After the fire element, the 2nd element in the zodiac is earth. Where fire signs symbolize creation and action, earth signs represent labor and hard work.
If you want to learn about the other astrological elements, here are the guides for all four elements:
- Everything You Need to Know About Fire Signs
- Everything You Need to Know About Earth Signs
- Everything You Need to Know About Air Signs
- Everything You Need to Know About Water Signs
The three earth signs of the zodiac are Taurus (personal), Virgo (social), and Capricorn (collective). Although each sign is very different from the next, they share overarching traits. Think about the nature of earth: it’s grounded, it’s strong, and always present. Earth also has the ability to produce crops, which means earth signs have the work ethic to produce material success.
People with the element of earth tend to be very emotionally reserved and laid back. They are consistent in their beliefs and values and have a strong sense of self, which means they are unlikely to be influenced or pressured into thoughts or actions outside of themselves.
In real life, fertile soil is used to grow and harvest crops, and rock formations are tough to break or budge. Astrologically, earth signs are laborers and workers and work very hard to ensure security. They are also so stable that they can be reliable on one side of the spectrum and stubborn on the other.
Earth signs represent the physical manifestations of human life and are commonly associated with things like money, material possessions, or even physical appearances.
Earth Signs as Friends and Lovers
Socially, earth signs are very reserved and may not always share their opinions unless asked. Earth signs tend to be the person in the group that are slow to open up to new people, as they are already comfortable with the day-to-day of their existing social circles. But when they do open up, they are the most reliable and dependable people to have around. They don’t say much, but their stabilizing energy is comforting to be around.
They are also equally reliable in love: an earth partner can offer the gift of financial security as well as emotional stability, which works well for elementals with more turbulent emotional dispositions. While they themselves do not offer large displays of emotion, they may be more likely to present their love with gifts or acts of service, as they measure value through labor.
They often seek stable and long-term relationships and ultimately desire a partner that is willing to build a life with them. While they are unlikely to go on a date that requires jumping out of an airplane, they may enjoy an indulgent night in with a home-cooked meal, wine, a movie, and cuddling. They do not flit from person-to-person, and it takes them a while to open up, but when an earth sign gives their heart to a partner, they are devoted and loyal, sometimes even to a fault.
If they are stuck in habit and routine, they may find themselves holding onto toxic relationships that no longer serve them. They are unlikely to initiate breakups unless they are cornered into doing so through a devastating event that rallies them into action (being cheated on, physically harmed, etc.).
Earth Sign Work Ethic and Career Tendencies
Because earth signs are so practical, they may often have no issues working jobs that are not necessarily enjoyable, but promise consistent pay and opportunities to expand their salary. While they may not necessarily feel fulfilled at a job that is not their dream job, they will continue their employment if it means a steady paycheck. Unfortunately, if they are unaware of their own emotions, the lack of an exciting career may lead them to feel emotionally unfulfilled or even frustrated if they do not have hobbies outside of their job to fill their cup. They may also sacrifice their happiness by staying at a subpar job because they are committed to the paychecks. More than any other elemental, they place most of their focus on money because how they use money is how they express themselves.
Personal drive aside, earth signs have a naturally dedicated and highly efficient work ethic, which means that they are likely to be an employee that pulls their own weight and more. They may be the coworker who carries the slack of others to ensure that the job is done or stay extra hours to complete a job that nobody else wanted to. If they make their efforts known, they are likely to receive promotions and better job offers; however, if they do not take the step to make themselves heard, they will likely be frustrated in their vain efforts to do additional work without recognition.
Undeveloped earth signs with lack of self-awareness can conversely lack ambition, be extremely lazy or even overindulgent and frivolous; if they have not stepped into their natural ability to manifest abundance, they are likely experiencing a mental block that is making them doubt their ability to be successful.
Low Vibrational Tendencies of Earth Signs
Although earth signs are consistent and reliable, too much earth energy can result in stubbornness and unwillingness to move. Earth signs find comfort in predictability, so any kind of change that is disruptive to their normal operations can be stressful. They prioritize avoiding discomfort and pain, so when they feel put in a place to confront change, they may feel cornered and act out. This type of rigid behavior can be a result of career changes, moving homes, relationship break-ups, or even feeling like their values are being challenged by opposing beliefs. Generally, this low vibrating trait makes them unwilling to adapt or see a situation from a different perspective, even if their existing one isn’t serving them.
Because earth signs are very emotionally reserved, they may also come off as emotionally unavailable. This is not to say that earth signs are not emotionally intelligent, but they operate from a place of safety in that if they do not display their emotions, then they are not vulnerable. It takes more time for earth signs than any other element to feel comfortable around others to share their emotions.
Earth signs are very patient, but when their patience is pushed past their limit, they are infamous for their monumental temper. Earth signs generally have a good stronghold on their emotions, but when that control slips, they explode. Where fire sign anger can be short-fused and short-lived, earth sign tempers take time to boil, but then blow up uncontrollably like a volcano.
Lastly, because earth signs are so closely associated with money and material possessions, an imbalance of earth teetering on either extreme can result in either overspending and shopping addictions, or radical penny-pinching and frugality. This kind of behavior boils down to the individual and whether or not they feel wealthy through the accumulation of material possessions or the accumulation of numbers in their bank account.
How to Balance Earth Energy
When any person finds themselves unable to express themselves through their natural elemental energy, they may feel out of balance and will overcompensate with even more of that energy. Whether it’s you or a friend, respecting boundaries of earth signs is the key. Earth is a very stabilizing energy, but if they plant too many roots, they can be hard to move.
It can be challenging to influence an earth sign, but it is very important to understand that earth signs operate from safety, whether it’s emotional, financial, or even physical. Earth signs are willing to be flexible if they feel that a situation still offers some sort of safety net.
Earth signs may also feel restless or aimless if they take extended periods of rest, which can make them feel anxious and unproductive as a result. Hobbies are often great outlets for those with earth energy to keep them busy and giving them the idea that they are building and constructing something, even if it’s not related to work.
Earth signs naturally keep to themselves, so they may not feel comfortable being pushed into the pressures of the direct spotlight. They function at their best working behind-the-scenes, so understand that they feel comfortable playing supportive roles. However, it is wise to give them recognition and praise for their efforts so they understand that their service is appreciated.
Taurus: The 1st Earth Sign
Taurus is the first sign of the earth signs and a fixed sign (the earth sign in the middle of the spring season), which means that while they offer stability, they also have a tendency to be stubborn and unwavering. They also have the ability to sustain their laboring energy and continue working until the end.
In the astrological journey through the zodiac, Aries is symbolic of birth of human consciousness and is followed by Taurus, which represents the physical development and physical senses that are needed to navigate the world. They associate the closest with the characteristics of earth: physical strength, hard work, and guaranteed stability.
Taurus is stable, patient, and very focused on financial security. They are naturally the most laborious out of the three earth signs and feel most at peace when they are keeping their hands busy.
Taurus is highly indulgent to the senses, which means they may delicious meals, sensual lovemaking, or perfumes. They also take great care of their possessions: it doesn’t mean whether it’s a cheap T-shirt or an expensive car, as they value whatever item they have worked hard to earn.
Taurus is also a personal earth sign, which means that their energy to amass wealth and stability is focused on themselves. While others may perceive this as greedy or selfish, Taurus feels that the ability to self-sustain is the only way they can begin to contribute to others. This is not a bad thing, as without the personal development of the self, no other values can be properly built on top of it. The other personal signs of the zodiac are Aries, Gemini, and Cancer.
Virgo: The 2nd Earth Sign
Where Taurus is a builder, Virgo focuses on servitude and uses their efforts to give to others around them. Like Taurus, Virgo feels restless unless they are given a task, but where Taurus offers physical labor, Virgo is more mental – they are efficient planners and the devils of details. Because of their attention to detail, they may appear to be perfectionists or even critical of others, but this is only because they are solution-oriented. They have a sense of accomplishment when they fix things, so naturally, they have an eye for spotting flaws.
Virgo is the 2nd earth sign and comes in the end of the summer season, which means they are also a mutable sign. Mutable signs have the ability to shift and adapt, which gives them the power of change. They are committed to the end goal and are willing to change accordingly.
Virgo is the social earth sign, which means that their energy is less inward like personal Taurus and more on socializing and harmonizing with external energies. Social signs are focused more on how they communicate or interact with their environment or the people around them. For Virgo, this social energy manifests in how Virgo gets their sense of worth by helping others, solving people’s problems, or offering their services to others.
Capricorn: The 3rd Earth Sign
Capricorn is the 3rd earth sign and comes in at the beginning of the winter season, which means that they are a cardinal sign. For Capricorn, this means that they work smarter, not harder, like Virgo has a tendency to. They are highly efficient.
Capricorn has the energy of “old wisdom,” and they have an innate sense of responsibility which makes them feel as if they are carrying the weight of the world on their back. Others may perceive Capricorn’s serious disposition as boring or uptight, but Capricorn is more focused on success that they can be willing to sacrifice happiness for
Capricorn is the collective earth sign, which means that unlike personal Taurus or social Virgo, their goal is to establish a collective community. They are often in higher management and use their earth energy to build successful human connections or corporate teams that can produce fruits of labor, whether its a flourishing business or running a functional home.
How Earth Signs Interact With Other Elements
While each earth sign is unique, they all have similarities in how they interact with the other 3 astrological elements. Understanding how they interact with others allows you to easily identify someone’s elemental without knowing their specific sun sign.
When earth signs meet fire signs, the willingness of each individual to work synergistically with the other is highly critical. If the earth sign is too rigid, fire will feel the desire to overpower earth in order to create something, but in the end, fire may burn everything earth has worked hard to build to the ground. If they play nicely with one another, fire’s inventive ideas coupled with earth’s engineering mindset can actually build something that bears a lot of fruit, whether it’s a business endeavor, or simply creating a friendship where they help each other grow. The key to fire and earth harmony is that fire signs must allow earth the safety of staying grounded so they can perform to their best of their abilities within their comfort zone, while earth signs must allow fire signs to speak and think freely and not allow it to bother them, so fire can still feel like they have a voice.
Earth and water is another challenging but very rewarding combination, and the key to success is balance. Too much watery emotion can make earth signs feel like they’re drowning, while too much earth can make water signs feel dried out. If the synergy is balanced, the perfect amount of water can make earth signs grow emotionally, and the perfect amount of earth can make water signs feel emotionally stable.
Earth and air is the most challenging combination yet. Air is a facilitator of movement, but getting earth to move is like trying to blow a boulder away. Usually, this combination can result in mayhem, like the way turbulent wind can pick up earth and all physical things in a tornado. The key to the balance between these elements is to understand each other: air must understand that earth feels safest when they’re planted on the ground, and earth must understand that air feels most free when they’re moving. Attempting to change each other can only create drama.
While earth energy can be challenging to try and move, it is a highly stabilizing energy that can compliment anyone who may be too emotionally turbulent or lack a sense of direction. Even if you aren’t an earth sign yourself, understanding how to leverage the hardworking ethic of earth energy can allow you to build a life that is sustainable, obtain financial stability, and achieve career success. What parts of your life could use a bit of earth energy? Is it finding the drive to commit to your work, or learning how to gain better control of your emotions? Who do you know is an earth sign and what earthy qualities can you identify?