Libra the Scales
24 September to 23 October
The Moon is: Third Quarter Moon
About 2000 BC the constellation was associated with the judgement of the living and dead in Babylonian religions, and Zibanitu, the Scales, weighed the souls. In Egypt, the harvest was weighed when the Moon was full in Libra.
Libra is the only inanimate sign of the zodiac, all of the others representing either humans or animals. Many modern astrologers regard it as the most desirable of zodiacal types because its represents the zenith of the year, the high point of the seasons, when the harvest of all the hard work of the spring is reaped.
It is the symbol of balance that is continually sought between self and life. Adopted by the judicial system to demonstrate the balance of fairness in the law.
Ruled by the planet of love, beauty and social grace, Venus, and with a masculine (penetrative) nature, Libra is outgoing in its energy. A Cardinal (assertive and creative) sign, Libra governs partnerships, the arts, and making sense of self in relation to others.
It is an Air (objective and inventive) sign and you, the Libran, seek aesthetic pleasure, balance in relationships and a harmonious environment. However, though you always see both sides of any issues, this can often lead down the slippery slope to procrastination and vacillation!
Librans have charisma and an easy way about you. Combine this with your desire for popularity and the approval of others, you will never compromise principle in order to gain approval, you know the danger of taking such shortcuts.
You are concerned with the present and, although you will initiate activities, will usually seek the aid of others rather than continuing alone.
Librans have a special need for companionship in order to be fulfilled. However, in any relationship you need to maintain your own individuality. Marriage and partnerships are primary concerns to you.
Librans are intellectual, actively seek knowledge and new ideas, and mental stimulation and are especially adept at analysing what is occurring in society around them. All matters pertaining to psychology and human relationships are of deep interest to Librans. For this reason you make good counsellors and often seek to help people with their personal problems. You frequently play the role of peacemaker.
Anger is rarely expressed but, when it is, it's as though a tornado has gone through a room. Nothing is left unsaid, you will tell them what they said twenty years ago and what the situation was when they said it! But, like a tornado, your anger is soon gone, leaving the recipient shaken and ill.
Librans are subject to interminable hovering between alternatives, or an inability to make firm decisions, especially under pressure, when you can be pushed into taking steps you will later regret.
Love of pleasure can lead to extravagance. Both female and male Librans can become great gossips as your insatiable curiosity tempts you to enquire into every social scandal!
The cast of mind is artistic rather than intellectual, though Librans are usually too moderate and well balanced to be avant-garde in any artistic endeavour.
You have good perception and observation skills and your critical ability, with which you are able to view your own efforts and the effort of those, gives your work integrity.
As a Libran you do need to develop your own opinions as it is all too easy for you to be swayed by the views of others.
This can get you so confused that you seem unable to think for yourself!
In your personal relationships you show understanding of the other person's point of view, trying to resolve any differences by compromise.
Librans are often willing to allow claims against them to be settled to their own disadvantage rather than spoiling a relationship.
Your liking of the opposite sex can be to the extent of promiscuity, and you may indulge in romanticism bordering on sentimentality.
Libran marriages, however, stand a good chance of success because they are frequently the union of "true souls". Your continuing kindness towards your partner mollifies any hurt they may feel if you have had a tiff.
The Libran's spouse cannot complain that they are not understood for you are usually the most empathetic of all the zodiacal signs and the most ready to tolerate your beloved's failings.
On the negative side you may show frivolity, flirtatiousness and shallowness.
You can be indecisive, impatient of routine, colourlessly conventional and timid, easygoing to the point of inertia, seldom angry when circumstances demand a show of annoyance at least …and you can have your sudden storms of rage!
Libra Body & Health
A typical Libran is the epitome of refinement and poise with a perfectly formed body of medium stature that will glide through life with grace.There are no coarse features, calm eyes, slightly pointed nose and a well formed and wide mouth.
Libra governs the lumber region, lower back and kidneys. Its subjects must beware of weaknesses in the back and lumbago as you are susceptible to troubles in the kidneys and bladder, especially gravel and stone. You need to avoid overindulgence in food and especially drink, for the latter can particularly harm the kidneys.
You can exert impressive physical energy at times but your stamina tends to run in cycles. You work hard and play hard, then collapse into inertia until nature restores the balance.
Libra rules the kidneys. The sign of balance tends to enjoy good health but charming and airy Librans can forget to take care of themselves, nibbling snacks rather than eating a proper meal.
The archetypal Libran will be slight of physique, women ideally curved and men not overly muscled. Librans are party animals (usually dinner parties rather than raves!) but can suffer from over-indulgence.
Alcohol abuse and even drugs are another problem that can result from over indulgence. Colds in the kidneys and urinary tract infections must be watched out for especially if there are ill-favoured aspects, manifested in the natal chart.
Libra Career & Jobs
In work the description "lazy Libra" is actually more alliterative than true. Librans can be surprisingly energetic, though it is true that they dislike course, dirty work.
Although some are modest, others are extremely ambitious. With their dislike of extremes they make good diplomats but perhaps poor party politicians, as they are moderate in their opinions and able to see other points of view.
They can succeed as administrators, lawyers (strong sense of justice - although the cynical might say this could be a handicap in this profession!). In any type of business they are better in a partnership than working alone
Career suggestions include:
Beautician, hairdresser, welfare worker, receptionist, public entertainment, interior decorator, antique dealer, civil servant, lawyer, administrator, banker (they are generally good with other peoples money if not their own!)
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