The four elements of astrological tradition refer to the vital forces (or energies) that make up the entire creation that is commonly perceived by human beings. The four elements in a birth chart reveal the ability to participate in certain realms of being and to tune in to specific fields of life experience. These elements have nothing to do with the elements of chemistry and in fact transcend them completely.
The four elements—Fire, Earth, Air, and Water—each represent a basic kind of energy and consciousness that operates within everyone. Each person is consciously more attuned to some types of energy than others.
The element of any sign that is emphasized in a chart (by significant planetary placement in that sign) shows a specific type of consciousness and method of perception to which the individual is strongly attuned.
Earth is represented by the signs of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. It is the element of the physical realm, and individuals with these placements are defined by their relationship to all things worldly, from the practical to the sensual. Pragmatic and grounded, these signs excel at sizing up situations, weighing options, and deciding which choices make the most sense. Though their internal processes may feel more rational than intuitive, these signs possess an innate knack for knowing how to get things done. At times, they may appear overly critical, strict or judgemental, but these tendencies are born not from disregard, but consideration, as the weight of responsibility rests heavily on earth signs’ shoulders, and they see potential repercussions more clearly than most. For these reasons, they are often excellent money makers and business partners. But they are hardly all work and no play. Earth signs also place a deliberate emphasis on sensory experiences. They enjoy being present in the moment, and their earthy appetites are known to appreciate food, drink, drugs, sex, rest, relaxation and other pleasures of the flesh. At times, it may seem as if there’s nothing they can’t do, but their greatest challenge lies in balancing the restrictive and lax sides of their nature. Whether working in pursuit of pleasure (Taurus), building their legacy (Capricorn) or polishing their projects to perfection (Virgo), you can trust these signs to execute their missions with exceptional competence, dedication and skill.