September 22 - October 21
|A peaceful, pleasant vibration of harmonious existence overtakes us as we enter the seventh house of the astral wheel, the sign of Libra. Symbolized by the "Scales of Justice," it is evidenced immediately that this "Air" sign individual, always seeking the ideal, understands fundamentally the importance of impartial truth and justice, while too, maintaining a humanitarian understanding of the affairs of the heart.
The key phrase, "We are," mirrors the instinctual social nature of this mentally quick conversationalist. Always thinking in terms of the group or the pair, this Sun sign individual's primary talent is their unique ability to see both sides to every story.
|Their tendency to tip the scales back and forth weighing differing viewpoints to achieve a just compromise reveals the trait in archetype symbolic form. This can make for an indecisive behavior pattern though, weighing the pros and cons of a situation as the mental "Air" signs are so apt to do. The Libran can drive themselves a bit loony with this overly mental approach to decision-making.
Leading in life with the male polarity, mental, Yang aspect of Self, the Libran therefore has a tendency to float in the clouds about the various options rather than taking a moment to be and feel what is best to choose. One of their very common downfalls is the inability to make a firm and final decision. Considering choices endlessly on the mental plain without checking in with their deeper feelings can lead to incapacitation.
For it is the feelings and Heart which helps us choose our path in life. The active mind of this "Air" sign alone cannot do that work.
An optimist at heart, the left and right scales suggest too that the Yin and Yang aspects are functioning equally in this balanced individual. However, the fear of conflict on the soul level leads this person many times to avoid confrontation, including expression of his more passionate, deeper, animal nature. This somewhat shallow approach to life, "Let's not have a fight!" can lead the person to remain in denial of his darker self, afraid to let "Mr. Hyde" out, in fear he may destroy the harmony that is so desired.
The common subconscious fear of this balanced soul is that if he really let's go of his rage, he will tip his scales so far that he will not be able to return to proper balance again. In essence though, if one occasionally allows the self to express stored imbalances, one can remain in life generally in better balance as a result.
One needs to trust though that releasing that degree of depth of being will not permanently destroy the peace and harmony in their setting that is so enjoyed. Actuality reveals that the more harmonious experience can only be achieved by periodically venting the stored denial and hence increasing too the depth of being. Otherwise, the ignored internal feminine in her denial will tip the balance permanently.
That is why this is the only symbol of the Zodiac that happens to be an inanimate object. For it symbolizes this type of soul's deep desire to remain above his uglier, hidden, animal self. He fears that if he releases fully, he will not be able to regain balance and harmony. Libra too, being ruled by the sphere of consciousness, Venus, who represented in the myths, the feminine aspect of love, art & beauty, wishes only to bring love, not war to any situation.
However, this almost obsessional intent to bring peoples together who might better remain apart for the greater good, can cause the Libran to waste effort in peace negotiations. "Why can't we all get along?" leaves the Libran ultimately resisting too much that harmony could not ever be achieved in some instances.
Asking for what we need at times in life can involve standing up for one's rights in a powerful confrontational way. A Libran generally will walk away with head held low feeling about how sad the difference of opinion cannot be worked out. Instead he needs to realize that the conflict was there as a challenge on the soul level to express the deep shades of red, not just the cool blue mental shades of light diplomacy that the Libran only loves to express.
Now that is not to say that all Librans are shallow in expression. On the contrary, in the natal chart one can often see an attempt from above to overlay deep passionate energies to balance the cool nature on the soul level of this floaty "Air" sign.
For instance, one's internal nature, as reflected by the Moon sign placement in a natal chart, could be stationed in passionate Scorpio or sensually loving Taurus, also ruled by Venus, to bring a new awareness of the feminine aspect in all her shades of expression. But one can be sure that if the person doesn't appear shallow in his approach and manner in life, the deeper internal way is still a newly learned talent on the soul level, and somewhat foreign. Expression of fiery feelings therefore are often a little bit uncomfortable and a challenge to govern since it is uncharted territory of this soul type.
When in the presence of this kind and gentle person, one feels understood and supported with their "Cardinal," fast approach and immediate response to the needs of others. As a result of this sympathetic nature, the Libran is most at home in social settings, where good stories are shared and philosophical thoughts are pondered. Enjoying being the center of the conversation can be at their worst a somewhat annoying trait, but with their quick verbal skills, who else could play better the roll of moderator?
Due to a Libra's influence by Venusian rulership, beauty and the arts are their delight. An exquisite painting or just a colorful natural sunset will bring awe and a sigh to them every time.
Librans born in the month of September will carry a cool shy reserved carriage. The closer the sign gets to Scorpio in October, the more a deeper and more passionate approach is present. However, it is a guarantee that any Libra will generally love more when peace is maintained, avoiding conflict at all costs.
As a career, this sign is of course the classic diplomat and with their verbal skills quick and artfully specific, this sign can make for an excellent communicator in any field. Like the Latin root word for book, "libra," the name of this Zodiac sign illuminates the mental complexity of the mind that makes them a great story teller.
Usually wishing to be neat and tidy, this person doesn't tolerate sloppiness in any manner. Caring from the heart to make all things go well and be nurtured, this person can be a hard worker who gives much attention to detail. Romantic and charming too, one can be sure the Libran makes for a good mate with their ever present concern for the well-being of others.
With all this concern for peace, this makes the Libran quite a civilized human being. That evolved nature is often physicalized with beauty and grace of form too. Handsomeness and attractiveness are frequent gifts given to the offspring of Venus, goddess of beauty.
And liars beware! Never even consider lying to a Libran. For they will not understand the perverse need to do so and they will change as fast as the clouds, their respectful opinion of the one who felt the need to lie even once to them.
Compromise is the key word for this sign. But a warning to any Libran who thinks compromise is always the correct outcome. Nothing is absolute and sometimes a firm unyielding position may be just what the doctor ordered, even if that means conflict is required to achieve it.
Retreating from British rule in revolutionary times came without diplomatic compromise. In that instance, war and conflict was the only solution to breaking the yoke of domination.
So therefore, the Libran needs to learn to allow rage sometimes, the deepest expression of the "red" emotions, in order to profoundly change a negative situation. This emotional allowance will open up their full self and release the denial that is stored on the soul level. At times, that need to express the Self is more important than any compromise or treaty agreement could achieve. Always giving in and compromising to one's own disadvantage is sometimes no solution.
One can be sure that in the presence of a Libran, one feels understood, almost psychically tapped into, with a strong sense that we are as one.
The areas of the body which are ruled by this sign are the kidneys and lower back. Like the scales, the kidneys balance out and release the water, or feelings, that we wish to express. If a Libran always avoids emotional expression, infection or kidney disease or the hardened feelings in the form of stones may occur. Inflammation or infection is caused usually by repression of anger and kidney stones are formed from held past resentments.
A great listener and sympathetic, one can almost feel the Libran is looking into one's soul having such a conscious awareness of the other person that they are relating to at the time. Compatible with other air signs like Gemini and Aquarius, the Libra will be at odds with the fiery nature of such signs as conflict oriented Aries, known mythically as, god of war. It is perfect blance that peace loving Libra happens to set directly opposite 180 degrees on the astrological wheel to feisty Aries .
The primary issue the Libran is endeavoring to work on at the soul level is to allow for release of anger. Permitting moments of conflict in order to bring a depth of being to the soul, is just what the "Great Doctor" has ordered. If the Self fearfully resists expression of the "red fruit of mental judgment," it only delays for another lifetime, the transformative moment of change brought on by deep self expression. For if the Libran soul allows himself to express even the reddest of the hues of his personal rainbow, then this evolved consciousness can finally rise to even greater heights of literary and artistic genius as the blank page and white canvas, peace dove of the Zodiac.
|This pointilist painting by George Seurat is entitled, "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" permanently displayed at the "Art Institute of Chicago," pictured below.|
|Musical excerpts in this essay are taken from the Stephen Sondheim musical, "Sunday In the Park With George," which focuses thematically on design, balance & harmony in the life of an artist, George Seurat. This Libran quality musical is set around the two year creative process of Seurat creating the immense, avant-garde, pointillist work|
| If you wish to enjoy a truly magical event in theatre, acquire a copy of this brilliant Stephen Sondheim musical on DVD starring Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin.
It was one of my favorite nights seeing this clever piece live on Broadway. A three dimensional tableau of the painting fills a stage with living characters during the finale that you have just heard entitled, "Sunday."
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