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Libra

September 23 - October 22

Libra is symbolized by the Scales

Symbol:the Scales
Ruling Planet:Venus
Ruling House:Seventh House
Element:Air
Quality:Cardinal
Body Parts:kidneys
Keyword:PARTNERSHIP
Date with destiny:Gemini, Aquarius
Run for the hills:Cancer, Capricorn
Where you glow:mediating
What makes you tick:charm
Fitness forecast:rowing
Play date:flying first class to Paris
Perfect jobs:beautician, personal shopper
Best accessory:a bottle of water
A sure thing:flirting
Destination:Fiji
Pleasure:cooperation, fair play, conversation
Pain:disharmony, solitude, decision-making
What's my line?It takes two to tango.

Libra is symbolized by the Scales. You're romantic but particular, diplomatic but indecisive, but ultimately happiest when you're in love. You don't really like to be alone, period. You abhor conflict, and have a highly developed sense of objectivity and conflict resolution. Libra is the seventh Sign of the Zodiac, and it is at this point in the Zodiac that we start to see a shift.While the first six Signs of the Zodiac focus on the individual, the last six focus on the individual's contact with others and with the world. Librans are first and foremost focused on others and how they relate to them. We can call this the Sign of partnership with a capital 'P' because these folks do not want to be alone! For a Libran, everything is better if it's done as a pair. Librans are good when paired up, too, since they epitomize balance, harmony and a sense of fair play. While they are true team players at work, their favorite partnership is at home: marriage. Librans feel most complete when they are coupled up with their lover, forever.

It's the Scales which symbolize Libra, and just like that balancing mechanism wants to stay even, Librans want to be on an even keel. Think of the Scales of Justice and how they work at striking the right balance. Likewise, Librans are objective, just and want to do what's best for everyone. It's possible, though, that this penchant for fairness is for a different reason: Librans abhor conflict. The Scales study every possible angle in the hopes of achieving peace and harmony, so much so that others may see them as fickle and indecisive. If that's what it takes to avoid a confrontation, that's fine with the Scales. The Libra-born are keen strategists, organizing groups with poise and getting the job done (in keeping with the Cardinal Quality assigned to this Sign). Further, you can expect the Scales to be companionable, sociable folks.

Air

The Element of Air is attached to the Signs Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. It also rules the Third, Seventh and Eleventh Houses. It is rarefied air which usually surrounds those graced by this Element, as this is the marker of the intellectual. Airy people are smart thinkers and handle abstract reasoning well. They love to analyze, synthesize and probe. Do you have a dilemma? Hand it over to an Air Sign and watch them go to work.

Air Signs are also about communication. These individuals want to get the word out, and it's not likely to be fluff. They are alert, curious and perceptive. The world as seen by an Air Sign will be an interesting one, as their analysis and subsequent explanation (hopefully in terms we can understand) will indicate. Those influenced by Air are inventive and clever. They see all sides of the equation and are able to glean the best approach. Balance is important to these airy folk.

So, are Air Signers fresh as a summer breeze or howling like the wind? Probably both, depending on when you catch them. While these folks are often cool, calm and collected, they can turn cold if their equilibrium is upset. A word to the wise: there's little upside in baiting an Air Sign.

Another plus with Air is that it manifests itself in a most humane way. Those influenced by Air can truly wear another's shoes, as it were. They are objective, cooperative and really want to help make a better world. There's no prejudice with these folks, just a bright and shiny idealism which can accomplish much.

Air Signs are communicative, intellectual, clever and fair. They can blow hot and cold, though, so beware of a chilly draft!

Cardinal

A Cardinal Quality is attached to the Signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. The Cardinal Houses are the First, Fourth, Seventh and Tenth; if an astrological chart shows a preponderance of Planets in these Houses, its energy is weighted toward cardinality.

Cardinal Signs are the initiators of the Zodiac. They are also found at key jumping-off points on the chart wheel, specifically the Ascendant, Medium Coeli (M.C. or Midheaven), Descendant and Imum Coeli (I.C.). Individuals possessing a Cardinal Quality like to get things going. They are active, quick and ambitious. Many projects get started, thanks to Cardinal initiative, although a good deal of them are never finished. That's because Cardinal folks are much fonder of starting things than finishing them.

You won't find a Cardinal person slacking off. These people are full of vim and vigor and possess a drive and ambition that is unmistakable. Enthusiasm and a zest for life fill the Cardinal individual. Some might perceive this rampant energy as domineering, and, at times, it can be. Cardinal people can easily forget about the rest of the pack when they are busily focusing on their own endeavors. Even so, their energetic spirit often wins the day.

Cardinal folks are clever and want to win. They love to start things, and whether they finish them or not, there's always a lot going on. Nay sayers who find them to be too self-centered will simply have to watch (and marvel) as they speed by!

The Seventh House

House of Partnerships

The Seventh House shows us that partnerships can take many forms: marriage, business relationships, contracts, legalities, negotiations and agreements. We will cooperate to a greater or lesser extent in these varied partnerships. The quality of that cooperation, in essence how we relate to the other, is key to the Seventh House. Why do we choose this partnership? Is it for love or money? Practical reasons? Social considerations? There are many reasons for uniting with another. We may choose to fill voids we see in ourselves. We may simply want the company and companionship of another. The partnerships we form say a great deal about ourselves and also serve to teach us much. This House wants us to know that the quality of our partnerships will enhance our lives, make them fuller, more special and better for everyone.

Tensions within a partnership also serve to teach us lessons. For this reason, the Seventh House also focuses on the darker side of our unions. Divorce, lawsuits and treaties all fall within this House. At its worst, a partnership may create enemies -- and on a more global scale, these rifts can deteriorate into war. It is our reaction to this adversity which will shape the partnerships yet to come.

The Seventh House is ruled by the Sign Libra and the Planet Venus.

Venus: Planet of Love and Money

Venus is all about pleasure, especially pleasure shared with someone else. This Planet concerns itself with love, romance and harmony in our emotional attachments, marriages, friendships and other unions (like business partnerships). Venus is content to spread happiness and tenderness, all the while teaching us how to love and appreciate others and the things that we possess.

We appear attractive -- and we attract others -- thanks to Venus's energy. Socializing with and relating to others are important to this Planet.

Beauty is also strongly associated with Venus. The arts (music, dance, drama and literature, to name a few) and a sense of the aesthetic fall within the realm of Venus. Venus beseeches us to indulge our senses and revel in the beauty of our world. This Planet is inextricably linked to refinement, culture, charm and grace.

Venus also deals with the pleasure we derive from our possessions. Luxuries (jewelry, paintings, expensive cars), good food and drink, a beautiful home and a sense of refinement all please Venus's interests. This Planet asks us to appreciate the exquisite nature of things. It's a sensual -- though not necessarily sexual -- world as far as Venus is concerned.

Venus takes 225 days to complete its orbit of the zodiac; it is never more than 47 degrees from the Sun. It is a feminine energy and rules both Taurus and Libra and the Second and Seventh Houses.

Libra Beauty Profile

Libras, you certainly know how to please, don't you? You know that the world wants beauty, and you always deliver. Feminine but strong, charming but never coy, you have a knack for looking fabulous with a minimum of effort. Perhaps it's the inherently captivating quality of this Cardinal Air Sign, or maybe it's the way you yearn for harmony at all costs. Maybe it's the Libran need for companionship that influences you to always look your best. Whatever IT is, it imbues you with a healthful glow, a strong and luminous life force that allows you to step out without making yourself up.

Libras seem blessed somehow -- you were likely an adorable baby, a delightful child, a homecoming queen and now a goddess possessed of a decidedly ethereal yet human beauty. It has to be the skin. Since you move through life with the purpose of balance and harmony, the lack of stress shows in your supple and ageless skin. You look lovely in greens and pinks, and you bathe in warm, floral scents.

You make it look effortless, but you just keep your secrets well. Right? Your beauty comes from your movie star poise, your grace and your subtly persuasive nature. You're at your most beautiful, though, when you're in love.

Libra Career Profile

If it's the truth you seek, you'll want to work with a Libra. The Scales will look at all sides of an issue, then make a careful and deliberate decision once they're sure it's the right one. The sense of justice and fair play attached to those born under this sign is remarkable. Librans enjoy the leader's role and will work hard to be worthy of the privilege.

Librans crave the exchange of ideas, conversation and chatter, and if all this takes place in a social situation, even better. The schmoozer of the Zodiac has arrived! The Scales, of course, would prefer to be known as a networker, tasteful appellation that it is. Harmony is important to Librans, as these charmers enjoy beautiful surroundings which are pleasing to all; they also appreciate the concept of "go along to get along," important to peace and mutual understanding in business as well as life.

The mediator in Libra likes bringing people together, but the Scales also enjoy having a partner at their side. People all around are fun, but one true ally in the trenches is priceless. Librans are motivated to keep their partnership sailing smoothly, and it's also likely to be a pretty ride, since they enjoy being in a beautiful world. If there's one thing the Scales could use, it's a bit of grit when it comes time to making tough decisions. That swinging back and forth can't go on forever! When it comes to crisis management, however, the Scales can spring to amazing action, even if it's a place they'd rather not be.

The Libra office is likely to be beautiful, with fresh-cut flowers and a seating arrangement that places all guests on equal footing. Of all the Signs, Libras are likely the most interested in feng shui, and they'll move their furniture around until the placement feels just right. Heading for a meeting, the Scales will jump into their top-of-the-line Honda, gleaming like glass. If they're off to lunch, it's probably at some sleekly sophisticated cafe, carefully chosen with the client in mind.

Librans are well suited as diplomats, judges, public relations consultants, counselors, psychologists (no Freudian slips here!) and artists.

Libra Fitness Profile

The Sign of Partnership wants a workout buddy. Your motivation for going to the gym, besides socializing, is an interest in looking and feeling your best. Libra is a Cardinal Sign, which means you are likely to get pulled in by new fads. You may spend more on your outfit for your tai chi class than you spend on gym membership. Libras usually need to work on their follow-through. You were probably first in line to exchange your roller skates for blades, and now you want to go back. Team sports aren't your strength. You probably like the harmony and companionship of working together as a team, but dislike the discord of competing against the other side. Libra wants an allover workout, so swimming and ice-skating are in. The Scales could even excel on the balance beam.

Libra Fashion Profile

The Scales make the best shopping buddy. Because of your excellent taste, off-the-rack is usually not quite good enough. Friends and family know to come to you during a fashion crisis, if they have the time to wait for you to make up your mind. Standing in front of your closet in the morning is a case of so many choices, so little time. You know everything in there works, the trick is to decide which one works best today. When your paycheck comes, you go shopping, and darn any price tag that gets in your way. You're a trendsetter when it comes to spicing up a classical look. Always tailored and impeccable, you still manage to keep up with the hottest trends in your own way. There's no throwing on an outfit in the morning, you put yourself together so you're head-to-toe in synch.

There are no extraneous piercings on your body, if you have an earring in your right ear, there's one in your left as well. Everything you wear is balanced, from your choice of color to the distance between the pinstripes on your suit. Your makeup is so impeccable that it almost looks like you're not wearing any. Jewelry, too, only serves to highlight your best features. The rich shade of the sapphire works best with your desire for comfortable blue tones. Libra loves to shop, and it shows.

Fave Label:Giorgio Armani
Would Look Good On:Gwyneth Paltrow

Libra gets two of everything in a meal, and it may take them a little while to decide which dish they prefer. These dishes, however, will most likely contain some of their favorite flavorings, like cloves, ginger, mint and vanilla.

Libra Friendship Profile

You'll be doing a lot of looking at your watch and tapping your foot impatiently if you befriend a Libra. It's not that the Scales enjoy being late, it's just that they take their time to decide anything in enough time to make it anywhere. They may make you wait, but Libra is a great friend to have. They can charm the socks off even the stodgiest of people, and, as their friend, you'll never be able to stay mad at them for very long. Libra hates being alone, so expect your friend to be a bit demanding of your time and attention. They'll make up for it, though. Libra will be able to talk their way into the swankiest restaurants and hottest clubs. If you ever need anything, they know exactly who to call, and the person on the other end will feel honored to help them out. Even if they do need to stand in front of their closet for hours, whatever they wear will be in perfect taste, and you can count on them to help you look just as chic. Don't worry if your Libra buddy seems a little down at times. They'll leap out of that soon enough, ready to take on another fun adventure.

Best Friend Bets: Leo, Sagittarius

Libra: Karmic Life Lessons

Scales, one of Libra's great concerns is justice and equality, but this Sign may be even more concerned with partnerships. Friendships and romance feed Libra's soul; a social butterfly (and always a delightful host), Libra hardly ever finds itself without a lover. Those born under its influence truly prefer togetherness to being alone and tend to feel distinctly uncomfortable when single. They even have a hard time when they simply find themselves on their own for an evening without companionship. This marks Libra's greatest Karmic task: To stop looking to others to fill the perceived empty parts of the soul. Librans truly believe they're better off with others' constant support and companionship, and in many ways they're right: Team efforts can often get much more done than an individual, and an evening out with friends can be more fun than spending it home alone. It's the driving need for support and reassurance behind the urge for companionship, however, that is Libra's puzzle to solve.

Librans simply haven't learned -- or don't trust -- that their souls are complete as is. They don't need to rely on others for support; they have themselves. However, they often don't realize this and instead commit lots of energy to seeking and securing others' approval. The trouble is, seeking approval can actually be considered a procrastination device. It can certainly inhibit progress if the approval sought isn't found. As a Cardinal Sign, Libra has lots of energy to start new projects and get things going, but its commitment not to proceed until everyone is working together smoothly is unrealistic and may be the very thing that stops the project completely. Libra needs to realize that not everyone can, will or even should get along all the time; when dissenting opinions make tempers flare, Libra would do well to push ahead, even if that has to happen alone.

Differences of opinion and arguments can be very difficult for diplomatic Libra to handle. When disagreements occur, Librans tend to react in several different ways: They might become indecisive, refusing to take a stand as that would be akin to taking sides. Alternatively, some Librans will use their natural charisma to try to charm others into "good behavior." This is fine -- to a point. Sometimes Librans take their yen for harmony so far they're willing to lie or manipulate just to keep things running smoothly. In the end, of course, this kind of behavior rarely pays off; in fact, it may only further upset that balance that Libra is trying so hard to find. But why place so much important on balance in the first place? It's impossible to make everyone happy and one could use up a lot of energy trying, and all in vain.

Libra must learn that keeping everyone happy isn't the most important thing in life. Furthermore, others' approval is fickle and not to be counted on; Libra would do well to realize that when getting too caught up in wanting to be liked by all. Libra can learn from Aries's brash approach to life about placing less importance on outside opinion. Libra can look to emotional Cancer to learn how to confront feelings, even when they're frightening or uncomfortable. And Capricorn can teach Libra the importance and success of hard work done solo, carried over the long-term.

Libra Kid Profile

If you're a Libra, you probably have tons of friends! Libra is an Air Sign, which means that you're a total brainiac, you love to talk, and others like you because of how smart you are. Libras are all about balance, so you get along well with everybody. You want people to be happy, and you don't like to argue. Your parents never have to nag you to clean your room. You keep it neat and tidy on your own. That's the easy stuff -- the hardest thing for you is making up your mind. That's just like a Libra! You like to look good, but you'll go through everything in your closet before you choose the right outfit for school. You have an eye for beauty, Libra, and you'd make a great artist.

Libra Money Profile

It should come as no surprise that the Scales like things to be in balance -- the checkbook, their lives. Librans revel in beauty and harmony and are often striving for perfection. This quest can lead to bouts of indecision, for although Librans love to please, they hate to make the wrong choice! Ever the conciliator (Librans are often diplomats), the Scales prefer to achieve a happy medium, whatever the "price." These folks are at their best with a partner, ideally someone who can keep them from swinging wildly in either direction and help them achieve their goals.

Librans thoroughly appreciate money and what it can buy: the best that life has to offer. Fortunately, there is usually enough cash around to keep the Scales in the style to which they've become accustomed. It's comfort and luxury which the Scales crave, and they also feel it's their divine right! No need to eat hamburger when you can dine on filet mignon. The Scales also like to be romanced, so prospective partners are well advised to keep that platinum card handy.

Making the financial decisions is something that the Scales would rather not do as they consider it a bit tedious. Those born under this Sign are attractive and charismatic, and as a result, are accustomed to having things come to them rather easily. This could make for a poor work ethic, but then Librans would rather work at creating a beautiful world for those around them!

The Scales will pay the bills on time in one of two ways: by sheer luck or with the aid of a responsible partner. Face it, it's much more fun to be at the symphony! Short on cash? A Libran will charm a pal into a loan. They won't hesitate to make a loan, either, as long as it's to a good risk. If it's their partner that needs the dough, though, they'd part with their last dime.

It's not uncommon for Librans to blow the bank on one exceptional item, be it a work of art or a jaunt on the Concorde. If they choose to do so, however, they will have saved up for the splurge since life is perfect when that bankbook is in balance!

Libra

Libra, as befits the sign of the Scales, reveres balance and harmony above all. If this can be achieved with a partner, even better, for Libra rules the House of Partnerships and revels in things that come in twos. The Scales are sociable and shine in social situations, where their gift of communication is an attraction to many. Librans also want to be liked, even loved, by those who cross their path, and it can be very hard to resist the Scales when they are at their most charming and magnetic selves. It's not unusual for Librans to possess an easy grace and sense of style and move languidly throughout a room. Behind that pretty facade is a smart, often smoldering soul who knows how to get what they want, and would love nothing more than to do so fairly and justly. When the Scales find the partner they've been searching for, it could be a match made in hot heaven.

Libra and Romance

"Make love, not war" is a phrase which must have been coined with a Libra in mind. Those born under this sign love to talk and find agreement with a partner, as opposed to angrier alternatives. Romance, for these folks, can often be a sexy tug-of-war, with Libra letting someone get close, but not too close. Courtship, where Libra is concerned, is a beautiful affair, as befits someone ruled by Venus -- the Goddess of Love, Beauty and Pleasure. Hearts and flowers are a must, and Libras showered with a sea of beautiful things are likely to be most receptive to amorous entreaties. While Libras can appear cool, calm, even aloof to a lover, they are incredibly playful and romantic once they relax. A lover who plays fair is a must for Libra; if not, subtle manipulations, despite the Scales' best effort, may surface.

Libra in Relationships

Where the Scales are concerned, they love looking at all sides of an issue and can easily "walk a mile in another man's shoes." This kind of magnanimous outlook is a boon in relationships and makes those born under this sign a pleasure to deal with in the give-and-take of affairs of the heart. As befits their beautiful world, Librans love to be loved and lusted after, although they may initially do so from a safe distance (at least internally). Talk about teasing! Even so, in a relationship, Librans can alternate between being the dependant and dominant partner, based in part on what their sense of fair play tells them. Above all, the diplomatic-to-a-fault Libra would rather not argue with their lover, preferring, instead, to talk things out in the hopes of achieving sybaritic harmony. The ideal Libra soul mate talks a great game and has the confidence (and dazzling good looks) to deliver the goods.

Libra in Love

There is no doubt that Libras enjoy being in love and the sexy, shimmery sheen which this blessed state can bring. Love is a beautiful affair for the Scales, and as one who admires beauty in themselves and others and seeks pleasure, it's hard to imagine a better place to be. A Libran is a stylish conquest and can make the art of love a sensual state for both partners. Librans tend to prefer a lover stronger than them, perhaps one who can teach them about themselves and help make them a more evolved lover. It's all in keeping with the Scales' desire to appear fair and do what's best for everyone.

Libra and Sex

Sex is often mental for Air signs, and Libra is no exception. These great communicators are possessed of a strong intellect, and these mental fireworks often manifest themselves in the thorough exploration of a lover. Only the brave need apply! Since the Scales like to be in balance, though, they are often thinking of what both partners want. A marked distaste for confrontation can sometimes be perceived as disinterest on Libra's part, but it's more often just a deep-down desire to please. Libras love seduction and foreplay, and plenty of talk leading to some hot action. If this is all achieved in the right luxurious setting, watch out! Libras swathed in riches are a pleasure to behold. Libra loves the thought of a gifted and attractive partner, since they feel their partner is receiving just that. It's safe to say that a little erotica goes a long way with the Scales, since these folks can be oh-so-playful with their toys.

What Libra Needs

The partner who can encourage Libra to be honest, open, trusting and free is on the right track. The Scales crave someone who can give them feedback and support, and affirm that they are a treasure to behold. Wooing them with gifts can be the right stimulant. Some long talks, along with a lesson in give-and-take, can also work wonders. Anyone who can bring Libra to an open state, who can get them to think less and feel more, will be rewarded with a grateful and passionate lover.

The Libra lover is a harmonious soul who adores love, beauty and the romance dance. Anyone who can take this pleasure principle and make it seductively mental is bound to be at the top of their list. Blissfully partnered Libras exude a sex appeal which is off the charts!

Libra Technology Profile

Librans are the sort of players you want to have on any tech team. You are quite in your element networking in the real world, and the online world is no different. Your quest will be finding the best balance between the two. An uncanny ability to look beyond the small screens and see the big picture on any size monitor allows you to get the best overall picture. Chat rooms and mailing lists are exciting to Librans as you thrive in a community setting. The Scales, though, are not likely to be found tucked away in the Internet world for long periods of time. Loneliness sets in easily. If you find yourself frustrated, your desire to avoid any type of conflict helps resolve the situation smoothly. Email adds a whole new dimension to your craving for communication.

Taking the focus off themselves and aiming it at others is what Librans are all about, and that certainly applies when they're on the road. Those born under this sign are loath to travel alone, much preferring the company of another, especially their partner. And you can bet these folks will be in synch with their traveling companion. "Honey, if you're happy, I'm happy," is a common refrain from a Libran on the road. Much like the Scales which represent them, Librans seek harmony and balance when traveling. Consequently, it's likely that a Libran on the road will have an agenda which matches their mate's, as they work to avoid conflict at all costs. And speaking of cost, an excursion with the Scales will cost a pretty penny! Librans simply adore luxury, ruled as they are by Venus, the Goddess of Love, Beauty and Pleasure. Five-star hotels and the best food and wine are only the beginning -- oh, the trinkets on which those Libran eyes will fixate! Someone had best have deep pockets or plenty of plastic to finance this journey.

As well, the Scales have to look good in order to feel good when on the road. Their sociable natures will also take them to many glittering events, so a pressed tux or twinkling evening gown will be in that bag. And will they chat everyone up when they get there? Absolutely!


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