All We Need to Know About Libra

By Jamie VanZuuk

Libra Zodiac Sign

A little history on Libra...

The constellation of Libra is found in the southern sky, first recorded by Ptolemy in the 2nd century.

In Latin, Libra means "the weighing scales" and is the only non-animal, non-human western zodiacal depiction in our heavens. Despite being represented by an object, in my experience, Librans feel quite deeply. So deeply, in fact, that quite possibly, at one point in time perhaps it was decided that the Scales of Justice weigh these feelings objectively and even justly.

As Virgo represents Astraea’s need to care for humanity, Libra represents the justice Astraea epitomized, as she carries the grain and the scales forever in the heavens above us.

As above, so too, shall below...

The oldest known star in our universe, Methuselah, shines within the constellation of Libra. The four brightest stars that make up this constellation are Alpha and Beta Librae, and Gamma and Sigma Librae, and these four stars create what astronomers call a "quadrangle".

Alpha Librae is the second brightest star in Libra. It is a multiple star system whose two brightest components form a binary star and share a common proper motion through space, suspected to share a common origin about 200 million years ago.

The neighboring constellations are Centaurus, Hydra, Lupus, Ophiuchus-- the one responsible for all of the hype regarding the 13th sign which is why we only hear about it from NASA during this time of year, Scorpius, Serpens Caput and Virgo.

There is one meteor shower associated with the constellation of Libra-- the Librids in May.

As it were, it was understood that the ancient Greeks knew the part of the sky occupied by the Libra constellation as Chelae, or “claws,” and considered it part of Scorpio constellation as Chelae represented the scorpion’s claws.

The association of this realm of the sky was established by the Romans in the first century BC. The Romans considered Libra to be an auspicious constellation, associated with both balance and an equal length of night and day.

However, long before this, thousands of years before Christ, the Babylonian people associated the constellation with the idea of balance and this is originally where the connection to Astraea and Virgo was claimed.

Astrologically, Libra represents balance and justice, as well as beauty, compromise, companionship, commitment, decisions, right and wrong, legalities, and aesthetic quality.

Venus rules Libra and many Libran folks have been graced by the beauty and symmetry of Venus herself, often with dimples, too. Libran natives also seem to hold a sparkle in their eyes-- every single one I’ve ever met- again, likely Venus. There’s something faraway about them, yet, so close. Too close, sometimes. Librans are kind, forgiving, and empathetic. And yes, it’s so often the truth-- terrible decision-makers.

The scales represent the equilibrium Libran folks are endlessly seeking.

We all have a little Libra in us, and where Libra falls in your chart is where you, too, struggle to find a balance.

It’s where you hold a little extra charm, kindness, and graciousness toward the matters of the house Libra is found. Libra exudes the delicacy of the Dalai Lama with the mindfulness of each and every manner ever intended. Crude behavior, quite simply is never becoming, though, Libra will not allow it. Or excuse it.

This, and more: Libra loves to please. This isn’t always a good thing. They’re often taken for granted or emotionally mishandled because of this. Venus simply cannot be rude or tell it like it is, even when necessary. It is difficult for Libra to tune in to the logical airy element of reason and brutal honesty when the Venusian charms are so vivaciously vexing.

Also, Libra needs a companion. Completely.

One’s "better half" was surely coined by a Libra. As far as Libra feels, they are not complete without an "other". One of two. This is not always a romantic arrangement. Libra represents the 7th house and this is the house of marriage, yes, but also partnerships-- professional and personal- and compassionate companionship. But also of open enemies.

Open enemies? Yes. It is with those we love that we behave without reserve.

The 7th house also represents how other’s see you. Just as how your loved ones, your community, and our society sees you. And, thusly, judges you. If you’re an outsider, you will be judged as an outsider, and so on. I don’t make the rules, folks. But this is the way it is.

While the sun moves through the complexities of Libra, it is your celestial opportunity to confront the image you reflect and constructively work on the relationships you have, hanging in the balances or out on the center stage alike. It is your time to shine light upon the graciousness you give and the gratitude you expect.

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