Creativity and Element Imbalances in the Chart: Lack of Air

March 2011 by Fabienne Lopez

So far, in this series, we have covered the lack of Fire, Earth. The next element in line is Air.

A lack of air in the chart can compensate by being extremely intellectualAbsence 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

A person with a lack of air in the chart can express this lack by being very intellectualAbsence 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.

Technique Definition

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 in the chart often leads to difficulties in communicationLack 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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About Fabienne Lopez

Astrologer, Blogger, Life-Coach. My mission is to help you discover, develop and nurture your creativity no matter what transit you are going through.
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8 Responses to Creativity and Element Imbalances in the Chart: Lack of Air

  1. k says:

    When I go dancing, I notice people who emphasize technique at the expense of passion and feeling. They know the choreography but they’re afraid to get creative with it. Would these be the ones lacking air in their charts?

    I am the opposite, BTW. To me dancing is open to interpretation, and each person has an individual style. What are your thoughts on this?

    • Fabienne Lopez says:

      I would say that people who emphasize technique at the expense of passion and feeling would have low or lack of fire (passion) and feeling (water). They are probably strong in air, hence the interest in technique. But also it could include a lot of earth – dominance over the body and have the body under control to do what they want. Dance is an earth activity per se (sensualism, ruled by Taurus and Libra).
      Conversely, your statement about your own dance style indicates somebody who follows their intuition (water) and their own internal music (independence= fire).

  2. Gian Paul says:

    Hi Fabienne: excellent series you offered here! ( You’re truly keeping up with your name. Fabienne, from the Latin/French, “the one who does good”). Thanks and keep going, please.

    • Fabienne Lopez says:

      Thanks Gian Paul for the compliment. The “doing good” must have started with Quintus Fabius Maximus. The Roman general who used delaying tactics to halt the invasion of Hannibal in the 3rd century BC. ;-)

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  4. katley says:

    unfortunately Hannibal wasn’t quite unstoppable, didn’t he cross the Alps?

    • Gian Paul says:

      He did indeed, with the help of his elephants. When Quaddafi used to stay in Geneva, he tore out the carpets of his hotel-suite, in order to cook his Lybian mutton himself on a charcoal fire on the floor. Hoping that brute will not annoy the rest of the world for much longer. No hotel in Geneva will offer asylum to him for sure!

  5. Gian Paul says:

    Talking of Hannibal – Quaddafi even named one of his sons that way – are we seing a “return of history there?”. It’s pretty messy in that part of the world right now, and in Japan too. All those significant planets in Cardinal signs, I guess.

    PS. “My nurse of the other day”: no planets in water. That’s why she is a good nurse, I guess. Particularly in the surroundings where she works. Often dealing at night with car accidents on the highway linking Brazil to Argentina,Chile.

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