Michio Kushi'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).
Kushi's "elemental make-up" is described below. Remember that most people are "unbalanced" or lopsided, and if Michio 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. Michio Kushi assumes responsibilities in his relationships very conscientiously and often takes on more than his share of the troubles as well. Though Kushi 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 Michio Kushi 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.
Michio Kushi 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 Michio 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 Michio Kushi as he is apt to be very attached to his!)
He is very retentive. Michio Kushi 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, Michio Kushi 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. Michio 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 Michio Kushi needs to cultivate include initiative, openness to change and new experience, and a stronger sense of self.
Michio Kushi tends to lack the ability to analyze himself or his life in a detached, objective way. Michio feels and experiences but does not necessarily understand or reflect upon his experience, and thus finds it hard to talk about it. Really taking in what someone else has to say can be hard for Michio Kushi - he does not readily adapt to new ideas or people, and as a result may become inflexible or limit his experience of life. Broadening his education and gaining exposure to different cultures is very beneficial to Michio. Otherwise he is apt to be rigid and even prejudiced against those outside his own circle. (This may be manifested in arthritic conditions, poor flexibility, or poor circulation).
He also tends to distrust people who communicate freely or to feel inferior to those who are more articulate and intellectual than he is. Michio Kushi learns much more readily by watching, doing or apprenticing than by reading or being told about something.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Earth and Water are Strong (F,E,A,W Scores = 5,16,2,26)
Air is Weak (F,E,A,W Scores = 5,16,2,26)