Earth is the custodial element of life, dutifully straightening up the world whenever it gets out of control, while also carefully attending to all-important details, no matter how small, that help prevent future trouble from brewing. But just so we don''t pigeonhole earth as all work and no play, realize that the realm of bodily sensation also belongs to this element. Earth especially Taurus enjoys the creature comforts of being human. It believes that there''s nothing wrong with feeling contentment in very physical ways.
The body is not such a bad thing to own and satisfy. Earth wants us to proclaim, "Yeah, I''m part animal and proud of it! Earth also realizes that physical well-being is very important in life, and thus this element will urge us to listen to our body''s signals and know when to quit doing whatever could turn out to be abusive to our health.
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It''s as simple as this: When tired, earth rests. When hungry, earth eats.
When stressed out, earth. I''m only half-joking.
Fire, in contrast, will keep going until it runs out of gas. It often can''t even tell that it''s exhausted until it collapses and even then it expects to rally quickly. Wise earth respects its physical limits. In real life, however, people with a Virgo or Capricorn emphasis in their charts need to monitor their workaholic tendencies, since overwork and other taxing mundane pressures can drain a body''s resources. Earth is an element that carefully plans its activities, but it needs sufficient time to do so. Nothing is to be rushed, since haste makes waste earth is less forgiving of its "dumb" mistakes than fire and air are of theirs.
Poorly organized folks depend on earthy types to get things finished, and done correctly.
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As a result, earth can take on more responsibilities than it should. It can carry heavy weight on its shoulders by over-obligating itself, which becomes burdensome. Remember, earth likes to have things running efficiently and will therefore see all projects to their completion, no matter how demanding it may complain a lot, but it gets the job done. Nothing is to be left in the air, dangling. All bothersome loose ends are to be wrapped up. Earth can therefore run a tight ship, especially when a deadline is fast approaching. Yet earth is quietly confident that it can handle the task and successfully end up with solid results.
A common problem with earth is its tendency to hold back emotions, to restrain feelings that sometimes need proper venting. This kind of self-control makes earth look composed and mild-mannered on the surface. Still, more animated elements fire and air often want to give earth a good shake, and tell it to loosen up. They feel earth needs to show what it''s really going through on the inside for a change, and to start reacting to life more dramatically.
Well, sorry, but earth doesn''t get fired up quickly about anything. It would rather evaluate people and situations with a degree of levelheaded calmness and from a safe position if possible ''You never know who or what''s going to explode in your face," warns earth.
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Still, earth needs to work at learning not to repress its emotionality or even its anger, in favor of playing it safe throughout life by not making waves. First, brazen fire urges us to go out there and do it, whatever it is. Don''t think about it, don''t analyze the pros and cons, just act! Next, it''s security-conscious earth, wanting us to slow down the tempo, get settled, and start to consolidate what we''ve enterprisingly initiated for ourselves.
Earth is looking for permanent results, even if this takes time and demands much stick-to-it-tiveness. The earth signs advise us to ground our actions more fully in the practical world by laying down solid foundations, and by attending to all pertinent details. We can then keep our steady system of operations running as reliably as a Swiss watch. Air doesn''t want to become too immersed in earth''s big building projects.
Air is afraid that earth will want to stop fire''s momentum for good and instead remain stuck in dull, even stagnating, routines. It''s not interested in tightly compressing energy into something that ends up densely packaged and immovable, so air intuitively backs off from any condition that appears time-consuming or too slow to take shape. Instead, the realm more natural to air is that above the ground.
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It''s obvious that the higher up we go, reaching even cloud level, the more widely we can observe the terrain below. Details may seem less sharp, but the greater our altitude, the grander the overview we can achieve. We can also feel an expansive sense of freedom. Thus, expect this element to be interested in comprehending life''s bigger picture. Air also likes to mix life''s ingredients and then step back to witness the unpredictable results.
This element enjoys observing how two or more things link up. It looks for apparent similarities between such factors as they combine, while noting obvious contrasts to be found as well. This sounds like the dawning of scientific inquiry, or perhaps just human mischief in the making. Our capacity to undergo experimental, trial-and-error stages in life that hopefully enlighten us is something related to air, an element that''s always eager to teach us something new.
Highly conscious and wide-awake, air is related to our ability to think and reason. It''s the brainiest of all the elements, the one that loves to live life in its head and to create brilliant ideas to share with the world.
Where would we be if we couldn''t connect our words and thoughts in intelligent ways? We''d sound unintelligible, and that could lead to social isolation, something that all air signs dread. Not a big fan of gibberish, air demands that language be clear and precise if real communication is truly our objective air can set the standards here, Iguess, because it even invented language.
Yet that doesn''t mean air can''t have fun playing with words. It comes up with new, catchy phrases now and then; plus, lots of hot air produces chatterboxes at times. As air rules the wind, it''s the element of windbags, talking up a storm.
Air is the one element of the cycle that keenly focuses on cause and effect: Bang head against wall, get dizzy, pass out. One condition not only influences another, but apparently can be the very cause or the catalyst of that other condition. Of course, it''s on life''s more observable surface where many superficialities are to be found, being the home turf of much that is shallow and trivial.
Yet air gladly takes it all in, appreciating such things as momentary stimulations or fleeting distractions, if nothing else. Fire can be passionately singular in its short-lived interests, while earth can be downright fixated on its long-range goals. But all air signs need a lot of variety and change; they wither from too much monotony or a life that lacks detours or even a room without windows.
Air doesn''t enjoy feeling as driven as headstrong fire, nor is it as task-oriented as earth. Actually, air can adapt to these and other states of consciousness, as long as they are experienced in small doses for short periods of time.
The bottom line, however, is that air is elusive and cannot be pinned down for long. It''s not an easy element to grab onto and tightly control. Highly curious air believes that life is a buffet table: Sample an assortment of whatever items look tasty, but don''t pig out on any one thing and fill up too fast. Life is too short not to spread one''s attention everywhere, and thereby mentally benefit from the open-mindedness such diversity encourages. Air types can be very cerebral in temperament.
They sound smart and seem to know a lot; they even make up the bulk of life''s "eternal students," forever feeding their minds knowledge. Along with such brainpower comes a cool detachment that can be invaluable when confronting life''s more unsettling twists and turns.
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