We're back to our Astro 101 series, and with the start of Autumn this means the Sun has now come back over the Earth's equator and has entered Libra, our seventh sign of the zodiac.
Some of the traditional associations with Libra can be better understood if we study a few of the celestial clues which go along with it. Libra is ruled by Venus, the Goddess of Love. It is a cardinal air sign, and its symbolism is the Scales.
Libra is the only sign of the zodiac which is not represented as a living being. Sagittarius and Capricorn are expressed as two corporal images in one, the Man-horse, and the Goat-fish. Gemini and Pisces both double up on their single image, the Twins and the Fish, but Libra represents the mechanical balance of the two pans, and, among other things, literally deals with weights and measures. This sign of the Scales sees both sides of an issue, and attempts to find the balance between them. It is a sign of opposites. Libra is often thought of as the position of partnership, and it is. But it also represents both marriage and divorce, love and hatred, war and peace. Venus brings balance, harmony and peace to a situation. As individuals Libras love to socialize, and to bring people together in a happy, enjoyable time. Food, feasts and festivities can be employed to help facilitate these functions, but unlike Cancer, the focus here is not so much food and family, but the social interaction itself.
As an air sign this is an intellectually oriented position which strives for social balance, and what they perceive to be fair, right, or harmonized. The Scales are even today used as our symbol for Law and Justice. When the balance falls out of alignment between two people, then counselors or mediators often have to enter in through the courts, and make a determination as to where the balance lies. When people, businesses or countries can't work it out, this cardinal sign can take action. All the cardinal signs deal with action and initiative. As the figure of Justice so clearly demonstrates, her tunic covered body holds the Scales in one hand and the Sword of Ares in the other. We must learn to find balance in our actions, and where necessary, stand up to defend what is right. Venus is the planet of peace. They prefer to be pleasant and social, and are excellent diplomats, but one of the greatest generals this country has known was a Libra: Dwight D. Eisenhower. Libras are people of peace, but they will stand up and fight when they feel the peace has been violated, when social justice has fallen out of balance, or when a crime has been committed.
Libras are often musically inclined, especially with string or wind instruments, in voice or song. These are all attributes of the 'Air' quality. This sign represents some of the high points of civilization in music and culture. Paintings, dance, ballet and the theater are all combinations where grace and beauty come together to showcase their skills.
As an Air Sign ruled by Venus, Librans love to work in musical partnership. John Lennon was a Libran in partnership with Paul McCartney. The ability to pen songs, musical scores, operas or ballets are enhanced by our seventh sign of the zodiac.
One of the down sides to this sign is that because they are so balanced they often have a hard time making up their minds about little things, and so need to ask others their opinions. Their judgement is influenced by what others have to say, even though it may not be what they personally really wanted. They can even live for others, sometimes losing themselves in the process.
The scales of Justice