Libra is the seventh sign of the zodiac. It is also known as the sign of the scales. If Libra is your lunar sign, then this guide is for you. The horoscope presented here is based on the ancient science of Vedic astrology, also known as the Sidereal or star-based system of astrology. It is a moon-based approach rather than the sun-based approach common to western astrology. In this article, you’ll learn all about your strengths, weaknesses, compatibility, ideal careers, and more.
Libra is known as तूला (tula) in Sanskrit, or “measuring scale.” Each sign of the zodiac is characterized by certain basic traits. This includes Symbol, Planetary Ruler, Element, Nature, and Gender. The general make-up of the Libra sign is below:
Sign of the Scales. Libra natives are balanced and judicious. However, they can be somewhat selfish.
Ruled by Venus. Venus is the planet of sensuality, fine food, the arts, and affairs of the home. Venetian individuals are fond of luxury and living the good life.
An air sign. Those with a Libra moon are imaginative, logical, and curious.
A movable sign. Persons born under this sign are fluid, spontaneous, and fond of change.
A masculine sign. This makes the native aggressive, bold, and thick-skinned.
As a Venetian sign, Librans are thoughtful and far-sighted individuals. They can earn a reputation for their intellect and vast learning in different subjects. You have a balanced approach to life. You have good taste in food, decor, fashion, and friends. You are artistic and charming, and others consider you to be a very friendly person.
Known as the sign of the scales, Libra-natives are expert judges of difficult situations. They possess an analytical mind. You always enjoy a good intellectual challenge, and you can satisfy others with your logical arguments and expert conclusions. Your discerning nature allows you to live a prosperous life. You remain happy and optimistic by adopting a “glass half-full” outlook.
As the process of justice requires careful consideration of many factors, you are able to weigh options carefully and make wise and well-thought-out choices. You are an ethical person. Others admire you for your noble qualities, and in general you have a fortunate life.
Librans do best in professions that allow a certain degree of independence. When working for themselves, they can be very enterprising.
Recommended careers: Libra-natives can do well as lawyers, judges, doctors, academics, artists, poets, sculptors, designers, and architects.
Careers to avoid: Librans are refined individuals. You may have a hard time working for others, especially bosses who are less intelligent or organized than you. For this reason, you may want to avoid careers that require selfless service or offer little recognition. For example, secretaries, janitors, plumbers, or mechanics.
Librans are known for their sense of dignity and aesthetic taste. However, they can sometimes be condescending toward those who are less cultured. Although you are learned and intellectual, you may be inclined to twist philosophical principles to suit your own personal agenda. You may not have a high regard for the idea of Absolute Truth.
As an air sign, Libra-natives have an active mind. This can lead to a kind of mental restlessness. It can also impede the development of deep personal values, which are more a matter of faith than worldly logic. As politicians are known for taking up popular issues during election time just for the purpose of earning votes, you may adopt certain views or opinions for the sake of fashion, or to uphold your good reputation.
You struggle with self-actualization, and are susceptible to influences outside yourself, particularly members of the opposite sex. You may be tempted to overly indulge in sensual pleasures, which can lead to illness. Meditating on the temporary nature of this world will help you develop wisdom and moderation.
You can balance your natural strengths and offset your weak tendencies by putting some effort into the following areas:
- Meditate often. Through meditation, we nourish our connection with the metaphysical realm, which can’t be discovered through logic alone.
- Keep a journal. Journaling helps track and accelerate personal development. A journal offers a place to share intimate thoughts, feelings and reflections, work through doubts and tough questions, and document heartfelt desires and dreams.
- Practice moderation. Keeping regular habits of eating, sleeping, and the other basic elements of day-to-day life does wonders for physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.
Libra-natives are good-natured, and have positive relations with friends and family members. However, you may find yourself taken advantage of if you’re not careful.
You are something of a cosmopolitan, and you have the ability to get along with all types of people. You prefer to walk in high social circles, and your friends are people of importance.
You have a good relationship with your parents overall, and may become their caretaker later in life. However, your relationship with your father may become difficult at times. You may not get along at all. Your children will be philanthropic in nature, and you will have much in common with them.
Libra-natives tend to have poorer luck in the realm of romance than those born under other signs. Relationships tend to spark quickly and start off with intense passion — but they may be short-lived or inconsistent. Be sure to find a trustworthy and committed spouse. Otherwise, there is a risk of ending up heartbroken.
In Vedic astrology, compatibility in relationships is a complex science that takes many different factors into account. It’s always helpful to consult with an experienced astrologer who can carefully consider yours and your partner’s individual charts.
Nonetheless, there are general patterns of compatibility across signs. These signs are usually a good match for Libra:
The Sexes at a Glance
The Libra Man
- Prefers urban environments
- Prefers to resolve problems indirectly rather than head-on
- Follows the philosophy of “live and let live”
The Libra Woman
- Good home-maker
- Good with words
Each planet oversees different areas of life. Saturn is the slowest-moving of the planets, and his influence is often accompanied by hard lessons.
When Saturn passes through the native’s moon sign, as well as the one before and after it, this is known as sade sati, or “Saturn’s Grind.” During this period, one experiences heavy karmic reactions. However, by adopting the right attitude, this can be a period of tremendous personal growth.
For Librans, the periods of sade sati are as follows:
- September 19, 1950 — February 7, 1958
- November 3, 1979 — December 16, 1987
- September 9, 2009 — January 26, 2017
- October 22, 2038 — December 7, 2046
- August 29, 2068 — January 16, 2076
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