Zodiac Sign

Horoscope Traits of the Scales Star Sign

The Libra Characteristics in Astrology

The Libra horoscope sign, the Scales, is the seventh sign of the Zodiac in the horoscope. It belongs to the element air and the cardinal quality. Libra is the sign of ethics and justice, insisting on laws that make sense and everybody obeying them. That way, the Libra Zodiac sign the conscience of the horoscope.

Libra, the Scales, is the seventh sign of the Zodiac. The sun enters Libra on or around September 23, when the autumn arrives. It’s the day of the autumnal equinox. Libra belongs to the element air, its quality is cardinal and its charge is positive. Its Ruler is Venus, and Mercury exalts in it. Libra’s motto is: “I balance.”

In the horoscope chart, Libra brings an ethical and logical character to planets or Houses therein.

Libra the Conscience

The symbol of the Libra horoscope sign is the scales, just like it is for justice and its personification Justitia. Justice is a question of balance, in some way, when facts and circumstances are to be judged properly. Balance is also a horoscope characteristic of the Libra Zodiac sign, who constantly strives to reach and maintain it.

Libra is also the horoscope sign representing the joining of two, not just in marriage, but in business, politics, and so on. The Libra astrological sign corresponds to the 7th House, which is about all such matters.

Venus is said to be the horoscope ruler of the Libra Zodiac sign, which means that the planet is particularly powerful in that sign. It also suggests that Libra’s quest for justice and balance is a benevolent one, although not always sensitive to different needs of others.

Mercury exalts in the Libra horoscope sign, so that planet, too, is enforced in this sign. In the horoscope, Mercury carries the ability to communicate and to pursue the thought stream of the conscious mind. These things are certainly necessary in the pursuit of justice.

Those with Libra as their horoscope Zodiac sign are born with the sun in it, between September 23 and October 23. For more about Libra and its influence in the horoscope, see the links in the menu to the left.

Libra Horoscope Traits

The Libra star sign, starting on the autumnal equinox when the day and night are equally long, is the horoscope sign with the traits of a conscience striving for balance in everything. To the Libra Zodiac sign, it’s a holy principle – only when things are equal will they persevere and prosper.


English name: The Scales

Element / Quality: Air / Cardinal

Ruler / Exalting: Venus / Mercury

Keyword: Balance

Motto: “I weigh.”

Character: Conscience

Sun sign dates: September 23 – October 23

Archetype: The Judge

Libra Star Sign

Those who have Libra as their star sign are born when the sun was in Libra, normally September 23 – October 22 (it differs slightly from year to year, because of the leap years). Therefore, it is also – more accurately – called the sun sign.

The sun in your horoscope is your natural self – what you are when you relax, when other planets in your horoscope are not active. It’s your basic drive, a character more or less evident in all you do and all you are.

The sun is the most important point in your horoscope chart, but it’s not the only thing describing your personality. You need to look at all the components of your birth chart, to get a complete astrological description of yourself. But here you find what can be said in general about the Libra Horoscope Traits, based only on the sun’s position.

Libra Strives for Balance

If your star sign is Libra, you’re a person of principles, striving for balance and order. You prefer agreements to commands, but you do insist on what you’re convinced is the right way. You’re even prepared to fight for it.

Sometimes Libra finds it hard to make up his or her mind and decide between opposite alternatives. In other cases Libra moves surely and swiftly from A to B to C. Others wonder why Libra can be so inconsistent, but it all has to do with how important things are to Libra’s ethical principles.

Libra believes strongly in reason, and in solutions reached by discussions, sort of like the Plato idea of dialectics. You don’t believe that anything defies logic, which is something you understand well and use constantly. For the same reason Libra enjoys mathematics: the results are absolute, not questionable. That’s how Libra wants life and the whole world to be.

Libra is the sign of matrimony and other partnerships, so you tend not to feel complete if you don’t have a significant other with whom you share life and strife. You can compromise a lot to keep the relation, but never with your fundamental principles.

Libra, illustration from a 1482 edition of a book by Hyginus.

Three Different Libra

A Zodiac sign doesn’t give exactly the same influence all through its 30°. Its first third has something of a cardinal quality, whatever the quality of the sign as a whole is, its second third is slightly more fixed in quality, and the last third is more mutable.

If you were born at the end of September, the sun is in the beginning of Libra. That means you’re quite quick in judgement, and trust your conclusions completely. You insist on your way being the best one for all, with little patience for arguments to the contrary. Since this is the cardinal part of the sign and Libra has the cardinal quality, people with their sun here are the most typical Libra, showing its traits clearly and firmly.

If you were born in the beginning of October, the sun is in the middle of Libra. Then you’re stubborn with your views and difficult to persuade into anything at all. You have a set of values and morals that you treasure and stay loyal to.

If you were born in the middle of October, the sun is at the end of Libra. In that case you’re constantly searching for principles that you can trust, and moral values to live your life by – but it’s difficult, since you easily see the flaws of arguments and the limits of ethics you examine. And you frequently swing between opposing standpoints.

The star constellation Libra, represented by scales. Illustration from Firmamentum, by Hevelius 1690.

Libra’s Father in the Horoscope

The sun in the horoscope also represents your father (the mother is represented by the moon). That means your Libra traits reveal something about the characteristics of your relationship with your father.

If you have the sun in Libra, your relation to your father is balanced and ordered, sometimes almost in a formal or ritual way. You deal with each other as if you were diplomats from different countries. You have high expectations on each other, particularly in being consistent and true to one’s words. When you feel that your father has treated you unjustly, you insist that he should realize it – even if you have to sharpen your tone of voice and persist for long. Your father, too, can be quite persistent, so disagreements may last for long.

Libra Compatibility

The Libra horoscope sign, the conscience, belongs to the element air, which is that of thought and reasoning. So do Gemini and Aquarius, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Libra is particularly compatible with them – they need to come to some agreement and feel mutual appreciation. Nor for that matter is the Libra Zodiac sign always incompatible with, say, the earth signs Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn, although they are quite different.

All the astrological traits of each Zodiac sign have to be considered when examining their compatibility. Click the header to read more about what it means to the Libra horoscope sign.

Zodiac Sign Calculator

If you’re unsure of your Zodiac sign, or if you want to know on what degree (between 0° and 30°) of the sign the sun was at your birth, please visit the Zodiac sign calculator. It’s very easy to use, and then you’ll know for sure. Click the header to get there.

Libra Sexuality

The horoscope also reveals what your sex life is like. That’s not only done by your Zodiac sun sign, but it does give some general indications. Click the header to see what astrology has to say about the sexuality and sexual preferences of those who are born in the Libra Zodiac sign.

Zodiac Sign Meanings

Your horoscope Zodiac sign is where the sun was at the time of your birth. That’s why it’s called your Sun Sign. It’s also called Star Sign, because of the stellar constellation it represents. Click the header to read more about the twelve Zodiac signs and what they tell about personality traits.

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