The Burden of Libra
Below is an ancient fairy tale which is fitting for Libra with the sign’s intrinsic need to balance, harmonize and, of course, its attraction to symmetry.
This fable concerns a princess who is trapped on top of a polished crystal sphere. Although there are no iron bars confining her to the sphere, she is a prisoner because if she makes the slightest move, she will slip off the sphere and kill herself. Numerous princes have tried to rescue the princess, but each has failed to scale the sphere because it is smooth and slippery. While the princess is atop the sphere, she is in a perfect symmetrical state. There is no preferred direction of the sphere. We can rotate the sphere at any angle, and the situation remains the same. Thus the state of maximum symmetry is often an unstable state. Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension
Libra in the horoscope graces us with prettiness, equilibrium, form, elegance, and sophistication. Within this astrological area is a labyrinth world of beauty, artwork, and pleasure, teaching us that art and aesthetics are the aims of the good life. Love and artistic satisfaction are modes towards this attainment and the energy is intrinsically beautiful and kind, preferring to be diplomatic rather than heavily aggressive. Many are detached and seek to find the ‘right balance’ hating to takes sides. A Libran is something of a debutante of the zodiac wheel, similar to one of those charming and elegant ladies air-kissing so as not to mess with their make-up. The refinement of the intellect is also well-developed, and so we find diplomacy and fairness occupy the mind along with co-operation. The personality is always searching for points of agreement, a sense of order, perfection, and symmetry. Naturally this all emerges in the creative life, with a longing to balance and to weigh things up.
“It is a delicate arrangement of unbalance that balance draws its charm. A perfect face proves this when one divides it and remakes it of its two left sides. It becomes grotesque.” Jean Cocteau
Deliberation is a major keynote of the energy, leaving Libra in a constant indecisive state as they do not want to upset the balance of life. The individual born under this seventh sign usually has brains, beauty and a charming way about their manner. Moreover, they are clever at delegating jobs out fairly. Libra’s job on the world horoscope is to balance and mediate. By nature, they do things to keep the peace and find it difficult saying no. It is thought that their strongest suit is their ability to see both sides of any situation, but this can also hinder as they can be too easily influenced. Libra is all about the harmony of opposites. Walter H. Samuel says that Libra relates to love and the ideal, but in the art of love that precedes sex. The author calls the Libra region of the zodiac the most beautiful and attractive of all with a loveliness that has been expressed over time in art and culture. Now, if we refer back to Libra’s ‘difficult state of balance’ in this ancient fable of the princess on top of the sphere – we are presented with some excellent points to consider in the matter of Libra’s ideal state:
Now in general, using the term “ideal”in the sense of something infinitely desirable though unattainable in the perfect degree. One is the ideal of perfect harmony, beauty, peace, love, happiness. This is the burden of Libra….In legend man has always imagined and portrayed a mythical land of divine happiness, content and beauty…sometimes it takes the form of the ideally beautiful person, such as Helen of Troy. It is in fact a representation of man’s highest idea of ..loveliness and joy. It is like a peaceful and heavenly isle in the midst of a storm-swept sea, itself untroubled…It is the Sabbath of rest, into which no toil, pain or ultimately interruption can intrude. It is a magical celestially beautiful pause between the labours and anxieties of Virgo and the strain and stress of Scorpio…Libra, we found, symbolises orbital revolution, which is a means of establishing and stabilizing the planet’s relation to its primary. Once this is established, the planet can go on revolving in its orbit for ever, the prefect relation found, may never be broken. This would preclude further change, would mean stagnation, and we know from our very limited experience, that no condition, however desirable, remains so when stagnant. The very essence of happiness in its transitory and ephemeral quality. We imagine states of prolonged , even of eternal bliss, but such a state would mean no further advance, of further life, in fact, would be a form of death, a paralysis – life frozen in perfect form, unable to move further, unwilling to go back. A stabilization of the perfection of Libra, then, would be tantamount to death…Zodiac: A Life Epitome