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 22° 48' Sagittarius Jupiter 2° 47' Capricorn
Moon 29° 18' Cancer Saturn 19° 28' Capricorn
Mercury 8° 25' Sagittarius Uranus 2° 57' Taurus
Venus 23° 38' Capricorn Neptune 16° 01' Pisces
Mars 17° 05' Scorpio Pluto 21° 51' Capricorn

Modes and Qualities Count

Fire 7 Cardinal 12
Earth 9 Fixed 4
Air 0 Mutable 8
Water 8    


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 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 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 Strong

Strong Water gives the person emotionality, romanticism, imagination, and an ability to synthesize. Thanks to their ability to empathize and to understand others without words, Water people play an integrating role in society. They represent that mysterious glue that brings together disparate facts and things to make something integral and coherent. The fantasies of Water give everything depth and perspective. One could say that the Element of Water is the soul of the world.

In the body, the Element of Water is associated with all the liquids. Life, as we know, has emerged from the ocean, and we are mostly made of water, and the content of salts in our blood is similar to that in the sea water. Therefore the balance of the Element of Water is strongly related to the work of the whole system, and any disharmony creates unfavorable conditions for all, without exception, life processes. It reduces the overall resistance of the organism.

Emotionally, the Water people can be compared to a pond. Not that much can be seen on the surface, except for a few small waves perhaps, but under the surface there is a plentiful life. It is typical for those who have strongly emphasized element of Water to possess a rich and complex inner life and deep emotionality, but all this rich content is hidden from the eye of a casual observer and can only open to those who are ready to plunge into their life.

Intellectually, the Element of Water gives imaginative thinking, an ability to synthesize -- to make a single whole from very different, sometimes seemingly incompatible things and notions. Symbol is a very much Water concept, because behind a dry superficial appearance of a sign it contains an ocean of meanings and nuances.

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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