John Steinbeck'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).
Steinbeck'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.
Finding his life's work - a concrete means of self-expression - and discovering his place in the world is one of his fundamental challenges. John Steinbeck tends to feel out of place in the world, with no solid sense of security. John Steinbeck often lives in the private world of his imagination and though he may have a very rich inner life, Steinbeck has the tendency to avoid doing anything productive with it. The more prosaic, material side of life either baffles or disinterests him, yet John needs to develop this side of himself.
Constancy, patience, and practicality are qualities that Steinbeck needs to cultivate.
Fortunately, as you will read in the next chapter, John Steinbeck does have an active, spirited way of expressing himself, which helps him overcome his tendency towards indolence. He picks himself up and keeps going after being emotionally bruised. He is a survivor. John Steinbeck can become very angry when frustrated, so he should try and find ways to vent anger when necessary.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Water is Strong, Earth is Weak (F,E,A,W Scores = 9,2,12,26)
Water is Strong and Ascendant is in Fire sign