Understanding Libra Traits
In the sign of Libra the universal mind – the soul – expresses its genius for relationships, that is, its power to harmonize diverse elements in a unified, organic way. Libra is the soul’s power to express beauty in all of its forms. And where is beauty if not within relationships? Beauty does not exist in isolation. Beauty arises out of comparison – out of the just relationship between different parts. Without a fair and harmonious relationship there is no beauty, whether it in art, manners, ideas or the social or political forum.
There are two faculties humans have that exalt them above the animal kingdom: their rational faculty (expressed in the signs of Gemini and Aquarius) and their aesthetic faculty, exemplified by Libra. Without an aesthetic sense we would be little more than intelligent barbarians. Libra is the civilizing instinct or urge of the soul.
Beauty is the essence of what Librans are all about. They are here to beautify the world. One could discuss Librans’ social grace, their sense of balance and fair play, their ability to see and love another person’s point of view – but this would be to miss their central asset: their desire for beauty.
No one – no matter how alone he or she seems to be – exists in isolation. The universe is one vast collaboration of beings. Librans, more than most, understand this and understand the spiritual laws that make relationships bearable and enjoyable.
A Libra is always the unconscious (and in some cases conscious) civilizer, harmonizer and artist. This is a Libra’s deepest urge and greatest genius. Librans love instinctively to bring people together, and they are uniquely qualified to do so. They have a knack for seeing what unites people – the things that attract and bind rather than separate individuals.
Libra Traits: Finance
In financial matters Librans can seem frivolous and illogical to others. This is because Librans appear to be more concerned with earning money for others than for themselves. But there is a logic to this financial attitude. Librans know that everything and everyone is connected and that it is impossible to help another to prosper without also prospering yourself. Since enhancing their partner’s income and position tends to strengthen their relationship, Librans choose to do so. What could be more fun than building a relationship? You will rarely find a Libra enriching him- or herself at someone else’s expense.
Scorpio is the ruler of Libra’s solar 2nd house of money, giving Libra unusual insight into financial matters – and the power to focus on these matters in a way that disguises a seeming indifference. In fact, many other signs come to Librans for financial advice and guidance.
Given their social grace, Librans often spend great sums of money on entertaining and organizing social events. They also like to help others when they are in need. Librans would go out of their way to help a friend in dire straits, even if they have to borrow from others to do so. However, Librans are also very careful to pay back any debts they owe, and like to make sure they never have to be reminded to do so.
Libra Traits: Career and Public Image
Publicly, Librans like to appear as nurturers. Their friends and acquaintances are their family and they wield political power in parental ways. They also like bosses who are paternal or maternal.
The sign of Cancer is on Libra’s 10th career house cusp; the Moon is Libra’s career planet. The Moon is by far the speediest, most changeable planet in the horoscope. It alone among all the planets travels through the entire zodiac – all twelve signs and houses – every month. This is an important key to the way in which Librans approach their careers, and also to what they need to do to maximize their career potential. The Moon is the planet of moods and feelings – Librans need a career in which their emotions can have free expression. This is why so many Librans are involved in the creative arts. Libra’s ambitions wax and wane with the Moon. They tend to wield power according to their mood.
The Moon ‘rules’ the masses – and that is why Libra’s highest goal is to achieve a mass kind of acclaim and popularity. Librans who achieve fame cultivate the public as other people cultivate a lover or friend. Librans can be very flexible – and often fickle – in their career and ambitions. On the other hand, they can achieve their ends in a great variety of ways. They are not stuck in one attitude or with one way of doing things.
Libra Traits: Love and Relationships
Librans express their true genius in love. In love you could not find a partner more romantic, more seductive or more fair. If there is one thing that is sure to destroy a relationship – sure to block your love from flowing – it is injustice or imbalance between lover and beloved. If one party is giving too much or taking too much, resentment is sure to surface at some time or other. Librans are careful about this. If anything, Librans might err on the side of giving more, but never giving less.
If you are in love with a Libra, make sure you keep the aura of romance alive. Do all the little things – candle-lit dinners, travel to exotic locales, flowers and small gifts. Give things that are beautiful, not necessarily expensive. Send cards. Ring regularly even if you have nothing in particular to say. The niceties are very important to a Libra. Your relationship is a work of art: make it beautiful and your Libran lover will appreciate it. If you are creative about it, he or she will appreciate it even more; for this is how your Libra will behave towards you.
Librans like their partners to be aggressive and even a bit self-willed. They know that these are qualities they sometimes lack and so they like their partners to have them. In relationships, however, Librans can be very aggressive – but always in a subtle and charming way! Librans are determined in their efforts to charm the object of their desire – and this determination can be very pleasant if you are on the receiving end.
Libra Traits: Home and Domestic Life
Since Librans are such social creatures, they do not particularly like mundane domestic duties. They like a well-organized home – clean and neat with everything needful present – but housework is a chore and a burden, one of the unpleasant tasks in life that must be done, the quicker the better. If a Libra has enough money – and sometimes even if not – he or she will prefer to pay someone else to take care of the daily household chores. However, Librans like gardening; they love to have flowers and plants in the home.
A Libra’s home is modern, and furnished in excellent taste. You will find many paintings and sculptures there. Since Librans like to be with friends and family, they enjoy entertaining at home and they make great hosts.
Capricorn is on the cusp of Libra’s 4th solar house of home and family. Saturn, the planet of law, order, limits and discipline, rules Libra’s domestic affairs. If Librans want their home life to be supportive and happy they need to develop some of the virtues of Saturn – order, organization and discipline. Librans, being so creative and so intensely in need of harmony, can tend to be too lax in the home and too permissive with their children. Too much of this is not always good; children need freedom but they also need limits.
Libra Traits at Glance
- Element – Air
- Ruling Planet – Venus
- Career Planet – Moon
- Love Planet – Mars
- Money Planet – Pluto
- Planet of Communications – Jupiter
- Planet of Health and Work – Neptune
- Planet of Home and Family Life – Saturn
- Planet of Spirituality and Good Fortune – Mercury
- Colours – blue, jade green
- Colours that promote love, romance and social harmony – carmine, red, scarlet
- Colours that promote earning power – burgundy, red-violet, violet
- Gems – carnelian, chrysolite, coral, emerald, jade, opal, quartz, white marble
- Metal – copper
- Scents – almond, rose, vanilla, violet
- Quality – cardinal (= activity)
- Qualities most needed for balance – a sense of self, self-reliance, independence
- Strongest virtues – social grace, charm, tact, diplomacy
- Deepest needs – love, romance, social harmony
- Characteristic to avoid – violating what is right in order to be socially accepted
- Signs of greatest overall compatibility – Gemini, Aquarius
- Signs of greatest overall incompatibility – Aries, Cancer, Capricorn
- Sign most helpful to career – Cancer
- Sign most helpful for emotional support – Capricorn
- Sign most helpful financially – Scorpio
- Sign best for marriage and/or partnerships – Aries
- Sign most helpful for creative projects – Aquarius
- Best Sign to have fun with – Aquarius
- Signs most helpful in spiritual matters – Gemini, Virgo
- Best day of the week – Friday