Illustrated Earth shows the blue ocean, green and yellow land, and circles of white where the clouds are

Earth Astrology Facts:

Glyph: Earth Gylph
Named for: Terra, Latin for “the ground”
Earth Signs: Taurus, Virgo, & Capricorn
Rules: 2nd, 6th, & 7th Houses
Physical Body: The entire physical body, sense of smell, bones, teeth, nails, structural bodily elements

What Does Earth Symbolize?

The Earth frames the rest of the solar system, the galaxy, and the Universe from a very specific and totally unique perspective as she orbits the Sun. Although Earth is not viewed in the same ways as the other planets in astrology, she also influences us daily.

The rest of the planets appear in aspect to where the Earth is as she moves along her elliptical orbit around the Sun with the other planets. 

Earth doesn’t rule any houses or signs because we use the geocentric model of astrology, with Earth at the center. So, even though she isn’t included in birth charts, make no mistake, our home planet of Earth has a massive effect on all who inhabit her.

Earth’s glyph or symbol is a cross inside a circle. The circle represents the spirit—the totality of Universal energy. It is eternal and goes on infinitely. The cross symbolizes the physical realm of existence. The circle contains the cross, indicating a visual representation of physical matter and existence being contained within the infinity of the energy of the entire Universe.

The Earth Element

Four elements rule the 12 zodiac signs, Earth being one of them. Elements help us further understand ourselves and others. Each element rules three zodiac signs.

These zodiac signs are ruled by the Earth element:

In the zodiac signs, the element of Earth manifests itself in the following traits:

  • Tolerance
  • Patience
  • Realism
  • Practicality
  • Productivity
  • Endurance
  • Sensuality
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