Earth Signs, Explained—Everything To Know About This Particular Zodiac Element and Its Traits

Find out which three zodiac signs make up the earth element and what qualities they share.

It's fairly common to be asked which zodiac sign you are, and with that information, someone can learn different things about you—the season your birthday is celebrated, which zodiac element you're a part of and what traits you're likely to possess. And earth signs are just one of four zodiac elements in astrology.

The four zodiac elements include fire, water, air and earth (think dirt, not planet). Each group has a commonality of core beliefs and feelings and how they outwardly influence the energy of the other elements.

So, buckle up and read on to find out more about what it means to be an earth sign and how they go about the world around them.

You may just find a missing tidbit that will make you say, “Ohhh, now it all makes sense!”

Also, keep in mind when reading about astrology and the zodiac, there are two types of zodiac astrology: Vedic and Western. The one you most associate with your “daily horoscope” is Western astrology. The zodiac sign names are all the same, but the corresponding dates associated with each one differ.

What is the meaning of an earth sign?

Earth signs normally keep their head out of the clouds and feet planted firmly on the ground. They meld nicely with water signs, but have opposite energy with air and fire signs.

What are the three earth signs?

The three earth signs include Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.

  • Taurus: Individuals born between April 20-May 20

  • Virgo: Individuals born between August 23-Sept. 22

  • Capricorn: Individuals born between Dec. 22-Jan. 19

What are earth sign traits?

Individually speaking, these three zodiac signs have their own unique quirks and traits. But at their core, Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn signs are as hardworking and loyal as they come. They are stout in their belief systems, persistently traditional in values and unwilling to be bullied into changing any of them.

There are no limitations as to what earth signs can create—the sky's the limit, musically and artistically speaking, to those that fall under this element.

Using a straightforward approach to life is how this group of zodiacs gets things done. The only thing potentially slowing down these assertive individuals could be their desire for materialistic comforts in life.

But, as long as you are truthful and reliable with earth signs, you will have a “ride or die” friend or lover for life.

What are earth signs attracted to?

Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Aquarius), are perfect matches to earth signs.

Just like the planet Earth needs water for nutrients, so too, do earth and water elements balance and support one another.

Individually, the water signs flow serene energy, while earth signs are the steely foundation. Together, they fit like two puzzle pieces.

However, just because you are an earth sign, or in a relationship with an earth sign, doesn't mean you can't be compatible with an opposite element like air or fire. You may need to be more attentive to what makes a Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn tick, and make adjustments accordingly.

Are earth signs emotional?

Yes, and no. Stable and reliable, earth signs only unleash ferocity if they have had their time wasted or have been deceived.

Don’t get on their bad side, stay truthful and trustworthy, and earth people will easily keep their cool.

Let's break down each earth sign in more detail.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Represented on the Zodiac birth chart as a bull, you should almost expect that they are responsible for the saying, “Mess with the bull, you get the horns.”

Cool, calm and collected, Taurus stroll through life with assured self-confidence (but they're typically not cocky). They "mean what they say and say what they mean"—making them fantastic friends, colleagues and trustworthy partners.

No drama for those born a Taurus. “It is what it is,” and they won’t change their point of view to please another, unless they have truly had a change of opinion.

Famous Taurus Celebrities:

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Virgo (August 23-September 22)

A particularly picky person, those born a Virgo use what others may see as a fault to their advantage. They bring their tremendous creativity and logical thinking into both relationships and work. Always on the go, Virgos love to talk about their passion, which is usually a skill they have mastered.

Virgos are also not fans of drama and are known as the zodiac’s most passionate and relationship-focused signs, who will do just about anything to “fix” life imbalances.

Famous Virgo Celebrities:

  • Tim Burton (August 25)

  • Blake Lively (August 25)

  • Cameron Diaz (August 30)

  • Warren Buffet (August 30)

  • Keanu Reeves (September 2)

  • Salma Hayek (September 2)

  • Beyoncé (September 4)

  • Tom Hardy (September 15)

  • Nick Jonas (September 16)

  • Amy Poehler (September 16)

Related: Virgo Astrological Sign: Characteristics, Personality Traits, and Compatibility

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

Responsible and masters of time management, Capricorns are usually serious individuals. They are very capable individuals, independent to the core and realistic in their personal and work lives. Successful individuals, they rely on life experiences to lead them toward achievement.

As with the other earth signs, they are grounded and focused on utilizing the physical world’s resources. However, like their counterparts, Capricorns are stubborn and may struggle in relationships that stray too far out of bounds from their more traditional views.

Famous Capricorn Celebrities:

Related: Everything You Want to Know About the Capricorn Astrological Sign: Characteristics, Personality Traits, and Compatibility

Hopefully, our breakdown of what being an Earth sign means and their traits can better help you navigate important relationships—now and in the future.

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