John Dewey'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).
Dewey's "elemental make-up" is described below. Remember that most people are "unbalanced" or lopsided, and if John 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 fiery individual, filled with tremendous passion and zest for life. John thrives in situations where there is energy, excitement, action, movement, dynamism and drama. Along with his exuberant vitality and enthusiasm, John Dewey has an acute ability to visualize future possibilities, and an almost childlike faith in "what could be". Unless he has a vision, an aspiration, or a wonderful dream to believe in, Dewey is not completely happy. John Dewey has a great sense of the majesty, grandeur and adventure of life, but tends to overlook the magic in small things and everyday life.
John Dewey also has a strong urge to express himself spontaneously and creatively, without conforming to others' ways or conventions. Personal freedom and independence are very important to John and he resists being "owned" or dictated to. Dewey is secretly apt to feel that he is special or charmed - somehow above or beyond the realm of "ordinary" people and mundane life.
John Dewey has a dominant ego and can be excessively proud, dominating, or concerned with himself. John Dewey has a positive, vigorous, active approach to life, and bringing his intentions and desires to the fore feels more natural to him than going with the flow or merely allowing life to unfold. John Dewey is essentially very "yang" (assertive, competitive, outgoing, direct), and the "yin" qualities of passive acceptance, receptivity, gentleness, and subtlety do not come easily to him. John inspires others with his generous spirit, idealism, spark, confidence and joie de vivre, but he can also irritate them with his self-centeredness and insistence on expressing himself freely regardless of others' needs or opinions. Moreover, John Dewey has trouble being content in the present and would benefit by learning how to consciously pacify his restlessness and achieve the capacity for tranquility and peacefulness.
As discussed in more detail in Chapter 3, John's need to participate socially and to relate to other people is really quite strong; thus he needs to be willing to somewhat subdue the aforementioned insensitivity and competitiveness in order to do so successfully.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Fire Element is Strong (F,E,A,W Scores = 20,5,13,11)
Fire is Strong and Sun is in Air sign