Gary Snyder'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).
Snyder'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 Snyder values order and security in his life and prefers dealing with known quantities and following clearly defined guidelines in order to achieve his aims. He is ruled by reason rather than emotion and Gary Snyder thinks in clear, practical, no-nonsense terms. He is uncomfortable with ambiguity, emotional impulsiveness or extremism, and things that cannot be explained in rational terms. Even spiritual or mystical realms - if at all of interest to Gary - must have either some scientific basis or be palpable to Snyder through his own experience.
Snyder thoroughly thinks a situation through before deciding upon a course of action, assessing and analyzing the matter carefully, and he can be relied upon to reach a fair, reasonable, and sensible solution to whatever he is facing.
He is able to handle practical matters very efficiently, using both deductive reasoning and manual skills. However, it is easy for Gary Snyder to become overly "adult" and to loose touch with his spontaneous, playful, vibrant, and childish side. Gary can become too organized and controlled, and avoid giving his emotions or creative, playful impulses full expression, thereby creating a certain sense of emptiness. Gary Snyder needs to learn to appreciate a certain degree of "creative chaos"!
Gary Snyder is a complex person, however. The description in the next chapter on how Snyder meets life and comes across to others contradicts some of the statements made above, for Gary Snyder has a highly intuitive, instinctive, and not entirely rational way of perceiving life. However he does not make important decisions based solely on emotional considerations because, as described above, Gary is a very practical person. Gary Snyder can be enormously sympathetic to the plight of others and still make an impartial, rational judgment regarding them.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Air and Earth are Strong (F,E,A,W Scores = 5,15,20,9)
Earth and Air are Strong and Ascendant is in Water sign