Richard Burton'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).
Burton's "elemental make-up" is described below. Remember that most people are "unbalanced" or lopsided, and if Richard 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. Richard Burton assumes responsibilities in his relationships very conscientiously and often takes on more than his share of the troubles as well. Though Burton 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 Richard Burton 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.
Richard Burton 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 Richard 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 Richard Burton as he is apt to be very attached to his!)
He is very retentive. Richard Burton 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, Richard Burton 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. Richard 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 Richard Burton needs to cultivate include initiative, openness to change and new experience, and a stronger sense of self.
Much of what you will read on the next page, which describes how Richard Burton meets the world and how he comes across to others, will contradict what has just been stated about Burton's tendency to be passive, to play it safe and to stick with what he knows. His confidence, courage, and love of drama and adventure described therein may be rather superficial. Once Richard Burton digs a little deeper, his fundamental need for stability and security win out. Nevertheless Burton does have a more energetic, active and lively side than depicted here. Read on...
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Earth and Water are Strong (F,E,A,W Scores = 13,16,4,16)
Earth and Water are Strong and Ascendant is in Fire sign