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Libra The Scales –  September 23 to October 22

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3Libra is a Cardinal [action] sign and is ruled by Venus

 

 

  • 4Symbol: Scales
  • Ruling Planet: Venus
  • Keywords: Balanced, romantic, easygoing
  • Polarity: Positive
  • Duality or Gender: Masculine
  • Element: Air
  • Quality: Cardinal
  • Body Areas: Kidneys
  • Countries: Tibet, Austria, China, South-Pacific Islands, Upper Egypt and Japan
  • Cities: Vienna, Copenhagen, Leeds, Nottingham and Lisbon
  • Stone: Sapphire
  • Colors: Pale blues, pinks and various shades of green
  • Similarity to Chinese Sign:DOG
    Positive Traits: Diplomatic and urbane, Romantic and charming, Easygoing and sociable, Idealistic and peaceable

Negative Traits: Indecisive and changeable, Gullible and easily influenced, Flirtatious and self-indulgent

There are three grades of Libra. Which of these do you fall under? You can figure it out by the date of your Libran birth.
15If you’re born between the 24th of September and the 3rd of October you are a true die hard Libran and have the qualities of Venus fully dominating your life. You are artistic, caring and full of love and social warmth. Venus provides you with loads of friends, perhaps too many at times.
Librans born between the 4th and 13th of October are a little wacky by nature but harmless. If that’s you, life is a bundle of fun and you can expect the unexpected from time to time. You like the surprises that life throws at you.
The final portion of Libra occurs between the 14th and 23rd of October. Were you born during this time frame? If so, you are the type of Libran who is constantly on the hunt for knowledge and information. You are an eternal student who will never tire of learning news things. As well, you will never grow old as Mercury’s co ruler ship of your life ensures a sprightly and youthful attitude.
Libra is a movable air sign, which means there’s creativity in you. You are quick to grasp ideas, and you have a need to produce works of art and unusual or original things. You bring a touch of art to anything you do. Remember to incorporate this part of you into all your life’s activities; you’ll be richly rewarded.
5Libra Baby

Favorite phrase:     “I Can’t Make Up My Mind”

Good Points:           Charming, easy-going, friendly, loving

Bad Points: Indecisive, changeable, extravagant, naive. Libran babies collect compliments with their beautiful, sweet looks from the day they are born. When they smile, the enchanting magic lights up the whole room. A little Libran can melt the hardest of hearts, responding to adoration gracefully with appreciation and applause. He soon learns that smiling can work miracles to help him get what he wants. However, Libran children should always be encouraged to make their own decisions, in their own time, even if it does seem ages before they decide which foot to put their sock on first.
If your toddler is reluctant to do something, it’s not because he’s lazy, it’s just that little Librans generally take longer over tasks than other children because all decisions have to be well-balanced and considered thoughtfully and carefully beforehand. So try to be patient while he makes up his mind. Vibrant colorful clothes will catch his eye from an early age, but watch your bank balance – little Librans have an eye for quality and can have expensive tastes. A born performer, his Thespian and musical talents should be nurtured… you could be producing a star. Libra is the sign of balance and you will be blessed in having a Libra baby because she or he will very quickly learn the difference between awake time and sleep time. This is a rare and valuable trait in new born babies. As toddlers Librans are interested in everything and love to observe the world around them. They are very tactile little people and find animals fascinating, you could keep a Libran amused for days in 6the smallest of zoos. A small pet makes an excellent addition to any house with a young Libran growing up in it. Their appearance is also very important to most Librans and you may be surprised when your four year old is already making decisions about which romper suit looks good on them. The Libra baby will revel in the attention of others from the get-go. That baby whom everyone is cooing over at the doctor’s office? Yes, it’s a Libra. Passive yet charming, people can’t help fawning all over this sun-kissed child. Perhaps it’s the way a Libra baby smiles when others swoon. Whatever the case may be, this child is possessed of the most endearing qualities. Even-tempered and sweet in disposition, the Libra baby loves to have others around and would much rather is with company than alone. In a group, this child will mix quite well with others, displaying the very Libran qualities of sociability and diplomacy. The Libra tot is a born mediator, perhaps prepping early on for a career as a lawyer or judge. Loving fancy touches, the Libra child is not likely to take well to hand-me-downs, especially girls! These are kids who love to feel pretty, and the best clothes are a big step in that direction. Comfort is also important to this child, so clean, pressed clothes and a snappy room are an added plus. Sense a bit of control here? Well, the Libra child does know how to be manipulative, although they manage to do it in the nicest way. To sum up, the Libra baby likes to talk, loves to socialize and is a splendid (and even-handed) addition to any play group. Let the games begin!

7Libra Child

The Libra child is a born diplomat, a peace-loving sort who wants everyone to get along. The mediator of the playground has arrived! Along with this skill comes a certain refinement and panache which helps this kid pull things off. The Libra child makes it awfully hard for you to argue with them, as persuasive as they are. Cooperative and even-tempered as well, you can expect this child to have plenty of friends and live in a world of harmonious relationships. Spending time with their pals is something the Libra child loves to do, as this is a sociable creature who would much rather play in a crowd. That said, it’s individual sports which this child will prefer, so encourage that love of golf or tennis. School won’t be much of a problem for the Libra child, either, as they’re bound to get good grades. This child is most assuredly mindful of a good appearance. The Libra child can be fickle and indecisive at times, so if this is the case, feel free to make decisions for them. It’s just that they have a tendency to see all sides of an issue! A born mediator, indeed. Lastly, since this youngster can be a bit unfocused, be sure to keep them on a steady track, especially where reading and book work are concerned.

8Libra Girl

That pretty girl surrounded by a bevy of beautiful admirers (both male and female) — yes, it’s Libra! She’s certainly not one to hang around alone. More to the point, though, she is very focused on looking good. As Libra is ruled by Venus, the Planet of Love, Beauty and Aesthetic, her hair will always be in the latest style and her fashion sense is as good as it gets. Many Libra ladies wind up in the beauty industry for this very reason. As for all of that company in her midst, the Libra girl just can’t stand to be alone. If she’s not in a relationship (a highly unusual state for this lover-girl), she’ll cling to her pals and always socialize in a crowd. And a happy group it will be, since she’ll insist on harmony at all costs. Some may perceive her willingness to please as superficial, but her intentions are always good. Since Libra is an Air Sign, she possesses the qualities of an intellectual and will do well in school. Or is it because she can’t stand the idea of aggravating her teacher? Whatever the case, she’s bound to wind up doing beautiful work.

9Libra Boy

The Libra young man is an extremely appearance-conscious fellow. He always hangs around with the “in” crowd so he can be seen with all the right people. He is quite a smooth talker, too. He knows how to say all the right things and will compromise to accommodate others. At times he can come across as a bit superficial or even lacking in any real emotional or physical fire. His main interests are looking good and acting pleasantly diplomatic as opposed to behaving like a brute or building up brawn. That said, this boy is very good at spending money and enjoys fine clothes and dining. Where schooling is concerned, he’ll want to get into the schools which will make him look as good as he should — it’ll be Ivy League all the way for this young man. He’ll certainly make the grade; Libras are possessed of a great intellect. The Ivy League will be right up this young man’s alley, a schmoozer’s paradise which will prepare him for future ascendancy into the old boy network of his dreams.

15Libra and Independence:

Libras like to be around other people, they are all about partnerships and groups. They are happiest when other people are around and when other people are doing their work. They are lazy but like posh surrounding and nice decor. These two extremes could strike a balance and the Libra living on his own could either have a very messy place or a very intricately decorated place. They can be independent, they have the intelligence and the full capability within but would a Libra rather co-exist/depend on others.

12Libra and Friendship:

Libras love excitement, new situations, adventure and the unusual. They make friends with people from all walks of life and they are always up to something new and exciting with enthusiasm. Libras are great at getting along with people, everyone likes a Libra. They are all about partnerships and groups, they are the glue that hold a group together because they are the ones responsible for keeping harmony and peace. Libras have mastered the art of relationships, not just romantic but business, personal, and family relationships just to name a few. No one is able to see another person’s point of view better then a Libra.

Libra and Business: Libras dislike hard work; they are lazy when it comes to getting their hands dirty and doing the work themselves. Fortunately, their intuitive instincts are good at telling them where money can come from. 16They can think up great business ideas that are original and bound for success, they can initiate the idea but they need someone else to do the work. Libras make good business partners but not good business people on their own. Libras have potential of being a good leader with their diplomatic ways, but but they are just too lazy to do the hard work required and climb a corporate ladder. A good way for Libra to become wealthy is through artistic endeavors. They can be painters, interior decorators, actors or writing screenplays or composing. These are great ideas because it incorporates Libra’s hobby with a moneymaking venture.

Libra and Temperament: Libras have excellent instincts and intuition, most of the time they do not trust them enough. Libras are likely to be underachievers due to the easygoing attitude. This does not mean that they are necessarily lazy, they just make do with whatever comes their way. They do not want anything badly enough to fight for it. The only time that a Libra will usually stand up is if a situation is unfair, the only time a Libra will definitely stand up is if they feel something involving them is unfair. They need their respect and their fairness, after all, Libra has done so much for other people, it deserves at least fairness, right? When this issue comes into play, Libra becomes courageous.

11Libra Deep Inside: They are also likely to hide or bend their own true feelings in order to bring peace with a group and to make others like them. Sometime this results in them not really knowing what their true feelings are because they are trying to make everyone happy.

Other people can see this and Libras have earned themselves a reputation for being indecisive, they simply do not want to hurt anyone’s feelings or cause disorder or friction in a situation. This spills over inside the person and many times, Libras have difficulty making decisions. Inside, the Libra is very insecure, they suffer from a lack of self confidence, they are always searching for something to complete them. This is another reason why they are social butterflies; it is an unconscious attempt to find the missing peace through other people. By trying to appease other people all the time, Libras don’t really know who they are inside. Libras desperately need love and approval, they will do the favors that people ask and have a hard time saying ‘no’ or ‘I’m too busy’ in order to prove how nice they are, this gradually builds up resentment and negative self esteem issues inside. Libra’s indecisiveness is caused by fear, their fear that a wrong decision will make everything come crashing down around them and cause turmoil in their lives. Life is not like that and the Libra that acknowledges the fact that life has ups and downs will be less emotionally wound up, not so hard on themselves and as a result, they will be a much happier person.

351a3a64a07351c4fcdffdca2ece8de2Libra in a Nutshell: Libras are the diplomat of the zodiac. They are able to put themselves in other’s shoes and see things through another person’s point of view. They are the ones that always want to make things right and have balance and harmony in their life, their surroundings and the lives of the people close to them. They have captivating charm, elegant taste and they are easy to like due to their eager-to-please, easygoing nature. In return for a Libra’s amazing ability to be a good listener, sooth and calm people, they expect admiration. Libras will gather a group of people, everyone will become friends then the Libra will be in the center of the group. They like the attention and the admiration for the people that they have brought together. Libras are very intelligent, they often hide this inside their easygoing exterior. They express their intelligence through creativity, most are involved in some sort of artistic or creative pursuit. Many people overlook just how intelligent a Libra actually is.

When others see a Libras wide range of interests and hobbies, their intelligence and creativity is more then obvious. Libras love variety and different situations. They welcome change. Libras love luxury. They will spend lots of money and surround themselves with beautiful things and they seem to be constantly fussing over their appearance. They love anything upscale and classy. Libras work hard to please others, this they do an others find them incredibly captivating.
11Libra Health
Libra, the Scales, is the second sign of the Air triplicity and the seventh sign of the tropical zodiac. This artistic and tasteful sign is ruled by Venus and is the exaltation of Saturn. The key phrase for Libra is “I balance”. As a cardinal sign, Libra is creative and enjoys initiating new ideas.
True Librans are intellectuals, actively seeking knowledge and mental stimulation. They tend to be hard workers, especially after the age of thirty. Being focused on relationships, they have a strong sense of fair play and equity and make good counselors and diplomats.
Librans are good negotiators and are apt to become disturbed when they find themselves around dissension they cannot control. Emotional, physical, and psychological pleasure comes from beauty in all its forms. Books, music, flowers, and perfume are typical delights. If the environment is less than pleasing, Librans can become unhappy without even realizing that the surroundings may be responsible for the despondency.
Social grace begins with good manners, extends to high level diplomacy, and ends with abhorrence of disagreeable confrontations. Libra promotes peace and harmony, and usually opts to bypass hostile confrontations whenever some other method can be employed.
Some Librans avoid physical activity and are addicted to luxuries and creature comforts. They also tend to be fond of rich and sugary foods, which may result in adrenal fatigue and hypoglycemia.

18Libra Rules the Kidneys

Each sign rules structural, external and internal relationships. Libra rules the excretory functions through the kidneys and skin. Externally it rules the lumbar region, buttocks, adrenals and vasomotor system. Structurally, the sign rules the lumbar vertebrae. The pathological tendencies of this sign are lumbago, kidney disease, uremia, polyuria, renal calculi and edema.
Libra rules the kidneys, lower back and ovaries. Lower back pain, and problems caused by too much sugar or rich food are common complaints.
Librans are also subject to interminable hovering between alternatives, or inability to make firm decisions, especially under pressure, when they can be pushed by others into taking steps they may later regret.

10What it’s Like to Date a Libra Woman: Libra woman is enchanting and charming; she is the master of the art of seduction. The environment is important for Libra, make sure the first date is somewhere classy and elegant with posh surroundings, such as lunch at an elegant bistro then a walk along the tree lined pathways of a ravine in the summertime with the flowers blooming. Libra will feel at peace and love it. Give her compliments and tell her how much she is appreciated. She may reply bashfully but with each compliments, the radiant glow inside her will shine brighter and brighter.

Once the initial seduction is over with and the relationship has become more stable, she will stop her sweet seductive ways, not because she has completely lost interest, but it is because she is lazy in love. She may need a few days away without you; this is like pressing the reset button on the relationship. Be romantic with her and she won’t lose interest. Be dramatically romantic, sweet love notes tucked in her pocket, flowers, these things bring great joy to the Libra woman and they make her feel special, which is essentially important to the Libra woman.

13What it’s Like to Date a Libra Man: The Libra man is very popular with women because he is charming, harmonious and can relate to women on their level – a characteristic of Libra is the ability so see the world through the eyes of others. Libra men do this to seduce the girl and it always works. He always seems to be on the search for the perfect women, unfortunately, that does not exist. The closest thing a perfect woman could do is appreciate and be in awe of his stardom. Look up to him, admire him, he is a sucker for flattery. Do not nag or pick on his inability to make a decision, it will simply put pressure on him. You make the decision if he cannot; he will happily go along with you and deep inside will be happy that you took control.

02c598e3e4530ac96ff66a2ae7c39c2eHow to Attract Libra: Libras are easy to attract, they probably have attracted you first with their easygoing nature. First and foremost, admire and flatter them. Treat them like a prince or princess. Libras love to talk, they can talk about anything but are especially interested in themselves. Want to leave a lasting impression on a Libra? Ask questions about them and talk about their interests, hobbies, anything regarding them. Even though Libras are diplomatic, they enjoy seeing things from other points of view. Engage in a light debate about an issue exploring both sides and the conversation will flow. Dress nice, keep the atmosphere posh and upscale and clean your house before they come over for the first time. First impressions are lasting for Libras. Have fun, be yourself, you are almost guaranteed a good time with the easygoing, interesting Libra.

25The Libra in Love: Librans love the home and marriage. Time with their lover and family makes them feel complete. To a large extent their love relationship will become their identity. Libras can be very sensual and eager to explore both the spiritual and physical limits of their relationships.
Shaping their relationship and creating entrancing moments is where the Libra focuses its creativity. Their ultimate goal is pleasure and harmony. Libras prefer to be the pursued, rather than pursue. The more attention their mate pours upon them, the happier they will be.
Librans are best involved with a special person who understands their need for romance and their search for the perfect environment. They are co-operative, imaginative and willing to experiment with all manner of relationship styles. The happy Libra is one whose relationship is not simply a coupling, but the joining of two people to go through life as one.
You’re too busy worrying about your breath to really get into your kisses.
23Love Insight
They’re the peace lovers of the zodiac, and will shy away from conflict at all costs. They are also incurable romantics who love to surround themselves with beauty and culture. Learn to be diplomatic and smother your Libran with affection, and he/she will purr like a cat.

Libra-Aries: These two personalities balance each other out.
Libra -Taurus: Common interests promise pleasurable times.
Libra -Gemini: Love and adoration is the main theme here.
Libra -Cancer: When you’re in each others arms, life is sweet.
Libra -Leo: Together, they’re a showstopper sight!
Libra -Virgo: Love, honor, and harmony can make this match work.
Libra -Libra: Diplomacy and romance shuts out the cruel world.
Libra -Scorpio: Nurturing love lessons soften Scorpio’s heart.
Libra -Sagittarius: Philosophy, networking, having fun – great match!
Libra -Capricorn: Support and challenge through the good and bad.
Libra -Aquarius: Creative heaven! Their mind-sync is stimulating.
Libra -Pisces: Wine, roses, music – no shortage of romance.

1183afbcd42a46385eda3ad6e689f258Libra Erogenous Zone: The lower back is the most sensitive region on a Libra. Caressing it softly or even slow dancing will heighten the sensual experience for any Libra. Libra are usually very fond of a light pinch or smack on the buttocks.

Sex with Libra: Sex is enchanting, sensual experience, like a sex scene out of a movie. Lots of gentle rubbing, stroking, caressing. Libras make very imaginative and creative lovers. They are good at what they do and they are willing to try something new. Always keep it classy however; Libras are not one for bathroom stall sex. Set the mood with lots of teasing foreplay and create ambiance with candles and scented massage oils.
Your sexuality is responsive, yet very much subject to the nature of the environment. A natural partner, your need to relate makes you eager to please, but can see you often looking for someone more satisfactory somewhere else.
Ruled by Venus, the goddess of beauty and of lovers, you have impeccable taste and are widely considered attractive, yet you can be coquettish and even devious in the pursuit of your desires. You can be somewhat narcissistic at times and respond readily to praise and flattery.
4f3123a57a5b66e5b59a1288388afd58Your ego is a little fragile, so you respond to reassurance and appreciation of your good taste (in say, your appearance, body parts, clothes, art, interior design and so on). You love to be admired and are more than a little exhibitionistic. You will go along with most things, particularly if they present you in your best light.
You seek to please your partner and tend to view lovemaking as an art at which, of course, you excel. Creating the right environment for love is very important and a failure to do so on the part of a prospective partner will most likely lead to your rapid, though decorous, retreat.
You respond and relate to things of beauty and generally prefer artifice to unadorned nature. You also love to explore the pleasures of love with a partner (though, of course, in the absence of same, there’s always your own sure touch…).
Admirers should be aware of your need for reassurance, your love of sensual pleasure and beautiful things—and that flattery will get them anywhere.

20You and Your Libra

Do…

… Strive to keep circumstances mellow and harmonious. Libra, symbolized by the Scales, appreciates it when things are balanced.

… Cultivate an interest in fine arts and literature. Your Libra will show you the value of music, art and poetry.

… Indulge your Libra with little extravagances and constant compliments.

… Enjoy the rewards — they will make sure to always be beautiful and sensual for you.

… Ask your Libra’s opinion about things that are going on in your life. Your Libra will like to have an equal say about things, and can often help you make a reasonable, balanced decision.

… Understand that with a Libra, life is about constantly weighing factors: cause and effect, good and bad. Librans bring balance and serenity into the lives that they touch.

17Don’t…

… Expect your Libra to make snap decisions, even if it’s only a question of what to eat for breakfast. Librans like to weigh alternatives and can be indecisive.

… Suggest that your Libra is looking sick or tired — you may make them worry all night and all the next day. The Scales take pride in having a fresh, youthful appearance.

… Be inflexible or without spontaneity — if you like things to be set in stone, you may be annoyed by this Sign at times. Librans can be quite capricious.

… Push your Libra into making a major decision. They like to think the important things through slowly and carefully.

… Call attention to your Libra’s laziness, self-indulgence or arrogance. These traits may manifest if you constantly tell your Libra about them.

Famous Libras Include: Eisenhower, Olivia Newton-John, Sarah Berhardt, Mohandas Gandhi, Franz Liszt, Bruce Springsteen, Brigitte Bardot, Eleanor Roosevelt, Paul Simon, Noah Webster, Ralph Lauren, and Michael Crichton

e9f78c3fe04e30a3a920b57afa996ddaIdeal Jobs Include: Libras are well-suited to careers as diplomats, judges, public relations consultants, counselors, psychologists and artists.

Lucky Numbers: 7, 16, 25, 34, 43, 52

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 mellowness and sense of relaxation in the air as mankind enjoys the last of the summer sun and the fruits of his toil. Libras 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.

imagesLibrans 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 unity.

Their cast of mind is artistic rather than intellectual, though they are usually too moderate and well balanced to be Avant grade 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 sentimentality. 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.

14The 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 over enthusiasm for causes which they espouse.
21Both 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. 19Some 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 values, 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. Libra governs the lumbar region, lower back and kidneys. Its subjects must beware of weaknesses in the back, and lumbago, and they are susceptible to troubles in the kidneys and bladder, especially gravel and stone. They need to avoid overindulgence in food and especially drink, for the latter can particularly harm the kidneys.

libra-from-zodiac-series-dorina-costrasLibra was the last zodiac sign to be officially recognized. Going back to the very earliest astronomical writings, the stars of Libra were actually considered to be a part of neighboring Scorpios. Interestingly, its two brightest stars are referred to as the northern and the southern claw… a definite reference to its scorpion past.

Libra’s shape reminds you of balance scales. Around 1200 B.C. the location of alpha Libra coincided with the Autumnal Equinox. It was around that time that the Greeks and Romans began referring to Libra as the scales … weighing the lengths of night and day.

Libra means “The Scales” or “Balance”, so named because when the zodiac was still in its infancy, some four thousand years ago, the sun passed through this constellation at the autumnal equinox (September 21st). At the two equinoxes (Spring and Autumn) the hours of daylight and darkness are equal.

libra-joseph-soizaAs a symbol for equality, the constellation came to represent Justice in several Middle Eastern cultures. However, the Greeks had a different perspective; at one time Scorpio’s, which lies just to the east, was much larger, and the stars that make up Libra were then known as the Claws of the Scorpion. Eventually, however, these stars of Libra came to represent the Golden Chariot of Pluto. The story of Pluto’s abduction of Persephone is a widely known Greek myth, perhaps because it has such a strong astronomical association.

Pluto’s (or Hades’) Golden Chariot was used whenever the Lord of the Underworld wished to visit the Upper world, usually to seduce a nymph. But when he took Persephone back to Tartars, the deepest part of Hades, the Upper world would change forever. The name of the ruler of the Underworld was actually Hades. Hades was a brother of Zeus and of Poseidon; he was usually ignorant of the happenings of the upper world, only emerging rarely from his dark kingdom.

51b2aca27719c7f0941fa71b0c473ac5Deep beneath the earth, he owned all its mineral riches, but his favorite possession was a gift from the Cyclopes: a helmet that rendered him invisible. It was considered imprudent and dangerous to mention the names of certain gods and goddesses. Thus the Furies, or Cronies, were called Eumenides (Kindly Ones), and Hades was called Pluto (Rich One). His golden chariot was pulled by four jet-black horses. While he used the chariot to periodically visit the Upper world, in order to seduce a beautiful nymph, he rarely wished the relationship to last. Until he saw Persephone, the daughter of Demeter and Zeus.  Demeter was the sister of Zeus and Hades, and one of the most important of goddesses as she was responsible for Agriculture, and all growing things. Hades is so enamored by the beauty of Persephone; he wants her for his own, so takes her by force down to his kingdom, where she becomes the Queen of the Underworld. Demeter mourns for her lost daughter and begs the other gods for help. So Theseus and Peiritheus (his brother) descend into Hades in search of Persephone, but are unsuccessful. In fact, they are held captive by Hades, and Heracles is sent to rescue them. libra_by_demoncherryHe can only manage to bring back Theseus; Peiritheus is condemned to remain forever in Hades. Demeter is so distraught about the loss of her daughter she decides to forbid any seeds from sprouting. A vast drought spreads throughout the upper world. Zeus becomes vexed, for he is owed a certain tribute, and if the drought continues his tribute will not be forthcoming. Some accounts give Zeus a more noble reason for acting on his sister’s behalf: that he empathizes with Demeter and wishes to rectify her loss. In any event, he convinces his brother Hades to give up Persephone, so that the upper world can again become green and lush. Hades agrees, provides that Persephone hasn’t eaten anything since her arrival. Alas, she had consumed six pomegranate seeds, so Hades claims she cannot return. Zeus will have none of it, and rules that she must forever divide her time between the upper world and the Underworld; four months out of the year she must stay with her husband, while the rest of the year she may visit her mother, in the upper world. Thus every year the world retreats briefly into a cold and forbidding place, until the 21st of March, when Persephone is allowed to emerge from the Underworld, bring spring with her.

26Mythology Libra, the Scales of Balance and Final Judgment dates back to Egyptian afterlife rituals – wherein a scale was allegedly used to weigh the souls of the dead. Anubis weighs the heart of the deceased against the feather of Ma’at, goddess of truth and justice.

In Greek mythology, the stars of Libra came to represent the Golden Chariot of Pluto. The story of Pluto’s abduction of Persephone is a widely known Greek myth, perhaps because it has such a strong astronomical association.

24Pluto (Hades) was a brother of Zeus and of Poseidon; he was usually ignorant of the happenings of the upper world, only emerging rarely from his dark kingdom. It was considered imprudent and dangerous to mention the names of certain gods and goddesses. Thus the Furies, or Cronies, were called Eumenides (Kindly Ones), and Hades was called Pluto (Rich One). His golden chariot was pulled by four jet-black horses. While he used the chariot to periodically visit the upper world, in order to seduce a beautiful nymph, he rarely wished the relationship to last. Until he saw Persephone, the daughter of Demeter and Zeus. When he took Persephone back to Tartars, the deepest part of Hades, the upper world would change forever. Deep beneath the Earth, he owned all its mineral riches, but his favorite possession was a gift from the Cyclopes: a helmet that rendered him invisible.

d90cfc6b5c4473d1d3ba97225bf1b484Demeter was the sister of Zeus and Hades, and one of the most important of goddesses as she was responsible for Agriculture, and all growing things. Hades is so enamored by the beauty of Persephone, he wants her for his own, so takes her by force down to his kingdom, where she becomes the Queen of the Underworld. Demeter mourns for her lost daughter and begs the other gods for help. Theseus and Peiritheus descend into Hades in search of Persephone, but are unsuccessful. In fact, they are held captive by Hades, and Heracles is sent to rescue them. He can only manage to bring back Theseus; Peiritheus is condemned to remain forever in Hades. Demeter is so distraught about the loss of her daughter she neglected her godly duties and no seeds sprouted. A vast drought spreads throughout the upper world. Zeus becomes vexed, for he is owed a certain tribute, and if the drought continues his tribute will not be forthcoming. Some accounts give Zeus a more noble reason for acting on his sister’s behalf: that he empathizes with Demeter and wishes to rectify her loss. In any event, he convinces his brother Hades to give up Persephone, so that the upper world can again become green and lush. Zeus rules that she must forever divide her time between the upper world and the Underworld; four months out of the year she must stay with her husband, while the rest of the year she may visit her mother, in the upper world. Thus every year the world retreats briefly into a cold and forbidding place, until the 21st of March, when Persephone is allowed to emerge from the Underworld, bring Spring with her.
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