Melissa Mathison'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).
Mathison's "elemental make-up" is described below. Remember that most people are "unbalanced" or lopsided, and if Melissa 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.
Her common sense and her ability to make use of, enjoy and effectively handle the physical world are Melissa's greatest strengths. She is down-to-earth and capable of managing practical affairs, working and taking care of the business of day-to-day living very well. Melissa Mathison has a strong urge to be useful and productive. For Mathison, the bottom line is practicality: Does it work? Is it functional? What practical purpose does it serve? Theories and speculations mean little to Melissa Mathison unless there is some concrete purpose, some way to use them in the real world.
She is methodical and enjoys, even thrives on, a steady routine. Her first response to anything novel or experimental is caution, resistance, or skepticism. Fundamentally conservative, Melissa Mathison usually makes the best of the status quo rather than venturing into the unknown or making changes that could jeopardize her security in any way. Material security is particularly important to Melissa and her sense of well-being is directly linked with financial assets or knowing that she has a steady, reliable source of income. Melissa Mathison may hold herself back or pass over opportunities simply because she cannot control or know the outcome ahead of time. Patience and persistence are her gifts, and Mathison builds her life on a firm foundation through discipline, work and planning.
Melissa Mathison also has a deep affinity for the natural world and needs to be close to the earth (gardening, camping or working with her hands using natural materials) in order to be at her best.
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, Melissa Mathison must learn how to take initiative and motivate herself.
A lack of warmth (either physical, emotional or both) may be evident in Mathison 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 Melissa. Also, spending time with warm, cheerful, positive-minded people and developing a philosophy based on spiritual optimism can stir up Melissa's own zest for life.
On the positive side, Melissa Mathison is unlikely to be egocentric and has a capacity for ample patience and peacefulness.
Melissa has trouble dealing with emotions - both her own and those of others. Melissa Mathison often ignores or discounts feelings and the emotional reality of a situation, thus seeming insensitive or uncaring to others. Mathison 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, Melissa's tendency to repress her feelings could have physical ramifications; as such, it would serve Mathison well to learn to acknowledge and express all of her emotions.
Mathison may also find that she craves fluids or the desire to live near bodies of water as a means to acquire balance.
As discussed in more detail in Chapter 3, Melissa Mathison also requires ample intellectual and/or social stimulation. At heart she is an idealist, but not a foolish or fanciful one. Melissa could thus be characterized as a practical idealist. Melissa Mathison is blessed with the ability to test her theories and put them into practice, take ideas or mental images and give them form, and relate to people's ideas without losing her common sense.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Earth Element is Strong (F,E,A,W Scores = 1,32,13,3)
Fire is Weak (F,E,A,W Scores = 1,32,13,3)
Water is Weak (F,E,A,W Scores = 1,32,13,3)
Earth is Strong and Sun is in Air sign