The Spiritual Meaning Behind the Element of Earth – Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn + Symbol for Earth Element

We walk on this earth every day. We smell it potently after a summer rain, it gets squidgy and muddy in the autumn, it frosts over in the winter and gives us hope with every new blossom in the spring. 

It’s a miracle in itself. Such beauty and versatility, help us understand nature and growth, birth and death and how we’re connected to it all. 

The earth gives life and is a habitat for many living creatures without whom we’d most certainly wouldn’t survive. 

The earth feeds us, nourishes us, gives us beauty like nothing else man-made or artificial ever could. 

Let’s delve into the spiritual meaning of earth as an element in life and astrology. 

Earth as a Spiritual Element

The earth as an element represents growth, grounding and steadiness. It provides certainty, that after every bad season, the sun is bound to come out and bless us with flowers. 

The earth is so magickal and provides us with many gifts all year round. To feed our spiritual addiction, we even receive herbs like sage from the ground and crystals. 

When you burn sage (smudging) you connect all 4 elements in one ritual, which is why it’s such a strong/potent ritual. 

With the lighting of the match, we get fire. With the sage, naturally, we have a connection to the earth. With the abalone shell, we connect water and through the smoke from the sage, and wafting of the feather, we have air.

symbol for earth element


Earth Personality Characteristics

Generally speaking, earth signs are very generous, kind, nurturing and caring. Earth signs are Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn, who also tend to be very grounded, so you will be able to rely on them for advice when you’re getting carried away with an idea (if you’re a fire sign for example…). 

They’ll keep you grounded while providing advice that shows that they care about you. 

They’re also very reliable, which makes for a great friend. Any Earth signs out there looking for a friend hit me up 😉 

They’re very sensual and not prone to angry outbursts until they reach a certain point. 

They’re determined, positive and love to help out others. 

Positive and Shadow Characteristics 

Positive traits are when the sign is at its best, when they shine and their character is known for these qualities. Whereas the shadow is a little bit like good qualities gone bad. 

For example, an earth sign might want to treat themselves with a shopping spree as a reward (which isn’t a bad quality, we’ve all done it), but the shadow side, would be overindulgence and being materialistic to the point where emotional attachment is formed with the experience. 

At times when money is low and they’re unable to treat themselves, they can get upset or frustrated. 

The main Earth sign characteristics are:

Positive: 

-Caring

-Reliable

-Grounded

-Sensual

-Helpful

-Artistic

Shadow: 

-Materialistic 

-Stubborn

-Obsessive

-Over-corrective

-Suppresses emotions

The shadow traits can be defined as the bad side of the sign, the weaknesses, or aspects that need working through to come out stronger. In return, these shadow traits can make their way onto your good side and you can use them as positive qualities that make up your beautiful character. 

Although their emotional and sensitive sides are very much positive traits and can be used as a superpower, if the shadow gets to these qualities, the earth signs can be in trouble.

You can read more about the shadow and how to do shadow work here.

Earth Season

The season for Earth is winter, when days are short, nights are long, and the earth somewhat still and frozen. It’s when the earth is taking a break from everything, resting from all the changes that happen throughout the year. 

During the winter months we connect with the earth by bringing a Christmas tree and evergreens into our home. We eat seasonal root vegetables, that come from the earth and begin to plant new seeds for the spring and summer. 


symbol for earth element
Earth Element Symbol

Symbol for Earth Element

The symbol for earth is an upside-down triangle with a line going across it. 

The 3 points of the triangle are associated with the mind, body and soul connection. 

The Different Meanings of the Earth Element

One of the most beautiful meanings of earth which connect spiritually is the Ley lines. Sacred geographical lines, as a portal between this world and the world beyond, where sacred sites such as wells, temples, and forts were built. 

The English used to call it the “fairy path” which sounds much more magickal…

It is said that this line connects the monuments built along the line/path, as they were built on sites where the energy is particularly strong or different to anywhere else. Some call it the veil between this world, and the world beyond…

The earth element was often used in folklore stories, including elves, forests, fairies and other earth spirits

The earth is associated with putting our roots down, which can also symbolise connection with our ancestral roots and exploration of the generations before us. 

As our ancestors are now buried in the ground (ashes to ashes), this strengthens the connection to earth even more so. 

The roots also have a connection to where we are, where we settle, where we choose to plant the seeds of our dreams and watch them grow. 

When practicing magick, incorporating various earthly elements of the earth can help strengthen your spells or manifestations. For example, acorns, conkers, and seeds in the autumn, evergreens in the winter, flower blossoms in the spring, and veg, fruit and flowers in the summer. 

symbol for earth element



Associations and Aspects 

Gender: Feminine

Planet: Venus, Saturn

Season: Winter

Zodiac: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Symbolism: Grounding, strength, healing, success, stability, sturdiness, steadfastness, foundations, empathy, fertility, death, rebirth, wisdom, nature, animals, plants, money, prosperity,

Symbols: Rocks, plains, soil, caves, fields, stones, trees, gardens, canyons, forests

Nature Spirits: Gnomes, fairies, trolls, dwarves, dryads, faun

Colours: Green, brown, black, gold

Herbs: Oak, cedar, cypress, honeysuckle, ivy, primrose, sage, grains, patchouli, nuts, magnolia, comfrey, vetivert, moss, lilac, lichen, roots, barley, alfalfa, corn, rice

Crystals: Emerald, peridot, amethyst, tourmaline, quartz, jasper, azurite, onyx, tiger’s eye, fluorite, moss agate, tree agate, coal

Animals: gopher, bear, wolf, ant, horse, stag, deer, dog, cow, bull, bison, snake, worms, moles, voles, grubs


Articles on the other 3 Earthly Elements with the above information: 

Fire – Leo, Sagittarius, Aries

Water – Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Air – Libra, Gemini, Aquarius



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