Scientists tell us that billions of years ago there was a huge explosion of matter, a “Big Bang” and our three-dimensional world was born. When we look at something solid in the known world we are in the realm of earth. For instance, the roof over our head; the meal we are about to eat; the clothes on our back. In this earthly realm, we learn to appreciate what we have right in front in us, the elemental, organic delight. This physical dimension we live in is governed by the earthy trigon (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn) and they put the foundations under our loftiest dreams and ideals.
Those born under the element of earth in astrology are in touch with the physical senses, the land, and with present reality. They are the able hands of the zodiac, and in a world full of uncertainties, we can count on earth people to plan, control, and ensure all bases are covered. Sure, it can make them non-risk takers, stick in the muds, hesitant to make changes; they do find it very difficult to break out of this safe box of monotonous routine. Moreover, they have a powerful magnetic pull to settle down in one place, and find it particularly challenging to escape from conformity; they seek to preserve by nature. Hidden under a blanket of security and practicality, they need what is safe and believe that by being pragmatic it is their best defense against the unexpected. Earth sign folks are not interested in things or people unless they can use them; they are terribly practical.
To be earthy is to be in touch with the senses, which we know connects us to the world. People born under Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn are sensuous and need contact with material objects. Many are as practical as pensioners, saving their pennies for a rainy day. They are earthy, materialistic, efficient, and organized, excelling in any area calling for common sense, perseverance, patience, stability, and responsibility.
The Physical World
|Earth people see the beauty of life in the present|
Some people can feel like the physical world is a prison housing our bodies, that we are shackled to the earth, living only in a realm that has walls and boundaries. It feels dull, unexciting, and unadventurous. What a depressing view. Those born under the earth element, however, see the beauty in the here-and-now. They will always find great reserves of strength that will endure as long as their individual lives. Earth people tend to rely on their practical reasoning and stay away from too many theoretical and dreamy ideals. Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn need to be able to touch, feel and know something is real. Or, at least, that it can be materialized and become a reality. Earth is extremely important as it aids us in learning how to make a living, put bread on the table, and tend to practical needs. Many earthy people espouse grounded ideas and instinctively understand how the world works.
Enduring the Storm
With reality firmly under their feet, the earth signs teach us to get ourselves grounded and, then, we will be able to endure even the most powerful storm. With these people, there is a massive emphasis on certainty, health, well-being, and taking life seriously. Psychologists believe that people who are well-adapted to the physical world and what we call “grounded” and “secure” don’t change much under stress. They possess a deep anchor and will always seek order out of chaos, especially when faced with the randomness in our universe. They develop skills, talents, and lay foundations for the future. It may appear as if the earth signs are developing at the slowest rate, but sure enough – revisit these people in 10 years and they have often built something of lasting value, but there is also a natural humility with earthy people.The earthy signs reveal the fruits of our labours what we have grown, built and worked hard upon, how we are sustained and supported in life.
The earthy element throws their seed potential into good soil and awaits the harvest time. With a dogged determination to make something out of life and become self-sufficient, this is how earthy types triumph. They are very fond of partaking in work that is useful, serves a purpose, and has some kind of end goal.
“The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need, if only we had the eyes to see.” ― Edward Abbey
“Three more stood up. They were Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. ‘We want to stay close to the land’, they said, ‘and experience through the senses the changes the Earth undergoes.’
Taurus said, ‘I shall never tire of the valley. I shall find out what I love and what displeases me; I shall know the value of everything that I contact. I shall be aware of my own body in every part, and of the body of the Earth. I shall wriggle my toes in the sticky clay and feel it squelch deliciously around my feet, then I shall feel the stream tingling over my toes as the clay dissolves. I shall collect clay and gather mosses, and by feeling their textures I shall create for myself the beauty that is in the Earth.
Virgo said, ‘I want to understand every flower, and to know the nature of every animal, every fish, every bird. I shall watch them so that I learn how best we should eat, and how to heal ourselves when we are sick, for they know these things. I shall have practical help to give, a splint for the bird’s broken wing, and I shall tie back the bush that overshadows the small plants. I shall be the friend of the nature spirits. I love the natural order of the created world which gives me clarity.’
Capricorn said, ‘I have been touched by the fascination for what’s different. I shall go out into the desert and into the craggy heights of the wilderness. There I shall learn to build myself a shelter from the Sun’s rays, for my teacher is the real and necessary. I love to discover my strength, my patience and endurance. And the hardship becomes my friend I shall always find another challenge ahead of me, for I am the creator of the means to survive.’
And so the Earth sisters committed themselves to keeping their feet on the ground they loved. By Knot of Time: Astrology and the Female Experience