As each of the elements corresponds to a sign of the Zodiac, let’s move on now and look at the element of earth and its signs.
The Earth signs are Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.
These signs represent the apothecary of the Zodiac and the guardians of Gaia and our Mother Earth.
In earthy terms we could think of Taurus as planting the seed, Virgo as harvesting the crop, and Capricorn as using and conserving the harvest.
Represented in the Tarot as the Pentacles, the earthy signs usually have more than a passing link with the physical and material world. The earth signs take care of the earth’s resources , are thrifty, hard working and have a talent for attracting abundance, on every level.
The earthy practicality of these signs is summed up rather nicely by Oscar Wilde, when he is quoted as saying
“It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating”!
The element of earth teaches us patience, and understands that everything will be taken care of in due time. As strong, stable builders, earth signs will enjoy finding practical solutions to problems, testing them against the past and what is known. In other words, an earthy mantra could be – if it ‘aint broken, don’t fix it!
The down side of this is that, earth signs could be seen to plough a straight furrow, and their need for ritual and routines could result in stagnation or missed opportunities. This potential problem is counter balanced by a dogged determination to see things through and this element will sustain us, protect us and offer us security.
Let’s consider earthy contacts with the other elements…..
Water will fertilize and nourish the earth, the zeal and heat of fire may scorch earth and create a desert and air could agitate the earth causing dust storms .
Too much earth –and we could feel ‘bogged ‘ down and heavy, too little earth and we may feel untethered and ungrounded.
SUE DIBNAH – ASTROLOGER