David Petraeus' 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).
General Petraeus' "elemental make-up" is described below. Remember that most people are "unbalanced" or lopsided, and if David 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.
It is very difficult for David Petraeus to be objective and detached, or to view a situation from anyone else's point of view - his own feelings and personal experiences color David's judgment too much. Though he may sympathize or feel for others, David may in fact not really understand where they are coming from. David Petraeus needs to develop the ability to stand back, reflect on life and analyze a situation logically. It is also essential that General Petraeus learn to communicate. Because David senses and feels so much, he may expect others to know what he is experiencing without filling them in. As mentioned earlier, words do not come easily to David Petraeus but he would benefit greatly by learning to articulate and express himself verbally - otherwise he can stew in his own feelings too much, or find himself at the mercy of his own poorly-understood emotional patterns.
As you will read in the next chapter, David Petraeus has a well-grounded and down-to-earth orientation towards life - a sense of realism that steadies his moody, imaginative disposition.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Water is Strong, Air is Weak (F,E,A,W Scores = 9,14,3,23)
Water is Strong and Ascendant is in Earth sign