About LibraLibra is the seventh sign of the astrological year and is known by its
astrological symbol, the Scales. Libra individuals are artistic, affectionate, and refined. With
Venus as the ruling planet, people born under this sign are considered to be attractive and
fashion-conscious. They seek peace and joy through personal and professional relationships.
Libra is the only inanimate sign of the zodiac, all the others representing either humans or
animals. Many modern astrologers regard it as the most desirable of zodiacal types because it
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. There is a mellowness and sense of relaxation in the air as mankind
enjoys the last of the summer sun and the fruits of his toil. Librans too are among the most
civilized of the twelve zodiacal characters and are often good looking. They have elegance, charm
and good taste, are naturally kind, very gentle, and lovers of beauty, harmony (both in music and
social living) and the pleasures that these bring.
They have good critical faculty and are able to stand back and look impartially at matters which
call for an impartial judgment to be made on them. But they do not tolerate argument from anyone
who challenges their opinions, for once they have reached a conclusion, its truth seems to them
self-evident; and among their faults is an impatience of criticism and a greed for approval. But
their characters are on the whole balanced, diplomatic and even tempered.
Librans are sensitive to the needs of others and have the gift, sometimes to an almost psychic
extent, of understanding the emotional needs of their companions and meeting them with their own
innate optimism - they are the kind of people of whom it is said, "They always make you feel better
for having been with them." They are very social human beings. They loathe cruelty, viciousness and
vulgarity and detest conflict between people, so they do their best to cooperate and compromise
with everyone around them, and their ideal for their own circle and for society as a whole is
Their cast of mind is artistic rather than intellectual, though they are usually too moderate
and well balanced to be avant garde in any artistic endeavor. They have good perception and
observation and their critical ability, with which they are able to view their own efforts as well
as those of others, gives their work integrity.
In their personal relationships they show understanding of the other person's point of view,
trying to resolve any differences by compromise, and are often willing to allow claims against
themselves to be settled to their own disadvantage rather than spoil a relationship. They like the
opposite sex to the extent of promiscuity sometimes, and may indulge in romanticism bordering on
Their marriages, however, stand a good chance of success because they are frequently the union of
"true minds". The Libran's continuing kindness toward his or her partner mollifies any hurt the
latter may feel if the two have had a tiff. Nor can the Libran's spouse often complain that he or
she is not understood, for the Libran is usually the most empathetic of all the zodiacal types and
the most ready to tolerate the beloved's failings.
The negative Libran character may show frivolity, flirtatiousness and shallowness. It can be
changeable and indecisive, impatient of routine, colorlessly conventional and timid, easygoing to
the point of inertia, seldom angry when circumstances demand a show of annoyance at least; and yet
Librans can shock everyone around them with sudden storms of rage. Their love of pleasure may lead
them into extravagance; Libran men can degenerate into reckless gamblers, and Libran women
extravagant, jealous and careless about money sometimes squander their wealth and talents in their
overenthusiasm for causes which they espouse. Both sexes can become great gossipers. A
characteristic of the type is an insatiable curiosity that tempts them to enquire into every social
scandal in their circle.
In their work the description "lazy Libra" which is sometimes given is actually more
alliterative than true. Librans can be surprisingly energetic, though it is true that they dislike
coarse, dirty work. Although some are modestly content, others are extremely ambitious. With their
dislike of extremes they make good diplomats but perhaps poor party politicians, for they are
moderate in their opinions and able to see other points of view. They can succeed as
administrators, lawyers (they have a strong sense of justice, which cynics might say could handicap
them in a legal career), antique dealers, civil servants and bankers, for they are trustworthy in
handling other people's money. Some Librans are gifted in fashion designing or in devising new
cosmetics; others may find success as artists, composers, critics, writers, interior decorators,
welfare workers or valuers, and they have an ability in the management of all sorts of public
entertainment. Some work philanthropically for humanity with great self-disciple and significant
results. Libran financiers sometimes make good speculators, for they have the optimism and ability
to recover from financial crashes.