Setting Sun, Egon Schiele, 1913, oil on canvas
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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