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A Closer Look at Earth Zodiac Signs

Patricia Lantz C.Ht.
Scenic landscape of Bavaria

Fire, Earth, Air, and Water are astrology's four elements. The Earth signs are concerned with what will efficiently create the desired result. They are no-nonsense, pragmatic and focused on the material world. Overall, Earth signs ground you and allow you to stay calm and centered in the midst of life's twists and turns. Earth is associated with the signs Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn, and the second, sixth and tenth houses.

The Earth Signs: Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn

The Earth, Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn are the builders of the zodiac. A birth chart that's heavy in the Earth element indicates an individual who's attuned to their physical senses as well as the here-and-now material world.

Positive traits of Earth signs:

  • Practical
  • Realistic
  • Reliable
  • Sensible
  • Loyal
  • Sensate
  • Grounded in reality

Earth signs gone wrong:

  • Hardheaded
  • Cold and calculating
  • Harsh and overly demanding
  • Judgmental and critical
  • Structured and regiment
  • Miserly and money-grubbing

Alike but Different

Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo are grouped in the Earth element because they share the same Earthy qualities; however, they are very different in their mode of operation. It's the three Modalities, Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable, that separates one from the other.

The Sign of Capricorn

Capricorn is the Cardinal Earth sign. Capricorn initiates and has an impersonal determination to get things done. Its key concepts are self-control, caution, reserve, and ambition. Capricorn is wise, patient, loyal, and disciplined. The symbol for Capricorn the Sea Goat. Its glyph depicts the hoof of a mountain goat and the tail of a fish.

Zodiac Sign - Capricorn

The Sign of Taurus

Taurus is the Fixed Earth sign. Taurus stabilizes and has a personal "I have" focus. Its key concepts are possessiveness, retentiveness, steadiness, pleasure, and appreciation of physical sensations. Taurus is artistic, stable, and trustworthy. The Symbol for Taurus is the Bull. Its glyph depicts a Bull's head with horns.

Zodiac Sign - Taurus

The Sign of Virgo

Virgo is the Mutable Earth Sign. Virgo seeks perfection and moves on when the time is right. Its key concepts are analysis, discrimination, helpfulness, humility and a need to serve. Virgo is meticulous, intelligent, and modest. The symbol for Virgo is the Maiden or Virgin. Its glyph depicts a Maiden carrying a shaft of wheat.

Zodiac Sign - Virgo

Earth Signs and Compatibility

The elements are key to relationship compatibility. When two signs have a mutually harmonious interchange of elemental energy, it indicates there's an experience of satisfaction, vitalization, and completeness in the coupling. The zodiac signs that are the most harmonious with the Earth signs are other Earth signs and the Water signs, Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.

Earth and Earth

Two earth signs together create a perfect balance between sensible and sensual. Each brings out the best in the other. Though their relationship can be slow to develop, gradually the caution and conservatism give way, the earth moves, and the heavenly aspects of their earthy relationship are revealed. The only problem with this coupling is that they can both pay more attention to their work than they do to each other.

Earth and Water

Perhaps the best match for an earthy person is a watery partner who gives love purely and unconditionally. This flies in the face of the Earth's more practical concerns. However, this difference is precisely why an Earth/Water partnership is so beautiful. The Earth person is stable, predictable, grounded, structured, orderly, and deliberate, while the Water person is emotional, transparent, flexible, and reflective. Earth guides the flow of water while water nourishes the earth. They each hold the other's missing piece. This is a couple who can form a deeply fulfilling, loving and lasting bond.

Earth Sign Careers

The earth signs take on duties and obligations, make a plan and take the necessary steps to achieve success. As workers, they are efficient, organized, realistic, patient, self-disciplined, productive, persistent, and dependable. They are best in careers with an organizational structure and where they can have a sense of practical accomplishment.

Find Your Dominate Element

Most birth charts have a combination of elements, and you'll often identify your dominant element, regardless of the element of your Sun sign. Of course, your Sun shines its light on your entire birth chart and any individual with their Sun in an Earth sign is all about practicality, but astrology is more complex than your Sun sign only. As an example, a person with a Capricorn Sun may be air dominate, which means their worldly endeavors could involve talking to others and expressing their common sense ideas. The way to determine your dominant element is to look at your entire chart. has a free tool that can easily determine your dominant element.

A Closer Look at Earth Zodiac Signs