Charles Baudelaire'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).
Baudelaire's "elemental make-up" is described below. Remember that most people are "unbalanced" or lopsided, and if Charles is lacking or deficient in a certain element (or elements), it simply means that he 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.
His life is likely to be full of emotional extremes, turbulence, joy and sorrow stemming from his own passionate nature and unpredictability. Charles Baudelaire is impulsive and temperamental. For Charles, everything is intensely personal and colored by emotion. He may have difficulty viewing a situation from a detached, impartial or rational perspective, and he has little inclination to structure and order his life. However, fostering self-discipline, organization and focus is essential. Otherwise Charles Baudelaire will be prone to extreme moodiness, alternating between lofty inspiration and despondency.
At times, Charles Baudelaire feels a great deal of internal pressure due to two of his dominant impulses which tend to conflict with one another. The desire for independence and freedom, the need for self-expression and ego recognition, and the urge to leave the past behind in order to propel himself into new experiences may clash with other, equally powerful needs - namely attachments to people and to the familiar, a compelling urge for emotional closeness, and a desire for security. Balancing these two drives is a significant challenge for Baudelaire.
Even though his life may be less balanced and perhaps less stable than that of others, it is unlikely that Charles Baudelaire would change it because he is very vibrant, sensitive and responsive to the ever-changing, dynamic quality of life.
Charles Baudelaire tends to lack the ability to analyze himself or his life in a detached, objective way. Charles feels and experiences but does not necessarily understand or reflect upon his experience, and thus finds it hard to talk about it. Really taking in what someone else has to say can be hard for Charles Baudelaire - he does not readily adapt to new ideas or people, and as a result may become inflexible or limit his experience of life. Broadening his education and gaining exposure to different cultures is very beneficial to Charles. Otherwise he is apt to be rigid and even prejudiced against those outside his own circle. (This may be manifested in arthritic conditions, poor flexibility, or poor circulation).
He also tends to distrust people who communicate freely or to feel inferior to those who are more articulate and intellectual than he is. Charles Baudelaire learns much more readily by watching, doing or apprenticing than by reading or being told about something.
However, as you will read in the next chapter, Charles Baudelaire has a sense of practical orientation and a certain down-to-earth approach, which helps to ground him somewhat.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Fire and Water are Strong (F,E,A,W Scores = 24,10,0,15)
Air is Weak (F,E,A,W Scores = 24,10,0,15)
Fire and Water are Strong and Ascendant is in Earth sign