Carol Alt'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).
Alt's "elemental make-up" is described below. Remember that most people are "unbalanced" or lopsided, and if Carol 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.
Her common sense and her ability to make use of, enjoy and effectively handle the physical world are Carol's greatest strengths. She is down-to-earth and capable of managing practical affairs, working and taking care of the business of day-to-day living very well. Carol Alt has a strong urge to be useful and productive. For Alt, the bottom line is practicality: Does it work? Is it functional? What practical purpose does it serve? Theories and speculations mean little to Carol Alt unless there is some concrete purpose, some way to use them in the real world.
She is methodical and enjoys, even thrives on, a steady routine. Her first response to anything novel or experimental is caution, resistance, or skepticism. Fundamentally conservative, Carol Alt usually makes the best of the status quo rather than venturing into the unknown or making changes that could jeopardize her security in any way. Material security is particularly important to Carol and her sense of well-being is directly linked with financial assets or knowing that she has a steady, reliable source of income. Carol Alt may hold herself back or pass over opportunities simply because she cannot control or know the outcome ahead of time. Patience and persistence are her gifts, and Alt builds her life on a firm foundation through discipline, work and planning.
Carol Alt also has a deep affinity for the natural world and needs to be close to the earth (gardening, camping or working with her hands using natural materials) in order to be at her best.
As we shall see in Chapter 3, Carol Alt also has a fiery, energetic side, which provides balance and the opportunity for Carol to apply her practical nature in creative, interesting ways. Sometimes, however, her very sensible, realistic, practical ways prevent Carol Alt from expressing the energy and wild dreams burning inside.
Although fundamentally realistic, with a definite conservative bent, Carol Alt comes across as rather liberal and open-minded, as you will read in the next chapter. Her apparent tolerance for varying points of view is limited, however, to those that seem well-grounded and workable to her.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Earth Element is Strong (F,E,A,W Scores = 13,19,8,9)
Earth is Strong and Sun is in Fire sign
Earth is Strong and Ascendant is in Air sign