Tia Tanaka'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).
Tanaka's "elemental make-up" is described below. Remember that most people are "unbalanced" or lopsided, and if Tia is lacking or deficient in a certain element (or elements), it simply means that she 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.
She 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 her shoulders. Tia Tanaka assumes responsibilities in her relationships very conscientiously and often takes on more than her share of the troubles as well. Though Tanaka appears (and indeed often is) rather passive, she possesses a great deal of quiet inner strength and the ability to flow with and repeatedly endure life's inevitable adversities. She is apt to be surrounded by people who rely on her, and though Tia Tanaka derives much satisfaction from providing, giving, and being needed, she can also let herself be drained emotionally and/or financially by taking care of other people and not caring sufficiently for herself.
Tia Tanaka has a very strong need for security and she places safety first. She 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 Tia and she needs a great deal of support when trying to make even healthy and positive changes in her life or habits. ("Habit" is a key word for Tia Tanaka as she is apt to be very attached to hers!)
She is very retentive. Tia Tanaka holds on (and sometimes clings) to the people, places and ways she is familiar with. She also tends to repress feelings, and she may need to learn to express and let go of old feelings and past conditioning.
Physically, Tia Tanaka is apt to be hearty and substantial, with a tendency to be stout. Unless other astrological factors indicate otherwise, she can also be downright lazy, especially when it comes to exercise. Tia instinctively chooses comfort over challenge. (This is true in a broader sense as well, not only regarding physical exercise).
Her strengths include depth of feeling, patience, and generosity. The qualities that Tia Tanaka needs to cultivate include initiative, openness to change and new experience, and a stronger sense of self.
As we shall see in the next chapter, Tia Tanaka seems to have the qualities of open-mindedness, tolerance and broad-mindedness that she needs to stay balanced, but these qualities are more superficial and Tanaka prefers to avoid risks by sticking with what she is familiar with.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Earth and Water are Strong (F,E,A,W Scores = 5,15,12,17)
Earth and Water are Strong and Ascendant is in Air sign