Gary Merrill'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).
Merrill's "elemental make-up" is described below. Remember that most people are "unbalanced" or lopsided, and if Gary 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.
Gary Merrill 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, Gary Merrill needs to be in an atmosphere that is positive and relatively free of psychic influences. Failing that, Merrill absorbs the negative vibes and ends up feeling badly himself. Highly sympathetic, Gary 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 Gary Merrill 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, Gary Merrill 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 Gary Merrill 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, Gary Merrill is prone to be rather passive, possibly lazy, and also quite sensual. Weight problems are very possible.
Deep inside, Gary Merrill has a vibrant, passionate, courageous, and life-affirming soul (discussed in detail in Chapter 3), which balances his introspective and hypersensitive side.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Water Element is Strong (F,E,A,W Scores = 13,10,5,21)
Water is Strong and Sun is in Fire sign