March 2011 by Fabienne Lopez
Absence of Air Characteristics
- Lack of adaptability to new things (ideas, people, situations, etc)
- Lack of creative thinking and mental activity in daily tasks
- Inability to communicate effectively and/or clearly
- Lack of objectivity and perspective
- No or little interest in education and/or learning
- Inability to plan ahead
- Difficulty in weighing up the pros and cons in a logical manner
Absence of Air and Creativity
Stephen Arroyo in his book “Astrology, Psychology and the four elements” states that people with a lack of Air rarely perceive this as being a problem. Very often, they are so involved in action, feelings, and material concerns that they lack the necessary objectivity to see the consequences of their involvement.
I can see where this attitude would easily translate for the artist in a creativity focused on production and selling. A resistance to improve their talents, explore new venues and ideas would accompany this attitude.
The lack of Air in a chart can also find its expression through the works of ultra-specialized geniuses, the great thinkers, and intellectuals. Maupassant, Allan Poe, Goethe, Hemingway, Alexandre Dumas, Flaubert, Bertrand Russell, Tolstoy are some of the examples of artist compensating for their chart imbalance.
Many famous actors also have no air in their chart. These artists are either known for being extremely well articulate like Richard Burton, Laurence Olivier, Rex Harrison, or fall into the opposite category.
Warren Beatty, Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford have elevated their own difficulties in expressing themselves into the Actor’s Studio method of acting.
I my post about Creativity and the 4 Elements, I had linked the qualities of Air with an artist’s technical talent. Technique being defined, in this case, as the manner and ability with which an artist, writer, dancer, athlete, or the like employs the technical skills of a particular art or field of endeavor.
Mastery of technique is essential for every artist since without it the materials do not portray the artist vision.
What happens to an artist with a lack of air in his chart? What problems does he encounter with his technique?
Lack of Air and Technique
If we combine the absence of air with technique, what we could have is an artist lacking the need to expand his technique. Maybe, he would be an artist who, once he has mastered a set of technique would not deviate from them, falling into a rigid and routine system.
The imbalance of air could also mean that as an artist, the person with a lack of air would be incapable of mediating the realm of ideas into a creative being.
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