Adrienne Rich's fundamental needs, values, and orientation towards life are symbolized by the four astrological elements. Each person has their own unique balance of these four basic energies: fire (warmth, inspiration, enthusiasm), earth (practicality, realism, material interests), air (social and intellectual qualities), and water (emotional needs and feelings).
Rich's "elemental make-up" is described below. Remember that most people are "unbalanced" or lopsided, and if Adrienne is lacking or deficient in a certain element (or elements), it simply means that she needs to consciously develop that particular aspect in order to appreciate and/or work harder in that dimension of life.
Sometimes we overestimate the element that we are least endowed with, sensing it as a lack within ourselves, but more often we neglect or ignore it. The qualities described below will be reiterated and explained in more detail in the following pages.
Adrienne Rich often overlooks, ignores, or seems oblivious to the emotional aspects of a situation, focusing instead on "what needs to be done" in a straightforward and somewhat impersonal way. Rich can seem unfeeling or even callous. She is actually more likely to simply be uncomfortable and uncertain as to how to respond when confronted with a great outpouring of emotion or with needs that are emotional and subtle rather than physical and tangible.
She also tends to distrust feelings, intuitive perceptions, or anything outside the realm of the concrete and rational. In other words, if Rich cannot see it or touch it, she is likely to discount it.
Unless Adrienne Rich learns to appreciate and open up to her own and others' feelings and inner experience, she is likely to live a rather dry existence, missing out on much of the richness of deep personal relationships and emotional intimacy.
Adrienne Rich should beware of allowing her responsibilities or work to dominate her life to the extent that she forgets to emotionally nourish herself and her loved ones.
Although fundamentally realistic, with a definite conservative bent, Adrienne Rich comes across as rather liberal and open-minded, as you will read in the next chapter. Her apparent tolerance for varying points of view is limited, however, to those that seem well-grounded and workable to her.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Earth is Strong, Water is Weak (F,E,A,W Scores = 12,24,12,1)
Earth is Strong and Ascendant is in Air sign