Bert McCracken'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).
McCracken's "elemental make-up" is described below. Remember that most people are "unbalanced" or lopsided, and if Bert 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.
Bert McCracken has a great capacity to relate to, appreciate and understand different people and points of view, and he tends to be quite liberal in his attitudes. He is primarily a thinking person who requires much intellectual and social stimulation, conversation and interaction. Bert McCracken comprehends abstract reasoning and concepts very quickly and he likes ideas, language and culture. McCracken cannot imagine being happy in a world without books, films or interesting relationships.
There is an androgynous quality to Bert, and he relates equally well to men and women, having both male and female characteristics in nearly equal measure within himself. Bert McCracken tends to see someone as a person first, rather than as a woman or a man.
Friendship is very important to his sense of well-being. Bert McCracken thrives on camaraderie, teamwork, social endeavor and sharing. However, he is also quite objective about them and there is often an impersonal touch to his relationships with others.
His mind is McCracken's real gift: thinking clearly, logically and creatively, planning and organizing efficiently, and communicating intelligently. However, Bert McCracken tends to "live in his head" - reading about, talking about, and observing life without becoming completely immersed in it. Bert should avoid becoming a dabbler. He also needs to foster constancy, stability, and depth.
As social and intellectual as he is, Bert McCracken also has a very private, deeply sensitive core, which is described in more detail in Chapter 3.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Air Element is Strong (F,E,A,W Scores = 12,4,19,14)
Air is Strong and Sun is in Water sign