Elemental Combinations: Earth and Water

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When analyzing a chart in relation to elemental equilibrium, the most dominant element is usually, but not always, the Sun, followed by the elements of the Moon, Ascendant, and Mars, respectively. Lastly, the elements of Venus and Mercury, followed by the influences of Jupiter and Saturn. The elemental influences of Uranus, Neptune, and Saturn involve minute conscious forces, pertaining more to generational factors. Furthermore, the element of the planet in dominion of the Ascendant along with the Sun sign’s ruler are given further emphasis unless said planet is Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto. If one has Pisces rising, for example, the element of Jupiter would provide more emphasis than that of Neptune, Pisces’s co-ruler. The placement of the Ascendant’s element yields such vital prominence that it should always be strongly accentuated in chart analysis. Emphasizing the Ascendant’s elemental ruler provides the astrologer with the capacity for insight into the client’s motivational urges, as opposed to merely summing the number of planets in each element.

Maintaining the above explanation of basic elemental analysis in mind, when a chart, specifically, denotes a strong emphasis of earth and water, precise factors can be attributed to the corresponding chart. Firstly, there is a marked profoundness of depth, along with a pronounced sense of serious determination and practical sustainability. This coupling usually denotes consistent diligence and an innate capacity to bear burden, emotionally and/or through one’s work. Additionally, there is a conscientious awareness of survival needs, security needs, and others’ dependence on one’s stability and resources. Therefore, a vast amount of one’s energy is directed in efforts to sustain one’s resources and attachment to money, possessions, job, children, and other ‘security’ factors. Furthermore, there is tenacious endurance paired with the ability to survive through catastrophes. One’s attachment to security and traditional value systems is often exhibited as a strong adherence to family, home, and community obligations.

The challenging aspect of the water-earth pairing is understood when it is understood that one’s motivational factors are mainly fears, emotions, habitual patterns, societal conditioning, security needs, and a plethora of other subconscious factors. In order to fulfill security needs, there is often a tendency towards manipulation. Additionally, there is deep-rooted attachment to past experiences which, as a result, manifest as fearful depictions of the present and future. Furthermore, intellectual and communicative faculties are often obstructed, and there is often a lack of vital ideals, faith, and positive thinking.

Water-earth combinations are, at best, grounded in the present reality of daily experience and contains the innate ability to tackle challenges with fierce strength and determination. Negatively, one can be manipulative in the pursuit of earthly goals, and ultimately, become frustrated when confronted with the necessity to take risks in order to promote one’s growth. As always, this is a broad description of one elemental pairing, no element or aspect should ever be isolated when interpreting the entirety of a chart.

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Emotional Neglect in Favor of Transcendental Evolution: Parallels Between Saturn and Lilith

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Saturn as depicted by Chesley Bonestell

Saturn and Lilith are astrological catalysts: whirlwinds of depersonalized change, often at the expense of one’s perceived level of emotional or ego-driven suffering. To be blunt, Saturn and Lilith do not care about one’s feelings. They demand radical alteration of antiquated belief systems, depletion and suppression of the ego in favor of transcendence, and the enormity of dawdling and harrowing metamorphosis. Ultimately, they will proceed to distort (Lilith) and restrict (Saturn) one’s quotidian customs until, by any means necessary, one’s respective lessons are mastered. For Lilith and Saturn, it is insufficient to simply learn: one must thoroughly master karmic tests, lest one forgets.

Lilith’s urgency to experience depersonalized commitment as a means to serve humanity is a profound theme in her astrological work. A myriad of key movement leaders are depicted with a strong Lilith in the natal chart (e.g. Pablo Picasso, Albert Einstein, Mohandas Gandhi, Gloria Steinem, John F. Kennedy, etc.) Once the ego-driven need for self-recognition and personal honor is pulverized, Lilith propels the individual, using whatever aspect, sign and house position she falls under, to bring forth revolutionary change. When immersed in its full-force and channeled appropriately, Lilith’s energy is unyielding: an all-consuming and full-fledged eruption of uncensored power, aiming its spear at worldly injustices and their explosive disintegration.

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Burney Relief, Babylon (1800-1750 BCE). Some scholars (e.g. Emil Kraeling) identified the figure in the relief with Lilith, based on a misreading of an outdated translation of the Epic of Gilgamesh.  CC BY-SA 3.0 

In parallel, Saturn’s impetus for change stems from karmic lessons. Repetitive patterns that inhibit growth often go unnoticed until Saturn begins to unfurl its compressing, frictional grip onto the bewildered native. Then, caught in the ceaseless clutch of unrelenting suffering, one slowly and distressingly awakens to the truths buried beneath Saturn’s impenetrable cloak. The seemingly sluggish yet steady path of awakened psychic consciousness, and ultimately, like Lilith, transcendental awareness begins to originate. Saturn is forcefully slow: its lessons must first be learned and ultimately, mastered. Otherwise, Saturn remains uncompromising slow, perpetually inflicting peril if it is necessary to reach transcendental evolution.

Saturn and Lilith are not unlike each other. Both astrological energies perform best in logical, courageous, and persistent sign and house placement. Harsh aspects to both Lilith and Saturn will ultimately transform the individual, however seemingly unbearable the odyssey unfolds. There is little to no concern for the emotions during the course of entirely revolutionary change that necessitates manifestation. This, in essence, denotes the astounding agenda of  Lilith and Saturn.

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Regulus and the Anaretic Degree

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The Anaretic degree often summons unfavorable connotations in astrology. At 29°, specifically 29°00’00” to 29°59’59”, the Anaretic degree is considered critical because it has fully journeyed the course of a planet or celestial body and its final stage is one of both lethargy and urgency. Completing its planetary odyssey, the Anaretic degree behaves in exhaustion, seemingly ready to proceed to the following planet or point. Accompanied by a state of exigency, the affected planet or point attempts to misguidedly conduct its energy through distortion or overcompensation. There is difficulty in constructively harnessing the Aneretic degree’s energy, a challenge that must ultimately be transcended in order to promote prosperity and self-actualization. It is intriguing, then, that at this very degree one finds Regulus, the fixed star at the heart of the Leo constellation.

In accordance with its mythical undercurrents, Regulus, attributed to the Royal Stars of Persia and seen as the Watcher of the North, is associated with prestige, honor, and grace. Likewise, when its energy is channeled through the ego, it can signify destruction and violence. Similar to the other Royal Stars, Regulus signals success by facing its nemesis: vengeance.

As a Heliacal rising star, Regulus indicates conviction of personal position and path. The motivation for success, however, must be coupled with the resistance of revenge and cruelty. As a Heliacal setting star, innate talent is found as well as success in the face of envy and adversary. Regulus’s physiological correspondence is, like its constellation, the heart and vascular system.

In connection with the Sun, Regulus signals cautionary success without the force of vengeance. With the Moon, one sees a natural leader that elucidates with devotion as opposed to power and authority. Additionally, Mercury in relation to Regulus is humanitarian and inspirational. Regulus in paran with Venus signifies creativity and the search for perfectionism, rising above jealousy. In Mars, Regulus is a a team leader who retains faith in one’s abilities. Jupiter in connection with Regulus shows a noble hero that acts with a sense of confidence. Furthermore, Regulus with Saturn displays success through hard work and the talent to manifest one’s vision. Uranus indicates community leadership, Neptune is the successful artisan, and Pluto represents leadership during crisis.  With either Node, Regulus is decisive and associated with swift thinking.

Sources:

Brady, Bernadette, Book of Fixed Stars, 1998

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North Node in the Second House / Taurus: Between Self Value and Self Sabotage

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Rembrandt, Pallas Athena, oil on canvas, 1657, 118×91 cm., Museum Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon

“We make war that we may live in peace.” -Aristotle

With the lunar North Node in Taurus, there are no more wars to fight. The battleground must be gracefully relinquished: that, in of itself, becomes one of the fundamental challenges of this node’s destiny. Objectively, this is a seemingly effortless task, yet from the perspective of one’s south node in Scorpio, this proves a formidable feat: plunging into the proverbial battleground is one’s default pattern. One has exhausted countless lifetimes entrenched in the strategy of psychological warfare and it is this very innate proclivity that haunts one without foreseeable resolve. Additionally, one is dealt challenging lessons regarding the misuse of power, often early in childhood, so that one is restrained from repeating malicious patterns of authoritative abuse. It is not uncommon to find childhood victims of sexual, verbal, or physical assault with the north node in Taurus, as well as a sense of accompanying guilt that somehow ensures the need to protect parental figures at the detriment of self liberation and awareness. Therefore, shattering the subconscious parental bond becomes a prominent life challenge.

Understanding and honoring one’s true value is a fundamental component of mastering the Taurus north node. Again, in former lives, one has been the shrouded conduit of power, serving as Courtesan to Kings, Confidants to Generals, Prime Assistants to Presidents, nourishing their mates with control, energy, and charisma in exchange for validation and appreciation. The Taurus north node failed to acquire proper self worth; instead it was exchanged through bonded union with another, more seemingly powerful mate. In the very present, that missing sense of personal value must be earned alone, through stability and financial responsibility.

Presently, the Taurus north node is learning to experience and acknowledge the concept of self-value. In the past, self-value was instantaneously relinquished in order to amalgamate one’s power in union or partnership. Validation, as a result, was the instrument which weighed progress towards successfully empowering another being. Having the self’s value system extinguished, Taurus north node is now learning how to structure healthy boundaries between the self and others, acknowledging that one’s self-worth must be generated and independently preserved. Furthermore, Taurus north node must learn to cultivate and implement a system of values that firstly aligns with the autonomous self as opposed to  surrounding individuals.

A past infused in the adrenaline of crisis has rendered Taurus north node with an urgent necessity for peace, liberated from the confinement of power struggles. Additionally, the challenge is to redirect overtly passionate energy towards constructive directions. Learning to become creators is a time consuming task that is necessary for Taurus north nodes, having been previously accustomed to and empowered by the intensity of destructive energy. The once drastic approach to all matters must be ameliorated with methodical grounding, a slow and steady process which was formerly eschewed. When serenity is infused in situations, possibilities are advantageous in a manner that favors all involved parties.

Taurus north node has an innate proclivity for self-sabotage. Again, a lacking sense of self-value and unworthiness subconsciously impedes the fruition of goals. Often, defeatist attitudes are the result of self-punishment for real or imagined guilt-ridden experiences. Therefore, continuous psychological introspection becomes a necessary tool for Taurus north node. An inner subconscious resistance may be held by by taking unwarranted chances and failing to implement systematic, goal-setting procedures. Ultimately, Taurus north node must learn to rely on the self’s independent energy to attain success.

Sources:

Hill, Judith, The Lunar Nodes

Spiller, Jan, Astrology for the Soul

Sutton, Korilla, The Lunar Nodes: Crisis and Redemption

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Earth Imbalance in the Natal Chart

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Vincent Van Gogh, Blossoming Almond Tree, oil on canvas, 73.5 x 92.0 cm., Saint-Rémy: February, 1890

A lack of earth in the natal chart signals a disconnection from the material plane. Often, one is not naturally attuned to the physical world, the body, or to the requirements and limitations of survival in the material world. As a result, one is not grounded in the present and practical considerations such as money, food, and shelter are not often prioritized. Accommodation to survival necessities is ignored until one is forced to do so by the demands of reality. A lack of contact with the material dimension of reality can cause the individual to feel ostracized, having little physical solidity in one’s efforts to benefit from proper self expression. One often feels evaporable, unable to integrate the self with society’s structure, and dissatisfaction with life’s work. This sense of alienation can manifest as a search for experience with other dimensional realities that appear more relatable to the self, such as the active imagination or a spiritual quest. Additionally, there is an ultimate impetus to eternally transcend the limitations of the physical plane. While the boundless expression of the imagination can lead to fruitful results, the individual must first accept the basic requirement of earthly survival.

Insufficient earth emphasis can propel one to ignore the basic requirements of the physical body. Considering the physical body as secondary, insufficient emphasis on earth can cause one to forget eating, rest, and enjoyment of the five senses. One often finds poor skin tone: an indication that that life energy is not vitalizing the physical vessel. A lack of earth element can immeasurably benefit from cultivating a consistent schedule in one’s life, defining specific periods for eating in a peaceful manner, moderately exercising, and receiving sufficient rest. By accepting the very limitations of the physical plane, they can be mastered and used as sustaining power from the earth.

An over-abundance of the earth element can cause one to overly rely on the confinements of reality that stems a narrowness of perception. There is often an obsessive preoccupation with the factual as opposed to the ideal, focusing strictly on what is already palpable. As a result, there is a lack of imagination, overt practical efficiency, and material concerns to the detriment of theoretical and ethical principles. Too much earth can result in a loss of perspective on actions as well as the ultimate implications of one’s modus operandi. While these natives have a vast reservoir of strength and efficiency, practical affairs and work dominate their lives, resulting in a threat of self-worth when unforeseen change results in vocational activities. Cynicism and skepticism can infiltrate the mind as a result of lacking ideals and/ or inspiration to infuse life with depth and purpose.

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The Battleground of Awareness and Crisis: Saturn in the Eighth House

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Oskar Kokoschka, Die Windsbraut (The Tempest),1914, Oil on canvas,181 x 220 cm, Kunstmuseum Basel

The perpetual crisis battleground, seeking higher consciousness and elevated awareness through the unification of self with other, is the focal point of Saturn in the eighth house. In this house, crisis stimulus manifests and is released through sex, since there is death of individual awareness and birth of mutual consciousness. The union occurs independent of conscious acknowledgment. The individual with Saturn in the eighth house endures a double burden: simultaneously understanding and accepting Saturnian energies whilst descending into the realms of Pluto.

In many instances, Saturn in the eighth house suggests feelings of inadequacy and fear regarding sexual expression. While this symbolizes a more profound level of fear, on its own, the symbol is potent enough to generate much suffering. Additionally, the form of inadequacy is emotional as opposed to physical. The challenge is conveyed through fear of submission, powerlessness, violation, and emotional rejection from the partner. In other words, the psychic exchange, rather than the physical, is what contains the threat.

As with all Saturn placements, two extreme behaviors are probable. The effects of overcompensation can produce overt promiscuity as a result of awareness to the threat of psychic exchange. With this situation, Saturn attempts to transform emotional value into the physical without success. In contrast, one may veil fears with the guise of zealous religious or moral convictions, falsely declaring blasphemy where there is actually a deep rooted fear.

A characteristic pattern of an eighth house Saturn involves perpetual emotional betrayal by others, manifested in an intimate and painful manner. Frequently, there is denial of deep emotional bonding in childhood. Since Saturn is often associated with the paternal figure, the father may die or be emotionally unavailable. Additionally, an individual may be raised in an environment where there is restricted physical expression along with problems between parental figures. The atmosphere is often cloaked in the garment of hostility and fear. Often this is not subtle: beatings and assault may be present. The effect, despite the actual circumstance, is a feeling of being ostracized coupled with loneliness and belief that alleviation is impossible.

Emotional isolation with Saturn in the eighth house seeks union rather than the security issues stemming from Saturn in the fourth house.  The type of unification sought is intensely transformational and the individual is propelled, through another, to seek rebirth and awareness of one’s spiritual nature. Ultimately, one succumbs to the realization that transformation and resurrection into higher consciousness manifests within the self: this is Saturn’s primordial eighth house lesson. The profound knowledge and mastery of the unconscious must be gained unescorted. The utilization of and intense interest in the depths of the mind while, simultaneously, mastering the true nature of creative energy makes Saturn in the eighth house natives spiritual alchemists. The enigmatic potency of the subconscious as life-generating, healing power for the self and others is, ultimately, the laborious gift bestowed upon the eighth house Saturn.

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Air Imbalance in the Natal Chart

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Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen, oil on canvas, 2016.

Insufficient air in the natal chart is rarely perceived to be an issue  because one may be too consumed in concerns with the dynamic, emotive, and material aspects of life. However, it is precisely this lack of objectified perception that prevents one from self-reflection on a detached level. Insufficient air delineates a challenge in personal detachment from actions as well as the probability of burden regarding involvements that are insufficiently analyzed in advance. Additionally, there may exist a lack of satisfaction in close relationships stemming from ineffective cooperation. There is a unifying quality to the air element that enables seamless adjustment , ease of absorption regarding new ideas, insights, and relating to a variety of individuals. A lack of air attunement creates challenge in adjusting to new ideas, and therefore to new people. Additionally, there can be a sense of distrust and/ or suspicion towards those who appear (in the native’s mind) as over-intellectualized. While a strong Mercurial (Virgo) influence can ameliorate this imbalance, a lack of air emphasis denotes the inability to view both internal and external circumstances with an objective sense of lucid and detached interpretation.

An attunement to air indicates the ability to view situations with a clear perspective, while one lacking this affinity has difficulty gaining self-perspective with an objective viewpoint. As a rule (unless supplemented by Virgo/ Mercury emphasis), one fails to analyze oneself and is rarely projected with reasoning strength and articulation of self-expression, particularly verbal and written. Often, there is weakness of the nervous system, which manifests as psychosomatic issues. When ideas fail to be assimilated mentally and emotionally, one can react violently. One’s physical reaction to inconceivable ideas and/ or people can astonish to the extent of physical illness and irrational aggression in efforts to abolish seemingly threatening thoughts.

Over-abundance of air in the natal chart can signify an individual who is engulfed in the contents of the mind. Excessive air can create an over-active mind which must be guided and controlled. If an added void of earth is present, there may exists and inability to generate depth of actualization to mental constructs. In extreme circumstances, the inability to generate action without excessive thought can lead to paralysis of will and  severe psychological disorders. The mind may create its own isolated world, apart from the material, leading to often conceptual brilliance but also to a sense of impractical reality that is incongruent with the plausible.

Physically, an over-abundance of air can lead to a highly activated and extremely sensitive nervous system. Restful retreats of meditation and recuperation are necessary  to allow the nervous systems to replenish itself and prevent the mind from reaching a state of psychic exhaustion. Additionally, it is imperative to implement a change of scenery away from the quotidian in order to escape from systematic preoccupations, second thoughts, and interminable plans.

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Imbalance of Water in the Natal Chart

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Ivan Aivazovsky, Storm at Sea on a Moonlit Night, oil on canvas, 28 cm x 39 cm, 19th century.

A plethora of psychological, emotional, and physical problems can manifest as a result of deficiency of the water element in the natal chart. A lack of water affinity generates enormous challenge and perplexity when attempting to contact the emotions of others through empathy and compassion, as well as personal understanding of one’s own emotional requirements. While this does not imply a lack of sensitivity in all cases, it does suggest difficulty in deciphering and acknowledging one’s own emotional health. The plane of emotions can appear as a foreign world of hazard which may prove more perilous than fruitful. Additionally, there is an inability to view in others the projection of self-unacceptability. Ironically, this leads to unconscious dependency on others who are emotively expressive.

A water void can present itself as an innate suspicion regarding intuitive knowledge. In certain examples, the fundamental issue is rooted in self-distrust coupled with the dismissal of one’s feelings as trivial irritations. However, through unconscious processes, denial of conscious access continues to influence and manipulate the individual. Additionally, there may arise a resistance towards external attempts to wield oneself out of an elemental (water) void while simultaneously, generating oblivious gestures towards emotively expressive individuals. Those with said imbalance displayed within their charts can master a degree of emotional equilibrium by slowly allowing the seemingly interminable abundance of sensations reach the surface, releasing the denied, accumulated threshold of suppressed suffering. A void of water also delineates a fanatical fear of pain which often results in a disregard and abandonment of emotional needs. Unfortunately, this only ensures the cyclical experience of repressed trauma.

Externally, water voids are revealed through physical disruption associated with excess toxicity. Since water is cleansing, healing, and releasing energy, one who lacks this element is inevitably slowly poisoned by the accumulation of emotional and physical waste products. This condition of toxicity manifests as a variety of symptoms and ailments with the same general requisite for amelioration: absolute physical and emotional purging. Dietary practices should be precariously administered and one can benefit from periodic cleansings and moderate fasts. When one consciously strives at augmenting the cleansing function on the emotional and physical levels, one is able to surpass and avoid most of the severe disturbances caused by extreme degrees of toxicity.

Those with an over-abundance of water emphasis may feel intensely directionless. Usually, they are easily influenced and highly impressionable, exhibiting a pattern of emotional uncertainty and lack of stability. This water imbalance generates extreme sensitivity to any experience, which can lead to either profoundly piercing intuition or an unnecessary degree of over-reaction. Individuals can become debilitated by subconscious fears and phobias if the emotions are uncontrollable or the person habitually functions in a state of apprehensive, over self-protection. Overwhelming timidity, negative reaction patterns, and devitalizing fears can paralyze the daily life of individuals. Ultimately, one may feel unable to cope with external and internal stresses, prompting one to withdraw into an inner protective sphere of escapism. On the physical plane, an over-emphasis of the water element signifies  that the body is constantly eliminating poisons, both physical toxins and emotive residue. Efficiency of this cleansing process is, however, highly dependent upon the individual’s emotional self-awareness.

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Imbalance of Fire in the Natal Chart

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 J. M. W. Turner, The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, October 16, 1834, oil on canvas, 925 x 1230 mm

Noting the primary, comprehensive methods for analyzing elemental voids or imbalances, this post accentuates, solely in isolation, the element of fire and the importance of its maintenance in equilibrium as addressed in the natal chart.

The digestive system often suffers as a result of little emphasis on fire in the birth chart, resulting in debilitated assimilation of food. If the individual is also lacking in earth, simultaneously, dietary intake should be carefully scrutinized since there exists a lack of digestive strength to absorb heavy, concentrated foods. In my experience, Ayurvedic medicine proves a beneficial aid in ameliorating said imbalance.

The elemental fire void manifests as a lack of dynamism and a proclivity to be dubious of the sustenance in the life force itself. Additionally, there is an underlying current of apathy, lacking the primordial energy and motivation to mobilize goals. Self-confidence may be poor with a tendency towards despondency. Challenges and obstacles can paralyze the fire void native, while crises may take a relatively longer time to manage and triumph. Usually, the residual psychological effects of major threatening circumstances tend to reside within the individual long after the experience has culminated. Little emphasis in fire often indicates a significant obstacle in the manner which one approaches the scope of experience. All activities, including dietary and exercise, should be performed in moderation so that one does not entirely extinguish the reserves of one’s energy. However, given a strong Mars or Sun as compensation, fire void natives do exude a significant degree of patience.

An overly emphasized fire element in the natal chart will often only be conspicuous to the individual when it is too late to rectify. One may exhibit the tendency to be overly active, restless, and fixated on generating change, at all costs, in the world. Over-abundance of fire may spawn difficulties in relating to and interacting with others, since impulsiveness, unforseen destructiveness, and the urge to act at all costs can generate extreme insensitivity and crudeness in one’s social approach. This force, under affliction, is uncontrolled, giving to extravagance, over-confidence, and self-indulgence. Primitive traits are marked, accentuated by ego-exaltation and excessive self-importance.

Those attuned strongly to fire are motivated, ambitious, and often successfully commence and promote new enterprises, projects, and idealistic ventures that demand a vast reservoir of dedication, courage, and vitality. It should be reiterated, upon concluding this brief overview of the elemental fire void, that it is here discussed in exclusion, not taking into account all other elemental factors present in the natal chart. Ultimately, individuals hold the capacity to compensate for elemental voids, acknowledging that balancing the elements is a symbol of personal growth.

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Life Energy: Interpreting the Four Elements in an Astrological Chart

Interpretive astrology generates added depth and dimension when emphasis is placed upon the elements. Through analysis of the elemental force in the natal chart, one concentrates on the mechanics of specific vital energies. This is in contrast to limiting interpretation solely to the manifestation of said energies in expressive behavior and external personality traits. All individuals are composed of the four elements, whether consciously or subconsciously aware of said energies. There is impossibility in human existence if only one of the elements is absent due to the complete void of the functional energy of any missing element on both a psychological and physical level. However, the elements most exemplified in a natal chart by planetary placement along with that of the Ascendant indicate the primary energies one is capable of effortlessly maneuvering in daily life. Additionally, such energies denote naturally and spontaneously available realms of experience. In contrast, elements lacking emphasis in a chart reveal certain realms of vital activity not consciously attuned with the individual. Therefore, these conscious elemental voids must be cultivated and developed in order to generate experience in a particular elemental field and ultimately, manifest a complete and balanced life.

When analyzing a chart in relation to elemental equilibrium, the most dominant element is usually, but not always, the Sun, followed by the elements of the Moon, Ascendant, and Mars, respectively. Lastly, the elements of Venus and Mercury, followed by the influences of Jupiter and Saturn. The elemental influences of Uranus, Neptune, and Saturn involve minute conscious forces, pertaining more to generational factors. Furthermore, the element of the planet in dominion of the Ascendant along with the Sun sign’s ruler are given further emphasis unless said planet is Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto. If one has Aquarius rising, for example, the element of Saturn would provide more emphasis than that of Uranus, Aquarius’s co-ruler. The placement of the Ascendant’s element yields such vital prominence that it should always be strongly accentuated in chart analysis. Emphasizing the Ascendant’s elemental ruler provides the astrologer with the capacity for insight into the client’s motivational urges, as opposed to merely summing the number of planets in each element.

When deducing the balance or imbalance of elemental energies, one chart factor can significantly alter the entirety of the expressive energetic field. The ideal strategy should involve at least some acclimatization to each element. Furthermore, this results in the capacity to achieve a harmonious life approach as well as the immediate participation in all realms of experience. Individuals hold the capacity to compensate for elemental voids, knowing that balancing the elements is a symbol of personal growth and self-expression.

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