Libra, The Scales
In addition to justice and diplomacy, Libra rules marriage and contracts. It symbolizes the time in life when one has matured enough to engage in important decisions, like whom to settle down with.
September 23 - October 22
Libra's scales balance this Venusian beauty's charismatic and graceful personality with a touch of laziness and vanity.
Since Libra is a Cardinal sign—the first sign of fall—Libras are natural strong leaders, despite the popular stereotype that they're indecisive. The first Cardinal sign, Aries, acts instinctually; the second Cardinal sign, Cancer, acts protectively; but Libra needs time to deliberate before making a move.
Libra is the second Air sign, and Air is all about intellect and communication. It also corresponds to the Justice card in the Tarot. All the zodiac signs work together: Libra's work is to judge the information gathered by the first Air sign, Gemini, and processed by Virgo, a practical Earth signs that falls just before Libra in the zodiac wheel. "I know this outfit is cute," says a Libra, "But is it cute on you?" One can always expect a touch of superficiality from a sign ruled by Venus; however, once you get a judgment, you can trust it was well thought-out. Judge Judy is a famous Libra-how archetypically fitting!
In addition to justice and diplomacy, Libra rules marriage and contracts. It symbolizes the time in life when one has matured enough to engage in important decisions, like whom to settle down with. That being said, the symbol isn't the individual: Not all Libras always itch for a commitment; many of them enjoy flirting, and being charming and social come naturally to them.
Libra's glyph illustrates a sunset, the equal balance of day and night on the fall equinox.
Body parts ruled by Libra include the kidneys (fitting, as they control and balance our body's fluid balance and electrolytes), as well as the booty. (Hello, Libra Kim Kardashian!) Soft, pastel colors are associated with Libra, and, being ruled by Venus, design and art are important themes relating to our favorite celestial symbol for balance. Libra isn't the only sign that Venus rules-she also presides over Taurus. Since Taurus is a practical Earth sign, Venus is more concerned with physical manifestations of beauty there. With Air sign Libra, the Venusian themes of beauty and harmony comes in intangible forms, like poetry, justice, and kindness.