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Who puts you off with promise gay,
Astrologyand keeps you waiting half the day?

Who compromises all the way?

Astrology Sweet Libra
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Ruling Planet

Earthlore Astrology: Venus

Earthlore Main Introduction
  AstrologyLibraThe ruler of Libra is Venus. Its glyph represents the balance of the scales. Its meaning, equilibrium and justice. Considered the sign of cosmic reciprocity, of cooperation rather than competition, of consciousness made objective through associations and partnerships.

Astrology The basic Libran nature is diplomatic and charming. Libras have an idealistic and generally peace loving nature. They are easygoing and sociable, in general. On the other side of the scale, Librans are known to be indecisive and changeable, gullible and easily affected.

Astrology Librans are considered by many astrologers to be among the most civilized of the twelve signs. Often good looking, they exude certain elegance, charm and fine taste. As lovers of beauty and harmony, both in art and life, their nature is gentle and kind. Pleasure oriented people, Libras are intuitive and very aware of the power of image.

Earthlore Explorations Lore of Astrology: Libra Stained Glass
Stained glass depiction of Libra
Lausanne cathedral, Switzerland,
mid-Thirteenth century





Libra Element: Air

The Scales


Libra Glyph

Blue, Pink,
Pale Green


Sapphire, Jade

Earthlore Astrology: Red Rose
Libra Rose

Rose, Bluebell,

Small Reptiles

  Astrology They are gifted with a strong sense of justice and fair play, and have fine analytical abilities. They are known to be objective and impartial in making judgment calls. They do not suffer fools gladly and anyone who challenges their decisions or opinions is considered a fool. They are more interested in making friends than enemies, are willing to go along, to get along and therefore will usually do whatever it takes to maintain a relationship.

Astrology Librans are sensitive to others and understand the emotional needs of their associates. They are optimistic and cheerful people and have an ability to charm and delight their friends and acquaintances. Very sociable, they abhor cruel or vicious actions, and shy away from vulgar and offensive behavior. They dislike scenes, and will often go out of their way to avoid conflict. They prefer to cooperate and compromise, and will give up, even when they feel they are in the right, rather than put up with the ordeal of an argument. Discord makes them totally insecure, and uncomfortable. They need and want harmony in their lives, and will do whatever it takes to have it. Librans are not loners, and do better in partnership both in their personal, and in their business life.

Earthlore Explorations Lore of Astrology: Tarot Images
Medieval Tarot Images often Correspond to
symbolism within Astrology. Libra mirrors
the image of Justice, above, left and also the
image of the 'architect of reasoning,' at right.

Astrology The more negative Libran character can be frivolous, flirty and quite shallow. In romance they can be indulgent to the point of hedonistic. Libra shadows can be changeable and indecisive; impatient of routine; boringly conventional and timid; and easygoing to a point of annoyance to more energetic folk. Because they are slow to anger, Librans will shock everyone around them with their sudden outbursts of rage. They love the good life and tend to be extravagant. Many Librans have been known to be hopeless gamblers.

Libra Librans can be surprisingly energetic in the areas that move them, and indifferent to everything else. They are happiest when socializing, and at the top of their social strata. You will find many Librans in local organizations volunteering their time and services and rising to a position of prominence. They dislike coarse, dirty work, and will usually get someone else to do it, if necessary. They are fence sitters and will not take a stand on an issue, but prefer the middle of the road, until they are forced to choose. " Let's wait and see", was most likely first said by a Libra. The up side to this view is, they make good diplomats They are never guilty of an " On my mind, on my mouth " approach to things.

Would you like to participate in an upcoming study of Libra?

Where is the Planet Mercury in Your Birth Horoscope?

     Of all the planets within our solar system, Mercury is nearest to the Sun. There is a direct correspondence to this fact in the mapping of an individual's birth chart. With the exception of the Moon, Mercury revolves through the zodiac faster than any other planet; yet its proximity to the Sun insures that its placement will always be near to or on par with the subject's Solar sign.

      It is likely that you will be able to determine where Mercury was at the time of your birth without consulting an astrologer. By reading the three potential profiles, it is often uncanny how clearly one of them will fit to us. I thought you would enjoy trying this out. Links to the three positions are provided at the right.

     I am always interested to know what you think and discover. Feel welcome to write!  Material is currently being developed on the other planets. If you are interested, we would be pleased to keep you updated on their progress. Just send me a brief request!


The Planet Mercury

Mercury in


Mercury in


Mercury in

Mint, Cayenne


Austria, Japan,
Burma, Tibet


Body area:



Sympathetic, Balanced

Notable Libra
Earthlore Astrology: John Lennon

"You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us...
And the world will live as one."

Libra- John Lennon

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    Theme Introduction

    Content Directory

    By Theme

    'Must know' terms

    General terms

    Horoscope terms

    Psychological terms

    Study Elements

    First sign
    March 21 - April 20
    Symbol: Ram

    Second sign
    April 21 - May 21
    Symbol: Bull

    Third sign
    May 22 - June 21
    Symbol: Twins

    Fourth sign
    June 22 - July 22
    Symbol: Crab

    Fifth sign
    July 23 - Aug 22
    Symbol: Lion

    Sixth sign
    Aug 23 - Sept 22
    Symbol: Maiden

    Eighth sign
    Oct 24 - Nov 22
    Symbol: Scorpion

    Ninth sign
    Nov 23 - Dec 21
    Symbol: Archer

    Tenth sign
    Dec 22 - Jan 20
    Symbol: Sea goat

    Eleventh sign
    Jan 21 - Feb 19
    Water bearer

    Twelfth sign
    Feb 20 - March 20
    Symbol: Fish pair

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    Earthlore Explorations Lore of Astrology: Libra Zodiac Symbol
    The Libra symbol within a Zodiac wheel,
    Seventeenth century European manuscript.

    Libra In a profession or business, Librans often succeed as administrators, lawyers, antique dealers, civil servants. Finance is also a fair field, as Libras are trustworthy in handling other people's money. Naturally creative and artistic, some Librans are gifted fashion designers, or can be found devising new lines of cosmetics. Others may find success as artists, composers, critics, writers, interior decorators, or managing various areas of public entertainment. Some work philanthropically for humanity with great self-discipline and significant results. Those with a gift for finance sometimes make good speculators, for they have the optimism and ability to recover from financial setbacks.

    LibraDiscover how compatible you are with others!

    Sun Sign Libra Aries - Taurus - Gemini - Cancer - Leo
    Virgo - Libra - Scorpio - Sagittarius
    Capricorn - Aquarius - Pisces

    ZodiacOrigins in Mythology

    LibraThere exists no specific myth or tale about Libra. Yet, in ancient times, its significance was widely recognized. The association of balance with Libra dates to the origins of Astrology. In all developing civilizations, a society's survival and proliferation depended upon the ability to manipulate Nature. In many ways this was accomplished by following the examples of Nature. Throughout the natural world there was one ever present principle perceived, and this was balance.

    LibraSocieties survived, and they still do, by maintaining a level of equilibrium. To prosper, a society must develop and maintain an equilibrium in many sectors, such as economics, law and coexistence with its neighbors. This was achieved always through the establishment of a responsible structure of government. What Libra represents is the same sense of government on an individual level. This was expressed through emotional, mental and physical balance. An accomplishment which can only be achieved through strength of will.

    LibraThe image of Justice is also associated with Libra. This can be seen in the symbol from the Major Arcana of the Tarot, in which the personification of Justice appears holding her scales. This association has ancient origins. As early as 2001 BCE, the constellation of Libra was associated with the judgment of the living and the dead in Babylonia. Here, Zabanitu, who represented the Scales, weighed souls of the deceased to determine their moral worth. In Egypt, this same role was overseen by the god Anubis, utilizing a feather as a counterbalance to the heaviness of a human heart. Throughout the Mediterranean region, the harvest season was associated with this time of year. The weighing of crops was often performed when the Moon was full in Libra.

    Traditional Cultural Translations
    Arabic: Al Zubãnatain Virgo Anglo-Saxon: Pund
    Chinese: Tien Ching Virgo French: Balance
    German: Wage Virgo Greek: Zichos Virgo Hebrew: Moznayim
    Hindu: Tulã Virgo Italian: Bilancia Virgo Latin: Jugum 
    Portuguese: Libra Virgo Spanish: Libra Virgo Tamil: Tulam

    LibraRenowned  Libras: Oscar Wilde and Bridget Bardot
      Virgil (October 15, 70 B.C.E.)
      Roman Philosopher Poet: The Aeneid
      Miguel de Cervantes (October 9, 1547)
      Spanish Poet, Novelist: Don Quixote de la Mancha
      Samuel Taylor Coleridge (October 21, 1772)
      English Romantic Poet: Kubla Khan
      Franz Liszt (October 22, 1811)
      Hungarian Composer: Faust Symphony
      Guiseppe Verdi (October 10, 1813)
      Italian Composer: La Traviata
      Aleksis Kivi (October 10, 1834)
      Finnish Poet, Novelist, Playwright
      Friedrich Nietzsche (October 15, 1844)
      German Philosopher, Author: Beyond Good and Evil
      Sarah Bernhardt (October 22, 1844)
      American Actress
      Arthur Rimbaud (October 20, 1854)
      French Symbolist Poet: Les Illuminations
      Oscar Wilde (October 15, 1856)
      Irish Author and Humorist
      Mohandas Gandhi (October 2, 1869)
      Indian Leader, Philosopher, Pacifist
      Aleister Crowley (October 12, 1875)
      English Magician, Author: The Equinox
      Damon Runyon (October 4, 1884)
      American Short Story Writer, Journalist
      Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884)
      American First Lady, Social Reformer
      Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen) (October 17, 1885)
      Danish Author: Out of Africa

      T. S. Elliot (September 26, 1888)
      Thomas Stearns Elliot - English Poet
      Eugene O'Neill (October 16, 1888)
      American Playwright: The Iceman Cometh
      e. e. cummings (October 14, 1894)
      Edward Estlin Cummings - American Poet: 95 Poems'
      F. Scott Fitzgerald (September 25, 1897)
      American Author: The Great Gatsby
      William Faulkner (September 24, 1896)
      American Author: The Sound and the Fury
      Pope Paul VI (September 26, 1897)
      Roman Catholic Pontiff
      Groucho Marx (October 2, 1898)
      American Vaudeville-Film Comedian
      George Gershwin (September 26, 1898)
      American Composer: Rhapsody in Blue
      Helen Hayes (October 10, 1900)
      American Actress, 'First Lady of American Theatre'
      Thor Heyerdahl (October 6, 1914)
      Norwegian Explorer, Author: Kon Tiki
      Arthur Miller (October 17, 1915)
      American Playwright: All My Sons, The Crucible
      Arthur Schlesinger Jr. (October 15, 1917)
      American Historian, Author
      Frank Herbert (October 8, 1920)
      American Science Fiction Author: Dune
      Mario Puzo (October 15, 1921)
      American Novelist: The Godfather
      Charleton Heston (October 4, 1922)
      American Actor: The Ten Commandments
      Italo Calvino (October 15, 1923)
      Cuban-Italian Author: Difficult Loves
      Truman Capote (September 30, 1924)
      American Author: In Cold Blood
      Gore Vidal (October 3, 1925)
      American Playwright, Author
      R.D. Laing (October 7, 1927)
      Psychiatrist, Author
      Ursula LeGuin (October 21, 1929)
      American Science Fiction Author
      Richard Harris (October 1, 1930)
      Irish Film & Stage Actor
      Desmond Tutu (October 7, 1931)
      Archbishop of South Africa, Defender of Human Rights
      John Le Carré (October 19, 1931)
      English Espionage Novelist
      Bridget Bardot (September 29, 1934)
      French Actress
      Julie Andrews (October 1, 1935)
      English-American Actress
      Luciano Pavarotti (October 12, 1935)
      Italian Opera Singer
      Vaclav Havel (October 5, 1936)
      Czech Playwright and President
      John Lennon (October 9, 1940)
      English Musician, Songwriter, Member of The Beatles
      Pele (October 23, 1940)
      Brazilian Soccer Legend
      Anne Rice (October 4, 1941)
      American Novelist: Interview with a Vampire
      Jackie Collins (October 4, 1941)
      American Romance Novelist
      Jesse Jackson (October 8, 1941)
      American Civil Rights Leader
      Michael Crichton (October 23, 1942)
      American Novelist: Jurassic Park
      Julio Iglesias (September 23, 1943)
      Spanish Singer
      Lech Walesa (September 29, 1943)
      Leader of workers' rights movement,
      First President of Post-Communist Poland
      Catherine Deneuve (October 22, 1943)
      French Actress
      Michael Douglas (September 25, 1944)
      American Actor
      Bruce Springsteen (September 23, 1949)
      American Musician, Songwriter
      Armand Assante (October 4, 1949)
      American Actor
      Sting - Gordon Sumner (October 2, 1951)
      English Musician-Singer-Songwriter
      Bob Geldolf (October 5, 1951)
      Irish Musician-Singer, Organizer of 'Live Aid'
      Will Smith (September 25, 1968)
      American Actor, Singer
      Catherine Zeta Jones (September 25, 1969)
      Welsh Singer, Actress

      Libra'I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet's, the writer's, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet's voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.'

      - William Faulkner, 1950
      LibraOn his acceptance of the Nobel Prize for literature.


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