LIBRA: An Energetic Overview & Guide to Embracing the Scales

Overview of the Libra Archetype

Libra is the 7th sign of the Zodiac

Ruled by: Venus

Modality: Cardinal (Fall)

Element: Air

Libra is ruled by Venus and is considered its masculine face. It rules the seventh house of partnership and is a cardinal air sign.

When we release tension, blow off steam, we find ourselves returning to the Libran state of equilibrium. Your Libra placement can point you toward your pressure valve that will help bring you back to that state.

Libra energy is sometimes seen as indecisive, but really it’s a land where there is no right and wrong and where truth exists within everything – it’s all about perspective. There is a tolerance for paradox, a lack of need for right and wrong. What’s more important for Libra is finding harmony between opposites. This is very conducive to teamwork and collaboration, a great example being team sports. Many successful team sports athletes possess strong Libra energy (for example, Aaron Rodgers or Patrick Mahomes), where they lead individuals in harmonizing toward a common goal, using Libran aesthetic intelligence to do it. 

On that note – beauty, art, and aesthetic intelligence are also defining Libra qualities. Libra immerses itself in beauty, mostly in the form of relationships you find beautiful and people whose energy you find beautiful. This is not limited to romantic relationships – any relationship could be beautiful! 

Following the impulse of love is the Libran way. Libra follows the cuteness! Anything perceived as being cute or adorable has something to teach you, and Libra gets this. 

Libra Keywords

Serenity, relaxation, equilibrium, paradox, equity between opposites, art, aesthetic intelligence, beauty, releasing tension, seeing multiple sides to every situation, harmony, and cooperation.

Shadow Side

In Libra’s shadow, we lose authenticity in favor of harmonizing with others. We loosen our sense of self in order to merge with those around us. Libra’s sister sign, Aries, is the balancing factor in this equation, since Aries is all about personal identity and individuality. Striking a balance between these two corresponding signs is the key to achieving balance between self and others, between being a team player and remaining true to the self.

Libra Temptations to Recognize

  • Codependency
  • Dithering/distraction
  • Attachment to intellect
  • Defensiveness

Article written by Maddie Billings; Content curated and presented by Carly Whorton

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