Earth in the Natal Chart

Bestiarius apocalypsi. Etching, dry point, mezzotint, 17x14cm, 2004

Earth in the Natal Chart: Understanding the Four Elements in Astrology

Earth: General Qualities and Associations

Earth is associated with the organic qualities of solidity, matter, and the terrestrial experience. It is ascribed to the feminine, nocturnal earth triplicity of Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. In Plato’s Timeaus, earth is represented by the cube, and considered to be both cool and dry. Likewise, in medieval astrology, coldness and dryness, qualities of the melancholic temperament, are ascribed to the earth element.

Earth: Its Function and Expression

The earth element indicates imperviousness, stability, and affords critical resources such as food, shelter, and security. Without this core element, life would lack the fertility of the strewing soil, the transferance of decay into nourishment, the support of structures built to preserve life. The organic realm is earth’s offering: it is resilient, supportive, and provides the corporeal body with endurance and armour against threat.

Balanced Earth in the Natal Chart

Natives with sufficient earth innately connect with the physical senses and the reality of the material sphere. The earth element’s natural sense of endurance and persistance affords natives with independence, efficiency, and intuitive safety. Earth protects against the endangerment of security, ensuring that the native’s work or ‘property’ remains unthreatened. As a result, earth natives are naturally premeditative, cautionary, conservative, and dependable.

Earth-Void in the Natal Chart

Insufficient earth can propel the native to ignore the core requisites of the physical vessel, unintentionally dismissing nourishment, rest, and the enjoyment of the five senses. Earth-voids can ignore survival necessities until harshly confronted by the demands of reality. A lack of contact with the material dimension can cause isolation, physical weakness, and insufficient self-expression. The earth-void native can feel evaporable, unable to integrate the self with societal structures. Dissatisfaction with life’s work often stems from an inability to integrate the imaginative sphere with the seemingly harsh realities of material demands. This sense of alienation can manifest as a search for experience with other dimensional realities that appear more relatable, such as the active imagination or a spiritual quest. There is an ultimate impetus to eternally transcend the limitations of the physical plane. While the boundless expression of the imagination can lead to fruitful results, the earth-void native must first accept the basic requirements of terrestrial survival.

Excessive Earth in the Natal Chart

Excessive earth in the natal chart can hinder the imagination once over-emphasis is placed on preservation of existing conditions, particularly if growth is dismissed in favor of comfort and security. As a result, practical efficiency and material concerns can dominate the native at the of theoretical and ethical principles. A loss of perspective and purpose beyond the material realm can govern the native’s life. While these natives have a vast reservoir of strength and efficiency, practical affairs and work can dominate their lives, resulting in a threat of self-worth when unforeseen change interrupts vocational pursuits. Cynicism and skepticism can infiltrate the mind as a result of lacking ideals and inspiration to infuse life with depth and purpose.

Physical Correspondences and Remediations

Excessive earth can flourish when integrating the imaginative realm, idealistic principles, and activities that surpass the focus on security and survival. The mind’s elasticity should be explored by learning for its singular pleasure, as opposed to its palpable applications. To afford prosperity, excessive earth requires commitment to ideals and the possibilities of existence beyond the tangible, terrestrial sphere. To prevent stagnation, these natives function best when committed to higher ideals and guidelines. Breathing exercises that focus on introducing more oxygen into the body, as simple as it sounds, helps excessive earth natives compensate for air-voids.
Poor skin tone, often associated with earth-voids, indicates that the life-force is not vitalizing the corporeal body. Insufficient earth natives can benefit from cultivating a consistent schedule and quotidian routine, defining specific periods for eating in a peaceful manner, moderately exercising, and receiving sufficient rest. By accepting the very limitations of the physical plane, the terrestrial sphere can afford the sustenance and power needed to actualize the ideas and activities generated by the remaining elements.

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