by Stefan Stenudd

Libra in the Complete Horoscope

The Scales Zodiac Sign in Classical Astrology

Libra Zodiac sign in Astrology
The Libra Zodiac sign glyph. Ink calligraphy by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see it enlarged.

Libra, the Scales, is the seventh sign of the zodiac. The sun enters it on or around September 23, when the autumn arrives.

       Libra belongs to the element air, its quality is cardinal and its charge is positive. Its Ruler is Venus, and Mercury exalts in it. Its motto is: "I balance." In the horoscope chart, the zodiac sign Libra brings an ethical and logical character to planets and astrological houses therein.

       Please observe that the text on this webpage is about the role of the Libra zodiac sign in the complete horoscope chart, and not just its meaning as a star sign, also called sun sign (when the sun was in Libra at the time of your birth).

Your Libra Zodiac Sign

The sun, the basis of Zodiac sign astrology. Woodcut. Those who have Libra as their zodiac sign (star sign) are born when the sun was in Libra, normally September 23 - October 22 (it differs slightly from year to year, because of the leap years). Therefore, it is also - more adequately - called the sun sign.

       Observe that it's just one of the many components of the complete horoscope chart. Nowadays, star sign astrology is much more widespread and common than readings based on the classical birth chart, but the latter is what astrology is really all about.

       The sun in your horoscope is your natural self - what you are when you relax, when other planets in your horoscope are not active. It is your basic drive.

       If your sun sign is Libra, you are a person of principles, striving for balance and order. You prefer agreements to orders, but do insist on what you are convinced is the right way. Sometimes you find it hard to make up your mind, and to decide between opposite alternatives, in other cases you move surely and swiftly from A to B to C.

The Father of Libra

The sun in the horoscope also represents your father (the mother is represented by the moon).

       If you have the sun in Libra, your relation to your father is balanced and ordered, sometimes almost in a formal or ritual way. You deal with each other as if you were diplomats from different countries. You have high expectations on each other, particularly in being consistent and true to one's words.

Libra, by Hevelius.

       For more about your sun sign in Zodiac sign astrology, see the link further down this page.

The Planets in Libra

The planets and astrological points are the active forces in the horoscope chart, the energies by which we are able to act. As such, each has its own characteristics, but they are influenced by the zodiac sign they occupy. When a planet or other point of the horoscope is in Libra, it is also affected by the zodiac sign, getting something of its character. Here are those planets and astrological points, what they stand for in the complete horoscope chart, and how they are affected by the zodiac sign Libra:

The planet symbols (glyphs).

Planet symbols (glyphs). From left to right: sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Ascendant, Medium Coeli, moon node.

  • Sun   basic drive - Libra brings a logical mind sticking to principles.

  • Moon   longing - Libra brings a need to do the right thing, and frustration in the face of injustice.

  • Mercury   curiosity - Libra brings precise and logical thinking, as well as a clear language.

  • Venus   affection - Libra brings loyalty in any partnership, and a talent for joining with others.

  • Mars   aggression - Libra brings decisiveness and the strength to fight for one's conviction.

  • Jupiter   luck - Libra brings balance to life and the ability to move forward, step by step.

  • Saturn   duty - Libra brings a very firm and usually conservative moral, and unwillingness to tolerate any deviation from it.

  • Uranus   contemplation - Libra brings a profound capacity for logical thinking, and readiness to revise one's ethics.

  • Neptune   fantasy - Libra brings a fantasy that deals with the abstract, and dreams that focus on good and bad.

  • Pluto   catharsis - Libra brings radical changes on theoretical levels, and renewed ethics.

  • Ascendant, AC   attitude - Libra brings a diplomatic appearance, keen on not being misunderstood.

  • Medium Coeli, MC   self-image - Libra brings a sense of having high moral standards, and a sharp intellect.

The Houses in Libra

The astrological Houses are life environments, different sections of what constitutes our everyday reality. The Zodiac signs bring their characteristics to the Houses, influencing the environments described by them. Here are the twelve Houses, what they stand for, and how the Zodiac sign Libra affects them:

  1. Identity - Libra makes you seem trustworthy and reasonable.

  2. Resources - Libra makes your material situation well balanced.

  3. Communication - Libra makes you loyal to your friends, and exemplary in school.

  4. Home - Libra makes your home in good order and your family in agreement.

  5. Pastime - Libra makes you prefer intellectual pastimes in calm surroundings.

  6. Work - Libra makes you work with decision-making and organizing.

  7. Partners - Libra makes you very loyal to your partners, and they trust you completely.

  8. Unknown - Libra makes you contemplate the beyond and other life mysteries, and you try to come to terms with them.

  9. Travel - Libra makes you plan any change in life, unwilling to take any steps without weighing pro and contra.

  10. Career - Libra makes you respected in your social settings, where you usually have significant influence.

  11. Ideals - Libra makes you committed to your ideals, which give room for discussion but not for compromise.

  12. Shortcomings - Libra makes it hard for you to find a lasting balance and order in life, and it's not always possible for you to choose according to your conscience.

Libra in General

Of course, all of the above is very general, mainly to give you an idea of how the Libra zodiac sign works in the horoscope and influences its different components. You need to study your complete horoscope chart carefully, to make a deeper and more nuanced interpretation.

Libra - Scales. Illustration from a 1482 edition of Poeticon Astronomicon, attributed to Hyginus.

Libra - Scales. Illustration from a 1482 edition of Poeticon Astronomicon, attributed to Hyginus.

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