficient quantities and in the necessary assortment. That's why when this Element is represented excessively or disharmonically, salt deposits or stone formation can occur in the body, or there can be vascular sclerosis, or excessive fat stores, or an accumulation of substances that should have been removed from the body. When the Element of Earth is strong, metabolism is somewhat slowed down, and people better tolerate cold rather than heat.

One of the main characteristics of the earthy people is their strong practical sense. All life situations, relationships with other people, all sorts of activities they tend to evaluate in terms of useful results. It is not absolutely necessary for the result to be financial or material -- but there should be some sensible outcome, after all. If an Earth person will want to demonstrate his or her good attitude to someone, they will typically make a present -- if only a symbolic one.

The practicality of Earth also shows itself in the intellectual plane. It helps to implement, to make real the most beautiful but intangible ideas and concepts of Fire and Air. The idealists and the dreamers dislike the realists of the Earth Element because the latter would immediately start counting how much of what they will need, and how much it will cost, and whether they have enough resources, and so on. However, without people with strong Earth humanity would probably still lived in caves and only dreamed about flying to the starts.

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 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.

The Mutable Quality is Strong

Strong Mutable Quality gives flexibility, adaptability, and an ability to navigate confidently in a situation full of intricacies and nuances.

These people respond to even weakest external impulses, and so they are always in the middle of action. For this reason, the Mutable Quality is sometimes called Motor. Interestingly, athletes in team sports, which require instant orientation in a complex, rapidly changing situation, often have a strongly emphasized Mutable Quality.

Health problems typical for the Mutable people have a wandering, fickle nature. They can manifest themselves in many different forms, and are often caused by adverse environment.

The strong side of this Quality is in a remarkable ability to evaluate and take into account the surrounding reality. Its weak side is a tendency to get involved in an endless enumeration of existing opportunities, to lose a goal and as a result to not achieve anything concrete.







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