Libra is the sign of the judge, the ambassador.
Every year, the Sun enters the sign of Libra on or around 23 September, and transits through it till around 22 October. Individuals born during this period are known as "Natives of Libra", or "Sun in Libra", or "Librans", or simply "Libra".
The natives are easygoing, balanced and attractive individuals. They have an active social life, and love to be surrounded by people and to interact with them. They are skillful and diplomatic, and are mostly agreeable to anyone and anything. These individuals absolutely love peace. They try their best to be fair with everybody to maintain peace and harmony. However, they can be indecisive (in a bid to make everybody happy) and eventually end up in delays, or miss out on opportunities. These natives also have a tendency to be judgemental of people they hang out with.
Libra is a cardinal air sign, that is ruled by Venus.
Symbol: The Scales
A balance is used to weigh and measure. The scales also symbolize justice, and equality. Libra natives seek equality, harmony and balance. Libra natives seek to change any sphere of life that seems unbalanced - in a manner that is fair and just. The glyph (or symbol) for Libra represents balance and resembles an "approximately equal to" symbol. It is the only symbol of the Zodiac that is inanimate (not represented by an animal, or person) to present Libra's drive to compare and balance. The symbol denotes justice, balance and harmony.
The Generic Libra Backdrop: Personality Traits and Other Notes
A Libran is nothing, if not harmonizing ... justly harmonizing! They have a pressing need to weigh options, before deciding to pick the most peaceful option. There is nothing that Librans value more than fairness and justice - and they are natural soothers and harmonizers. They are adept at seeing "both sides of the coin" in every situation, and even people.
Librans are sociable, and somewhat intellectual - with an innocent way about them that makes them very approachable. Librans, on their own, steer clear of conflicts or arguments, and prefer not to create or cause disagreements. This makes them friendly, amiable, and to an extent attractive. They are always eager to cooperate, good team players, and balanced strategists - that make them quite popular in their circles. They tend to spend a lot of time trying not to "rock the boat" - and trying to stabilize a rocking boat, instead.
In practice, however, Librans can stir up all sorts of trouble with their ways - mostly inadvertently. In their approach to balance their lives, they end up seeking the middle path - trying to be everything for everybody. They are usually associated with phrases like "on the fence", "middle road", "middle ground", etc. - due to their attempts to bring justice, equality, and fairness. Herein lies their reputation for untruthfulness. Fact is, truth can be hurtful - especially to caring souls, and truth tends to be a "spoilsport" in matters of creating harmony. Librans lie a lot, but it springs from their inner desire for peace and fairness. Their lies are generally harmless, but often results in creating quite a ruckus!
Their "peace, at any price" attitude also makes them manipulative and stubborn - mostly, for their own good. They are comfortable with direct and malicious trickery - which they totally justify in the name of peace. When things go wrong, or when their lies are caught, Librans are experts at avoiding being the ones to be blamed. If confronted, they will calmly reason the need of harmony to justify their behaviour. They can also be fixed in their ways, and can be quite difficult to manage once they get into their stubborn modes.
People with stronger (or more powerful) signs often consider Librans as weak - especially due to their lack of directness, and their apparent inability to take a stand. However, it is a matter of opinion, and truth is - life would not be as balanced and fair, without them. Every society need rules to deliver justice, equality, and fairness. Librans, on an individual level, represent the laws of civilization. Librans are generally civilized, rather refined, and gifted with the tact and diplomacy required to attain positive results.
With harmony being their ultimate goal, Librans pay a high price - in terms of being discontent due to their idealism and high expectations from others. Most of them are in a constant state of unrest, and usually miss out on living the moment - by engaging and choosing from the extraordinary amount of choices that life provides. They tend to get themselves entangled in looking for the "best way" or "right way" of every step of life. Their thought process works in relative terms, too - instead of absolutes. The weekend cannot be a good one, they are either better or worse than the last weekend.
All said and done, Librans love a good life, and admire beauty in all its forms. In relationships, they are loving and careful. They are graceful, polite, and make for beautiful, elegant partners. They are always well turned out, and a treat to be taken along on dates, parties and social dos.
Finishing the Libra Backdrop: Decanates, and Cusps
The Libra has an oval-shaped face, with balanced and pleasing features. They have beautiful almond-shaped eyes, V-shaped chin, and chubby cheeks - usually with dimples. They have an average height and built, with a long neck. They tend to put on weight in the middle ages, and should exercise regularly. Their overall appearance is cool and calm, with lots of charm and compassion at the same time.
||Seventh House, that focuses on: Marriage, partnerships, public relations, open enemies and other people.
||Cardinal (= Activity)
||Airy, Cardinal, Masculine, Positive, Humane
||Jade, Sapphire, Turquoise, Quartz and White Marble
||Blue, Jade Green
||Pink, Shades of Blue, Pale and Light Green
||Libra is a masculine sign, with an instinctive craving of: "We are ...". The Libra likes harmony, sharing with others, gentleness, and the outdoors. And, they dislike injustice, violence, conformity, and loudmouths. Professionally, they are happiest as/in beautician, luxury or fashion industry, musician, artistic creator, lawyer, mediator ...
The best gifts for a Libran are items that create relaxation or music.
||Thoughtful, unbiased, graceful, modest, adaptable, persuasive, affectionate, cheerful, sympathetic, generous, tactful, balanced.
||Indecisive, extremist, reckless, hasty, susceptible, aloof, tend to get carried away by others’ opinions.
The Libra tends to spend all their money to buy the best of everything that they want - and tend to get into financial trouble in times of emergencies. They should restrain their indulgence in luxuries, and learn to enjoy simple pleasures of life. Most of them are always complaining that they are not earning enough, even when they are saving enough money.
In order the further refine the above personality traits, the sign of Libra (as any other) is divided into 3 Decanates (also known as Decans), based on the "triplicity" of signs. The subtle differentiating alterations for each decan of Libra are explained below:
||Libra First Decan: 0° - 10°
Libra/Libra Decanate (Around September 23 - October 3)
Note: Stronger influence of Venus, the ruling planet.
Clever, pushovers, romantic - amongst other Libra traits.
Libra magnified, these natives have enhanced Libra traits, and are more "Libra" than those in the other two Decanates. They are clever, imaginative, and have great communication skills. They usually find it easy to fool people, but they are ideal peacemakers and excel in negotiations.
They are charming and attractive - and can easily attract and create a good impression on others. They do not like to show it, but they are very happy with this quality that they possess. They are also of "true blue" romantic types. They love the very idea of being in love, and prefer to be surrounded by beautiful people and things.
They excel when surrounded by different types of people - due to their cleverness, charm and communication skills. However, they tend to become "pushovers" in their attempt to impress everybody.
In relationships, they create a harmony - and work hard towards achieving balance and equality within the family. They do not like heated arguments, or even debates.
||Libra Second Decan: 10° - 20°
Libra/Aquarius Decanate (Around October 4 - October 13)
Note: Influence of Uranus blended with Venus, the ruling planet.
Serious, thoughtful, generous, but also self-sacrificing - along with other Libra traits.
These Librans, influenced by Uranus (Aquarius), are serious about everything in life - from studies, to jobs, to marriage. They are also patient, tolerant, and very thoughtful - and try to be non-judgemental unless they have facts. They tend to be thoughtful about almost everyone and everything in their life.
They are attractive, and although they can be unpredictable, they find it easy to get close to others. They make very good friends.
They possess the ability and intelligence to take on the world.
They are also generous and compassionate to other people. They are self-sacrificing by nature - and often keep their own interests in the back-seat while helping others, and derive great pleasure out of it.
||Libra Third Decan: 20° - 30°
Libra/Gemini Decanate (Around October 14 - October 22)
Note: Influence of Mercury blended with Venus, the ruling planet.
Active, loyal, communicative, but also too analytical - along with other Libra traits.
These Librans, influenced by Mercury (Gemini), are very active and physically fit. They possess great reserves of energy, and prefer to work on their own - and, are usually their own bosses. They can achieve a lot, with some guidance.
They possess great communication and writing skills. They love to communicate their thoughts to others, and are comfortable with a large number of audiences.
They are social beings and extremely loyal to those whom they love, and expect the same in return. They make one hell of a loyal friend.
They have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge - and are constantly trying to understand and learn new things. Their analytical nature, logic, and intuition usually gives them an edge over others. However, they tend to get too-analytical of people and situations.
The Sun, being the most dominant of "planets", forms the core character of any individual. All the above traits and notes are based on the Sun (the Sun enter Libra around 23rd September and stays till around 22nd October - is the basis of this Zodiac sign: Libra) and, including the above "finishing touches" with the Decanates, provide the general "backdrop" of every Libra. There are, however, other planets that alter some of the core traits. For example, Venus rules matters of the heart as does Jupiter to matters of optimism and hope.
The "complete picture" for each individual can only be "portrayed" by considering the positions of the other planets, at the time of birth of the individual. For example, compatibility in relationships according to the Sun is generic, it is the position of Venus and Mars (in addition to the Sun and Moon) that will actually "show" the individual's true preferences and compatibility factors. This is what makes each individual unique, and the Natal Chart important.
However, this does imply complete deviations from Libra traits. Whatever alterations the other planets provide, more or less, act upon the core traits of Libra provided by the "backdrop" of Sun.
Lastly, if the individual is born on the cusp (2 days at the beginning and end) of Libra, they should note the time of birth and make sure when the Sun moved in or out of Libra in that particular year (of birth). The Sun-Sign Table and Transit Dates
section provides an easy reference to evaluate the exact zodiac sun sign. Even if the date and time of birth is not available, a brief analysis would solve the issue:
||A person born in the cusp beginning Libra has either very enhanced Libra-like traits (falls in the Libra/Libra Decanate), or is a Virgo. Similarly, the person born in the cusp ending Libra is either Libra, or has very enhanced Scorpio-like traits (falls in the Scorpio/Scorpio Decanate) and thus, is a Scorpio.
In other words, when considering cusps of Libra, one should remember that no individual can have two different signs, or be a "hybrid" of two signs. There is nothing like a Libra with Virgo-like traits, or Scorpio-like traits. The only thing that matters is the position of the Sun. If the Sun has moved into Libra, then the individual is Libra, not Virgo. And, if the Sun has moved into Scorpio, then the individual is Scorpio, not Libra. The first light, like that of the ring of a solar eclipse, is intense - and creates a completely new individualism, leaving behind all traits of the previous sign.
Some popular people with Sun in Libra:
E.E. Cummings (Sun and Venus in Libra), Matt Damon (Sun and Mercury in Libra), Zac Efron (Sun and Mars in Libra), Eminem (Sun, Venus, and Mars in Libra), Sarah Ferguson (Sun and Mars in Libra), F. Scott Fitzgerald (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Libra), Angela Lansbury (Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Mars in Libra), Avril Lavigne, John Lennon (Sun and Mars in Libra), Heather Locklear (Sun, Mercury, and Mars in Libra), Emily Post (Authority on etiquette – Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Libra), Kelly Preston (Sun and Mercury in Libra), Christopher Reeve (Sun and Mercury in Libra), Susan Sarandon (Sun and Mercury in Libra), Alicia Silverstone (Sun and Mars in Libra), Bruce Springsteen (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Libra), Jean-Claude Van Damme (Sun and Ascendant in Libra), Kate Winslet (Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Libra), Yo Yo Ma (Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Libra), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Sun and Mercury in Libra).