Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Libra: "I'm Just Trying to be Fair"

Certainly that's got to be the mantra for all you Libras out there, myself included, born between September 23 and Octorber 22. They are the Harmonizers par excellance. Known as the Diplomats of the Zodiac they will go to great lengths, even if it's at their own expense and against their better judgement, to maintain balance and equilibrium. Libras are pleasant and charming. They make an effort to be friendly to all they meet. Being social animals, Libras enjoy people and seek out their company. Frequently, they are physically beautiful.  They possess an innate grace and demeanor. Whenever I think of the quintessential Libra female I think of a woman donning silver slippers, or sandals,  embracing two exquisite feet and wearing a gown of flowing, fluted drapery. If you think gauze and tuille you get the picture.  Such Libra luminaries include Catherine Zeta-Jones, Heather Locklear, Brigitte Bardot, Gwynthe Paltrow, Naomi Watts and Kate Winslett. Libra men include the good-looking Christopher Reeve, Sting and Hugh Jackman.  Not too shabby.

Libra is, of course, a Cardinal sign (the other signs being Fixed and Mutable) and is associated with the element of air. The word "cardinal" derives from the Latin word for  "hinge" as these signs (the others being Aries, Cancer and Capricorn) demarcate the turning point of a temperate season . When the Sun enters one of these signs the "air" changes heralding a change of season. Because of their crucial influence upon the seasons, astrologers consider these signs as very powerful and dynamic. They initiate action. With respect to a Libra individual, they tend to express their authoritative Cardinal Quality in an understated  and disarming manner.  However, when a Cardinal sign goes "bad", their negative traits include petulance, entitlement and spoilet.

Venus is the ruling planet of Libra. In Roman mythology, Venus is the goddess of love and beauty and was famous for the passion she could elicit among the gods and men alike. She is associated with  sensualtiy, pleasure, comfort and ease. Venus governs all things romantic, marriage and even business partnerships, sex, the arts, fashion and one's social life.  In China, Venus is associated with the metal gold which  symbolizes strength and persistence melded with beauty.

With respect to relationships and Sun sign compatibility, Libra is best matched wtih Aquarius, Gemini, Aries and another Libra. They tend not to do well with a Capricorn or Taurus. Just not hedonistic enough for a Libra's sensibility.

Material regarding Cardinal signs and Venus compiled from Wikipedia.

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