Zodiac - Libra

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The Astronomy of Libra Libra star chart

Libra is one of 12 constellations that lie on the ecliptic, known jointly as the Zodiac. It is located between Virgo and Scorpio on the ecliptic, and is also bounded to the north and south by Hydra, Lupus and Ophiuchus.

It has a Right Ascension (RA) of 15 hours, and a Declination (Dec) of -15 degrees. (RA is the sky's equivalent of Longtitude, and Dec is equivalent to Latitude).

It is most visible in Spring, particularly during May which is when it is at it's highest in the sky.

The easiest way to find it is to start with the Big Dipper, and follow the curve of the handleacross almost half the sky.

Libra is the only zodiac sign that is not related to a living creature, and originally it was considered to be part of Scorpio (it made up the claws). However, it was later seperated out into an independant constellation of it's own during the Roman era.

Visually, the only thing of interest is the star delta librae, which is to the top right od the constellation as you look at it), which is an eclipsing variable. Over the space of 2.3 days it will go from being a medium bright star to being barely visible to the naked eye. An eclipsing variable is a binary star which has one member brighter than the other, and which orbit each other in such a way that we see the dimmer star pass in front of the brighter one, causing it to appear to fade

The Mythology of Libra Old star chart

It is thought that the origin of this as a constellation in it's own right was done at the time of Julius Ceaser, though it has not been possible to date it exactly. It is known that after it's creation it was considered to be a favourite of the Romans, as the founding of Rome had occured when the Moon was in the sign. The Romans were also proud of their ideas relating to justice, and as such the scales of justice were a potent sysmbol. It also occured at the time of the autumn equinox, a moment when light and dark are in balance.

There is, however, some evidence that the idea of the scales was actually a Sumerian creation from almost 2000 years earlier, and that the Romans had simply revived the older legends in a way to suit themselves. To the Sumerians, this part of the sky had been known as the Balance Of Heaven.

These days, the scales are often linked with the constellation of Virgo, in her role as Goddess of Justice, holding aloft her scales.

The Astrology of Libra Libra characteristics

Ruling planet is Venus
Metal: Copper
Fortunate stones: Opal for Libra, lapis lazuli for Venus
Colour of choice for Libra is Blue
Lucky numbers: 8 for Libra and 6 for Venus
Lucky day: Friday
Trees: Almond, Walnut
Element: Air

Traditional Libran Qualities: Diplomatic and compromising, fair, impartial, charming, sociable, peace loving, gentle, sensitive, kind, romantic and charming, graceful, refined and cheerful, their characters are on the whole balanced and even tempered.
Shadow side Manipulative, indecisive and changeable, gullible and easily influenced, flirtatious, impatient, self-indulgent and frivolous and shallow, colorlessly conventional and timid and easygoing to the point of inertia.

The Sun enters the Zodiacal Sign of Libra around September 21st, but it does not come into full power until about September 27th. People born between September 21st - 27th are also influenced to some extent by Virgo, from the 27th onwards Libra is in full strength until October 20th. Over the following seven days Libra gradually loses its strength on account of becoming overlapped by the incoming sign Scorpio. This should be taken into account when character and fortune are being estimated. A Cardinal Air sign, Libra is a dynamic and just communicator and a master of diplomacy and tact. In mythology Libra is often associated with the Greek Goddess of Justice Themis. Their Sun Zodiac sign may not best describe the personality features, characteristics and general qualities that they bring to life. Rather than the Ascendant or its planetary ruler, or sometimes the Moon sign Libra's Sun sign is the more obvious characteristic that says more about the direction they should be moving in. Subjects of Libra, like their symbol (the scales) aim to be fair and balanced in everything in a detached way, seeking an ideal Libra always seeks to restore harmony. The Scales are the only inanimate sign of the zodiac, Libra is often regarded by astrologers as the most desirable of zodiacal types because it represents the zenith of the year. Librans too are among the most civilized of the twelve zodiacal characters and are often good looking. Subjects of Libra aim to witness the importance of co-operation and harmony in human life.

Libran Characteristics: Subjects of Libra are sensitive to the emotional needs of others, understand people and make good mediators, matchmakers, and politicians, with a knack of bringing out the best in others by nurturing development and communicating their own interests as well. They have a tendency to make others feel better simply for having been with them. They are very social human beings and loathe cruelty, viciousness, vulgarity and detest conflict between people and try their best to cooperate and compromise with everyone around them and are often willing to allow claims against themselves to be settled to their own disadvantage rather than spoil a relationship. They are always ready to fight on behalf of anyone that they consider to have been wronged. Subjects of Libra are are broad-minded and tolerant of the faults of others, they are also the most likely of all the signs to see positive qualities in others. They are the most unprejudiced sign in the Zodiac and can see each point of view on any particular topic. At its best, Libra can view complex situations, maybe emotionally highly charged ones, and come to a balanced, impartial view based on a fair consideration of all the options. However, once they have reached a conclusion, its truth seems to them self-evident; and among their faults is an impatience of criticism, seldom do they allow their own feelings to interfere with that which they consider to be just. . . Nevertheless Libra indecision is legendary, avoiding having to make any decision or any confrontation, even something very simple may perplex the Libra to no end they must think of all the consequences of any decision. Dealing with emotions such as anger equally present them with a dilemma since they may not be ready or know how to express their anger without becoming confrontational and again become very indecisive over what to do, nevertheless when circumstances demand a show of annoyance Librans can shock everyone around them with sudden storms of rage. They are very understanding and deeply caring about world issues involving social justice and equality. Intellectually subjects of Libra are highly developed and often very scholarly, however they tend to choose the easiest options through life in their effort to avoid confrontation and unpleasantness, this may have negative consequences in that they become indolent, this combined with their compliant nature may result in failure to make the best of their numerous fine talents and abilities.

Professions and Occupations: With their well balanced powers of reasoning, level headedness and scholarly abilities, adaptability, perception, observation, knack for learning and decision making skills subjects of Libra can become successful in almost any career. Many Libras are good artists, sculptors, writers, poets and musicians, composers, critics and interior decorators though they are usually too moderate to be avant garde in any artistic endeavor. They have good critical ability, with which they are able to view their own efforts as well as those of others giving their work integrity. Libras also make good supervisors and managers because they know how to share success with others. They should in preference select a career in which their keen artistic tastes and excellent sense of proportion have full scope. With their dislike of extremes they make good diplomats but perhaps poor party politicians on account of their moderate opinions and ability to see other points of view. They are successful as administrators, lawyers, gardeners, florists and fashion designers, as antique dealers, civil servants and bankers since they are trustworthy in handling other people's money and have an ability in the management of all sorts of public entertainment. Additionally, Libran financiers sometimes make good speculators, for they have the optimism and ability to recover from financial crashes. Generally they work best when when in employment or partnership and can do will within the military. Librans can be surprisingly energetic, though it is true that they dislike coarse, dirty work. The description 'lazy Libra' is sometimes given, it is actually more alliterative than true.

Psychology: Subjects of Libra crave peace and a congenial environment, their horror of all that is unpleasant and of strife can make them become accommodating, but in the extreme they may become overly complaisant, a trait that may degenerate into a fault. They may develop a habit for reckless gambling, and become extravagant, jealous and careless about money and sometimes squander their wealth and talents in their over enthusiasm for causes which they espouse. They may become prolific gossipers which is an undesirable characteristic of this type and results from an insatiable curiosity that tempts them to enquire into every social scandal in their circle.

Relationships: Ruled by Venus, the planet of beauty and attraction means that many Libras are beautiful, attractive and with an easygoing charm. They occasionally like the opposite sex to the extent of promiscuity and may indulge in romanticism bordering on sentimentality. Their creativity is primarily directed at shaping their relationship and generating the most exquisite accoutrements for the mating dance, although realistically they prefer to be the pursued rather than the pursuing. The more attention their mate pours upon them, the more they lap it up. Without adequate attention they may easily move on to another more attentive partner. Subjects of Libra have a reputation for being unable to make up their mind and can be easily led, however if thwarted, a sterner side can emerge, much to the surprise and consternation of the less finely attuned. They make, loyal, cheerful and affectionate partners who are ready to put their own needs last and are possibly the most contented when in a marriage for their vast pool of affection wins through in the face of almost all adversity and conflicts of temperament that would ruin many marriages. They are most suited to someone who appreciates their need for romance and for the perfect environment. They are co-operative, imaginative and willing to experiment with all manner of relationship styles, although potential partners must meet their standards. Their most harmonious and well suited marriages are formed with those born between January 21st - February 21st and May 21st - June 21st.

Possible Health Concerns. Libra governs the lumbar region, skin, lower back and kidneys. Its subjects must beware of disorders affecting these areas. They are susceptible to troubles in the kidneys and bladder, especially gravel and stone, diabetes, eczema and skin eruptions. They may suffer from nervous disorders and would do better to avoid worry and depression, overindulgence in food and especially drink, for the latter can particularly harm the kidneys.

Potential problems and suggested solutions: Subjects of Libra who find themselves on the receiving end of negatives will find greater peace when they express the positive. Librans have unique traits to their personalities, when these traits are suppressed, or unrealized, problems will arise. By examining the problem we can assess the proper solution according to the sun signs unique characteristics. Librans who find themselves on the receiving end of negatives will find greater peace when they express the positive. Try not to pretend that you have feelings that are not present and find a way to back gracefully out of a superficial relationship. It is always best to look before you leap. If you learn how to please yourself first without depriving others, then you will be able to please others. Inner security can be cultivated through spiritual strength and awareness. Develop your feelings of self worth by expressing the positive in your nature as opposed to letting your elitist, class consciousness show.

The Star-stone for Libra is the precious Sapphire, one of the most beautiful gems in the quartz family. It has healing properties and is considered good luck in many ways.

Famous Libran's include Margaret Thatcher, Catherine Zeta Jones, Michael Douglas, Horatio Nelson and Oscar Wilde.

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