Posted by: Zane Maser | April 9, 2010


“So simple is the earth we tread, So quick with love and life
her frame; Ten thousand years have dawned and fled,
and still her magic is the same.”
Stopford A. Brooke, The Earth and Man

Some would say it’s far more appealing to plant than to be planted—for good, that is. At least in this lifetime! Let us go on to more good days ahead and rejoice in the tasks of the day! One of my favorite activities, truly a joy of my heart, is to be out in the garden surrounded by the pulse of life in its most vibrant, beautiful state. There is something calmly restorative about having my hands in the soil. Earth tends to ground and slow us down. To me, each grain of sacred soil is a tiny, living particle of God the Divine.

Every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on
a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains,
and the creatures of the field are mine.
Psalms 50:10-11

There is a haunting strangeness to anticipate the birth, budding, and glorious growth of life when loss has changed our life in such finality with the passing on of my mother last September and our Zoe cat on Christmas day. Spring has been an unsettled and at times hollow anticipation for me. I’ve not always noticed, in my normally attentive way, the increasing color around me in our garden and community nor found much delight in it.

For as long as I can remember, my mom planted petunias in her summer garden. Copious amounts of petunias, providing they were a multiplicity of shades of pink! She was the Queen of Pink and much of what she owned was pink, Pink, and PINK. A significant color of her aura must certainly have been that of a soft hue of rose. Her annual petunias brought great serenity to her heart, as she lovingly tended them in her daily rhythm.

I haven’t planted petunias in years. They didn’t seem to be happy or prosper here in our garden, so I heeded their message and gave them up. With petunias, I was not gifted with the green thumb my Grandma Fern had with the plant kingdom. But yesterday I bought two six-packs (six plants each), one a rich red (okay, mom, it’s a compromise) and one a cheery yellow. I will plant this beautiful dozen in honor of mom, knowing that, at the inner level, she will be in our garden enjoying them too. Her pleasure will be my pleasure.

Dad and Mom by her petunias and their pink house.

A few years back we bought a couple of golden “Sun Sprinkle” mini roses. It’s a disease-resistant, continually blooming, gentle, sweet little rose—a real winner, much like the temperament of our Zoe. This new rose will be ZoeZoe’s tribute, planted in a beautiful sea-green pot in remembrance of our deeply loved girl. Because our home in the inner world subtly interpenetrates our home on the earthly level, then what a satisfied crowd of family members we’ll have this summer, all basking and uplifted in the outer and spiritual manifestations of the Sunlight.


The Astrological Element of Earth


By birth, both of my parents had their Sun signs in a realistic Earth sign. My dad had Sun in Taurus; mom’s was in Virgo. In my natal chart, I have an Earth sign that is rising (the Ascendant) and another at the Midheaven (the highest point of culmination in the birth chart). Quite fortunately, expansive Jupiter in an Earth sign is at the prominent Midheaven (also the cusp of the 10th house). Jupiter is one of astrology’s “lucky charms,” the other being Venus. With Earth signs on two of the most significant angles of my chart, I have a natural love of soil and the garden from the deepest essence of my being!

Though there are a number of words that keenly describe the Element of Earth, such as steadfast, determined, deliberate, patient, and useful, a central word for the Earth signs of Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn is practicality through an inherent common sense. Individuals with these signs emphasized in their chart are well able to dig in their heels and out-wait others! Earth is the arena where the material world of solidity, production, survival, accumulation, and advancement are paramount. Building tangible, endurable structures and being prepared for eventualities are generally the forte of the conservative Earth signs.

The Earth element relates to the domain of the here and now, of creating order and harmony in practical life through the pursuit of material security and possessions, physical pleasures, intellectual accomplishments, and the achievement through one’s “chosen role” of social position and power. Flights of fantasy and risky propositions tend not be the innate style of Earth, as these individuals much prefer a steady continuity of effort that brings gradual, tangible gains. With a traditional leaning, it suggests they need to ponder things carefully and literally, building a sense of solid footing before going forward in their decisions and choices.

The spiritual teacher, White Eagle, describes this as, “feet firmly planted upon the road of earth.” To me, “feet firmly planted” means both learning to be masterfully on earth in the security of day-to-day life and routines and yet not being of earth—potentially the greatest spiritual challenge for those with their Sun in an Earth sign or a preponderance of the element of Earth in their chart. This is the age-old archetypal struggle of the parting of the ways in that one cannot simultaneously serve two masters. One must choose at the fork of the road and then keep the promise to one’s self. With too much down-to-earthiness or attachment to outer forms, a person can thus become obstinate, congested, clogged, or resistant to endeavors beyond simply material comforts.

Earth, which signifies the “melancholic” temperament, represents sensation and the physical body. In Jungian typology, it is the “sensation” type or the world of the five outer senses. With Earth emphasized, the challenge can be too great a reliance on external things and life as they either are or appear to be, which stifles the imagination, spontaneity, and unencumbered living. It can also manifest as a tendency to be so much focused on form in general and the body in particular that the individual is unaware and thus unable to perceive the reality and value of spiritual concepts and the inner life of Spirit, as well as the Higher Wisdom. As a result, the body (Taurus) must learn to serve well the mind (Virgo) in order to direct one’s energies wisely into disciplined ambitions and ultimately to success in one’s chosen profession (Capricorn).

In White Eagle’s teachings, the spiritual lesson of the Sun in an Earth sign is that of service. A person born with the Sun in an Earth sign in this lifetime has the opportunity to gain mastery of the physical life and thus, by not becoming too preoccupied or bogged down in it, can eventually achieve precision and perfection on the physical plane of life. In terms of what are called the soul initiations, Earth is the final one wherein perfect use of energy and self-mastery must be attained.

What fascinates me about the Element of Earth is a seeming paradox in its actual purpose and function. This may allude to the razor’s edge depicted by an emphasis of Earth in an person’s natal chart. On the one hand, we are meant to ground ourselves firmly and fully in the lowest arc of the physical plane of being so that the body and matter become glorified and hence serve spirit—rather than matter impinging on or imprisoning spirit. On the other hand, because the Earth initiation is ultimately the last and greatest of the initiations, earthly life is the necessary training ground for our returning Home in full consciousness of our at-one-ment with the Divine and all life. Home, sweet Home….

We cannot get to Heaven without thoroughly getting our hands, feet and whole being “em-bodied” in Earth in order to raise all our intentions and purpose to the level of Divine Spirit. All the gifts and lessons of growth previously learned while undergoing initiations in the Elements of Air, Fire, and Water (not necessarily taken in sequential fashion) are meant to be used in the final mastery of physical life—that of selfless service. We learn the true understanding and full measure of “as above, so below; as below, so above.” As within, so without; as without, so within. All the superabundance of what we have earned and received is selflessly given in the final liberation of spiritualizing matter.

Similar Offerings:

• Full Moon In Taurus

• The Power And Potential Of Focus (about the sign of Capricorn)

• The Cup Called Mother

• For the Love of Dad

• Choose Your Fork Of The Path

• Heaven is Earth

• Slow Down!

• Gone Gardenin’

• Earth Day 2012

• A Prayer of Love for the Earth


Text and Photos © by Zane Maser, 2010. Photo of the green grass and trees gratefully used from Wikimedia Commons; attributed to M J Richardson of the Geograph Project, UK. The final photo is from the same project, attributed to Pauline Eccles. All rights of Zane Maser and SunnyCat Astrology reserved worldwide.

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