Napoléon III'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).
Bonaparte's "elemental make-up" is described below. Remember that most people are "unbalanced" or lopsided, and if Napoléon 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 fiery individual, filled with tremendous passion and zest for life. Napoléon thrives in situations where there is energy, excitement, action, movement, dynamism and drama. Along with his exuberant vitality and enthusiasm, Napoléon III has an acute ability to visualize future possibilities, and an almost childlike faith in "what could be". Unless he has a vision, an aspiration, or a wonderful dream to believe in, Bonaparte is not completely happy. Napoléon III has a great sense of the majesty, grandeur and adventure of life, but tends to overlook the magic in small things and everyday life.
Napoléon III also has a strong urge to express himself spontaneously and creatively, without conforming to others' ways or conventions. Personal freedom and independence are very important to Napoléon and he resists being "owned" or dictated to. Bonaparte is secretly apt to feel that he is special or charmed - somehow above or beyond the realm of "ordinary" people and mundane life.
Napoléon III has a dominant ego and can be excessively proud, dominating, or concerned with himself. Napoléon III has a positive, vigorous, active approach to life, and bringing his intentions and desires to the fore feels more natural to him than going with the flow or merely allowing life to unfold. Napoléon III is essentially very "yang" (assertive, competitive, outgoing, direct), and the "yin" qualities of passive acceptance, receptivity, gentleness, and subtlety do not come easily to him. Napoléon inspires others with his generous spirit, idealism, spark, confidence and joie de vivre, but he can also irritate them with his self-centeredness and insistence on expressing himself freely regardless of others' needs or opinions. Moreover, Napoléon III has trouble being content in the present and would benefit by learning how to consciously pacify his restlessness and achieve the capacity for tranquility and peacefulness.
Fortunately, as you will read in the next chapter, Napoléon III does have a sense of realism and caution that prevents his great vision from becoming too grandiose, impractical or pretentious.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Fire Element is Strong (F,E,A,W Scores = 25,8,10,6)
Fire is Strong and Ascendant is in Earth sign