My friend Amy recently suggested I write a tribute to all the elements. I did a post on Fire signs last year, and I want to do one on Earth now. For Amy who is a Taurean and for the many of the Earth sign folk whose lives have interweaved with mine and many of who own a piece of my heart.
When I think of Earth signs, many pictures flash before my eyes… Of my Virgo friend and ex-boss with her pure profile, tidy hair, head bent studiously over a document: bringing order to chaos. Does nursing fall under the aegis of Virgo? I’m sure it does. Do you remember the neat person with a deft touch and a minimum of fuss who stitched you up when you were a kid and fell off your bike? Did you look into their eyes? Virgo eyes are clear, bright, sane. A haven of rationality in this world that is often painfully irrational. The little girl fussing over a motherless kitten; the young boy who rescues a hurt bird and then tends quietly to injured creature’s needs. There is nothing loud about Virgo, nothing exuberant, nothing over-the-top. It’s a sign associated with seemingly dull things like “service.” The quiet people who tally our numbers, bandage our cuts, edit and proofs our text. It may not be obvious at first glance, but what they’re doing is infusing our lives with beauty with their dedication to bringing order to the myriads details that form the sum of human lives. Their actions are like lyrical poetry, but a poem that has form and substance; a poem that makes the world a place where you can have peace, where thing work well, where systems function and numbers add up. A world you can rely on.
I have a special place in my heart for Taurus. Maybe it is because when I was a girl, I was in love with a boy who had his Venus in Taurus. You can’t say that Taureans are chatty. Which is a pity because there is no lovelier sound on the planet that a Taurus voice. It shivers down your body straight into your heart. How can you not fall in love? My mother-in-law has her sun in the sign of the Bull. A retired physician, she tends to her garden and kitchen as carefully as she tended her patients all her working life. I fell in love with her, too. It was one evening when we were driving home and she was talking about the wild life in the area where they live. I saw through the mask of the crusty and dignified lady and what I saw was the heart of a girl who adores animals. Taurus can get to like that. Under all that earthy practicality, which their families are lucky to have, is a deep responsiveness to beauty, to nature and to good perfumes :)
One of my brothers has his sun in Capricorn. He was a serious child, worked hard and grew up to ace every exam he ever took. He wasn’t given to indulging in crazy pranks or emotional outbursts. In fact, despite being younger than me, he was the one who would lecture me and my youngest fiery Sagittarius brother and tell us, “Behave!” True to the sign’s promise, he’s matured into an adult that has a dry sense of humor that will make you roar with laughter. And when I need wise counsel, it is my trusty goat I go to. Some people are the bulwarks of our lives. They exist and because of that our psychological world is a safe place. Capricorn love does not manifest in exuberant displays of feelings or flamboyant actions. But that’s the thing about Capricorn love. It manifests. It’s the hard-working father with a saving account for his children’s college tuition. It’s the young man with his feet firmly on the ground, who may not hand you a bunch of poems, but he will offer you a love you can hold on to. It’s the diligent woman with a quiet smile and conservative air who works hard to support her family financially. No, you won’t find the mergoats boasting of all that they offer to everyone they are responsible for. They don’t have to, their actions speak louder than words.
There is a song I have always loved. It could have been written for Virgos, Taureans and Capricorns. It goes like this:
Will you be mine
You can listen to it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H4heyqcdJ8