What are earth signs? Your guide to Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn

'Through thick and thin, heaven and hell, an earth sign will always weather the storm'

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What are earth signs? If you're curious about the dependable, organized members of the zodiac, allow us to give you more insight on Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.

Even when things seem chaotic and you don't know what planet is in retrograde and attempting to cause a stir, you can count on an earth sign to be there through it all. Though not quite as direct as fire signs, earth signs aren't going to mess around. 

"You don't get a lot of games with earth signs because they'd rather direct their energy toward enjoying life and being productive," says astrologer Renée Watt. "They are super reliable, loyal and tend to be pretty straightforward."

We dig (no pun intended) a little deeper into their nature below. 

What are earth signs in the zodiac?

Before we nail down the specifics, let's start with the basics—important dates and symbols for earth signs. 

  • Taurus: April 21 to May 20 (The Bull) 
  • Virgo: August 23 to September 22 (The Virgin or Maiden) 
  • Capricorn: December 22 - January 20 (The Goat) 

What are earth sign traits?

An ideal friend, earth signs will not let you down.

"Through thick and thin, heaven and hell, an earth sign will always weather the storm. It takes a lot to break down an earth sign," says astrologer Liz Simmons.

Watt agrees, adding: "Socially, no one is going to ground you and show you honestly like an earth sign, and you'll always know where you stand with them."

What are the downfalls of earth signs?

At times, these members of the zodiac can be a bit closed off.

"Earth signs can be difficult to connect with emotionally," Simmons says. "Others may find that it is difficult to gauge an earth sign’s emotional reaction or get them to open up their heart."

Plus, earth signs can be rigid, have very high standards and will need to take things down a few notches. 

What are earth signs like at work?

Like an organized office? Need things done in a timely matter? Looking for reliable team members? An earth sign's got you covered. 

"Earth signs tend to work well within set parameters," Simmons says. "These signs crave organization, structure and an idea of how a workday will go."

Given their personality traits, they're not only equipped for taking companies to new levels, but they make wonderful self CEOs. 

"Professionally, this is the member of the zodiac that's excellent at helping companies build, and have the patience to see through projects that take a long time," Watt says. "However, since earth signs are such great business people, it wouldn't be a bad idea for them to go into business for themselves."

What are earth signs like in love?

"Earth signs love to touch and be touched, making them one of the most sensual romantic partners," Watt says. "They also enjoy showing their love through gifts, even if it's just a small gesture." 

Though it may seem as though they're romantic, earth signs tend to be closed off and it may take some time before anything develops. 

"Earth signs take a considerate, if emotionally conservative, approach to love," Simmons says. "Love will likely be a slow come-up, with much time and energy invested into getting to know a prospective partner before committing to them."

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