Robert Redford'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).
Redford's "elemental make-up" is described below. Remember that most people are "unbalanced" or lopsided, and if Robert 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.
Robert Redford has two strong impulses that are somewhat at odds with one another but when blended, can be highly creative and productive. On the one hand, there is the dreamer, the gambler, the idealist and the optimist who is full of hopeful confidence, spark, and creative energy. This is the side that believes in magic and endless possibilities. Equally strong, however, is the conservative, practical, adult side that seeks security and stability and needs to be productive in a concrete way.
Having both of these urges can lead Robert Redford to some internal predicaments, such as: Should I take the safe, well-traveled path that offers me security or one that is unpredictable but offers more freedom and adventure? Is there a way for me to live my dreams rather than simply wish and hope and fantasize about them? Can I bring my dreams to fruition without compromising too much of my individuality? Can I be an idealist, yet effective in the everyday, mundane world? How can I express myself freely as an individual, while also being responsible and taking care of practical obligations and necessities? Should I be generous, or careful and conservative? Should I play and be more of a child or work?
If Robert Redford gives up one side of the equation (for instance, opting for security at the expense of his creativity or his ideals, or choosing to spend most of his time playing and enjoying his own creative pursuits without making any tangible contribution to the world), Redford will feel unbalanced and unhappy.
His challenge is to learn to somehow achieve the best of both worlds, i.e. to have an inspiration or ideal to aim for and to do something tangible with it - in other words, to introduce play and creativity and passion into his work. His initiative, confidence and faith, combined with his practicality, could make Robert Redford quite successful in business, especially his own.
Robert Redford tends to lack the ability to analyze himself or his life in a detached, objective way. Robert 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 Robert Redford - 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 Robert. 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. Robert Redford learns much more readily by watching, doing or apprenticing than by reading or being told about something.
As you will read in the following chapter on how he meets the world, Robert Redford initially seems rather sensitive and reserved - but he is actually quite a powerhouse, with the capacity to channel his great vitality and enthusiasm concretely and thus attain great achievements.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Fire and Earth are Strong (F,E,A,W Scores = 18,18,0,13)
Air is Weak (F,E,A,W Scores = 18,18,0,13)
Earth and Fire are Strong and Ascendant is in Water sign