Earth and Air are elemental opposites in astrology. Earth is grounding, mature, reliable, practical, prepared. Air is fickle, highbrow, unquantifiable, clever, curious.
Earth is tangible. You can plant your bare feet into soil and massage it between your toes, grab it and watch it discolour your hands and feet. Air is indefinable on its own. You can watch it sway trees and move oceans, but you cannot see air alone.
Earth is simple; what you see is what you get. To know Earth is to see, hear, touch, taste and smell it. Air is intricate; you can peel away metaphorical layers until the end of time. Air is a never-ending abyss that you can never quite get a grasp of.
Earth is blunt, unassuming. Things are straightforward with Earth, a no-nonsense energy. Air is complicated. Delegation and a slew of mental powers are needed for Air to function; nothing is ever easily discernable.
The Earth signs represent well, our earthly pleasures. Earth is concerned with everything our human senses can have. Air signs represent a higher intelligence; not necessarily better than our earthly pleasures, but nonetheless are a representation of higher knowledge than just what our senses perceive.
I see Taurus as static, Virgo as analytical, and Capricorn as cautious, while Gemini as haphazard, Libra as affable, and Aquarius as innovative. The Earth signs have a steady and careful way about their step, which is admirable, while air signs have a beautifully pioneering, sparking energy about them. Both signs have something to learn from each other, as opposing forces usually do. Earth can guide Air into being a reliable force in their own and others’ lives, while Air can help Earth with branching out and being active in the mind’s pursuits. Both energies are equally important in astrology, and in life, because astrology only reflects life itself. As above, so below.