Aretha Franklin'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).
Franklin's "elemental make-up" is described below. Remember that most people are "unbalanced" or lopsided, and if Aretha 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.
Aretha Franklin is ruled by her emotions and feelings and easily influenced by her moods and the feelings of those around her. Because she is so sensitive to her environment, Aretha Franklin needs to be in an atmosphere that is positive and relatively free of psychic influences. Failing that, Franklin absorbs the negative vibes and ends up feeling badly herself. Highly sympathetic, Aretha readily senses what others feel inside (whether they express it or not), and this deep emotional rapport can be both a gift and a curse: she can get extremely close to those she cares for, however Aretha Franklin also feels other people's feelings so strongly that she perceives their emotions or problems as her own. Learning to distinguish the boundaries between herself and others is important. Furthermore, Aretha Franklin needs to respect these boundaries; other people may need more personal, separate space than she does. Her tendency is to want to merge with the ones she loves, which can be interpreted as demanding or smothering by people with less of a need and capacity for emotional closeness. Her sensitivity and compassion and imaginative faculties are highly developed, and Aretha Franklin may find it difficult to communicate everything she feels in logical, rational terms. Words seem inadequate, and the language of touch or music or visual imagery may come much more naturally to her.
Unless she has astrological energies that indicate otherwise, Aretha Franklin is prone to be rather passive, possibly lazy, and also quite sensual. Weight problems are very possible.
Deep inside, Aretha Franklin has a vibrant, passionate, courageous, and life-affirming soul (discussed in detail in Chapter 3), which balances her introspective and hypersensitive side.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Water Element is Strong (F,E,A,W Scores = 13,4,10,22)
Water is Strong and Sun is in Fire sign