Libra is the beginning of the social movement of consciousness from the Northern hemisphere’s personal expense and out into the world of other’s. Libra energy is concerned with relationships and understanding one’s self through the reflection of other’s experience. This is where the self-propulsion (Aries), values(Taurus), modes of thinking and communicating(Gemini), ancestry and emotional response (Cancer), creative expression (Leo), and style of service (Virgo) are met with, understood, and objectified through interaction with others. This makes Libra energy extremely social, necessarily so, in order to have a multitude of examples to compare and contrast with their own. This also makes Libra a great understander of personal motivations, to understand what their partner, friend, student, or teacher needs, and what kind of reactions to expect from another’s experience. Therefore, Libra has the ability to make things happen in harmonious ways and very often seeks to wield power in this way. Libra is the great articulator of what is just, the great peacemaker, a warrior in the service of harmony.
Libra is a cardinal sign. Cardinal energy moves things and in this case it will be moving people and the energies and events that surround making people feel right (or maybe the way they want to feel). Harmony is a delicate thing, very easily disturbed, and maintaining this can be cumbersome. The strong desire (cardinal energy) to maintain this delicate peace, can be an energetic drain on folks with high Libra energy. This energy exists to help the seeker learn about haste, and pacing, and of course their place. There are times and places to intercede and times and places to let go, and learning that, observing that, engaging with that for the purpose of harmony and relating, the seeker finds the right allies, and understands their enemies.
The delicate nature of harmony is expressed beautifully in ibra’s glyph: two parallel lines with a bulge in the top line. It’s reflective of the Sun in perfect balance on the horizon, and when the Sun ingresses Libra it is the Fall Equinox, equal parts day and night. This happens at the Spring Equinox as well when the Sun enters Libra’s polarity point in Aries. The balance does not last and so the work continues to strike or make up for the lack of harmony. So Libra is the start of a new season, the Fall, when things start to change, the light begins to fade, the crops need to be harvested, and preparations made for the long winter. With her energy it can be considered safe that the work will get done in as equitable fashion as possible.
Libra is an air sign. The mental sphere is highlighted and Libra energy is tuned into the social, perceptual arena’s. With Libra energy communication, clear, well thought out strategies to reach others, and ensuring that the rationale and motivations for decisions that affect others is vital. The symbol for Libra is the scales of justice. She is constantly weighing in with the balance of situations and attempting objective calculations of justice. This speaks to the importance of a large social circle to engage with and learn the varieties of ethics, morals, and temperaments of those who she may come to judge. and at her best, she is earnestly considering every side.
The dark side of Libra is manipulation, selfishness, domination, dependency, exasperation, and/or anxiety. That is not an exhaustive consideration of the challenges or shadow side of Libra energy, but some of the more common and important ones. With Libra being so assertively out in the social world, engaging in relationships, learning so much about the relativity of values, ethics, and moral systems, the dark sides may appear. It can be easy to forget one’s individuality in these situations and become domineered by another; it can become exhausting to meet the needs of others when so activly and insticklty enaged with a variety of relationships; and it can become a maker of anxiety to feel the pressure of meeting other’s needs. There is certainly also the possibility of one with strong Libra energy to become manipulative. Knowing how other’s work so well, being a student of relationships and so well practiced at the art, Libra energy knows how to motivate others, how to get them to do what they want, without regard for the justice of the situation. All of these must be considered when dealing with or engaging with Libra energy.
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