The Symbolism of Earth and Earth Signs in Astrology

Oh, those wise and old trees.

Roots down low, but high up are the leaves.

There’s no telling what they’ve seen.

Symbolism of Earth

Life. Growth. Fertility. Survival. Primal Instincts. Our Bodies. Life. Gaia. Protection. Shelter. Roots/Ancestors. Hard work. Commitment. Loyalty. Grounding. Calm. Quiet. Patient. The Root Chakra. Nourishment. Food. Wilderness. Hunting. Gathering. Attachments. Possessiveness. Stability. Possessions. Land. Consistency. Schedules. Strength. Dependability. Responsible. Trustworthy. Vitality.

Believing nothing without obvious, tangible proof. From the bottom-up. Things that can be experienced with the physical body and through the senses. Touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing. Standing one’s ground. Putting bare feet in the grass. Where life begins to grow up toward the sun. Grounding one’s energy down to our roots. The things that can be held in our hands.

Conservatism. Physical Femininity. Comfort. Awareness of environment. Control. Greed. Hedonism. Craftiness. Solid foundations. Long-term planning. The self. The ego. Material goods. Money. Tangible things. Greenery. Planet Medicine.

Earthquakes and Sinkholes

Although earth signs have an immense amount of patience, if things aren’t going their way once they actually lose their patience, they may react unexpectedly, on a seriously chaotic level. Like an earthquake, these disruptions are brief and rare; ending almost as quickly as they begin. Unforgiving by nature, the earth is known to “ghost” the things that stress them out or what they find unnecessary or intolerable.

Earth simply doesn’t have the energy to be enraged with those who are not being genuine. Like a sinkhole, never previously showing signs of upset, Earth may drop suddenly off the map when their defensiveness, pride, or intolerance gets the best of them. They’d rather cave in on themselves alone rather than allow someone else to get the better of them.

Taurus the Tough Teddy-bear

Virgo the Virtuous Validator

Capricorn the Corny CardinalSomeone who has an earth sign as their sun or rising sign, or whose chart is dominated by the element earth, will likely be quite patient. slow to anger and react, difficult to impress and surprise, steady-moving, highly dependable, somewhat predictable, laid-back, and easygoing.

Earth men will usually be a bit short, but quite strong and surprisingly unmovable. They may be tough physically, but they often communicate in a more fluid way.

Women will often have small, soft features, smooth skin, and natural muscle tone and strength that go unnoticed without exertion.


Like the other 3 elements, the earth element is only one piece of the puzzle of life. If one ever wants to reach a state of nirvana, one must understand the great balancing act of all four elemental puzzle pieces.

Emotions. Thoughts. Body. Spirit.

From Within the Labyrinth,


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