In traditional astrology, the sun enters Libra at the Autumnal Equinox when the days and nights are of equal length. Libra’s symbol is the Scales, the only inanimate object to represent a sign.
Note: Most signs are represented by animals, but two are human: Virgo the Virgin and Aquarius, the Water Bearer. Sagittarius, the Archer, is represented by the Centaur, a mythical being.
Libra, the seventh sign of the Zodiac, represents balance and harmony. In the natal chart, the seventh house is the sign for matrimony. However, as we all know, balance in life, or matrimony, is never static but something to strive for. Venus rules the sign of Libra, as well as the sign of Taurus. Though Venus energy is typically seen as feminine, Libra is a “masculine” sign in the zodiacal system. (Personally, I don’t give much credence to the masculine/feminine designations for the signs, but traditionally this is what’s done.)
Libras have a reputation for indecisiveness as they weigh the pros and cons of everything, always seeking the balance and harmony in life. Libras value fairness, justice and beauty; they dislike conflict and vulgarity. On the positive side, they can be diplomatic, idealistic, trusting, romantic, charming, and sensitive. On the negative side, they can also be manipulative or gullible, unreliable, or frivolous. In romance, they are supposed to be most compatible with the other air signs of Gemini and Aquarius, and with the fire signs, Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.
For more on Libra, go to http://www.astrology-online.com/libra.htm and http://www.astrology-insight.com/libra.htm.
Famous Libras include authors William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Anne Rice, presidents Dwight David Eisenhower and Jimmy Carter, actor Montgomery Clift, Jim Henson, Jesse Jackson, McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, John Lennon, Alfred Nobel, Lee Harvey Oswald, Serena Williams and Oscar Wilde. And for a list of 50 current actors and celebrities born under the sign of Libra: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls000995305/.
Is there a Libra in your life?
The 26th falls on the “cusp” of Libra. That’s me.
Carolina, that’s not “on the cusp” — you were born under the sign of Libra. (I’m not sure I buy all that cusp stuff anyway. I think it’s a myth.)