|Libra is the seventh constellation of the
Western zodiac. It was connected by the Romans with the balance or
scales held by Astraeia, goddess of justice and linked with the adjacent
sign of Virgo. Many centuries before the Babylonians believed this
constellation was associated with the judgement of departed souls, so weighing things up has always been a major connotation.
Today Libra rules the seventh house of astrology governing partnership, marriage and intimate
one-to-one encounters. This house marks the beginning of the uppermost
hemisphere of the birthchart, signifying a shift away from
your inner life and towards increasing interaction
with the outside world.
Librans, therefore, are not solitary.
You are sociable, thoughtful and communicative,
you belong to the air element and need the input of others to enjoy
life fully. Just as your polar opposite Aries describes the expression of
selfhood, so Libra affirms the importance of close interaction
to render yourself whole. Some astrologers have been bold
enough to suggest that while it undoubtedly takes a unique contribution
from all the signs to make a world, the admirable characteristics
of a constructive Libran expression mean that really, there is no better
constellation to be born under.
Before this goes to your head there is always a downside too, but it
is a great start in anybody’s terms. Characteristically you are attractive in the truest sense, as well as gracious, diplomatic, easygoing,
peaceful, relaxed, balanced, poised, placid and fair. As a cardinal
sign the urge to initiate remains present, but here finds clear expression
through your desire to interconnect.
|You have good taste, an understanding
of social conventions and the finer points of etiquette, an
excellent sense of aesthetics and a fondness for life’s
more refined and elevated experiences. There is a real need for beauty,
for romance, for harmony and for the stimulation of cultural experience.
You loathe untidiness, discord, discomfort,
unpleasantness, coarseness, brutishness, noise and dirt. Rows and upsets leave you shaken and make
you feel ill. Give you an attractive environment, a little love,
a few friends around and something good to eat and drink. Then you’re really at your ease…
As with every sign, matters don’t always work out quite so easily.
The association of Libra with the Scales means that while you undoubtedly
have a gift for mediation, for peacemaking and for seeing two sides
to everything, on a personal level this can be at the expense of swift
and dynamic decision making. Here we discover another major driving
force behind the necessity for Libran relationships. Bouncing ideas
off others is a great way of making up your mind, a process that’s so much more difficult for you alone.
Look closely and you’ll observe that
Libran decision making is usually accomplished in one of
three main ways. According to the layout of the planets in the rest of your
birthchart, every Libran has a favoured and a subsidiary approach just
in case you can’t decide which one you prefer at the time.
Firstly, you could wait for a quiet moment. You would then explain
your current situation to a trusted confidant and simply ask for advice.
You might heed this or not, but the outside perspective
will prove invaluable when formulating your own viewpoint. You could
well ask more than one person if you felt it might help. An alternative angle involves discovering what others would like
to do instead. Using this as your starting point you can then suggest gentle
Libran variations on a similar theme, gauging any feedback as a measure
of the acceptability of your next move.
||Pink, most shades of blue, paler
and lighter shades of green
||Sapphire, turquoise, marble, quartz
||Hydrangeas, big roses, all blue flowers
||Ash, balm, grape vines
||Argentina, Austria, Burma, Tibet
China, Canada, Japan, Siberia
||Antwerp, Lisbon, Johannesburg,
Frankfurt, Vienna, Copenhagen
||Aries, Aquarius, Gemini
|This and the initial more direct
approach are probably those most favoured by Librans everywhere.
They are certainly the most typically harmonious, after all. The final method is thankfully rarer, but is mainly based around
the twin strategies of contradiction and confrontation. Once you have
been on the receiving end of these tactics, you are unlikely to look
at those traditional mild and moderate Libran traits in quite the same
way again. This aggressive stance is probably the least constructive,
since not only can it prove rather bruising for those who don’t
appreciate the underlying motivation, but it is often perceived as
being far from the usual Libran ideal. Underneath it all the essential
principle remains remarkably similar, with the feedback of others now
sought through competition and provocation, rather than cooperation.
Wherever Libra rises you’ll inevitably discover Aries on the descendant, so while clothed in a disarmingly Libran veneer,
it is perhaps not entirely surprising that such a forthright manner
can at times appear so prominent. For most Librans though, your extreme awareness
of social niceties, the desire for peace and amity plus the urge not to unsettle others
can in turn lead to their own difficulties. Gullibility, a susceptibility
to the influence of stronger and less well-intentioned characters,
over compromise, superficiality and silliness may all at times result. Ultimately though, you will benefit from the undoubted lashings
of charm bestowed by Venus, your planetary ruler. In most cases your
minor failings will soon be forgiven, by all but your most hard-hearted and cynical opponents, who wouldn’t want to be around you anyhow…