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Earth Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Earth Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn.
Practical, materialistic, conservative, and inhibited.

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Taurus

April 20 – May 20

Taurus is ruled by Venus, and its symbol is the Bull.  Taurus is an Earth sign, reliable and materialistic.

Taurus is the sign of determination, stubbornness, and steadiness.  Taurean’s greatest strength lies in their tenacity and relentless drive to accomplish their goals.  They are practical at heart, and constantly strive to master their earthly and material surroundings.

A key element in the Taurean personality is the need for security, both emotional and material.  They are most comfortable dealing with the familiar and have great bouts of anxiety and uneasiness about change.  Rather than resist it though, Taureans take a wait-and-see approach before developing a level of comfort with new situations.  They must be sure that a new person, situation, or relationship will be beneficial to them before embracing them.  Once convinced, though, Taureans will develop a life-long loyalty and commitment that is unmatched by that of other signs.  This makes them intensely jealous, and stories abound about the temper of a crossed Taurus.

Taureans are also very fond of  material and earthly pleasures.  They are  happiest at home, surrounded by the security and comforts of their possessions.  Their sensuous nature leads them to live the good life.  They often seek the finest clothing, art, and foods, and have a fine appreciation for beauty and aesthetics.

Beneath the stubborn exterior lies a gentler, softer side.  Taureans tend to be very sentimental and passionate and believe in pampering their partners.  Deep inside, unseen to others, they are hopeless romantics.

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Virgo

August 23 – September 22

 

Virgo is ruled by the planet Mercury, and its symbol is a virgin with sheaves of grain in her hands.  Virgo is an Earth sign, methodical and improving.

The planet Mercury, the planet of motion, inclines the natives of this sign to a state of constant activity.  Tremendous energy is directed towards doing and accomplishing.  While other signs are dreaming up of things to do, Virgos are busy doing them.

Virgos value work and the work ethic highly.  They are meticulously organized and prize efficiency.  Something about their nature enables them to attend to the smallest of details.  Their analytical minds work round-the clock to bring order to the chaos of day-to-day life.  Nothing escapes their microscopic analysis and they seldom tolerate shoddy workmanship.

But while Virgos may be excellent at performing on the job, their outlook may become focused only on their work,  making them oblivious to the pleasures of leisure.  Not being able to see the forest through the trees is another common Virgo shortcoming.  They become so focused on the intricacies of detail that sometimes they lose sight of the big picture.  Many Virgos need to learn to be more tolerant of others who are not as exacting, or do not have as high standards, as they do.

Despite their apparent outward coolness, Virgos are kind, devoted, and loyal to those who can see past the efficient exterior.  They tend to be loving parents and their devotion to duty makes them confident and responsible members of any family.

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Capricorn

December 22 – January 19

 

Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, and its symbol is the Mountain Goat.  Capricorn is an Earth sign, conservative and ambitious.

The one trait that best describes those born under this sign is ambition.  Their lives are devoted to achieving something, whether it be an intellectual discovery, meeting a personal commitment , fulfilling a business obligation, or some other lofty objective.  Capricorns have a tireless drive to accomplish their mission and they plod on methodically until they succeed.  Like their symbol, the mountain goat, they are steady and sure-footed, and take few risks on the way.

Capricorns are highly intelligent and take naturally to positions of authority.  They are excellent administrators and use every tool at their disposal to organize, plan, and problem solve their way to their goal.  Capricorns constantly strive towards security, and they regard hard work and financial rewards as ways to secure their well-being.  They only desire money because it is a guarantee against whatever the uncertain future holds.

Capricorns are very confident and have great faith in their own abilities.  Often, they feel that they can only depend on themselves, and  this is sometimes misinterpreted by others who think them cold and detached.

This is far from true, however, as Capricorns can be very sympathetic and understanding.  Just when you least expect it, Capricorns can show you an excellent sense of humor which is wry, witty, and very funny.

Signs, the Ancient History

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The Significance of The Signs:

The planets represent the energies that drive your physical, emotional mental and intuitional systems. These energies manifest themselves differently depending on the positions of the planets in the signs of the zodiac. Different signs channel the energies into different behavior patterns, which are then recognized as personality traits. The traits associated with each sign are as follows:
Aries: Outgoing Taurus: Conservative
Gemini: Versatile Cancer: Emotional
Leo: Authoritative Virgo: Exacting
Libra: Helpful Scorpio: Determined
Sagittarius: Optimistic Capricorn: Cautious
Aquarius: Independent Pisces: Impressionable

When the ancients noticed the planets moving along the ecliptic path, they also noticed the background of fixed stars behind that path. It would be as though you noticed a background of billboards around a racetrack. You could tell the positions of the horses around the track just by identifying the billboards behind each horse. The ancients used the background of fixed stars the same way. They divided their racetrack (the ecliptic) into 12 equal sectors. Each sector was named after the fixed-star group seen in that sector (for example, Aries „the ram“). The ancients referred to these sectors as the „little zoo“, which in Greek is „zodiac“.

Every sign falls into a group of signs, either fire, earth, water, and air; depending on their orientation in the zodiac. These ancient astrologers had associated each Element with their temperaments, and each group of elements are at 120 degree angles to each other.

Fire Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius.
Enthusiastic, courageous, passionate and impulsive.

Earth Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn.
Practical, materialistic, conservative, and inhibited.

Air Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius.
Intellectual, adaptive, impractical, and superficial.

Water Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces.
Emotional, sensitive, placid, and susceptible.

These four groups of signs: fire, earth, air, and water, combine to form two major groups that represent two fundamental approaches to life; active and passive. The fire and air signs make up the active or masculine signs, while the earth and water signs make up the passive or feminine signs. It is unfortunate that the ancient astrologers called the active signs masculine and the passive signs feminine.

Another group of traits occurs among signs that are 90 degrees apart from each other. There are four signs in each group of Qualities, which are cardinal, fixed, or mutable. They suggest the basic kinds of activity a person will be engaged in–getting things started, keeping them going, or steering them in different directions.

Cardinal Signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn.
Initiating, enterprising, ambitious, domineering.

Fixed Signs: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius.
Determined, conventional, organizing, dogmatic.

Mutable Signs: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius.
Adaptable, imaginative, tutorial, critical.