Martin Balsam'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).
Balsam's "elemental make-up" is described below. Remember that most people are "unbalanced" or lopsided, and if Martin 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.
It is very difficult for Martin Balsam to be objective and detached, or to view a situation from anyone else's point of view - his own feelings and personal experiences color Martin's judgment too much. Though he may sympathize or feel for others, Martin may in fact not really understand where they are coming from. Martin Balsam needs to develop the ability to stand back, reflect on life and analyze a situation logically. It is also essential that Balsam learn to communicate. Because Martin senses and feels so much, he may expect others to know what he is experiencing without filling them in. As mentioned earlier, words do not come easily to Martin Balsam but he would benefit greatly by learning to articulate and express himself verbally - otherwise he can stew in his own feelings too much, or find himself at the mercy of his own poorly-understood emotional patterns.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Water is Strong, Air is Weak (F,E,A,W Scores = 7,10,1,31)