Posted by: Zane Maser | June 11, 2016


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


The following ode is dedicated to all of us who have significant astrological placements, such as the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, or a collection of planets in one of the productive, methodical, pragmatic Earth signs—Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. The renowned astrologer, Marc Edmund Jones, described the Earth signs as “The Tribes of Diligence.” In an enlightened summation, he wrote: “The meaning of earth as both an element of the ancient alchemists and a broad generalization of human character may be summed up as pure self realization.”

Let us rejoice that we are here on Earth to learn the lessons of unassuming service and the joy of earthly incarnation. Within your own birth chart, the Earth signs may or may not be of highlighted significance, but we all have these signs placed around the wheel of the chart, as the sign on three “cusps” or possibly as an “intercepted” sign within the degrees of a given house.


The smaller tasks, some might say the lowly tasks,
the ones that require focused persistence,
perhaps without getting much or no credit or recognition.
We who work behind the scenes,
often quietly and with great efficiency,
with an eye to detail and procedural correctness,
with the knowing of how to spell tricky words,
or where to put the comma,
the placement of a garden pot,
which makes it easier to water,
as well as aesthetically pleasing,
or the determination to finish
a complicated project at work.

Generally practical and organized,
we work with gladness!

We who enjoy the simple, the unremarkable activities—
all in their designated and proper order.
These routines and rhythms that many others may eschew
as dull, tedious, boring, at too slow a pace
for those of a more fiery, or cerebral, or dreamy nature.

But we who encompass a more earthy sensibility
like things and life and companionships that are trustworthy,
things we hope to count on in a pinch,
things and situations that are tangible and reasonably certain.
The semi-colons do go where they belong, you know!

And then the Universe utters a great, loud Voice:
“Ha, ha, ha. Life is about change!
Chapters flow from one into another,
sometimes gently, sometimes abruptly,
sometimes with a crash that will bring you to your knees.
So it is wise to accept the moment,
embrace the Now,
as it comes along…
as it is…
Be nimble.
Welcome this day of life in its variability,
its nuances, its spontaneity,
its opportunities to cultivate non-attachment.”

Oh yes, exactitude has its place,
as do the band of precision workers
who reliably show up to proofread a book manuscript,
or plant the row of peas and beans,
or supervise a new, unsure employee, for instance.

But, the carefree music still plays.
A surprise invitation turns up to join a friend
for lunch in half an hour.
The chance seeing of a notice asking for volunteers
to help feed and love the cats at the local animal shelter.

Precision, as it turns out, is living fully
in this moment, as it arrives.
With the proviso to happily keep
your feet connected with the Earth,
while you soar up into the Heavenly Realm—
in moments of glorious freedom!


The earth signs, Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are the realists
of the zodiac. They represent practical matters and generally
take a concrete view of reality. Earth is about the material
world. It excels in measuring, planning and applying ideas in
ways meant to bring visible results. Earth is an element of
reliability, rather than imagination and risk. It is interested
in structures that endure, reputations built on performance
and pleasures of the body.
Jeff Jawer, greatly loved astrologer

Other “Earth-Oriented” Offerings:

• The Astrological Element of Earth

• Full Moon In Taurus

• The Power And Potential Of Focus (a look at Louis Pasteur’s birth
      chart with its concentration of planets in the sign of Capricorn)

• For the Love of Dad (a look at my father’s birth chart—
      a beloved man who had the Sun in Taurus)

• Famous Reserved & Outgoing Personalities

• Heaven is Earth

• Earth Day 2012


Text © by Zane Maser, 2016. Photos gratefully used from Wikimeida Commons. The landscape photo is attributed to Dietmar Rabich, All 2009-2016 rights of Zane Maser and SunnyCat Astrology reserved worldwide.

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My editorial guru and technological wizard is Chris Maser, my stupendous husband.

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