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Being the number-one sign known for their physical beauty and appearance is no accident: Libra is all about aesthetics, often leading with looks and taking great pains to remain perfectly poised and presentable to the public. Libra works hard to be pretty (even if they don’t really have to—those born under this sign are known to be naturally elegant, graceful, and beautiful), so looks factor heavily into their initial attraction. Approaching these personalities with equal attention to your appearance is paramount to setting the bait in your trap. Less is more—that is, revealing painstaking effort in looking beautiful to a Libra could result in turning them off and putting an icky taste in their mouth. Trying too hard is gross to Libra, who barely has to try at all when it comes to their fantastic looks and killer style.
Likewise, Libra tends to become attracted to a chic sense of style and those with a flair for design. Libra’s whole being is bent on making the world more beautiful and balanced, so naturally, these personalities will respond favorably to others’ efforts, as well. After all, Libra is ruled by materialistic Venus, compelling this sign to surround themselves with beautiful, expensive things and people. That being said, showering the Scales in lavish gifts, romantic experiences, and adoring compliments is the direct route into Libra’s life, and maybe even their heart. Like Venus, ancient goddess of all things romantic, sensual, and luxurious, Libra just loves to be worshipped in the most material of senses, giving a few of these folks a shadow side for superficiality, materialism, and straight gold-digging. Don’t forget fragrance as your final touch: Discerning Libra can smell expensive from a mile away (and they respond strongly to scent as an accessory).
You’ll need to be whip-smart if you want to keep up with Libra, though. These signs are so much more than a pretty face, hiding a wickedly brilliant brain with a lust for intellectual conversation and learning under th
heir tranquil visage. Conversation is key, so be sure to step to Libra only when you know you’ve got something fascinating under your hat to share. Communicating clearly is vital in a partner for Libra, who’s known to use their friends, lovers, and confidants as sounding boards for all their ideas and whimsies. Libra is looking for a patient, active listener who they can continually run to for weighing the pros and cons of their game plans and strategies. Don’t show Libra you’re exhausted or annoyed by their constant questions and need for input—that’s a clear-cut way to drive them away (and hurt their feelings).
Graceful and thoughtfully reserved, Libra is no wild child, but still, these signs can’t stand to be fenced in. The seventh sign of the zodiac is in its zone swimming in a social soup, which means this sign loves to mix and mingle—and occasionally flirt and be flirted with, noncommittally, of course. Libra is incredibly charming, attractive, and popular, and won’t have that held against them by a jealous or controlling lover. Act fast when you start feeling a Libra—they’re never single for long—but never, ever pressure them into committing to anything. Notorious for their indecisiveness and flip-flopping thought processes, Libra likes to do things on their own timetable, so you’ll need to wear your patience hat if you plan on sticking with the Scales.
Libra appreciates social graces, especially acting gently in the face of hardship and aggression. Because they can’t risk shattering their glassy exterior, Libra won’t tolerate vulgarity, violence, or bad manners in anyone around them (after all, Emily Post, the queen of modern etiquette herself, is a Libra). Perhaps the best piece of advice for hooking a Libra would be to wriggle your way into their social squad, which isn’t very difficult despite their discernment and values. For Libra, love and friendship are intertwined—you can’t have one without the other, especially for the balance-seeking Scales. Countless Libras find love with friends, so much so that it’s unusual to find a Libra coupled with someone they weren’t friends with first. Opening up as a buddy can establish deep bonds of understanding and trust that mean way more to Libra than a fancy vacation or piece of jewelry.