Practical, stable, and grounded. Take one look at these words and you'd be amiss to not automatically think of Earth signs. Earth signs are the most grounded people you know. They're incredibly reliable, honest, and practical. But there's also a lot more to our Earthy friends. All Earth signs aren't built the same. Here are the key differences between a Taurus, Capricorn, and Virgo.
The most constant and steadfast of the Earth signs, Taurus arrives just when the party is getting good. As a Venus-ruled sign with a love for beauty and pleasure, they know that more is more and there’s nothing wrong with wanting it. But Taurus isn’t all loungewear and grapes ripened on the vine. As a fixed sign, they are called to accept or reject the changes initiated by the cardinal signs, flesh out new ideas and nurture seedlings that our mutable signs can harvest and share. Taurus people stabilise the force of a new season and set the pace. They work hard and rest harder, recognising that resplendence is their right. In the Earthly category, Taurus finds good company with Virgo and Capricorn, who reflect Taurus’s material values and transform their meaning. To understand the ardent nature of Taurus people, it’s important to recognise the work that both Virgo and Capricorn do.
While Taurus people might be known for their gravitas, Capricorns are known for their entrepreneurship. Such a word can have negative connotations, especially if and when it evokes images of those who prioritise profit over people. But, it’s not inherently so. To be enterprising, to undertake a project or build something new, is to trust that what requires great effort and risk can also yield great reward. Traditionally, Capricorn is ruled by Saturn and so they are associated with a kind of seriousness and regard for systems of power. But, Saturn is also the lord of time and under Saturn’s auspices, Capricorn knows that time is on their side. That’s why Capricorns are just as likely to yield to convention as they are to take risky detours that can result in off-road life journeys. Capricorn’s cardinal nature turns the wheel of a season and steers us onto an uncharted road that they are glad to chart along the way for all those who follow. This tension between tradition and venturousness is also notable in the bedrooms of Capricorns, where power play is par for the course.
Of course, what Capricorn initiates and Taurus stabilises, Virgo is happy to integrate. Our mutable Earth sign, Virgo knows that a system is only as good as the people who use it. Arriving at the end of a season, Virgos survey all that has been built and give it meaning. Ruled by Mercury and adaptable by nature, meaning-making is a Virgo pleasure and power. Which is not to say that Virgos are the scholars of the Zodiac, although they flourish in almost any scholarly environment. Rather, Virgos contextualise and compare notes. They are adept at recognising the significance of material changes and the magic inherent in our mundane world. Their perceptiveness and precision make them our archivists, our documentarians, and administrative assistants no matter what job they take on by name. But, Virgos are not all work and no play. In fact, while some Virgos are the picture of orderliness and service, most are naturally drawn to a holy mess. What better way to understand the human condition, to put a finger on it, than to submit to its wildness?