All About Libra: Your Complete Guide to the Sun Sign

Everything you need to know about Libra the Scales

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All About Virgo: September 23 – October 23 

Symbol: The Scales

Ruling Planet: Venus

Element: Air

Quality: Cardinal

Body part: The lower back, butt

Personal Mantra: I balance, I harmonize

Crystal: White opal, rutilated quartz, blue tourmaline, moldavite

Colors: Sky blue, pastels, soft sherbet and sunset hues, creamy ivory neutrals   

Luckiest Numbers: 6, 15, 24, 32, 55, 75

Positive Traits: Peaceful, charming, sociable, diplomatic, elegant, natural leaders

Negative Traits: Indecisive, people-pleasing, “players,” dictatorial, superficial, passive aggressive 

Most Likely BFFs: Aquarius, Gemini, Sagittarius, Leo, Aries, Taurus

Most Likely to be Bae: Aries, Aquarius, Gemini

Most Likely to be Frenemies: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces, Virgo, Capricorn 

Famous Libras:

Zac Efron

Serena Williams

Gwen Stefani

William Faulkner

T.S. Eliot

Lil Wayne

Eminem

Matt Damon

R.L. Stein

Bruno Mars

Sharon Osbourne

Snoop Dogg

Usher

Vladimir Putin

Libras are victims of typecasting as the graceful, elegant, sometimes vain social butterflies of astrology; yes, they’re often all those things, but they’re also no-nonsense justice crusaders, political puppet masters, all-star athletes, and cool-headed coaches. The seventh sign of the 12, Libra season sits at the midpoint of the astrological year, resting in the balance between the first and second half of the zodiac. Symbolized by the scales of justice, Libra is the only sign not represented by a sentient being—a strange detail, but a clear illustration of what these gentle, intellectual air signs are all about: balance. By nearly any means necessary, Libra is focused on harmonizing and beautifying their personal worldview. Their personal ethics, whether humanitarian and progressive or self-serving and dictatorial, determines how these quietly powerful signs carve out their space in the universe.

The first six signs of the zodiac are focused on the individual’s surface, but the last six—beginning with Libra—start to delve deeper into the unconscious psyche, marking the onset of the deeper, more mature signs’ seasons. Libras carry the torch into this part of the astrological year, literally lighting the way for others, like the Statue of Liberty’s beacon in New York Harbor. Libra’s a human’s human, a total people person with their hearts set on understanding and relating to others on a meaningful level.

Libra’s prowess in navigating personalities makes them more powerful and effective with other people, a characteristic that’s given these signs a bad rep as codependent, clingy, or unable to be alone. Though it’s true that this air sign is known to be at their best when in a partnership or serious relationship, nothing could be further from the truth for most Librans, who enjoy peaceful solitude, sunshine, and self-care in their downtime. Rather, Libra’s constant quest to connect with people is to objectively collect intel on what everyone likes and dislikes, who they are, and what makes them shimmy and shake. Understanding personalities feeds Libra the strategy to strike the perfect balance and orchestrate a flawless situational play. Manipulative? You betcha. Malicious? Meh, not always. Even when their motives are completely self-serving, you can bet that there will be some pleasant parties to attend and some positive side-effects for the community’s greater good as a result of their scheming.

Still, the Scales are more Friday Night Lights than House of Cards; Libras are team players to the max, despite tending to create insular cliques wherever they go. Because they’re so focused on harmony and a sense of fair play, Libras make incredible leaders, coaches, and teachers, energized by the task of creating balance, especially in cooperative groups. Libra is nothing if not objective, a sign that simply wants to do right by everyone, compromising and balancing the scales of reason until a solution is found that’s best for everyone involved. Justice-crusading aside, when Libra is working their group-think social magic, their drive is simply to avoid conflict. Libra loathes—no, despises—fighting, arguing, or conflict of any shade, and will literally bend over backwards to avoid unpleasantness, even if it means becoming a martyr or even a turncoat. Libra isn’t above changing course on a rocky path, and if they see a better angle, they’ll snatch the opportunity. This quality can make Libras seem indecisive, fickle, or even dishonest to some. Libra simply wants to work smarter, not harder—while making as many friends and as few enemies as possible in the process.

Libra’s ruling planet is Venus, personified by the ancient Roman goddess of love, money, and beauty. But Venus isn’t all Champagne and roses—she’s got a wild side that favors hedonism and excess, not to mention vanity and materialism. Libra’s taste for valuable, expensive beautiful people, places, and things can be attributed to their seductive ruling planet. Thanks to Venus, these signs are suave social sharks who always know exactly what to say at the right time, whether it be an off-the-cuff joke or an apology.

Sometimes, the Scales can seem like magnets for gossip—not about themselves, of course—Libras tend to be vessels of intel about others. After all, when you know a zillion people you’re bound to know a zillion tidbits of information, all thanks to the sign’s Venusian magnetism. Venus lends these air signs a uniquely artistic sense in everything they do, from their manner of speaking to their personal style and home decor. Libra’s mission is to use their creative strategies to manifest a more beautiful, interesting world.

As an air sign, Libra possesses an unparalleled intellectualism unique from their air sign siblings, Gemini and Aquarius. Similarly, Libra excels at communicating abstract thought to others. These signs can’t stand to be bored and know how to put their agile, restless minds to good use at all times. Lively and thoughtful conversationalists, Libras make fantastic broadcast journalists, reporters, and interviewers, as well as teachers and coaches. Though the Scales certainly get their peppy gift of gab from their air element, they’re down for a friendly debate every so often but are not much for arguing. Living by the law of diplomacy, Libras will use their charm and coolheadedness to talk their way out of an argument before launching into a full-fledged quarrel. Nothing ever progresses to violence or malice with Libra; they’re far too sophisticated to act beneath themselves. Libra’s greatest strength is their complete lack of hot-temperedness, their ability to float above the bullshit with an uncrackable porcelain smile.

Libra’s love of pleasure and indulgence gives them a highly cultured, worldly epicureanism, making them a rich delight to be around. When it comes to Libra’s work ethic, they may have a tendency to be a bit haughty in getting their hands dirty. High-minded “armchair” professions—especially those having to do with communications and the public at large—are Libra’s best bets. Libra’s impeccable taste for beauty and what’s current make these creative creatures brilliant designers, artists, stylists, interior decorators, and more. Just take a look into any Libra’s meticulously curated wardrobe and you’ll be begging to have them dress you.

Though not as rugged as, say, Taurus, who shares Venus as a ruling planet, Libra still relishes in the outdoors, gravitating toward beautiful natural scenes and vistas for their vacations. It’s vital that these signs learn how to unplug themselves mentally from time to time. Air signs especially struggle with anxiety and a tendency to mentally burn out if pushed beyond their bandwidth. A clear-cut balance between work and social life is necessary, as well as plenty of holidays off. Don’t get me wrong—Libras are hard workers, but they go for careers that allow them to mix socializing and partying with making money. What looks like play to other signs is work to Libra.

Libra is a Cardinal sign and belongs to a group called a “quadruplicity” consisting of of four signs—one of each of the elements—that occur at the very beginning of their season, such as Libra in early fall, Capricorn in early winter,  Aries in early spring, and Cancer in early summer. Cardinal signs are known for their energy and go-getter attitude with initiating new projects. These signs are some of the best leaders around, filled with a cheerleader spirit. Their pure enthusiasm for living life translates easily to ambition, which can be misinterpreted as domineering or a “my way or the highway” mentality. Whatever, Libras (and all Cardinal signs) want to win—and for Libra, that means cooperating and compromising to win hearts, minds, and alliances.

Exercise, health, and fitness often play big roles in Libra’s life for many reasons other than the obvious. Libra’s smart enough to know that feeling good is the first step to success, from their head to their toes. Self-image obsessed and sometimes vain, Libra has a tendency to become consumed with their appearance—especially when it comes to their body. Hitting the gym is therapeutic for Libra, who naturally turns their commitment to fitness into an opportunity to socialize. These air signs are the most likely to gather their buds for a workout sesh or become a devotee of a team sport or fitness class. Libra makes new friends and contacts wherever they go, which just adds to the relaxing effects of exercise on this sign. Libras need to be careful to stretch, paying close attention to the lower back and glutes, the areas of the body most prone to injury for this sign.

Libra is known to have an infectious laugh that puts others at ease, as well as a sweet, clear voice. These signs are the beautiful people of the zodiac, literally known for their stunning physical beauty and matchless sense of style and taste, thanks to their gorgeous, aesthetically inclined ruling planet Venus. Some tend to have cherubic faces, especially when young, which matures into very fine, statuesque features with lush lips and a Cupid’s bow smile. Libras have notoriously enviable complexions and soft, trusting eyes—matching that soft head of lightly curled or wavy hair. Many women born under this sign possess curvaceous, hourglass figures (again, you can thank sensual Venus for that) and voluptuous breasts. The most powerful marker of a Libra is their smile, which can illuminate an entire room with their subtle dimples. To say that their grin sets them apart from the crowd would be an understatement.

Style wise, Libra surrounds themselves with beauty and luxury, which can swing from the controlled-chaos of finely vignetted trinkets and knicknacks to completely mod minimalism. Whatever their style, you can bet money that their appearance and decor is highly curated. Libra gravitates towards soft, clean colors, especially those mimicking a sherbet sunset (Libras are suckers for a beautiful sunset). Creamy ivories, pastels, and sky blues are their power colors, but Libra can sport any color in the chicest way imaginable.