María Montez'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).
Montez's "elemental make-up" is described below. Remember that most people are "unbalanced" or lopsided, and if María 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.
María Montez has a great capacity to relate to, appreciate and understand different people and points of view, and she tends to be quite liberal in her attitudes. She is primarily a thinking person who requires much intellectual and social stimulation, conversation and interaction. María Montez comprehends abstract reasoning and concepts very quickly and she likes ideas, language and culture. Montez cannot imagine being happy in a world without books, films or interesting relationships.
There is an androgynous quality to María, and she relates equally well to men and women, having both male and female characteristics in nearly equal measure within herself. María Montez tends to see someone as a person first, rather than as a woman or a man.
Friendship is very important to her sense of well-being. María Montez thrives on camaraderie, teamwork, social endeavor and sharing. However, she is also quite objective about them and there is often an impersonal touch to her relationships with others.
Her mind is Montez's real gift: thinking clearly, logically and creatively, planning and organizing efficiently, and communicating intelligently. However, María Montez tends to "live in her head" - reading about, talking about, and observing life without becoming completely immersed in it. María should avoid becoming a dabbler. She also needs to foster constancy, stability, and depth.
She is likely to be overly humble or unsure of herself and to look to others for inspiration, motivation, reinforcement and approval. Tending to be somewhat passive, María Montez must learn how to take initiative and motivate herself.
A lack of warmth (either physical, emotional or both) may be evident in Montez 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 her daily life (lighting candles, using a wood stove or fireplace for heat) can help balance María. Also, spending time with warm, cheerful, positive-minded people and developing a philosophy based on spiritual optimism can stir up María's own zest for life.
On the positive side, María Montez is unlikely to be egocentric and has a capacity for ample patience and peacefulness.
María has trouble dealing with emotions - both her own and those of others. María Montez often ignores or discounts feelings and the emotional reality of a situation, thus seeming insensitive or uncaring to others. Montez needs to develop the capacity to experience deep emotional ties, empathy, compassion and sensitivity to the feelings of others; however, this ability will only manifest later in life rather than in her youth.
Though she may appear emotionally self-sufficient or above it all, María's tendency to repress her feelings could have physical ramifications; as such, it would serve Montez well to learn to acknowledge and express all of her emotions.
Montez may also find that she craves fluids or the desire to live near bodies of water as a means to acquire balance.
Fortunately, as you will read in the next chapter, María Montez has a down-to-earth attitude towards life that prevents her from becoming lost in her lofty ideas, concepts or ideals. María Montez has a healthy dose of practicality.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Air Element is Strong (F,E,A,W Scores = 3,10,34,2)
Fire is Weak (F,E,A,W Scores = 3,10,34,2)
Water is Weak (F,E,A,W Scores = 3,10,34,2)
Air is Strong and Ascendant is in Earth sign