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Libra September 23 - October 22

Libra is the seventh sign of the Zodiac, the second Air Sign (for intellect), the third Cardinal Sign (for activity), rules the kidneys and is ruled by Venus.Libra is the seventh Sign of the Zodiac. The first six Signs represent personal development, while the second six represent man's turning outward to other people. Libra is the first Sign in this half of the Zodiac, and thus it's the first Sign of reaching out to others -- they strive to create balance and harmony between self and other. It represents marriage and partnership, the most basic ways for people to come together. As the seventh Sign, Libra also rules the seventh House: the House of Partnership.

Libra has generally been called the "Sign of Balance". Actually, Librans are seeking balance. Your airy, versatile nature is influenced by the planet Venus, symbolic of all that is good and beautiful, this is the balance for which the Libran strives all his life.

The symbol of the scales depicts your constant weight of data before reaching conclusions. You Librans also have and emotional desire for relationships, for a love partner who will help make your world for you, Libra is always in love "with Love". You dislike messes, disorder, noise, and confusion. Intellectually, Libra is connected with beauty, the arts, music, design, law, and in the eyes of others. Librans can be self indulgent, lazy, jealous, envious, and indecisive.

Because you have a need for surface harmony and a pleasant environment, you often bury what you really hate beneath the surface. Being the sign of relationships, Libra needs to extend that duality outward into larger and more varied groups.

Libra's hate to insult, be rude, criticize, hurt feelings, or harm anyone or anything. They can be so annoying at being so courteous. They will help you clean up your home, straighten the shower curtain so it doesn't get mold, water your plants when they come over, and just plain get in the way sometimes being so nice. Yet, they are a wonderful sign. Compassionate, artistic, courteous, caring, and wonderful good natured people. They love animals and usually have many. Parenting comes very naturally for most Libraens, and they create a wonderful balance between fun and responsibility. In business they are focused, calculating, and intelligent. However, they are very indecisive. Give them the opportunity to analyze something and they will, sometimes to the point where it is missed. Libra people tend to be very happy and healthy, yet many have a weight problem. Especially the women. They have round, strong features, with eyes and smiles that melt your heart. Their warm soothing voices can convince you into almost anything, so be cautious, not that they will harm you, but that they rarely admit their faults, so don't give in if you truly believe in your own belief. Librans can push themselves too hard, and need to sit back, take a break and relax. They are goal setters, and plan their move very slowly, but wont give in until it is completed. This can really take a toll on the scales, because an even measurement of both hard work and relaxation needs to be met. If not, they can become rather ill, even though one of the healthiest of all the signs. Ulcers are very common in the Librans, not from worry, but from abuse of their digestive tract. This is an area to guard against.

Finding their own identity, separate and apart from the loves in their life is, at times, difficult for these children of Venus, but it is a most necessary part of their growth. Librans, more than any other sign, think of other people and how to help them. Libra is the sign of human relationships, and you Librans will instinctively look for and need a partner, be it a love partner or a business partner. Because you have such a need for a partner, you can sometimes become overly possessive.

Librans have an obsession to be loved and admired, and respond eagerly to affection, praise and admiration, and need harmony above all else. Scenes of violence or loud arguments offend Libra's sensitivity. Because of your need of harmony, sometimes you will go to extremes to attain it, even lying or procrastinating.

To keep the scales balanced (and not to let them tip too far in either direction) is usually the most difficult task before you, and because of this, you will usually find it is difficult to make a decision. You have the talent to weigh everything (and you love justice), so you tend to forever vacillate between two ways of action - weighing one side and seeing all the advantages and disadvantages, then doing the same for the other side.

Librans are very demonstrative and need signs of love. Your need for love is never-ending, and without it you feel unwanted. You hate arguments or any signs of discontent. You need a partner who will not only love you, but let you know you are loved.

Librans are people of action, - doers, not only thinkers. But you must get your own way. You get unnaturally depressed if you don't. A negative aspect of Libra is that you are very narcissistic and self-involved, and get bored if you are not the centre of attention.

Librans are very intelligent and love to concentrate on deep matters. You love books and love to have them around you. You are very gentle and need gentle things and gentle people surrounding you. When you keep the scales in balance, you create a harmony within yourself that touches everyone around you.

The Astrological Symbol of Libra is the Scales. Like the scales of Justice, Librans are objective and just. They abhor unfairness and conflict, striving above all for peace; but at times they are easily deterred from their beliefs. Librans are able to see all sides of an argument, but as their mental scales sway back and forth they may never find balance and become fickle and indecisive. Sometimes they are so eager to avoid conflict that they give in to avoid argument, even when they know they are right, and this may make them seem insincere. Diplomatic and cooperative, they are skilled at initiating group projects. In this way, Libra exemplifies the Cardinal Quality assigned to it. When Librans set goals for themselves, they are determined to succeed. Within the Zodiac, Libra is opposite Aries, the Sign of Self, so Libras tend to be about other people rather than personal development. They tend to be socially inclined and charming, but they may have a need to be liked that makes them too compliant to others' wishes.

Libra is ruled by the Planet Venus. In ancient Roman mythology, Venus (and her Greek equivalent, Aphrodite) was the Goddess of Love, Beauty, and Pleasure. She represented joy, happiness, and appreciation of beautiful things. On the negative side, her appreciation for sweets and luxury could result in overindulgence, and she could be materialistic. Venus rules both Libra and Taurus. Libra is the masculine, or day, aspect of Venus; Taurus is the feminine, or night. Both Signs have a great appreciation for beauty, but while Taurus appreciates the beauty of things, Libra is more interested in the beauty of other people. Librans are happiest when they're in a relationship. They are seductive and attractive, and their cultural awareness and talkative nature make them help them shine in the social situations they so enjoy. Because of their social nature, they can be vain or overly dependent on others' approval. Many people born under Libra have strong artistic tendencies and a refined sense of style, but they can also become lazy and apathetic if bored. They are usually controlled and rational, but at times they may be self-indulgent.

The Element associated with Libra is Air. Air Signs are intellectual: they tend to respond to the world through intellect, rather than physical action, practicality, or emotion. Libra's intellectual orientation to the world around them makes them skilled at communication and abstract reasoning, and their intelligence combines with their interest in other people to become an intellectual exploration of the people around them. Because their efforts are mentally rather than emotionally motivated, Librans tend to be very judicial; they are good at diplomacy and compromise. Because they are generally reluctant to face confrontation, people born under Libra learn to be persuasive, courteous, and adaptable. But this may also make them seem cold and unemotional or manipulative. They are team workers, skilled at cooperative action, but they can also be self-doubting. Open minded and always polite, they have a strong sense of loyalty because of their ability to put themselves into other people's shoes.

Librans love to debate but not to quarrel; a fine distinction that is nonetheless very important to people born under this Sign. They are kind and considerate, and they rarely display anger. Instead they may employ subtle means of getting even when their strong sense of fairness and legality or refined sensitivities are violated.

In their leisure time, Librans tend to have less energy that other Signs, and they have a definite lazy streak, preferring to read and go out with friends. Exercise generally appeals to them only if it allows socializing at the same time, but some have a particular affinity for activities that let them get out in nature, such as hiking and horseback riding. In love relationships, Libra is playful and romantic.

Libra rules the kidneys and lower back. People born under Libra may be more susceptible to back pain or strain than people of other Signs. Libra's colors are ivory, pink, and light blue; these three colors are harmonious in all their combinations, and they all appear in the sunset sky that Libra represents.

The great strength of the Libra-born is in their drive for peace and harmony. Their ability to obtain balance and cooperation from a disparate group is unparalleled. Their skill at seeing all sides of a situation makes them one of the most just characters of the Zodiac.

Your diplomatic, people-loving nature will bring you much luck. Put yourself in situations where you can interact and cooperate with others and you can have much influence. You will gain many allies through your ability to value everyone's point of view. To generate more luck in your life develop a stronger sense of self -- then you will place less value on what others think of you. Fine-tune your talkative nature as well unless you want others to think you indiscreet.