Richard Leakey'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).
Leakey'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.
Leakey is a positive and lively person who generally has an invigorating, inspiring, and energizing effect on others. Boredom or staying anchored in old habits is not a problem for Richard Leakey since he has numerous interests and the energy to pursue many of them. However, he definitely has the tendency to overextend himself without taking the time to regroup or to move on to new things before he finishes previous tasks. Richard can burn out by being involved in too many activities. Richard Leakey seems impelled to be always in motion, as if he were afraid if missing out on something interesting "out there". Paying attention to his body's need for rest, attending to his own inner world and feelings and giving sufficient attention to his immediate family and their needs is something Richard Leakey needs to learn to do more of. It would benefit Leakey to simply stop from time to time and take a breather.
He is very idealistic and frequently disappointed that he does not live in a perfect world, but it is through the vision and energy of people like Richard Leakey that new ideas are introduced and positive changes made. Leakey's gifts are his ability to entertain and toy with creative ideas and possibilities, seek new solutions to problems, and venture gaily into new territory (literally or figuratively).
Richard Leakey needs to cultivate his capacity for receptivity - the ability to listen and quietly absorb what another person is saying, for example, instead of focusing on what he has to say. It would serve Richard Leakey well to learn to wait and trust, rather than make something happen or try to bend the world to his will.
As you will read in the next chapter, Richard Leakey has strong feelings for other people and the capacity to aptly communicate his creative ideas.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Fire and Air are Strong (F,E,A,W Scores = 17,6,16,10)
Fire and Air are Strong and Ascendant is in Water sign