Ava Gardner'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).
Gardner's "elemental make-up" is described below. Remember that most people are "unbalanced" or lopsided, and if Ava 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.
She is a nurturer and a protector and is prone to what has sometimes been referred to as the "Atlas Syndrome" - namely, carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders. Ava Gardner assumes responsibilities in her relationships very conscientiously and often takes on more than her share of the troubles as well. Though Gardner appears (and indeed often is) rather passive, she possesses a great deal of quiet inner strength and the ability to flow with and repeatedly endure life's inevitable adversities. She is apt to be surrounded by people who rely on her, and though Ava Gardner derives much satisfaction from providing, giving, and being needed, she can also let herself be drained emotionally and/or financially by taking care of other people and not caring sufficiently for herself.
Ava Gardner has a very strong need for security and she places safety first. She is unlikely to make sudden changes or to take new directions that involve risk and unpredictability. Any break from the past is very difficult for Ava and she needs a great deal of support when trying to make even healthy and positive changes in her life or habits. ("Habit" is a key word for Ava Gardner as she is apt to be very attached to hers!)
She is very retentive. Ava Gardner holds on (and sometimes clings) to the people, places and ways she is familiar with. She also tends to repress feelings, and she may need to learn to express and let go of old feelings and past conditioning.
Physically, Ava Gardner is apt to be hearty and substantial, with a tendency to be stout. Unless other astrological factors indicate otherwise, she can also be downright lazy, especially when it comes to exercise. Ava instinctively chooses comfort over challenge. (This is true in a broader sense as well, not only regarding physical exercise).
Her strengths include depth of feeling, patience, and generosity. The qualities that Ava Gardner needs to cultivate include initiative, openness to change and new experience, and a stronger sense of self.
Ava Gardner tends to lack the ability to analyze herself or her life in a detached, objective way. Ava feels and experiences but does not necessarily understand or reflect upon her experience, and thus finds it hard to talk about it. Really taking in what someone else has to say can be hard for Ava Gardner - she does not readily adapt to new ideas or people, and as a result may become inflexible or limit her experience of life. Broadening her education and gaining exposure to different cultures is very beneficial to Ava. Otherwise she is apt to be rigid and even prejudiced against those outside her own circle. (This may be manifested in arthritic conditions, poor flexibility, or poor circulation).
She also tends to distrust people who communicate freely or to feel inferior to those who are more articulate and intellectual than she is. Ava Gardner learns much more readily by watching, doing or apprenticing than by reading or being told about something.
Much of what you will read on the next page, which describes how Ava Gardner meets the world and how she comes across to others, will contradict what has just been stated about Gardner's tendency to be passive, to play it safe and to stick with what she knows. Her confidence, courage, and love of drama and adventure described therein may be rather superficial. Once Ava Gardner digs a little deeper, her fundamental need for stability and security win out. Nevertheless Gardner does have a more energetic, active and lively side than depicted here. Read on...
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Earth and Water are Strong (F,E,A,W Scores = 9,16,2,22)
Air is Weak (F,E,A,W Scores = 9,16,2,22)
Earth and Water are Strong and Ascendant is in Fire sign