Indira Gandhi'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).
Gandhi's "elemental make-up" is described below. Remember that most people are "unbalanced" or lopsided, and if Indira 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.
Indira Gandhi has two strong impulses that are somewhat at odds with one another but when blended, can be highly creative and productive. On the one hand, there is the dreamer, the gambler, the idealist and the optimist who is full of hopeful confidence, spark, and creative energy. This is the side that believes in magic and endless possibilities. Equally strong, however, is the conservative, practical, adult side that seeks security and stability and needs to be productive in a concrete way.
Having both of these urges can lead Indira Gandhi to some internal predicaments, such as: Should I take the safe, well-traveled path that offers me security or one that is unpredictable but offers more freedom and adventure? Is there a way for me to live my dreams rather than simply wish and hope and fantasize about them? Can I bring my dreams to fruition without compromising too much of my individuality? Can I be an idealist, yet effective in the everyday, mundane world? How can I express myself freely as an individual, while also being responsible and taking care of practical obligations and necessities? Should I be generous, or careful and conservative? Should I play and be more of a child or work?
If Indira Gandhi gives up one side of the equation (for instance, opting for security at the expense of her creativity or her ideals, or choosing to spend most of her time playing and enjoying her own creative pursuits without making any tangible contribution to the world), Gandhi will feel unbalanced and unhappy.
Her challenge is to learn to somehow achieve the best of both worlds, i.e. to have an inspiration or ideal to aim for and to do something tangible with it - in other words, to introduce play and creativity and passion into her work. Her initiative, confidence and faith, combined with her practicality, could make Indira Gandhi quite successful in business, especially her own.
Indira Gandhi tends to lack the ability to analyze herself or her life in a detached, objective way. Indira feels and experiences but does not necessarily understand or reflect upon her experience, and thus finds it hard to talk about it. Really taking in what someone else has to say can be hard for Indira Gandhi - she does not readily adapt to new ideas or people, and as a result may become inflexible or limit her experience of life. Broadening her education and gaining exposure to different cultures is very beneficial to Indira. Otherwise she is apt to be rigid and even prejudiced against those outside her own circle. (This may be manifested in arthritic conditions, poor flexibility, or poor circulation).
She also tends to distrust people who communicate freely or to feel inferior to those who are more articulate and intellectual than she is. Indira Gandhi learns much more readily by watching, doing or apprenticing than by reading or being told about something.
Pouring her energy into projects that produce tangible results is very satisfying to Indira Gandhi, yet - as you will read in Chapter 3 - her deepest motivations and sense of fulfillment stem from her ability to foster closeness and emotional unity with the people in her relationships.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Fire and Earth are Strong (F,E,A,W Scores = 15,18,3,13)
Air is Weak (F,E,A,W Scores = 15,18,3,13)
Earth and Fire are Strong and Sun is in Water sign