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The Basics of Astrology
Libra zodiac sign and its interpretation
This page offers a few texts published in several pages of our website along with other unreleased features. Its aim is to describe and to recapitulate the mains characteristics of Libra.
It is useful to recall that to be a Libra means to have one's Sun in Libra, which requires to know the exact time and place of birth in addition to the date. Indeed, sometimes a one-minute gap is enough for the Sun to shift signs when the birth occurred near the end or at the beginning of a given sign.
Astrotheme enables you to find rapidly the exact position of your Sun and your Ascendant, should you have any doubt.
The astrological sign of Libra and its personality
Your psychological nature is sanguine and communicative or nervous and introverted, depending on who, either Venus or Saturn, is the strongest. Libra is ruled by both Venus, the principle of harmony, extraversion, attractiveness, outgoing and airy in this sign, and by Saturn, the principle of rigour, introversion, restraint, concentration and meditation.
Unless Saturn is very strong in the chart, Libra is delicate, charming, sociable, perpetually compromising. For this reason, you may sometimes come across as hesitant and weak because you dare not to insist or to give your opinion. You prefer to act as a unifier, an element of understanding and equity, even though it is detrimental to your own assertiveness.
You loathe violence, you spare no efforts for the sake of pacification and you adjust to the situation with flexibility and charm.
Libra' sayings and key-words
The sentence "We are" captures the character of Libra, for whom diplomacy, proprieties and group cohesion are essential qualities.
The sign of Libra is sentimental, charming, polite, refined, loyal, a pacifist, fair, distinguished, light-hearted, romantic, learned, ethereal, nice, well-groomed, a perfectionist, calm, sweet, tolerant, sociable, elegant, considerate, seductive, aesthetic, and indulgent.
But sometimes it is hesitant, weak, indecisive, selfish, fragile, fearful, indolent, cool or even insensitive.
The sign of Libra and its astrological characteristics
Rulership and exaltation in Libra
Libra is charming and attractive
Each astrological sign has traits which are similar to, or different from, those of certain planets. They are known as planetary dignities. The planet having the strongest affinities with a sign is said to rule the sign and to be in its domicile, i.e. at home. It expresses itself with all its might, unreservedly. When a planet does not match a sign too well but remains compatible, it is in its exaltation. It gets its strength and its energy from the said sign though to a lesser extent than a planet in domicile.
Therefore, the astrological sign of Libra shares several attributes with Venus: propensity to charm, conciliation, attractiveness, seduction, and often artistic qualities, but sometimes laziness as well as materialism and self-indulgence.
To a lesser extent, Saturn also influences this sign with his features, i.e. discipline, precision, perseverance, patience, realism but also harshness, insensitivity, and overly developed ambition.
It must be noted that the interpretation of each zodiacal sign echoes the meaning of its House: the first sign and the 1st House, etc. Therefore, Libra, the seventh zodiacal sign, is in analogy with the 7th House: it is opposite the 1st house and thus, represents other people, the native's behaviour towards other people, his partner (spouse or associate). It concerns contracts, associations, marriage and open enemies. It is through the 7th house that the native perceives other people.
Libra Elements, Quadruplicities, and Polarities
Air element of Libra
The twelve zodiacal signs are divided into four sectors matching the four elements: Fire, Earth, Air, and Water. An element includes three compatible signs (triplicity), each element being mutually complementary.
Libra, like Aquarius and Gemini, is an Air sign: it is the element of communication and exchanges. It makes its natives talkative, distracted, light, swift, curious, and brimming with ideas. However, air is not palpable. Therefore, ideas may never be implemented, and the natives may be scattered, always going from right to left, and vice-versa.
They are interested in many things at the same time but cannot focus on any specific one, and as a result, they never finish off anything they have started. Air favours the intellect, logics, and the mind rather than sensitivity or emotions. People ruled by this element are often very superficial, but they are quick and shrewd.
Libra is sometimes indecisive
The Cardinal mode of Libra
Signs are also divided into three sectors comprising four signs each. They are the Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable sectors. Quadruplicities are also referred to as mode: the Cardinal mode, the Fixed mode, and the Mutable mode. Like elements, they rule different values and have characteristics of their own.
Libra, like Capricorn, Aries, and Cancer, is a Cardinal sign. These signs are creative and enterprising, some sort of engines. Their peculiarity is to be selfish, to pay excessive attention to themselves, and to always want to be at the top of the list. However, this means of assertion may vary significantly from one sign to another. Libra uses charm to coax other people. Thanks to his magnetism and his apparent gentleness, he always manages to be forgiven.
Yang polarity for Libra
Lastly, polarities divide the Zodiac into two groups of six signs. Polarities are referred to as Masculine and Feminine, Yin and Yang, or Active and Passive.
These characteristics alternate from one sign to the next in zodiacal order. Active signs indicate extroverted, expansive, and fairly physical people who express themselves easily and are quite energetic and enthusiastic. Passive signs are more introverted, internalised, intellectual, deep, and calm.
Libra is active, or Yang.
The sign of Libra and its physical appearance
Even though they may not perfectly match your outward appearance, if your Ascendant, or to a lesser extent, your Sun, is in Libra, you might take on the following characteristics:
Libra physical appearance
Physically speaking, Libra people are harmonious, with regular, fine, and pleasant facial features in an oval face. Their height is average to tall, of average build. There is a tendency to put on weight during the second part of life.
The entire appearance gives an impression of straightforwardness, calm, class, sympathy, charm, and finesse.
Their look is extremely sophisticated and indicates that clothes and adornments are smartly and carefully chosen. Regardless of the style Libra opts for, and whatever the quality of the materials and the choice of colours may be, the end result is inevitably... perfect. Libra's favourite colours are all the hues of blue and red.
The sign of Libra and its health
The kidneys and the bladder are the parts of the body in analogy with the sign of Libra.
If your sign is Libra, and often of those who have the Ascendant in Libra, your health is usually good, but the lack of physical exercise may prove harmful. Similarly to Taurus people, who are definitely more active than you, there is a danger that, with time, you put on too much weight because you do not practice enough outdoors or sports activity.
In addition, your extreme sensitivity and your mood swings may play tricks on you in the long run and cause stomach pains, anguish, and tears.
It takes very little to upset you. You ought to learn to remain Zen under all circumstances, for this little effort would enable you to save so much time.
The sign of Libra and its hobbies
If your sign is Libra, you are a Venusian person and you do not feel like exerting yourself during your moments of leisure. You loathe violence and intense efforts, and therefore you don't see the point of practising any sport.
The only exception involves disciplines having an aesthetic, artistic, or aerial aspect.
Dance, a Libra hobby among several others
Should circumstances prompt you to do sport, you prove to have a more robust constitution than what your gentle behaviour may suggest. Tennis, skating, gymnastics, dance, high jump, pole vault, synchronised swimming, tai-chi, and aviation are examples of sports which may perfectly suit you.
Libra and Love
What people born with the Sun in Libra should bear in mind is that it is extremely important, and that in this area, a sense of fulfilment is indispensable if Libra is to find happiness, if not serenity.
One of the peculiarities of people born with the Sun in Libra is that they find it difficult to tell the difference between the pleasure of courtship and… real love. They are constantly trying to charm their partner, and at times they do not know any more whether they are really in love or only playing, for their natural attitude is to strive to bewitch their interlocutors and set hearts on fire.
If the confusion lasts, it may bring about a few misunderstandings and disappointments on both sides, especially since Libras are sometimes irresolute. Their romantic life may be quite complicated, because they vacillate between on the one hand, the satisfaction of charming everyone and to reap the results of their influence, and on the other hand, self-doubt regarding the choice of the partner.
For this sign, to please has been an automatism since childhood and becomes a formidable asset in adult life. The ideal thing would be to meet the soul mate quite early, provided that the person lives up to Libras’ demands. It is not recommended to disappoint them.
They are romantic, affectionate, even idealistic, and endowed with good taste. They may suddenly become cold, detached and even cruel. If these pitfalls are avoided, it is doubtless that Libras possess all the qualities required to become a dream partner for life.
Libra and work
Haute couture: a profession which suits Libras
You are not too interested in material subjects. Your destiny is mainly associated to your encounters and of course, to your marriage more particularly. Indeed, your sign is in analogy with the 7th House, which symbolises partnerships of all sorts, and it is in such a framework that your destiny is most likely to experience a major turning point.
It is quite unlikely that you are able to build on your own an empire or achieve a bright and profitable destiny. But you have a knack for marvellously fitting in any artistic or aesthetic areas involving luxury, show business, etc.
You probably instinctively understand that the fact that your charm and your finesse attract people into your net, offers you the additional elements in which you are lacking. Indeed, you are not a hard worker, and your capacities to take action, persevere and display pragmatism are not too strong. Besides, your abilities to earn an income and to become independent are not very good.
But as soon as you find your soul mate, your energy doubles because the conditions required for your inner harmony are met. Then, you become an ally for your partner, you display your sociability talents in order to make your home shine, and you indulge in your favourite activities, be they in the field of luxury, perfumes, with a special note for haute couture and fashion, or in all the areas in which your subtle good taste works wonders.
ou are endowed with great adaptation abilities, and therefore, you may occupy many different posts, provided that their environment is pleasant, that the people you mix with are nice and/or glamorous, and that work is not too fast-paced.
The following professions are most likely to suit you very well: fashion designer, model, presenter, seller of luxurious goods, florist, beautician, hairdresser, solicitor, judge, marriage counsellor, mediator, musician, painter, poet, draughtsman/woman, dancer, singer, writer, journalist, receptionist, landscape gardener, movie star, or Minister for Foreign Affairs.
The symbolism of the sign of Libra
Countries and cities associated to Libra
Below are several traditional features associated with the sign of Libra.
For the countries : Japan, Canada, Indo-China, the South Pacific Islands, Burma, Argentina, Upper Egypt, Tibet.
For the cities: Lisbon, Vienna, Frankfurt, Leeds, Nottingham, Johannesburg, Antwerp, Fribourg.
Animals, Food, Herbs and aromatics for Libra
The animals in analogy with Libra are lizards and small reptiles.
The foods in analogy with Libra are root vegetables: berries, apples, pears, grapes, artichokes, asparagus, beans, spices, corn and other cereals. Herbs and aromatics: mint, Cayenne pepper.
If you are Libra, your appetite is quite moderate, but you have a strong taste for parties and pleasure owing to your Venusian nature, since Venus rules Taurus and Libra. As a final result, you eat more often than you reasonably should.
You are particularly fond of delicate dishes, haute cuisine, and especially desserts. Actually, more than food, it is the setting, the decor, and the people with whom you share your meal that mean the most to you.
Regarding your culinary tastes, your elegant nature prompts you to be partial to all kinds of sweet food, if they are sophisticated of course.
Even when you grab a quick bite, you choose cupcakes, because they are so cute with their icing and their decorations. You almost feel you are eating a fashionable accessory. You are keen on famous chocolate-makers' confectionery, especially when it is a selection displayed in refined boxes tied with gorgeous ribbons.
To be in line with the principles of your sign, as far as desserts are concerned, you favour ethereal classics: floating islands or pink grapefruit granitas delight your taste buds.
Flowers, plants and trees associated with Libra
Flowers and plants: hydrangea, big roses, blue flowers and those associated with Taurus also ruled by Venus, namely, poppies, digitales, violets, primroses, aquilegia, and daisies.
Trees: ash trees, poplars, apple trees, pear trees, fig-trees, cypresses.
Stones, Metals and Salts associated with the sign of Libra
Stones, Metals and Salts in analogy with Libra are sapphires, jade, copper, potassium and sodium phosphate.
Celebrities with the Sun in Libra
Gwyneth Paltrow, a famous Libra woman
Astrotheme's database of celebrities lets you know rapidly who are the most popular personages. There are two possible criteria: the number of clicks on a celebrity's page, or the number of visitors who put them in their favourite file of their account. The latter criterion is the most reliable one.
Taking into account contemporary people, the three most popular females are Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson and Beyoncé Knowles. The most popular males are Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.
However, we are focusing here on people born with the Sun in Libra. The currently most popular people are: Monica Bellucci, Vladimir Putin, Eminem, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Marion Cotillard, Brigitte Bardot, Will Smith, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow or Matt Damon.
Famous people having a Libra dominant
The Sun in Libra corresponds exactly to the topic of this article. However, it may be interesting to check the dominant of the chart. Indeed, it sometimes happens that the only planet in Libra is the Sun, but that the other planets or an angle such as the Ascendant are in a different sign. Although the chart's owner is a Libra, his chart may display a more "powerful" sign than Libra. This is called the "dominant sign".
Leonardo DiCaprio, a Scorpio man with Libra dominant
Conversely, some people are not Libra, although Libra is their planetary dominant. In that case, they display Libra features. In some cases, they are "much more Libra" than people having the Sun in Libra.
The most popular people having Libra as their planetary dominant are, for some of the most famous ones: Virgo Beyoncé Knowles, Leo Bill Clinton, Scorpio Leonardo DiCaprio, Scorpio Florent Pagny, Virgo Igor Bogdanoff, Cancer Sylvester Stallone, or Virgo Shania Twain.
The other signs of the zodiac