Jim Mollison'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).
Mollison's "elemental make-up" is described below. Remember that most people are "unbalanced" or lopsided, and if Jim 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.
His common sense and his ability to make use of, enjoy and effectively handle the physical world are Jim's greatest strengths. He is down-to-earth and capable of managing practical affairs, working and taking care of the business of day-to-day living very well. Jim Mollison has a strong urge to be useful and productive. For Mollison, the bottom line is practicality: Does it work? Is it functional? What practical purpose does it serve? Theories and speculations mean little to Jim Mollison unless there is some concrete purpose, some way to use them in the real world.
He is methodical and enjoys, even thrives on, a steady routine. His first response to anything novel or experimental is caution, resistance, or skepticism. Fundamentally conservative, Jim Mollison usually makes the best of the status quo rather than venturing into the unknown or making changes that could jeopardize his security in any way. Material security is particularly important to Jim and his sense of well-being is directly linked with financial assets or knowing that he has a steady, reliable source of income. Jim Mollison may hold himself back or pass over opportunities simply because he cannot control or know the outcome ahead of time. Patience and persistence are his gifts, and Mollison builds his life on a firm foundation through discipline, work and planning.
Jim Mollison also has a deep affinity for the natural world and needs to be close to the earth (gardening, camping or working with his hands using natural materials) in order to be at his best.
As we shall see in Chapter 3, Jim Mollison also has a fiery, energetic side, which provides balance and the opportunity for Jim to apply his practical nature in creative, interesting ways. Sometimes, however, his very sensible, realistic, practical ways prevent Jim Mollison from expressing the energy and wild dreams burning inside.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Earth Element is Strong (F,E,A,W Scores = 12,19,11,7)
Earth is Strong and Sun is in Fire sign