©March 2011 by guest blogger Fabienne Lopez
Many of the concepts here are based on Stephen Arroyo’s book “Astrology, Psychology and the Four Elements” and Richard Idemon’s book “The Magic Thread”.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a series about the intersection of creativity and the 4 astrological elements (fire, earth, air, and water) on my blog, Astrology Unboxed. Many of my readers confirmed my observations, but they also inquired about how to deal with the imbalances in their chart. They wanted to learn about the impact of a missing or weak element and what they could do about it.
To answer their questions, I decided to write a new series on creativity and element imbalances in the chart This 5 part series will start with a look at the energy imbalances in general and proceed to dive into more specifics with an analysis for each element and how to deal with the element imbalance from a creative standpoint.
The lack of an element in your chart
A missing element in the chart is likely to exert a powerful and unconscious influence over it. The manifestation of this missing element generally shows in one of the five following ways:
- Denial – I am going to deny it exists
- Repression - I acknowledge its existence but I am not doing anything about it
- Projection – I will let somebody else carry the missing element for me
- Sublimation - I will direct the energy where I want it to go, not where it wants to go
- Compensation – I will master the qualities of this missing element to compensate for its lack thereof.
Missing Fire: No passion
When you don’t have the Fire element in your chart, you lack passion, hope, enthusiasm, and joie-de-vivre, both of which make us feel connected with the Universe.
There is a distinct lack of energy when fire is missing. People without fire often feel depressed, helpless in the face of the world, melancholic and even withdrawn.
To compensate for their lack of fire, these people often come out as aggressive and full of rage. They also will be drawn to fiery people with whom they can have a passionate relationship, where they can feel alive and energetic and have such confidence in themselves that they seem to burst at the seams.
Missing Earth: Never Enough
Often times, people with a missing earth function have a difficult relationship with their body. They might become body obsessed (plastic surgery, bodybuilding, exercise fanatics, etc….) or develop food disorders such as anorexia or bulimia. At the heart, there is an inherent dislike of body functions because they never know when it is enough. They seem incapable of grounding themselves.
Missing Water: I don’t know what I feel
People with no water in their chart have a difficulty knowing what they are feeling or expressing it. They may not understand pain or be able to feel it. On the other hand, they might become addicted to it.
People with no water might compensate this lack by becoming super sensitive, compassionate, and empathetic. They might also become lost into fantasy, illusion and the imagination as a result of their lack of boundaries.
Missing Air: I am dumb belief
The missing air quality is evident with the inability to stand back, analyze, detach, and be objective. More often than not, they go into extremes, becoming specialized in one area of knowledge while being incapable of functioning in others. They are the super-intellectuals, the geniuses, and the student with multiple doctorates who is always apologizing for his “stupid” questions.
The element imbalance and creativity
The lack of an element in a chart is often the place where there is the most opportunity to learn about oneself and grow. The difficulties and the accompanying pain can act as creative catalysts. Something, I can attest too.
Personally, the lowest element in my chart is earth. Not missing, but I have an emphasis in fire and water to the detriment of air and earth.
I am always compensating for these two elements. With earth lows, I cook a lot and tackle culinary difficulties such as making bread, French macaroons, and homemade marshmallows after going through a phase of learning how to saw and knit. My best friends are mostly earthy types.
I have difficulties expressing my thoughts either in my speech or in my writing, considering them unintelligible or too common sense to be interesting. For a very long time, I would often apologize for my dumb question. Over the years, I have pushed myself hard to write in a clear and concise way, to be easily understood.
How about you? What is your weak or missing element? Does it interfere with y0ur creative expression, or how have you dealt with the lack of that element? Share your story in the comment section.
Note from Donna –the elements in your chart may be stronger than you think, as more than just the signs can contribute. For instance, a strong Uranus or Mercury adds to the air element. A strong Neptune or Pluto may add to the water element, and so on. Here are my tests for measuring the strength of the elements:
- Are You a Fire Type? Here’s the Score!
- Are You an Air Type? Here’s the Score!
- Are You a Water Type? Here’s the Score!
- A Terribly Tentative Test for the Earth Element in your Chart
Articles about the elements on Skywriter: Bringing Balance to the Elements–a Useful Collection of Articles
Here are links to Fabienne’s excellent series about the elements, creativity, and art on her blog, Astrology Unboxed:
The Missing Element Series:
- Creativity and Element Imbalances in the Chart: Lack of Air
- Creativity and Element Imbalances in the Chart: Lack of Earth
- Creativity and Element Imbalances in the Chart – Lack of Fire
- Creativity and Element Imbalances in the Chart:Lack of Water
The Creativity and the 4 Elements Series:
- Creativity and the 4 Elements – Air
- Creativity and the 4 Elements – Water
- Creativity and the 4 Elements – Fire
- Creativity and the 4 Elements – Earth
- Writers! Learn How to Use the Fire Element to Develop Characters
- And a related series starts here: 7 Sins of Creativity – Sloth
About the Author: I consider astrology a practical, spiritual and psychological tool; a science; an intuitive art; a gift; a friend; a path of personal growth and knowledge; and now, a means of personal contribution to others. I often meditate on the Archetypical symbolism of the planets. I’m frequently found with my nose buried in astrology books, an ephemeris by my side, studying charts. Writings by Liz Greene, Richard Idemon, and Howard Sasportas have had a tremendous influence on my astrological views and practice. Today I live and work in San Francisco, and work with clients from around the world.