Creativity and Element Imbalances in the Chart

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Many of the concepts in this series are based on Stephen Arroyo’s book “Astrology, Psychology and the Four Elements” and Richard Idemon’s book “The Magic Thread”.

water, fire, earth and air

Creativity and the 4 Elements

A couple a weeks ago, I wrote a series about the intersection of creativity and the 4 astrological elements (Fire, Earth, Air and Water).

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 and what they could do about it.

To answer their questions, I decided to write this 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

The absence of an element in a chart seems to be the missing link that drives you to look for it in your life.

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:

DenialI am going to deny it exists

Repression– I acknowledge its existence but I am not doing anything about it

ProjectionI 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 People without fire often feel depressed, helpless in the face of the world, melancholic and even withdrawn.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.

Element imbalances in the chart can spur creativity

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 on 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 missing element? How do you deal with the lack of that element? Share your story here.

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