Attack of the Introverts?

This week several articles were shared with me that explained how to work with introverts or myths about introverts. Here are two (one and two).

Have introverts come out of their shells?

Should I lock the windows?

Who is their leader?

Should we fear introverts coming out of their homes or should we fear them more when they stay in their homes, studying our ways and analyzing data about our behavior in order to know more about what we are doing than we do ourselves?

Why are there no articles about understanding extroverts? This is clearly an extrovert-biased world, extroversion being “normal” and introversion something to be studied (which, of course, is done by introverts).

What has created the need to understand introverts?

Earth and Water

When looking at a natal horoscope, the elements of earth and water suggest introversion or at least shyness. The other two elements, air and fire, are more extroverted.

As the articles say, introversion doesn’t mean one doesn’t like people. Water signs love to connect emotionally but they are extremely sensitive and often must spend time alone to recharge.

Earth, on the other hand, is probably busy with work and chores, which come before socializing. Earth also is simply not expressive in the water, air and fire ways. Earth may be hungry, angry or happy, but you might not know it.

A natal horoscope has ten “planets” with a variety of elements (and modes) which creates balance in our personalities. The rising sign also has a lot to do with how we interact with the world. A chart with lots of earth and water with a fire rising sign may be more extroverted that a chart with a fire sun and water rising sign.

Rarely is a person 100 percent introvert or 100 percent extrovert. As one of the articles mentions, extroverts must often introvert (verb) to bring their ideas to fruition.

Transiting Grand Water Trine

Today, seven of the ten planets are in an earth or water sign. In a couple days when the moon moves into Cancer, the count will go up to eight. Uranus is in fiery Aries for a few more years and the sun is in Leo for the bulk of the month.

A grand water trine is also in effect involving Mars and Jupiter (in Cancer), Saturn (in Scorpio) and Neptune (in Pisces). Jupiter will be in Cancer until next July, Saturn has over a year more in Scorpio and Neptune will be in Pisces for ten more years.

Water, water everywhere.

More than an introvert world takeover, I think what is occurring is that the skies are forcing us into introversion. The current focus on introverts is simply that the extroverts are stuck in the house with introverts right now and don’t know what to do. Water forces us to look inward at our emotions – something extroverts do, but not for long periods of time.

Water in the form of rain has created more than a few “rainy days” both literally and figuratively. If you are old enough to remember this, there was a time when you “saved for a rainy day” and had “rainy day activities.”

Today we don’t save.

Introverts can keep themselves occupied during a rainy day (or rainy year-long transit), but extroverts do not fare so well when stuck in the house. Extroverts forced into small spaces with emotions not entirely positive, or people with deep or negative emotions, have the desire to flee or find something fun to do.

Water puts out fire, you know. Water and air create humidity, which we’ve had a lot of in Ohio. Humidity creates difficulty in breathing. Fire and air signs, you see, don’t fare well under a deluge of water.

Extrovert Rescue

Rather than fearing an introvert invasion, we must fear extroverts stuck in the negative emotional states of others. Extroverts when forced into seclusion with introverts can also feel ignored and neglected. As with all elements not able to express, havoc can result.

Fire havoc is excessive fighting and air havoc is excessive mood swings.

Save the extroverts!

The introvert articles are possibly desperate attempts to get information to extroverts (fire and air signs) that are stuck in the whirling eddy of a grand water trine and watery people.

What should fire and air signs do?

Fire and air signs should remember that water provides fun and entertainment just as the other elements do.

Isn’t the beach one of the most popular vacation locations? Think of this grand water trine as a cosmic beach arriving at your doorstep. Fire and air must employ their creative energies as the beach floods into the house.

Going to actual water may also help the fire and air signs both physically and emotionally. Fire and air signs going to the water should take those earthy and watery family and friends. Water can absorb and dilute intense emotional states.

Air signs like to communicate so now would be a great time to start (and finish) that novel. What else is there to do on a rainy day?

Time to monitor the introverts

Before extroverts run to the beach, they may want to hold for a moment and see just what it is that introverts are doing all day, since the opportunity has presented itself.

An activity loved by introverts and hated by extroverts is to sit all day in front of a set of data to analyze it. Jupiter in Cancer opposing Pluto in Capricorn (earth sign) is bringing to the public’s awareness the analysis of public phone records. Cancer is home and Capricorn is government so this opposition has “homeland security” written all over it.

The government is analyzing what is called “Big Data.” This type of work is Scorpio in nature (learning others’ secrets) and covert in nature (very Pisces), which is a quality carried by introverts. While you see one of two people in the news addressing the criticism of analyzing phone records, there are a horde of behind-the-scenes analysts doing the work.

They are quiet.

Before we rescue the fire- and air-sign extroverts from drowning, these two elements might want to contribute to the discussion, bringing their fire and air sign energy. Fire brings leadership, enthusiasm and energy. Air brings rational discussion and mediation. The imbalance of earth and water needs a rebalance with fire and air.

After the fire and air signs have done their work and contributed their energy, they can then go play.

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About ohioastrology

I'm just another soul trying to make sense of the world. As I've grown, so has my understanding of astrology. I'd like to communicate that astrology is not occult and not fortune-telling but that it is a fluid, creative description of the life we choose to live.
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