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Understanding the Element Earth in Western Astrology: For Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn

Hello, I am here to help guide you. I have an interest in astrology that flies over the basic and into the actual intent of the concepts.


Discovering Earth Energy

Earth is an incredible element in Western Astrology. Earth is what gives us matter. It gives us definition. It's the slowest moving of the four elements, but it's the one that allows us to take shape, to take form, and to have strength. Our physical body is represented by earth.

Those born with an earth element sun sign are practical, they're grounded, they move at a gradual pace, they have realistic goals, they work hard, they have the power to organize what's around them, they provide for their families, they're financially responsible, and they love nature.

Earth signs are sturdy, stable, and present minded. Earth signs are not fooled easily. They can be stubborn and resilient toward their goals.

The elements are the forces of nature that work in all things. These elements can be traced back to the Big Bang.

  • Fire focuses on energy and movement
  • Air is about space and time
  • Water is about organic life and emotions.
  • Earth is the manifestation of matter.

Earth is in the bones, it's what makes things solid, and it gives you shelter. Stars are built off the element of fire; planets off air or earth. You need the rock and the ground below to establish yourself. We don't build homes on the water, in the volcano, or the air -- unless we have some powerful innovative skills.

Getting in touch with earth energy on a physical level means you're focused on gaining strength. You're in tune with your weight. Fire is all about cardio, air is about expression and stretching limbs, and water is about flow. Earth knows that to gain muscles you must work against an object whether lifting weights or doing moves to build strength, like planks and squats. Without resistance, strength cannot form.

Earth came into the universe to give us purpose. It gives us a place to have our lives. Through earth we gain meaning. We gain structure, organization, and even family. Earth signs tend to be big providers. They're excellent managers of resources.

It Takes Time for Earthquakes

Earth moves slowly. It takes a long time for continents to move. Earthquakes build over time. As the pressure builds it can lead to other disasters -- like volcano explosions or tsunamis.

Earthquakes have the power to bend buildings, buckle roads, and destroy structures. Earthquakes in a way are the planet's way of showing us that it has power over us, and we have to respect that. If we want to better understand the planet, we need to understand tectonic plates. The earth and the layers we see with the naked eye protect something very precious for this planet, it's core.

Earth is something that needs to be respected. It is the soil with which the flowers can grow. The trees come from the ground; we gain oxygen from the trees. The earth and its varied landscapes give us places to explore, to travel to, and to enjoy. The minerals of the land become our food. Earth gives us what we need. It provides the sounds of nature, the smells of flowers, the taste of nourishment, the sights that heal, and the ground for our footsteps.

  • Studies show it's better for our brains to be in nature rather than in our cubist architecture. We would be living better lives if we combined our buildings with landscapes and flora allowing for spaces to connect back with the planet. Singapore has cities just like this.

Earth is often where we'll go in the end whether we are turned into dust or buried in the ground. One way or another we return to dust. Our bones return to the ground. The earth is what can embrace us. (Burial by fire or water is also possible but it doesn't leave a grave.)

Physical Reality

So how do we come in better touch with our earth energy?

Western Astrology shows through the signs that earth belongs to the throat and the voice, the neck, the chest, and the legs.

Taurus is the master of the voice giving distinction with words. Virgo is the master of the chest, an area meant for strength and to carry the shoulders. Capricorn is the master of the legs giving the body power and stealth. Those with a lot of Capricorn energy in their natal chart can make for strong runners.

These three relative areas of the body are highly focalized. They also respond to fire energy. What happens in the mind (Aries) gets translated and sent out the throat and mouth. What happens in the heart (Leo) gets translated and sent out to the chest into deeds. What the thighs (Sagittarius) do the legs must follow.

Fire is desire. Earth manifests desire into physical reality. Where fire leads earth follows and organizes.

Wind and water also work this way. Wind is thought and water is emotion. Where air leads water follows. Air is governed by the shoulders and arms (Gemini) and fully manifested in the hands (Cancer). Air is in the kidneys and guts (Libra); this is where many of our intuitions and passions first develop and then it is manifested at the bottom of the spine (Scorpio). Aquarius, in all its strangeness, governs the ankles; Pisces as the feet orders Aquarian steps.

All the elements work together and all are needed. Reality wouldn't work if one of the elements didn't exist -- we can't live without fire, earth, air, or water. All four elements must work together. All four of these elements also need different degrees of interaction in order to properly function. There needs to be a beginning, middle, and end -- cardinal, fixed, and mutable.

Can you imagine a world without earth? It would be a body-less place. There would be no floor. There would be no soil. Our planet that we love and live on would deform into one of the gas planets. We would be but light and air and it would be challenging for this to be contained or to even congeal. Earth is what slows things down in the universe. Earth literally slows down time and space to allow for matter to take form. We need cohesion and that's what earth gives us.

Earth's ruling planets are Venus, Mercury, and Saturn. These three planets are shared by other elements. Taurus and Libra fall under Venus; Virgo and Gemini share Mercury; and Capricorn and Aquarius share Saturn. Notice anything here? Earth and air share ruling planets. Even though these are opposing forces, they do share commonalities. They are part of a spectrum: earth in it's solid force moving to air in all its vapidity. Liquid and fluidity belongs to water.

Water and Fire are ruled by other planets, but they don't share as generously as earth and air do with each other. The moon only belongs to Cancer. The sun only belongs to Leo. I personally like to see Cancer as the pregnant woman who gives birth to the Zodiac 9 months later and Leo is her husband. Aries, Taurus, and Gemini would be her children.


Feng Shui and Yin and Yang

Let's switch over to Eastern traditions about earth. Earth is a celebrated element in feng shui. The element for decorating households is welcome in the southwest, northeast, west, northwest, and the center.

For more earth energy, it's encouraged to have bowls of crystals or other nice minerals throughout the house. I have a jar of rocks that I like to put on my desk. I collected them when I was on vacation in Ireland. Sometimes I like to use them to help me make decisions, to visualize what I'm doing, or to keep track of something with numbers. It's nice to hold something in your hand and grip it. It's nice to hold a rock and remember its origin. You can't hold onto the other elements this way.

Himalayan salt lamps and candle holders can also help purify your air. When salt rock is heated it naturally ionizes the air. You could also add figurines to your home that were created out of minerals or rocks. Avoid plastic. Add more wood and earth to your home. Add more natural elements. Plastic is a fairly toxic material.

You could also paint your rooms in earth tones: greens, browns, sandy shades, creams, beiges, rock like colors, grays, and burnt reds and oranges. Add some landscape paintings or similar items to the house. Earth is about creating a shelter that also respects nature. It encourages creating structures that are in harmony with landscapes.

Add more foods into your home that are organic. Add more wheat, oats, and fiber. Fruits and vegetables are more water based -- you have to keep them in different spots from your bread, dry ingredients, and fibers. Get rid of preservatives and other items that cancel out natural qualities in your foods. Put items like cans and pots altogether. Keep earth based items together. Put wood based items together. Get rid of and replace plastic items.

Also, pick rugs and tapestries with natural fibers. Wear clothes with more natural fibers and less synthetic ones.

Read up on feng shui to determine what is the best way to organize your home and to become more aware of the elements. Some elements work really well together in feng shui, others cancel each other out, or lead to disaster. You don't want a lot of fire + wood in one room for obvious reasons.

Earth is a yin based energy. It is associated with water, coolness, darkness, the moon, shadows, and femininity. Earth has a certain otherness to it. It's meant to be gradual and practical. Yin and yang need to flow together in harmony. These two energies can trade places and are not always consistent.

Exercises to Better Command Earth Energy

Earth energy is all about strength. If you want to gain some earth to your body, focus on a fiber rich diet. Whether you have a gym membership, your own personal gym, or no exercise equipment at all you can gain strength.

  • Start by daily doing squats
  • Ab crunches and sit-ups
  • Warrior poses from yoga
  • Balance / lifting one leg while standing on the other
  • Lift household objects and slowly increase the weight
  • Push-ups
  • Hand stands
  • Remember strength is about compression and then release

You can download apps that can help lead you into exercise routines. There are also plenty of strength training videos on YouTube for free. Earth energy gives you power. You need workouts that focus on your legs and your chest. Lifting will help strengthen your neck, arms, and chest.

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Walk 10,000+ steps a day
  • Household chores: moving items, organizing items, looking for better feng shui
  • Carry and lift objects
  • Move around furniture
  • Slowly add more weight to your exercise routines
  • Try challenging baking recipes and don't use a mixer -- use only your hands to knead and a spoon to stir. This will get you moving, especially if using sourdough. Bread making is good for earth element types anyway.

Exercise outside in nature. It's good to be around rocks and to get into the mud. If willing, you should try rock climbing as this will take you directly into your element and help build strength. Developing muscles is a slow and steady process, but it can protect you from a variety of illnesses. It is an excellent future investment. Your bones will thank you for the treatment. Strength training is a kind of therapy.

  • Run in fields.
  • Hike through the wilderness.
  • Jump along stones.
  • Climb the peaks.
  • Stretch in the mud.
  • Dance among the flowers.
  • Camp in the woods.
  • Creep into the caves.
  • Walk gingerly along narrow paths.

To have a better sense of your earth element, you need to treat your body well. Get enough sleep each night. Eat natural foods. Portion control. Count your calories. Avoid taking a lot of preservatives.

Getting the right amount of earth energy will help you find a healthy weight. When you get overweight you start to depend on items outside the four elements. You'll start carrying too much earth and too much water. When you're skinny you don't have enough earth energy and too much air.


Earth Elements in the Zodiac

Earth energy influences Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn in different ways. Taurus is the second sign of the Zodiac. He is known as the bull. He'll charge straight into whatever is his target. Taurus is born into the world to work hard. This is the sign that maintains the Garden of Eden and keeps it running for others to enjoy. Taurus' is about hard work, beauty, enjoying the five senses, and putting in practical, gradual work.

Virgo is a highly cerebral sign. It is the 6th zodiac after Leo and before Libra. Virgo is associated with scholarly attributes, hard work, perfectionism, logic, and proficiency. Virgo is the studious one who will work until it has accomplished its task. Where Taurus is often a sign that pairs up with someone, Virgo is often found to be single or independent.

Capricorn is the hermit. The 10th sign appears at the beginning of winter. The sign cherishes its alone time but also prioritizes family. Capricorn wants to give to those it loves. It wants to make sure its family's needs are covered, so they can all survive the harshness of winter.


Let's slow this down a little more. I sampled for you what these signs are like, but I want to go deeper. Taurus' ambition is in part to compete and show-off against Aries, the first born of the Zodiac. Taurus energy works in tandem with Aries. The second born wants to be appreciated, seen, and understood. Where Aries leads into battle, Taurus follows and finishes the fight. Taurus picks up the pieces where Aries left things behind.

Taurus is governed by spring. It is the fixed sign of the earth element. This makes it more stubborn -- which is impressive, considering earth signs are already stubborn. Taurus believes if you want there to be flowers then you need to put work into the soil to make it happen. Aries comes into the world like a powerful, exciting gale. It spreads the seeds, Taurus takes the time to directly plant those seeds. Taurus is focused and meticulous.

Taurus cares about its resources. It wants to make sure there is enough in stock and to have a good financial footing. All earth signs are somewhat conservative and less impulsive. They stick to tried and true paths. Taurus is guided by Venus which allows it to enjoy beauty and love a little more than the other two earth signs. Taurus, comparatively, is more concerned about romance, affection, and finding a partner or even soul mate. There is a lot to Adam from the Bible that fits the bill for a Taurus personality. Adam was instructed to name all the animals; he fits that definition of giving definition to things by the voice. He organized the garden, and he yearned for someone to be with him.

Adam was also gullible. He was easily lead out of his work and out of the garden. Taurus needs to be careful. They can be manipulated and led out of their beauty if they're led astray.

Taurus takes it very hard when things fall apart. Spring energy signs tend to have a hard time with conflict because they live in such a beautiful part of the year. These signs tend to have a more youthful and vibrant side to them. They can be a little immature and impulsive -- the raging bull aspect of Taurus is fairly narrow-headed, impulsive, and energetic. They're not really focused on death or existential crises -- they're busy living. They want to put their atoms into motion. That's what Taurus is as the king of spring: putting atoms into good work. It's about discipline. Taurus believes since it has atoms then it should probably use them for a purpose.


Virgo is one of the most mysterious signs of all. This is someone who doesn't want to act like the prior signs that came into the world before it, but Virgo doesn't really have a good understanding of what is to come. This makes Virgo a special kind of loner. Existential crisis doesn't really come to fruition until we get to fall -- and Scorpio in particular.

Virgo is at the end of summer. Virgo puts a lot of its hard work and ambition into its mind. This is someone who wants to succeed, who wants people to treat each other with more respect. Virgo wants things to be perfect. The obsession is in part because Virgo is in a time of year when the weather is pretty perfect. Virgo wants everything to have its place, to have its reason, and to be concrete. These are qualities it gets from Mercury's influence. Mercury is the planet of communication and mental energies, which Gemini also shares this planet.

Virgo is not someone to fight or argue with. Virgo is an explosion of logic and rattling this can bring out some really strange sides of Virgo. I don't recommend intentionally upsetting a Virgo and to be careful with them because they can hold a grudge.

The earth sign needs compassion even if it's not really giving that out. Virgo wants to be the best. Virgo borrows a little bit of Leo's ego. Leo is seen as the king and Virgo his close confidant or chancellor. Virgo acts as one of Leo's most prized thinkers.

This is someone who if they apply themselves they could be a fantastic lawyer, publisher, editor, journalist, politician, or technician. Careers with communication are great for those born with Mercury's influence. Virgo is someone who thrives on detail and inventory. They make for great researchers, which is why they become such well-known scholars.

Virgo wants to work with practical items; sometimes the abstract can annoy them. Virgo wants to apply themselves and see victory in their tasks. They won't let any relationship or person get in the way of their goals.

Virgo believes in good manners, chivalry, and respect. They believe in common decency, but they also like to disappear and do absolutely nothing with their fellow humans. Sometimes they lead themselves into depression out of an obsession with perfection. They isolate because they can't stand imperfect humans, and those same humans muddying up their deep need for the cerebral. You'll find Virgos taking on too much work, relentlessly taking on requests, and fighting for causes they believe in.

They may rebel against the rules. They may rebel against themselves. But Virgo will still offer you flowers. They'll still try to keep some decency. Virgo has a desire to wrap things up as the mutable earth sign. It wants all the details done. It wants to see the result of hard work paid off.


Capricorn is the last of the earth elements in the zodiac, but it is the cardinal sign of the element -- if that makes sense for you. Every element will have a position that takes place at the beginning, middle, and end of a season. Taurus is the middle of spring, Virgo is the end of summer, and Capricorn is the beginning of winter. No earth sign belongs to fall. Without the earth element, this makes for a compelling season with sights and smells that are compelling and somewhat strange -- Sagittarius influence causes leaves to turn red, orange, and yellow. Scorpio comes with notions about death which is in direct opposition to Taurus. And Libra though she is guided by Venus like Taurus is more interested in abstract and social ideas, like justice and liberty. Where Taurus wants to stand out on his own, Libra wants to blend and harmonize.

Capricorn is also a type of loner like Virgo, but again more like a hermit. Capricorn is highly selective about which people it prioritizes, and usually it will focus on family and very close friends. Capricorn want to give and provide for its family and to make sure it thinks ahead to future generations. This is someone who is conservative with their resources, somewhat of a hoarder, messier than its counterparts Taurus and Virgo, and it prizes shelter.

Capricorn is the one who makes sure there is shelter for its family or unit. This person delegates responsibilities, they have a much more mature viewpoint than Taurus and Virgo. Capricorn knows it must provide accordingly. The sign in the Northern Hemisphere occurs during the darkest time of year. Capricorns are old souls. They often are understanding because of their experiences... they also can be old curmudgeons.

Capricorn isn't about perfection. Capricorn isn't really about putting energy into the soil. Capricorn is about survival. Capricorn realizes to have gotten this far in the zodiac cycle, it has to be fit for survival. You can't just depend on luck.

This sign gains strength from its focus on survival. It gains intelligence from this perspective. Capricorn considers what it needs to ascertain for its survival, or the survival of its family, or the survival of humankind. Capricorn is also preparing the way for Aquarius and Pisces and their extra-level adventures.

By the time Capricorn has arrived, people have come face to face with existentialism. People have considered their death. Taurus and Virgo are not hardened by this. In fact, the last four elements of the Zodiac ponder death and deal with it after experiencing the change in Scorpio. Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces all have commentary on death, the afterlife, and how to live your life with death in regards to it. All four elements are represented; the last two give hope that there is some secret utopia beyond it all.

Capricorn focuses that journey about death on the practical side: how to make the most of life. This is someone who believes in family and would want to take them with him into the afterlife. They believe having more persons, more bodies is the answer to a surviving species. Capricorn is big on teaching practical subjects to their children, learning skills that could help you in the long term, and forming long lasting bonds. Capricorns make for excellent parents if they so choose. Capricorns also make for great spouses. They like long term commitments.

Earth Qualities in Different Fields



Brass instruments

The sounds of the earth waking, the slow sounds of french horns, the sounds of triumph and an edge of ego in trumpets


Venus, Mercury, Saturn

A little bit of love, communication, and strangeness. Earth signs get an abundance of excellent planet energy to incorporate into their lives.


Muted colors, greens, browns, reds, burnt orange, sandy shades

Earth rules colors found in landscapes. Think of the color of grass, mud, mountains, and deserts

The Body

The throat, neck, chest, and legs

Earth is voice and giving meaning to what is around it. Consider Adam naming all the animals. The chest is about pride and strength. Legs will carry you to anywhere. Earth energy is about strength.


Pentacles / Coins

Earth spends its energy on practical, financial matters. Earth is focused on gaining money to provide for others and the slow climb of a career.


Breads, fibers, oats, flour, and wheat

Earth is about what is grown from the planet and the tones of those foods. Earth supports fruits and vegetables, but these have a high water content. Earth is about minerals.


Strength training

Rock climbing, squats, lifting weights


Middle of spring, late summer, early winter

Earth energy looks for temperate weather that's not too hot nor too cold. It provides for flora. Spring is dominate for earth energy. Late summer is about harvest. Early winter is about conservation of materials.



The physical manifestation of reality


Gradual geological shifts

At extreme: earthquakes and tectonic tension.



Interested in allocating resources less about leadership.


Cold-blooded creatures of the land

Lizards blend in with the land, they have earth tones. Warm-blooded creatures belong to fire.


Conservative, diligent, purposeful, careful, precise, and hard working

Driven by what is practical and grounded. Looks to what is sustainable rather than ideal.