Autumnal Equinox Means Happy Birthday, Libra! #astrology

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.

Zodiac sign Libra

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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.)

Libra girl

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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.

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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:

Is there a Libra in your life?


Happy Birthday, Virgo + Mercury Retrograde #astrology

The Sun entered the astrological sign of Virgo today at 3:20PM, Pacific Time.

Virgo image @ vgorbash

Virgo @ vgorbash

Virgo is the sign of the virgin, but in these modern times, don’t take that too literally. The sign is generally symbolized by a young woman in a toga, sometimes with a sheaf of wheat in her arms. Virgo is sometimes associated with Persephone, daughter of Demeter, goddess of the harvest. Persephone was kidnapped by Hades where she spent part of the year as Queen of the Underworld.

Ruled by Mercury, Virgo is thoughtful, practical, analytical and often serious, but with Mercurial charm and wit. Bob Newhart is probably the quintessential Virgo comedian with his sly, dry wit and understated persona. On the negative side, the sign can be “fussy, prissy and dogmatic”, as Linda Goodman puts it. But lest anyone think Virgos can’t be sexy, consider this list of actors and actresses born under the sign: Lauren Bacall, Rachel Bilson, Ingrid Bergman, Beyonce, Sean Connery, Camern Diaz, Greta Garbo, Richard Gere, Salma Hayek, Mark Harmon, Blake Lively, Sophia Loren, Chris Pine, Keanu Reeves, Cliff Robertson, and Raquel Welch!

Zodiac sign Virgo

Zodiac sign Virgo @ natreal

Virgo is an Earth sign, hence the practicality, but since it’s also a mutable sign, Virgos are more adaptable than their fellow earth signs, Taurus and Capricorn. As the sixth sign, Virgo rules over sixth house matters, specifically health and medicine. Virgo colors are green and brown, fitting for an earth sign. Virgo’s gemstone (or starstone) is variously given as the sapphire or sardonyx.

Other famous Virgos include Anne Bancroft, Agatha Christie, Elvis Costello, Queen Elizabeth I (the Virgin Queen), Gloria Estefan, Goethe, O. Henry, Buddy Holly, Ivan the Terrible, Michael Jackson, King Louis XIV, President Lyndon Johnson, the Marquis de Lafayette, D. H. Lawrence, H. L. Mencken, Margaret Sanger, Charlie Sheen, Peter Sellers, President William Howard Taft, and Mother Teresa.

Links to articles on Virgo:

Is there a Virgo in your life?

Note: Mercury went retrograde Aug. 12 and will remain so until Sep. 5. Of course, scientists say all astrology is rubbish and particularly like to use apparent retrograde motion to debunk the notion. They’re right that it shouldn’t work, but somehow it does, at least for me. Since the planet Mercury rules communication and short distance travel, hickups in those areas may be more frequent when the planet is in retrograde. I’ve seen some of those recently. How about you?