Léo Baekeland'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).
Baekeland's "elemental make-up" is described below. Remember that most people are "unbalanced" or lopsided, and if Léo 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. Léo Baekeland assumes responsibilities in his relationships very conscientiously and often takes on more than his share of the troubles as well. Though Baekeland 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 Léo Baekeland 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.
Léo Baekeland 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 Léo 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 Léo Baekeland as he is apt to be very attached to his!)
He is very retentive. Léo Baekeland 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, Léo Baekeland 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. Léo 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 Léo Baekeland needs to cultivate include initiative, openness to change and new experience, and a stronger sense of self.
He is likely to be overly humble or unsure of himself and to look to others for inspiration, motivation, reinforcement and approval. Tending to be somewhat passive, Léo Baekeland must learn how to take initiative and motivate himself.
A lack of warmth (either physical, emotional or both) may be evident in Baekeland and can manifest physically as a low energy level, paleness and lack of color in the skin, or a tendency to be easily chilled. Emotionally, it can be reflected in a marked coolness or aloofness with little spiritedness, joyfulness, or enthusiasm for living. Eating warming, spicy foods, living in a warm, sunny place, and using fire in his daily life (lighting candles, using a wood stove or fireplace for heat) can help balance Léo. Also, spending time with warm, cheerful, positive-minded people and developing a philosophy based on spiritual optimism can stir up Léo's own zest for life.
On the positive side, Léo Baekeland is unlikely to be egocentric and has a capacity for ample patience and peacefulness.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Earth and Water are Strong (F,E,A,W Scores = 1,19,7,22)
Fire is Weak (F,E,A,W Scores = 1,19,7,22)