If you got the EARTH personality type on the What’s Your Element? quiz, you value practicality, common sense, and patience. You have realistic expectations for your life, and prefer the tried and true to the up and coming.
You’ve learned everything you know by trying it and doing it. When you have a goal or purpose, you figure out how to start and how the process should look, and then you pursue it methodically. That way the results are predictable, which is perfect because not knowing how something is going to turn out is an experience you’d rather avoid. You always prefer “the devil you know,” and the unknown makes you uncomfortable, not curious.
Being at home in your body and at home in your home, you’re comfortable with the physical world. You have a pretty strong nesting instinct, which results in your wanting a settled and stable existence in your home. You like activities that ground you and may be particularly fond of gardening, cooking/eating, and building. You have no problem with commitment in relationships, and you’re very faithful and trustworthy in every relationship you have. You tend not to change residence or jobs often if possible.
You’re so dependable that everyone always knows what to expect with you, and that’s why you have the longest, strongest relationships possible. You tend to have very good, learned-experience-based advice and can offer it in accessible ways to others. It’s very difficult for anyone to make you lose your temper, and your patience makes you able to achieve long-term goals and see them through to fruition.
Wherever you live is a welcoming place; you’re very good at making a comfortable home and seeing to the needs of people who might wander in. You can probably give a very good hug, massage, or other physical experience someone wants or needs, and you have a good sense of when someone might appreciate these physical comforts.
You tend to get so rooted that you can’t uproot even when you need to. This can cause you to stay in a terrible situation because change scares you more than continuing to endure. Sometimes you have trouble seeing other people’s perspectives because you’ve learned yours through personal experience and might not have much inclination to consider another person’s experiences equally valid if they yielded different conclusions. You might even stick to a point you made after you’ve been proven wrong because you don’t want to be seen flip-flopping.
You may have a tendency toward laziness. Being patient, you may be fine with procrastination and lack of immediate action, which can frustrate others. Sometimes certain comforts are so enjoyable to someone like you who’s so physically connected that you overindulge, and develop inertia regarding any attempt to address getting out of your rut.
Your Roles and Careers:
Farmer or gardener, engineer, artisan, homemaker, nanny, producer, parent, banker, manufacturer.
Symbols Associated With Earth (these are not supposed to be “your favorites”—they are traditionally used to represent this element):
Time of Day: Midnight
Animals: Big, docile domesticated animals (cows, horses, goats, pigs), dogs
Foods: Starchy, heavy, plain: breads, carbohydrates, vegetables that grew in the soil, heavy foods, nuts, anything made with flour, organic foods
Music: Drums, spirited and rhythmic chanting, the blues, deliberate and earthy music, down-home country
Clothes: Practical, comfortable, timeless, earthy and simple, browns and greens, natural fabric, corduroy, roomy, chunky and natural accessories (like wood beads)
Comment if you’re an Earth person!