Planetary Symbol : The Scales
Element : Air
Type : Cardinal
Ruler : Venus
Auspicious day : Friday
Libra is the seventh sign in the rashi chakra of Vedic Astrology.
The sign of Libra is represented by the scales and Librans tend to weigh things up carefully before making any decisions.
Balancing scales can be difficult task, and keeping them balanced requires a different effort.
Whereas Geminis cannot decide between two alternatives because they want both of them, Librans take time to make decisions because they are more aware of the consequences of actions.
Librans also like to please those around them and include the needs of others in their decision-making.
This can make deciding a difficult and drawn-out process for Librans, but, when they do decide, they are usually sure of themselves, having weighed up the consequences carefully.
New ideas, conversations and perspectives appeal to Librans because, as an air sign, they usually have active minds. The sign of Libra is also a cardinal sign, meaning that these people are ambitious and eager to start new things.
Librans often possess a strongly developed sense of fairness and will vigorously defend the rights of others, sometimes before defending their own rights.
Librans are usually diplomatic, tactful and aware of the needs and feelings of others.
Being naturally cooperative and sociable, Librans enjoy group participation and often work at securing group consensus and harmony.
Essentially idealistic and helpful, Librans excel where negotiation is required and they work hard for the benefit of a group rather than for personal gain.
These people are typically generous, especially in giving up their own time to help others or in sharing whatever resources they have, even if they are in short supply.
Keenly sensitive to balance in their environment, Librans need pleasant and harmonious surroundings to feel a sense of inner harmony. When their surroundings are disharmonious, Librans are often unable to function well or maintain an inner sense of balance.
Ruled by Venus, the planet of love, Librans prefer the company of others to being alone.
In some cases they will go to great lengths to ensure that they are not alone, even when it means being in company that does not suit them.
They can display a tendency to want peace at any price and will compromise themselves for the sake of outward harmony. This can lead to inward disharmony and to stress and health imbalances.
Librans are subtle organisers and can have others around them hard at work on a project without the workers realising that they are fulfilling the Libran's plans.
Being tactful and diplomatic, Librans are able to motivate others and oversee a project without treading on the toes of those involved.
Librans are able to present criticism in a way that is palatable to almost anyone.
They are suited to careers where handling delicate matters or difficult people is part of the job, such as telemarketing, the law or any job, which involves mediating between two parties.
Librans are also attracted to working in art or craft galleries, as their Venusian rulership suits them to working with anything that is aesthetically pleasing.
The hospitality industry appeals to Librans because they thrive on social contact.
Relationships are never far from the minds of most Librans, and they seem happiest when in the company of their partners. These people tend to think in terms of 'we' rather than 'I' and will often go to great lengths to ensure that they are not alone.
Their need for company can sometimes prevent Librans from leaving a destructive relationship and their need for peace at any price can allow a partner to take advantage of them.
They need to guard against co-dependence in a relationship as this stifles their growth and keeps the Libran scales out of balance.
Generally, Librans are happy when those close to them are content, and to this end they will make great sacrifices.
When Librans are in a happy relationship, all is right with the world as far as they are concerned. They can live without many of life’s basics if they have love.
The primary area for concern with Librans is the kidneys. With Venus ruling Libra there is tendency to prefer sweet foods, which can increase the stress placed upon the pancreas as it tries to re-balance the blood sugar levels.
When stressed, Librans can experience hormone imbalances.
Generally Librans enjoy good health and this contributes to their optimistic outlook on life.
However, if they overindulge in food and drink, they are prone to skin problems such as acne and blotchy skin.
When negative, Librans can reach for food as a substitute for love, putting sweetness into their mouths instead of their hearts.
Prolonged habits of this sort can lead to obesity.
Negative LIBRA :
When negative, Librans need constant reassurance that they are attractive, as they cannot see this for themselves.
This can lead to more than one relationship at a time, or a collection of admirers who serve to remind the Libran that they are indeed attractive to others.
The Libran need for peace and harmony can lead this type to put up with an unfair or imbalanced relationship rather than resolve a problem, for they can fear conflict. But there is another type of negative Libran: the war-maker.
This type looks for an argument and sets up conflict between people who would otherwise be friends.
It is still similar to the peacemaker, however, for this negative Libran gains a sense of being worthwhile when they step in to make peace.
Those who are involved in conflict are usually too focused upon their own issues to notice that the person making peace is the same one who created the conflict in the first place.
In love, the negative Libran likes to play one suitor off against another to increase their sense of being wanted or valued.
The negative Libran longs to be loved and valued more than anything else, but they are unable to receive love, so they sabotage relationships.
It seems that the dream of ideal love is more rewarding than real love for negative Librans.
This is because the planet Venus is associated with learning to value self and others.
When a person does not value themselves, it is unlikely that they will actually value the love that someone else is offering them, for they experience difficulty receiving what they do not believe they deserve.
Negative Librans can be lazy and self-indulgent. Unlike the Virgoan, who does their best thinking when they are busy, the negative Libran will do nothing for long periods of time if they have a problem or a decision to make.
They are often indecisive and can depend upon others to make decisions for them or to do the hard work necessary for the Libran to achieve their desires.
Being natural organisers, the negative Libran can have everyone around them working industriously while they find a comfortable chair to sit in and a magazine to read.
Negative Librans are likely to say whatever is required to keep the peace and to avoid putting in too much effort, despite what they really believe
LIBRA Lesson :
The lesson for the sign of Libra is to learn to transform their ideal of a loving relationship into physical reality.
It sounds easy, but Librans are idealistic where love is concerned and translating the dream into a physical reality requires a great deal of communication, cooperation, negotiation and effort.
In each day there are a hundred opportunities to demonstrate love for someone close in real and physical ways.
The Libran's lesson involves deciding which opportunities to pursue in order to ensure a close, loving relationship.
A healthy relationship requires effort for rewards, such as making their partner a cup of tea in the morning, and sharing food and conversation.
Librans tend to form a mental picture of what constitutes the perfect relationship, which they update according to what they read, hear about or observe in others’ relationships.
This can result in thoughts and plans that remain untested in the physical world.
Unlike the negative Cancerian, who will often love someone more when the relationship is over, the Libran has to decide whether to pursue the current opportunity or to wait for something more suitable.