What Are Earth Signs? Everything You Need to Know About Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn

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Practical, dutiful, and down to Earth are among the hallmark traits of Earth signs. You can depend on an Earth sign to remain grounded amidst chaos as they’re inclined to be in tune with themselves and the world around them. When you know about your astrological element, you can better understand the assertion of your energy and how to maximize it.

But first, a primer on the Elements, or triplicities. There are four elements—water, fire, air, and Earth—and each includes three zodiac signs, hence triplicity. They help determine someone's basic temperament, whereas quadruplicates, or modes, refer to how each sign directs its energy behaviorally.

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Each element is known for a certain group of traits, but, like with every other astrological quality, each also includes some certain less-than-cute qualities that need to be energetically balanced. Let's dive more into what this means for Earth signs.

What is an Earth sign in astrology?

Earth signs are known for being pretty in touch with practicality. That said, there's one area where they often go overboard. "Earth signs usually seek material comforts, success, and status above all," says Carolyne Faulkner, astrologer and author of The Signs. "They are practical, driven, and tenacious, prone to become sad or obstructive if they don’t feel successful. This is the element of materialism, designed to execute plans and create order from chaos."

"Earth signs usually seek material comforts, success, and status above all. They are practical, driven, and tenacious, prone to become sad or obstructive if they don’t feel successful." —Carolyne Faulkner, astrologer

And, as the owner of a glitter record player, gilded bar cart, and skin-care refrigerator, I can't lie and say I know nothing about materialism. Yet, per Faulkner's take, the materialism of Earth signs is often a manifestation of their drive to appear accomplished (which is, IMHO, less egregious than plain-old "just because" materialism). And while there's nothing wrong with being ambitious, there is an icky superficiality connected to using stuff as a vehicle to prove to others (but mostly to ourselves) how good we are, no matter how luxe and fancy and exciting that stuff is.

Before you worry too much about yourself or any of the Earth signs in your life, know that it's possible to dial down this unsavory bit: "Practice daily gratitude and acceptance," Faulkner says. "Partake in simple pleasures, like cooking, gardening, and reading."

By doing these acts, we can connect a bit more to the larger world and also learn to enjoy the smaller things. And no, not smaller things in the sense of objects—like diamonds—but like a beautiful sunny day on planet Earth.

What are the Earth signs?

As previously mentioned by yours truly, Taurus is an Earth sign—the one with a fixed modality— followed by Virgo with a mutable modality, and Capricorn with a cardinal modality. The takeaway here is that all Earth signs handle things differently behaviorally (my fixed modality, for instance, means that I hate endings and changing), we're nonetheless connected by a similar personality temperament.

Taurus explained

taurus horoscope

Taurus people are born between April 20 to May 20. They’re headstrong and cautious with a strong sense of comfort and indulgence. Taurus is unwavering in their endeavors and you can count on them to be consistent in all that they do. Whether it’s professionally or in their relationships, Taurus aims for stability. They crave a sense of security and will retreat to their safety zones at a moment’s notice, especially if they feel threatened or uncomfortable.

Virgo explained

virgo horoscope

Virgo birthdays fall between August 23 and September 22. Virgos are among the most dutiful of the Earth signs, earning them the title of altruists. They’re a classic Earth sign: pragmatic and effortlessly calm. Virgo energy is focused zoomed in on the details and is typically punctual and dependable. They work well under pressure due to having plans for when things don’t go their way—and even in that case, they’ll remain grounded.

Capricorn explained

capricorn horoscope

Capricorn dates are between December 12 and January 19. Enterprising and practical, people can rely on Capricorn to stick to their word and conquer any obstacles in their way. They’re extremely ambitious signs that don’t cower away from hard challenges or tedious, menial everyday tasks. Capricorns observe things through a logical lens and combine their pragmatism and fortitude to excel in all that they set out to do.

Who do Earth signs get along with?

When it comes to compatibility, Earth signs typically get along best with those in their element. For one, they can relate to each other’s sense of logic, while also supporting one another’s dreams and goals with their strong will and determination. Earth signs can be great lovers to those who feel safe enough to feel understood.

Not only that, but Earth signs also generally get along with water signs, too. Earth signs require safety, which water signs are happy to provide. They’ll feel cared for by a water sign’s companionship because they’re all about gentleness and compassion for their loved ones.

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