As the scales of balance, Libra is the only sign in the zodiac represented by an inanimate object rather than by an animal figure or human. The life of a Librian involves constant balancing acts in relation to others. Libra’s scales are constantly weighing experiences and striving to create an ideal world of civilised behaviour, fairness and harmonious atmospheres. However, sometimes they are incapable of knowing their own minds and have a reputation for being indecisive. In Libra’s psyche, everything is mirrored and balanced by its opposite, in medical astrology, the sign rules the kidneys, the pair of scales in the body that regulate and balance the workings of the internal system.
In Libra, we become conscious of the need for partnership, and those born under this constellation are believed to be skilled diplomats and peace makers. Libra’s relationship to Aphrodite – goddess of love – represents the ideal of beauty and relationships, the sign is unlikely to be cruel or deliberately injure another, and this innate sense of justice understands that ill-thought-out actions affect others, too. Although this often means the individual is unable to deal with intense and uncivilised emotions such as jealousy, rage, hatred and revenge. As an air sign, ruled by Venus, the mental facilities of Libra are intellectual and artistic with a predisposition towards romance. The sign has the intrinsic capacity to bring together opposites and to build bridges between warring factions and so they excel in creating harmony and understanding.