LAST EDITED ON 05-13-15 AT 04:21 AM (EST)
And we're off to the polls! Moreover, the eternal optimist and overeager patriot in me (I am, after all, a Sagittarius) insists that there is a remote possibility that our votes may actually be counted. So, I thought that I would do my duty to participatory reality by posting my own modest Voting Guide that I hope will be helpful to the masses who think of this election as merely a means to staff a Season when each of us - masses, that is - could, with a bit of voter education, also directly influence its outcome as this sweet and ever-so-fleeting scent of anarchy wafts on the Spring of 31's gentle breezes.
How so? Well ...
First, take a fresh and loving look at that dull-as-dirt Chart – the one that I’ve been updating forever – just below. Notice that in its upper left corner it features a record of the Sun Signs' performances in every completed Season (nine, to date) with a Fire and Air Majority. In it's lower left corner you'll find the results of the six completed Seasons that began with a Balanced cast: 50% - Earth and Water | 50% - Fire and Air. And the right side of the Chart contains the record of the fourteen completed Seasons that began with an Earth and Water Majority.
Now, with bated breath and renewed awe, listen yet once again as I dulcetly intone ...
An Earth or Water native has won two of the Balanced Seasons. A Fire or Air native has won four. The two (to date) All-Returnee Seasons each began with a Balanced cast and a female Fire | Leo native (Amber and Sandra) won both. So, neither Earth and Water - or Fire and Air - natives are at a huge disadvantage - or enjoy an impressive advantage - in Balanced crapshoots.
Not so, however, in Majority | Minority Seasons. As you can see, a native of the Majority Sun Sign culture has won 20 (87%) of those 23 completed Seasons. And if any remaining citizen of Merica other than Rodney (Earth | Virgo) is the Sole Survivor of Worlds Apart, that record will improve to 21 (88%) of 24.
Now, suppose that you really want Terry Deitz (Air | Libra) - - to win Second Chance. Do you want to also vote for a single Earth and Water native? Or suppose that you really want Kass McQuillen (Water | Scorpio) - - to have a viable chance to be victorious in December. Do you want to also vote for Terry? Or for any other Fire or Air native?
Hint: No! You really don't. Because you want your favorite second-timer to have that huge advantage that playing in a Season with a copacetic Majority affords. So, if that favorite is a Fire or Air Sign, you'll want to vote for other Fire and Air Signs. And if your favorite is an Earth or Water personality, it is virtually essential that he or she plays the Game in an Earth and Water Majority Season if you expect your guy or gal to bring home the $1,000,000. Accordingly, you'll vote a straight party ticket. Won't you?
And without further ado, here's the Chart ...
But wait! How will you know who's what Astrological flavor? Well, there's more ...
I've also included two Sample Ballots in my Guide. And, among other things, you will notice that only six of sixteen women are Fire and Air natives (with the practical effect that only those six would have any realistic hope of winning a Season with a Fire and Air Majority). You will also notice that only four of sixteen men are Earth and Water natives (with the practical effect that only those four would have any realistic hope of winning a Season with an Earth and Water Majority). And this is where I once again intone 'Tina, Yul and Jud have proven that a win by a Minority native can happen. But, t'aint likely.'
Note: All of those E&W Women and F&A Men sure make you wonder what Probst and Company have in mind for our little election, don't they?
Note: With the two Ballots are brief Profiles of the four Elements.
Artist ~ Vi Nin Vannak
Practical and Useful
Structured and Productive
Grounded and Sensual
Tactile and Dependable
The ‘Practical’ Earth Signs are grounded and dependable. All of the earthy metaphors are appropriate here: ‘Salt of the earth’, ‘Feet firmly planted on the ground’, ‘Solid as a rock’, etc. Often referred to as the ‘builders’ of the Zodiac, creativity is a tangible proposition to these natives and they feel best once they have accumulated a goodly number of worldly possessions. Blending in with their natural habitat – grounded – Earth Signs engage life through the five senses and as a result operate at a slower, more thorough, pace than do the natives of other Elements. Often intimately attuned to the dance of nature – most treasure their time spent outdoors – they are masters at assessing, assembling and organizing … things.
The Element of Earth also confers a sense of duty, responsibility and reliability to those in its sphere. Their gift to others is bringing form to ideas: often making them an excellent balancing partner for an idle dreamer with potential. They tend their own garden and inspire others to make the most of theirs. These are the people you can count on to ‘be there’ when you need them. Tending toward caution and conservatism in desire and approach, their logical minds and measured responses display an innate recuperative capacity: much preferring a sure thing, these folks do not take big risks. That said, however, certainly in that they appreciate a good meal, congenial company and fine wine better than anyone else, they are also sensualists.
On the flip side:
Earth Signs can become so caught up in their objectives that they overlook the feelings and opinions of others. And their single-minded focus on the tasks at hand make them vulnerable to the "all work and no play" eddy of life. It is a big picture, after all, but these natives may be more concerned with the finish line than with the journey they are taking. So, while Earth’s orientation toward the real and their need for tangible results in return for their labors can make them very productive, too much of those good things can be stifling to inspiration, faith and a sense of greater purpose. And the ever-present risk inherent in their acquisitive nature is that they may become greedy and far too materialistic.
Intuitive and Emotional
Imaginative and Nurturing
Secretive and Dreamy
The ‘Emotional’ Water Signs are intuitive, sensitive and empathetic. How things feel is what matters to these nurturers and they base their actions on sense, rather than on logic or intellect. Attuned to waves of emotion, these natives have a built-in sonar for reading a mood that affords them a special sensitivity in relationships. Because the receptive talents of these individuals are so remarkably high, they seem to know when to show warmth and when to hold back. Compassionate and understanding, Water Sign natives are extraordinarily adept at assimilating the feelings of others, processing them and offering plans or solutions that will usually be considerate of all. So, at their best, they are a healing force that brings people together.
But, because Water natives are often assessing a situation by its undercurrents, they can seem aloof or even shy at first. And going forward in a relationship or situation often means being sure of their emotional ground: a kind of decision-making process that is baffling to more spontaneous or practical types. That's why those with this Sign are so quickly shaped by their relationships to others and often have to work harder than do the natives of other Elements to maintain their personal boundaries. They need time alone to remember where they end and others begin and to let what's been stirred up by the push and pull of life find its way to a quiet calm again. These are people who need people but who also need the restorative balm of solitude.
Water natives often translate their sense of the world artistically. Some find release from their own personal dramas when they're able to express them as universal. As writers, musicians and actors they help others make sense of the human experience. But this also happens in everyday life: Water Signs soften the blunt edges of the mundane by cushioning it with emotional meaning. They covet aesthetic beauty -- and for everyone to be happy as a result of it. However, much like still water can become stagnant, inactive Water Signs are not at their best. They feel most fulfilled when they are helping others, and they usually do so in enchanting ways.
Seeing things more clearly than others, and feeling them more acutely than do the natives of other Signs, they are frequently referred to as ‘psychic’. But these insights are easily clouded by the intensity of their feelings or altered by their vivid imaginations.
Also on the flip side of this fluid Element is the tendency of these individuals to brood. Susceptible to mood swings, at their worst they can become self-indulgent, controlling – able to manipulate and drain the emotions of those closest to them – and hostage to a fantasy world.
Artist ~ Vi Nin Vannak
Spontaneous and Energetic
Gregarious and Passionate
Self-centered and Dramatic
Instinctual and Visionary
The ‘Physical’ Fire Signs have a simmering at-the-ready stance and are prone to sudden illuminating flashes of insight and bursts of enthusiasm. There is about them a warm radiance, a trust in life's journey and a willingness to take risks. Infused with an emotional energy that can spread like wildfire to everyone around them, they sense a golden thread of destiny and potential running through their own lives and are often able to lead others to their own. But, it is important for them to have cheerleaders to fan the flames of their interests.
A Fire Sign is also an indicator of creativity. This Element manifests itself in unique ways, and those in its glow are usually wonderfully courageous, lively spirits: self-sufficient, spontaneous and possessing a tremendous zest for life. Strong, self-assured and fun, they're great catalysts for play and have a knack for unearthing the spontaneous side of those around them.
Fire Signs act on instinct or "sixth sense," and that can make them look reckless to more cautious types. However, they're actually following a powerful intuition that keeps them at the leading edge of fresh experiences. But, although going on faith often gets them far, they have a tendency to skip crucial steps and to be unaware of the emotional impact of their actions on others. And because they are so very passionate about life and like to live large, Fire Signs often feel frustrated by mundane chores and duties. Too, Fire natives can be overly strident in getting their way. Call it bossy, even. These folks can come across rather forcefully. Selfishness and an overdeveloped ego can also be seen as part of a fiery individual's shadowy side.AIR
Intellectual and Innovative
Conceptual and Analytical
Curious and Social
Cerebral and Detached
The gift of Air is flexibility and its natives’ ability to experience life through many prisms. Air Signs use their minds to make sense of their lives and for them there is more space between the life lived and the observing mind than is so with other Signs. So, to others, these individuals can appear detached, aloof, remote and cool: they’ll often attempt to talk their way through feelings – or to analyze a situation – rather than deal with the full emotional weight of the moment. Critical thinkers who handle abstract reasoning well, the ‘Intellectual’ Air Signs love to probe and synthesize. Have a dilemma? Hand it over to an Air Sign and watch them go to work.
And the distance between these masters of cultural navigation and their own emotions can be refreshing. These are extremely social creatures – their curiosity keeps them ever- mingling – and their currency is their ability to link diverse social groups or individuals with their often extraordinary collections of ideas, obscure facts, gossip and knowledge. Drawn to words, many Air natives become professional storytellers, interpreters and journalists who provide the rest of us with astute commentary on the cultural trends, social attitudes and political consciousness of our times. Others of them – especially Aquarius – have a more conceptual way of thinking. Almost without exception, however, all of these alert, curious and perceptive individuals are very communicative and the world as seen by an Air Sign will be an interesting one – as their analysis and subsequent explanation (hopefully in terms we can understand) will indicate. Talking with an inspired Air Sign can be like skipping through a kind of virtual reality full of detail, specificity and local color.
Moreover, the Element usually manifests itself in a most humane way: objective, cooperative, unprejudiced (and often highly idealistic), most actually do ‘want to help make a better world’. And, leading with their heads, these observers of the human scene are the ‘idea’ people who, from their loftier viewpoint, are often able to offer it a fresh perspective of its problems and an innate clarity of vision that is rare among the natives of other Signs.
However, these inventive and clever individuals will insist upon considering all sides of an equation before they decide on a course of action. And, because Air Signs are especially vulnerable to the excesses of our mind-body split, balance is of paramount importance to them. So that while Air natives are usually calm and collected, they can – and frequently do – turn bitterly cold if their equilibrium is upset.
A word to the wise: there's little upside to baiting an Air Sign!