Henry Miller'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).
Miller's "elemental make-up" is described below. Remember that most people are "unbalanced" or lopsided, and if Henry 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.
He is a nurturer and a protector and is prone to what has sometimes been referred to as the "Atlas Syndrome" - namely, carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. Henry Miller assumes responsibilities in his relationships very conscientiously and often takes on more than his share of the troubles as well. Though Miller appears (and indeed often is) rather passive, he possesses a great deal of quiet inner strength and the ability to flow with and repeatedly endure life's inevitable adversities. He is apt to be surrounded by people who rely on him, and though Henry Miller derives much satisfaction from providing, giving, and being needed, he can also let himself be drained emotionally and/or financially by taking care of other people and not caring sufficiently for himself.
Henry Miller has a very strong need for security and he places safety first. He is unlikely to make sudden changes or to take new directions that involve risk and unpredictability. Any break from the past is very difficult for Henry and he needs a great deal of support when trying to make even healthy and positive changes in his life or habits. ("Habit" is a key word for Henry Miller as he is apt to be very attached to his!)
He is very retentive. Henry Miller holds on (and sometimes clings) to the people, places and ways he is familiar with. He also tends to repress feelings, and he may need to learn to express and let go of old feelings and past conditioning.
Physically, Henry Miller is apt to be hearty and substantial, with a tendency to be stout. Unless other astrological factors indicate otherwise, he can also be downright lazy, especially when it comes to exercise. Henry instinctively chooses comfort over challenge. (This is true in a broader sense as well, not only regarding physical exercise).
His strengths include depth of feeling, patience, and generosity. The qualities that Henry Miller needs to cultivate include initiative, openness to change and new experience, and a stronger sense of self.
Henry Miller tends to lack the ability to analyze himself or his life in a detached, objective way. Henry feels and experiences but does not necessarily understand or reflect upon his experience, and thus finds it hard to talk about it. Really taking in what someone else has to say can be hard for Henry Miller - he does not readily adapt to new ideas or people, and as a result may become inflexible or limit his experience of life. Broadening his education and gaining exposure to different cultures is very beneficial to Henry. Otherwise he is apt to be rigid and even prejudiced against those outside his own circle. (This may be manifested in arthritic conditions, poor flexibility, or poor circulation).
He also tends to distrust people who communicate freely or to feel inferior to those who are more articulate and intellectual than he is. Henry Miller learns much more readily by watching, doing or apprenticing than by reading or being told about something.
Much of what you will read on the next page, which describes how Henry Miller meets the world and how he comes across to others, will contradict what has just been stated about Miller's tendency to be passive, to play it safe and to stick with what he knows. His confidence, courage, and love of drama and adventure described therein may be rather superficial. Once Henry Miller digs a little deeper, his fundamental need for stability and security win out. Nevertheless Miller does have a more energetic, active and lively side than depicted here. Read on...
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Earth and Water are Strong (F,E,A,W Scores = 8,22,2,17)
Air is Weak (F,E,A,W Scores = 8,22,2,17)
Earth and Water are Strong and Ascendant is in Fire sign