Benedetto Croce'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).
Croce's "elemental make-up" is described below. Remember that most people are "unbalanced" or lopsided, and if Benedetto 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.
Benedetto Croce is ruled by his emotions and feelings and easily influenced by his moods and the feelings of those around him. Because he is so sensitive to his environment, Benedetto Croce needs to be in an atmosphere that is positive and relatively free of psychic influences. Failing that, Croce absorbs the negative vibes and ends up feeling badly himself. Highly sympathetic, Benedetto 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: he can get extremely close to those he cares for, however Benedetto Croce also feels other people's feelings so strongly that he perceives their emotions or problems as his own. Learning to distinguish the boundaries between himself and others is important. Furthermore, Benedetto Croce needs to respect these boundaries; other people may need more personal, separate space than he does. His tendency is to want to merge with the ones he loves, which can be interpreted as demanding or smothering by people with less of a need and capacity for emotional closeness. His sensitivity and compassion and imaginative faculties are highly developed, and Benedetto Croce may find it difficult to communicate everything he feels in logical, rational terms. Words seem inadequate, and the language of touch or music or visual imagery may come much more naturally to him.
Unless he has astrological energies that indicate otherwise, Benedetto Croce is prone to be rather passive, possibly lazy, and also quite sensual. Weight problems are very possible.
He is likely to be overly humble or unsure of himself and to look to others for inspiration, motivation, reinforcement and approval. Tending to be somewhat passive, Benedetto Croce must learn how to take initiative and motivate himself.
A lack of warmth (either physical, emotional or both) may be evident in Croce and can manifest physically as a low energy level, paleness and lack of color in the skin, or a tendency to be easily chilled. Emotionally, it can be reflected in a marked coolness or aloofness with little spiritedness, joyfulness, or enthusiasm for living. Eating warming, spicy foods, living in a warm, sunny place, and using fire in his daily life (lighting candles, using a wood stove or fireplace for heat) can help balance Benedetto. Also, spending time with warm, cheerful, positive-minded people and developing a philosophy based on spiritual optimism can stir up Benedetto's own zest for life.
On the positive side, Benedetto Croce is unlikely to be egocentric and has a capacity for ample patience and peacefulness.
One of his primary challenges lies in developing a sense of security and stability and adopting a steady rhythm in life. Cultivating self-discipline, patience and endurance and learning to accept realistic limitations will enable Benedetto Croce to be more productive and to implement some of his ideas and creative impulses. Benedetto Croce is not always interested in the practicalities and compromises required to make his dreams a reality.
At times, Benedetto Croce feels out of place in the world, restless, discontent, unable to find his niche and dissatisfied with mundane reality. This may have the positive effect of sparking Croce's exploration of the creative, imaginative or spiritual side of life. However, Benedetto tends to resist growing up and learning how to effectively deal with adult responsibility. He also tends to be either bound up with the past or projecting into the future, thereby ignoring the present. To become more grounded in the here and now, Benedetto Croce may find it helpful to get massages on a regular basis, make a practice of gentle, rhythmic exercise like walking or yoga, and eat substantial, heavy foods.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Water Element is Strong (F,E,A,W Scores = 1,3,5,40)
Fire is Weak (F,E,A,W Scores = 1,3,5,40)
Earth is Weak (F,E,A,W Scores = 1,3,5,40)