Pete Townshend'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).
Townshend's "elemental make-up" is described below. Remember that most people are "unbalanced" or lopsided, and if Pete 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.
His common sense and his ability to make use of, enjoy and effectively handle the physical world are Pete's greatest strengths. He is down-to-earth and capable of managing practical affairs, working and taking care of the business of day-to-day living very well. Pete Townshend has a strong urge to be useful and productive. For Townshend, the bottom line is practicality: Does it work? Is it functional? What practical purpose does it serve? Theories and speculations mean little to Pete Townshend unless there is some concrete purpose, some way to use them in the real world.
He is methodical and enjoys, even thrives on, a steady routine. His first response to anything novel or experimental is caution, resistance, or skepticism. Fundamentally conservative, Pete Townshend usually makes the best of the status quo rather than venturing into the unknown or making changes that could jeopardize his security in any way. Material security is particularly important to Pete and his sense of well-being is directly linked with financial assets or knowing that he has a steady, reliable source of income. Pete Townshend may hold himself back or pass over opportunities simply because he cannot control or know the outcome ahead of time. Patience and persistence are his gifts, and Townshend builds his life on a firm foundation through discipline, work and planning.
Pete Townshend also has a deep affinity for the natural world and needs to be close to the earth (gardening, camping or working with his hands using natural materials) in order to be at his best.
Pete Townshend tends to lack the ability to analyze himself or his life in a detached, objective way. Pete 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 Pete Townshend - 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 Pete. 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. Pete Townshend learns much more readily by watching, doing or apprenticing than by reading or being told about something.
Pete has trouble dealing with emotions - both his own and those of others. Pete Townshend often ignores or discounts feelings and the emotional reality of a situation, thus seeming insensitive or uncaring to others. Townshend 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 his youth.
Though he may appear emotionally self-sufficient or above it all, Pete's tendency to repress his feelings could have physical ramifications; as such, it would serve Townshend well to learn to acknowledge and express all of his emotions.
Townshend may also find that he craves fluids or the desire to live near bodies of water as a means to acquire balance.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Earth Element is Strong (F,E,A,W Scores = 9,36,2,2)
Air is Weak (F,E,A,W Scores = 9,36,2,2)
Water is Weak (F,E,A,W Scores = 9,36,2,2)