The Scales

Libra Image

September 23 - October 22

The seventh sign of the zodiac is concerned with:
* partnership, relationships
* ideas, opinions, politics, diplomacy
* music, harmony, balance, romance
* tact, argument, self-control
* good manners, personal appearance
* refinement, sophistication, good taste.
* rational thought, ideas for social well-being

Elemental Quality

Libra is the cardinal sign of the zodiac. It can be likened to a finely tuned wind instrument, producing powerful, moving music in perfect harmony.

Air is the breath of life, and cardinal air is a metaphor for ideas put into action. Libras are doers rather than thinkers, although they may spend a long period thinking about a situation before making a decision and acting upon it.

Spiritual Goal

To learn the meaning of selfless love.

The Libran Personality

These are the general personality traits found in people who are typical of Libra. An unhappy or frustrated Libra may display some of the not-so-attractive traits.

* Cooperative* Narcissistic
* Good companion* Indolent or sulky
* Artistic* Fearful
* Refined* Indecisive
* Has clear opinions* Manipulative
* Good negotiator* Overbearing
* Very strong beliefs* Flirtatious
* Loving and romantic
* Sense of fair play
* Able to lead on behalf of good causes
* Uses intellect when going into action
* Sincere
* Charming
* Communicative
* An excellent mediator

Secret Libra

Inside anyone who has strong Libran influences is a person who is terrified of being alone. The fear is usually well controlled so the typical Libra always looks calm, collected, and in charge of any situation.

Good-natured and loving, Libras can also be petulant, and even objectionable, when asked to take orders. Similarly, they are extremely intelligent, yet sometimes gullible; they enjoy talking to people, yet can also be very attentive listeners.

Ruling Planet and Its Effect

Venus rules the zodiac sign of Libra, so anyone whose birthchart has a strong Libran influence will tend to be a gentle, loving peacemaker -- until the scales tip too far and need to be adjusted.

In astrology, Venus is the planet of values, self, possessions, beauty, and love. Libras tend to express these attributes in words and action.

Libran Lucky Connections
Colors: green, purple, pink
Plants: aloe, myrtle, rose
Perfume: galbanum
Gemstone: emerald
Metal: copper
Tarot Card: justice
Animal: elephant

The Libran Look

People who exhibit the physical characteristics distinctive of the sign of Libra are not easy to describe, since there is no typical Libran feature, except for the dimple. It is a Libran habit to spend time deciding what to wear each morning and to change clothes during the day if the occasion demands it.

Physical Appearance

* Features are generally well balanced.

* Face is pleasant, even when angry.

* There may be a dimple in the chin or in the cheeks or knees.

* Charming smile

The Libra Male

If a man behaves in a way typical of the personality associated with the zodiac sign of Libra, he will have a tendency toward the characteristics listed below, unless there are influences in his personal birthchart that are stronger than that of his Libra sun sign.

The typical Libra man:
* is usually handsome, but is never ugly
* has a fine bone structure and balanced features
* has a clear and very charming voice
* dresses with discrimination in subtle colors
* is usually graceful and athletic
* likes to check his appearance in mirrors or as he passes a store window
Behavior and Personality Traits
* wants to make a visual impression that is appropriate to the task at hand, whether it be an international conference, a romantic assignation, or a day on the beach
* gives advice freely
* is interested in the opposite sex, at all ages
* is a master in the art of romance
* is very trustworthy
* can be fickle and change his mind often
* is interested in the facts of a situation so that he can come to a balanced decision
* enjoys art and needs harmony
* can be lavish with money, spending it on things that will bring happiness
* has financial abilities

The Libran Female

If a woman behaves in a way that is distinctive of the personality associated with the zodiac sign of Libra, she will have a tendency toward the characteristics listed below, providing there are no influences in her personal birthchart that are stronger than that of her Libra sun sign.

The typical Libra woman:
* is usually slim but curvy
* has large eyes
* has delicately flared nostrils
* has a large, well-shaped mouth
* has even teeth, often a gap between the front two
Behavior and Personality Traits
* is very aware of her looks
* takes care of her body and appearance
* uses her natural attraction to get what she wants
* presents her opinions with diplomacy and tact
* is excellent at partnership and teamwork
* loves luxurious clothes and perfumes
* has excellent powers of analysis
* will create a beautiful home

Young Libra

If a child behaves in a way that is distinctive of the personality associated with Libra, he or she will have a tendency toward the characteristics listed below.

Behavior and Personality Traits
The typical Libra child:
* is a really beautiful baby
* hates having to decide between two things
* does not like to be hurried
* likes candy
* always seems to know more about things than seems likely for someone of that particular age
* is kindhearted
* likes to be fair and be treated fairly
* can wheedle almost anything out of adults
* will obey rules if they are seen to be fair
* is usually neat and clean
* teenage Libras are romantics; they love warm water, bubble baths, and lazy days in the sun

Bringing Up Young Libra

Most young Libras learn quickly how to argue about everything with total conviction. They use this natural ability to make their needs and wants known.

It is difficult for a parent to avoid complying with such reasonable, fair-minded demands. To always give in is to risk spoiling young Libra. But to refuse their requests too often may injure the child's developing sensibilities -- so the parents of a Libra need to keep their wits about them and aim for a balance in these matters.

Young Libra's Needs

A harmonious environment and fair treatment are essential to the developing Libra. Privacy is regarded as sacred. Similarly, Libra will respect the privacy of others and will keep confidences.

Affection and, especially, attention are crucial.

While Libras can pursue their interests alone, they also need company. It is from close contact with others that they learn who they are.

What To Teach Young Libra

At a very early age, young Libra needs to be given direction and told, gently and firmly, what to do and when to do it.

What may appear to be reluctance to do something is often a sign that young Libra is giving extensive thought to the matter in hand.

Most young Libras seem to know more about everything than anyone else. This can be irritating, especially when they are right. Parents need to take an optomistic view of this tendency and should provide plenty of sound information. Young Libra absorbs information readily from books.

Libras do not usually need to be strongly disciplined, as they are good at disciplining themselves. But it is important not to spoil them or fuss over them too much, or they will become impossible to handle and make their own and everyone else's life miserable.

Libra At Home

If a person has the personality that is typical of those born with a Libra sun sign, home is a place to retire to for rest and recuperation, ready for the next period of sustained activity. The Libra will have a tendency toward the characteristics listed below.

Typical Behavior and Abilities
When at home, a Libra man or woman:
* will spend time just lounging around listening to music or reading pleasant books
* will enjoy arguing about almost everything with all the family -- just for the sake of it
* uses good taste to create a place of harmony
* will be a very gracious host, offering good food and wines while making interesting conversation
* will keep the place tidy and clean, unless he or she has become resentful due to unfair treatment
Libra as a Parent
* is often quite permissive
* may spoil the children
* likes to be proud of the children's appearance and behavior
* will show his or her children much affection
* gives the children the best possible education
* will try to be just and fair
* will probably dominate the family

Two Libras in the Same Family

Two Libras are likely to understand each other's need for a peaceful, pleasant home. Providing they both have similar tastes in music, life will be smooth, although their other interests might be different. If there are children, they may eventually follow very different careers. Two Libras may be quite convinced that they are not at all alike. Anyone listening to them saying this will actually be struck by how similar they are. Libran twins will be extremely attached to each other, although one will usually tend to dominate the other.

Libra At Work

At work, the person who has a typical Libra personality will exhibit the following characteristics.

Typical Behavior and Abilities
A typical Libra at work:
* takes time to get things right
* is usually honest in business
* is more often than not in a partnership
* is a great promoter of ideas
* builds a good network of contacts
Libra as Employer
A typical Libra boss (male or female):
* is unhurried but extremely restless
* takes note of everyone's opinion before making decisions
* often suggests unusual answers to problems
* is an expert at the rational analysis of situations
* believes his or her policy is the best
* has strong opinions about finance
Libra as Employee
A typical Libra employee (male or female):
* belongs to a union
* expects and gives a fair deal
* never gossips, although he or she talks a lot
* mediates effectively in personality tiffs
* can be moody, but is not rude or mean
* needs periods of rest
Working Environment
The workplace of a typical Libra man or woman:
* must be harmonious -- Libras can get migraines just because the walls are the wrong color
* should be peaceful
* if there is music, it must be classical or refined
* should be free from anything upsetting
* will have a calm but purposeful atmosphere

Typical Occupations

Libras are liable to be involved with any aspect of the law, politics, or dipomacy. Their eye for design may lead them into areas such as fashion, art dealership, or graphics. They will also enjoy working in jobs that involve talking and presentation, such as promotional work. Many Libras are good at planning business ventures.

Libra and Love

To Libra, love is all. He or she tends to fall in love with love itself and is eager to share life with the partner. The Libran ideal is a life that is filled with the peaceful, rosy glow of romance. Libra in love will have many of the characteristics listed below.

Behavior When In Love
The typical Libra:
* is emotionally dependant upon the partner
* is casual and easygoing
* enjoys romantic settings
* will ignore the partner's shortcomings in return for love
* does not want a partner who is overly demonstrative
* glows with love for the whole world
* will do anything to avoid hurting the loved one
* gives the loved one complete attention
The typical Libra expects:
* to be supported and cared for
* faithfulness and loyalty
* to be free to get on with his or her work
* a partner to have his or her own separate interests
* to be amused
* to be admired and even exalted

The End of An Affair

If a Libra is rejected, he or she is initially demoralized. However, the Libra quickly takes action to try to redress the balance that has been lost.

Often the Libra will do anything to charm the loved one again, courting the partner as if for the first time.

If the rejection is final, the hurt Libra will disguise the pain he or she feels by searching once more for true love.

A Libra is most likely to reject a partner who makes too many demands on the Libran emotions. If this happens, the break will be as orderly and as well mannered as possible.

Libra and Sex

When a typical Libra makes love it is not always a passionate experience, unless there are more passionate signs in the Libra's chart.

Libra may appear to be calm, confident, and in control, but they are often very uncertain about their sexual identity. They are usually very influenced by images of sexual attractiveness in the media, and no matter how beautiful or attractive they are (and they often are) Libras can feel sexually very insecure and uncertain. All this does not, however, lessen Libra's interest in sex.

Libra and Partner

The person who contemplates becoming the marriage or business partner of a typical Libra must realize that Libra forms partnerships to avoid the terrible sense of loneliness which is always present at the heart of a Libra.

Given this, the person who partners Libra can expect the marriage or the business to be happy and successful. Libra is the zodiac sign of partnerships, and typical Libras cannot imagine life without a relationship. The Libra will work hard and thoughtfully to make the partnership a harmonious balance of two personalities.

Libra Man As A Partner

He will want a partner who has some good social or business connections. The young or immature Libra sees himself as the ugly duckling of the fairy tale.

He will want his partner to be his personal mirror, reflecting back to him a self-image that is mature and confident. The developed Libra will indeed grow into a swan, but most Libras need plenty of encouragement on the way.

In a partnership, Libra will generally take charge of the finances, making sure that there is always a good bank balance. Libra tends to have very strong views about money.

Libra Woman As A Partner

The young, inexperienced Libra female will see a partner as the provider of all that she needs. As she matures, she will want to share herself with the partner. She will have plenty of talent and energy, and her aim is to be successful in every field.

She will bring logic and sophistication to any business and a calm beauty to her home -- where she will help her loved one to relax and renew himself.

Opposite Sign

Aries is the complementary opposite sign to Libra. Although relationships between them can be difficult, they can become entirely complementary to each other as they mature. Aries, the sign of self, can inspire Libra to take the initiative alone sometimes.

Libra can thus learn to become self-sufficient and also gain a greater sense of personal identity. In this way, Libra, the sign of partnership, may be able to enjoy a separate identity while in a partnership.

Libra and Friends

Libras are usually very social people who like to be on the go. Life for Libras revolves around keeping in touch with other people; this is what makes them happy.

Libras will work hard for a friend, giving of themselves tirelessly for days on end. When they become tired, they will need to rest completely. But friends should not mistake the Libran recuperation periods as a loss of interest.

Positive Factors

Libras are loving friends and are unlikely to embarrass anyone with emotional outbursts. A Libran friend is honest and will treat a friend fairly.

They make sensitive companions for visits to events concerned with the arts.

Negative Factors

Libras can occasionally try the patience of a friend with their indecisiveness.

They can be jealous of a friend who is better looking than they are.

Friends must also be aware of the periodic depressive moods into which Libras seem to plunge. Such moods can be lightened by genuine compliment.

Friends should never forget that the worst thing for a Libra is to be left alone for too long. If this happens, they can become irritable and sulky, and they can lose their self-esteem.

A compatibility chart, below, lists those with whom Libra is likely to have the most satisfactory relationships.


In general, if people are typical of their zodiac sign, relationships between Libra and other signs (including the complementary opposite sign, Aries) are as shown below.

Libra with Libra: Harmonious
Libra with Scorpio: Harmonious
Libra with Sagittarius: Harmonious
Libra with Capricorn: Difficult
Libra with Aquarius: Harmonious
Libra with Pisces: Turbulent
Libra with Aries: Difficult
Libra with Taurus: Turbulent
Libra with Gemini: Harmonious
Libra with Cancer: Difficult
Libra with Leo: Harmonious
Libra with Virgo: Harmonious

Libran Leisure Interests

Most typical Libras are not overly fond of vigorous, sweaty exercise. This offends their preference for a harmony of the senses. Whever exercise they do, it must enable them to stay relatively neat and unruffled. Many Libras have a lasting interest in the arts. Of these, music is a high priority.

On the whole, typical Libras pursue the following leisure interests:

* listening to music, studying music history, playing an instrument in a group, such as string quartet or a jazz band, listening to poetry

* dancing, especially graceful styles

* dressing with sophistication

* dining out in romantic settings

* the scientific side to cooking

* computers

* any kind of discussion group

Libran Likes and Dislikes

* pleasing surroundings
* getting notes, cards, and flowers
* a good, detailed argument
* being fussed over
* being admired
* people running errands for them
* credit cards
* having people around
* attending the finest details
* very small animals, even ants
* being of service to others
* sensible, tailored clothes
* mutable, subtle colors and textures
* loud arguments
* confused situations
* sloppiness, especially in public
* ugly places
* being pressured to make up their mind
* being told it is up to them to make a change
* any criticism of their chosen partner or project

Libran Health

Typical Libras have a tendency to become sick if they are obliged to live or work alone for long periods. Otherwise Libras are generally healthy people and recover from any medical problem very quickly when they are in beautiful, calm surroundings.

Types of Sickness

Back problems are typical, as are any diseases of the kidneys, liver, and skin. Whatever the physical problem, a Libra puts on a brave face in public and will respond very positively to a lot of fuss and attention from their loved ones and friends.

Libra at Rest

A typical Libra loves a luxurious bedroom where he or she can lie around in blissful indolence. While at rest, the Libran mind is rarely still, always planning ahead.

Famous Libras

Brigitte Bardot (Actress), Deborah Kerr (Actress), George Peppard (Actor), Julie Andrews (Actress and Singer), Mahatma Ganghi (Religious and Social Leader), Bob Geldof (Musician and Fundraiser), John Lennon (Singer, Songwriter, and Beatle), Oscar Wilde (Author), Franz Liszt (Composer and Pianist)

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