Earth Element -- Too Much or Too Little

Earthed Power

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When we're balanced in earth, we feel competent, and able to progress toward tangible goals. Earth helps us be embodied -- in our bodies -- to revel in sensuality, luxuries and natural pleasures.

Earth is one of the four elements -- the others are fire, water and air -- and each one is important for your sense of well-being. Earthy people are practical, and need to carefully suss out a situation themselves, rather than take someone else's word for it.

The Zodiac signs of the earth element are Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo.

Capricorn is cardinal earth -- a sign of authority and tradition.  

Taurus is fixed earth -- a sign of stabilizing, fertility and craft. 

Virgo is mutable earth -- a sign of wholeness, purification and service.  

The earth element is experienced through sensation and physicality. It's oriented toward moving through life with the five senses. An earthy person needs time to feel things out in a way that makes sense.

You can find out how much earth you have by looking at your birth chart.  It's rare for charts to show zero planets in earth -- most people have a mix of elements.  

The earth in our natal chart helps us make our dreams real. It connects us to the bodily pleasures like touch, taste and smell.

Earth is the revelation of artful things and beauty through sight and hearing. It's the element that helps us find traction to build our lives.

I went through a time, when the only thing that calmed me was to lie down in the park.  This is a way to 'ground' your energy, and also be held by the earth.  Some earthy types don't feel right, if they don't put their hands in the earth at least once a day.

Earth signs are builders, artists, sensualists, nudists, naturalists and practical thinkers.

 If you're low on earth, surround yourself with earthy allies who can help you keep it real.  A feature of earth is slowing down to nature's rhythm, and also having strong instincts for natural laws.  

When there's too little earth,

  • You can be spacey, unable to grasp reality.
  • You may struggle with everyday things like bills, rent, etc.
  • You may have great ideas, but not know how to plan out the steps to achieving them.
  • You may be disconnected from your own body.
  • You may be touch deprived.
  • You may spend too much time in "artificial" environments.
  • It may be hard to think in concrete terms.
  • Money could be a source of frustration for you.

Ways to feel "earthed"

  • Go barefoot when possible.
  • Spend time sitting on the ground.
  • Spend more time outdoors.
  • Exchange massages with a friend or your beloved.
  • Garden
  • Work with the earth as a sculptress or potter.
  • Learn handy skills like auto or home repair.
  • Become a foodie, and sample the many tastes and textures out there.
  • Experiment with aromatherapy.
  • Try out different body-based healing modalities.
  • Keep your day uncluttered, give yourself some time to relax.

Other ideas:

  • Give yourself some creature comforts, like a cozy robe or slippers.
  • Become a naturalist, able to identify wild herbs and 'shrooms in your area.
  • Spend time in a wild, natural place.
  • Be kind to your body.
  • Listen to your body's aches and pains.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Set small, do-able goals that lead to your big one.