How to Recognize LIBRA
Librans hate to be rude, yet they'll straighten the
crooked picture on your wall and snap off your blaring
TV set. Librans love people, but they hate large crowds.
Like gentle doves of peace, they go around mediating
and patching up quarries between others; still they
enjoy a good argument themselves. They're good natured
and pleasant, but they can also be sulky, and they balk
at talking orders. Librans are extremely intelligent.
At the same time, they're incredibly native and gullible.
They'll talk your ear off yet they're wonderfully good
listeners. Librans are restless people. But they seldom
rush or hurry. Are you completely confused? You're not
alone. There's a frustrating inconsistency to this sun
sign that puzzles the Librans themselves as much as
it dose other.
Lots of people will tell you that Libra is all love
and beauty and sweetness and light. That's fine, as
far as it goes, but it stops a little short of accuracy.
It also stops short of Eugene O' Neill. Just because
the sign is symbolized by the golden scales of justice,
don't ever think that Librans are always perfectly balanced.
It seems to be a logical deduction. After all, the purpose
of scales is to balance. However, did you ever watch
the balancing process on a pair of old fashioned pharmaceutical
scales? The ultimate goal is to get both sides even,
but what happens? First one side is low, then the other.
Up and down, and they dip until there's perfect balance.
Drop into a friendly neighborhood pharmacy and watch
them in action. (just tell the druggist you're trying
to find out what makes Aunt Martha tick.)
Never again will you have a mental picture of a Libran
as a clam, perfectly balanced, sweet, gracious and charming
individual. You'll have a mental picture of a person
who has that kind of disposition half the time. The
other half of the time, Libra can be annoying, quarrelsome,
stubborn, restless, depressed and confused. Libra is
first up, then down. He swings one way, then another.
Suddenly, like the scales - perfect balance it's heavenly.
But there is always that period of weighing and dipping
before the moment of heavenly balance is achieved.
The physical appearance of these people may require
almost as much concentration as the personality. There's
no such thing as a typical Libra feature, unless it's
the Venus dimple. Libran features are almost always
even and well-balanced. They're pleasing, but not very
noticeable, so it's easier to start with the dimples.
There will usually be a couple in the cheeks or one
in the chin. If they're not in the face, you might check
to see if the knees are dimpled. Many Libran knees are.
But be careful. Very few girls will believe you when
you tell them you were staring at their knees "
because I want to see if you were born in October."
Be discreet, but check. With the men, of course, the
trousers rule out that clue, unless you're on the beach
or playing tennis. Don't get discouraged if you find
dimples, then discover the person was not born in October.
Those fetching dimples have a right to be there, because
he or she will have a Libra ascendant, so your guess
is still correct.
After you have ruled the Venus dimples in or out, notice
the entire effect of the face. It will always wear a
markedly pleasant expression. Even when the Libran is
angry, somehow he or she will manage to look mild, or
at the very least, neutral. Venus voices are typically
sweet and clear as a bell, and these people seldom raise
them to a shrill or bellowing pitch. A Libran is the
only person on earth who can say, "I hate you and
I'm going to punch you in the nose," and sounds
as if he's reciting Browning's "How do I love thee?
The mouth is usually bow-shaped, and the lips would
have been described in Gibson girl days as "lips
like cherry wine." In fact the typical Libra face
reminds you of nothing so much as a box of bonbons.
Or a sugar cookie. Some of them look like human lollipops,
or a caramel sundae topped with rich, whipped cream.
They like to eat those things, too and if any Librans
are reading this, they're probably weak with hunger
The women are almost invariably preety, and the men
are usually handsome. Still, not all of the beautiful
people in the world are Libreans; Venus beauty is in
a class by in the world are Librans' Venus beauty is
in a class by itself, and it's not always easy to separate
it from the good looks of other sun sign. My own secret
way to recognize them is to begin by thinking about
the sweet expressions of Dwight Eisenhowever and Brigitte
Bardot, and then go on from there.The trouble is that
sometimes the women will look like Ike and the men like
Bardot. You have to make allowances.
I'am not implying that the Librea women is masculine.
Most of them are about as female as the average man
can stand ( unless there's an aggressive ascendant.)
And I certainly do not imply that Libra men are feminine.
They're usually quite virile male animals. But there's
no denying that they have apurity of feature that keeps
you from getting them mixed up with prize fighters or
wrestlers. Even the rare Libran who might be called
ugly, and it will be most unusual to find one, has such
a charming expression you're to comment that there's
real beauty of character in his ( or her) face.
You,ll never meet a Libran who doesn't have a smile
like a soft, white cloud. That Venus smile could melt
a chocolate bar at twenty paces. When it hits you full
force, it has enough candle power to transfigure even
plain or downright homely features-litreally, not figuratively.
Most Librans are full of curves, rather than angles.
Their hair is often curly. They're not necessarily fat
(though a Taurus ascendant can produce some preety plump
pigeons) Still, they can fool you, go on a diet and
cut quite a trim figure. But even so, the curves will
be there in spots, rather like a slim hourglass shape.
Using Bardot once more as an example, one certainly
could not call her fat-but could one call her skinny?
There's one more trick in mastering the Venus appearance
and physical characteristics. You'll notice a bright,
liting laugh that merriment, once you've heard it, you
won't soon forget it.
Now you might think that to be born attractive and
dimpled, to seek fairness and loveliness, to be pleasing
and easily pleased, is a blessing. You might imagine
that gentleness and intelligence,grace and understanding
are the gifts of a fairy godmother.You might be right.
When the Libra scales are balanced, it's utterly delightful,
like meeting an angel from paradise. The problem is
that fairy godmother. She keeps rapping one side of
the scales with her wand and then the other, making
Libra dip back and forth. She can't seem to make up
her fickle mind whether she made a mistake or not, and
she passed her indecision on to Librans. First they'll
talk up a storm and monopolize the onversation. Then
they'll listen intently, with flattering interest. When
others are fighting, they'll play the role of peacemaker,andsmooth
everyone's ruffled feathers. Then they'll turn right
around, deliberately take the other side in discussion,
and start an argument for the pure relish of it.
They seek harmony. Yet, lots of Librans indulge in
excessive eating, drinking or love-making, completely
upsetting the cookie cart, not to mention throwing harmony
out of kilter. In fact, you'll come across a few Librans
who will remind you of Dr. Doolittle's push me-pull
The sun sign itself is known as Lazy Libra, and that's
another inconsistency. For days, weeks or months on
end, Librans can be too busy to play. They'll burn gallons
of midnight oil, the rise and shine in time to hear
the rooster crow. It wears you out just to watch them.
Suddenly, they'll plop down into a chair say, "I'
am bushed" and give the best imitation of laziness
you've ever seen (especially after all that frenzied
activity) Once they've plopped, you won't catch them
moving a muscle if they can help it. It will be an effort
for them to pick up a spoon or raise a glass (though
they will manage.) If there's anyone around who's willing,
they'll expect to be waited on, hand and foot. When
the scales have dipped down toward lethargy, you couldn't
move Libra with a steam shovel. He'll talk, read, yawn,
snooze, watch TV or stare out the window, and seem barely
able to make it into the bedroom (though he'll manage)
All the nagging and shouting in the world won't impress
him. It's as if he were in another world. After a period,
when he's recouped his forces, he'll feel a spurt of
energy, get up, and start chugging down the track again,
His nose will go back to the grindstone, and his hands
and feet will fly. Once more, he'll work like a mule
in harness, keeping a miraculous balance and a steady,
even pace, as he harmoniously plans his chores with
efficient ease. Although Libra is not a dual sign, most
of their friends think they know two different
People. Try to tell someone who has frequently seen
a Libran in the midst of an upswing that Libra is lazy,
and he'll stare at you blankly. Conversely, if you try
to tell someone who has been creature is a bundle of
powerful drive, he'll retort with, "That lazy bum?
You must be kidding"
Librans know instinctively that to restore harmony
to the body, they must alternate their active spells
with complete rest. Their personal arrangement of genes
and cells and electrical impulses demand it, and most
of them are pretty adept at managing this delicate physical
balance. However, harmony of the mind and emotions isn't
always as instinctive with them. They can weep with
overflowing sentiment, turn sharply sarcastic, then
be as bright and cheerful as the first robin in spring.
It's not at all the duality of Gemini. The Libran is
constantly dipping deeply into one emotion and then
the other by turns, which isn't the same thing as the
complete change of character of the Gemini twins. There's
a deep richness to Libra's emotion, no matter which
emotion is high or low at a given moment, and a philosophic
approach to both sorrows and joys that seldom falls
to smooth things out eventually.
An instinct for sanity keeps most Librans mentally
healthy and physically fit. Usually, they avoid serious
breakdowns of body and mind. The biggest threat to their
health is over indulgence of some kind. Eating sweets
can bring on obesity, stomach disorders and mottled
skin. Excessive use of alcohol can cause sever kidney
and bladder disturbances, which in turn result in violent
headaches of migraine intensity. Giving in to depression
can cause itchy sensation in the skin and even boils.
The breast area is a sensitive part of the body, and
sometimes there are foot problems and intestinal disorders
though these aren't as common. Ulcers beset many a Libran,
not from worry as much as from abuse of the digestive
system and the topsy-turvy emotional make-up. Generally,
Librans are healthier than most people, unless they
push themselves too hard, and forget to take those necessary
rest period. The effect of peace and harmony on Venus
health is miraculous. When they're ill they need enormous
amounts of prolonged rest, with no discordant emotional
situation to plague them, pleasant books, soft music
and soothing words. Such an atmosphere rarely fails
to put the typical Libran back on his feet quickly.
The Libra character is made up of just about equal
parts of kindness, gentleness, fairness, pain cussed
argumentativeness, stubborn refusal to capitulate, philosophical
logic and indecision. It's best to examine these ingredients
in details. The argumentativeness, for instance. A Libran
will argue with you about what time it is if he thinks
yours watch is two seconds off. Don't try to get away
with a generalization like: "Teenagers are ruining
the country." You'll get a logical, careful dissertation
about the peace crops and how many wonderful youngsters
there are in the world, even if his own children are
defiant drop-outs. Make a remark life, "The law
is too corrupt today that all judges and lawyers are
dishonest." And he'll go on for hours about the
divine protection of justice in this country, the virtues
of the jury system and the problems of law-makers, going
back to Roman law and continuing through the Code Napoleon.
Never say casually, " It's foolish to live in the
city when you can live in the country. There's no comparison."
That last phrase especially is a huge mistake. Just
mention the word comparison, and the average Libran
is off and running. He can compare all night long, with
refreshments at intervals. He'll extol the beauties
and advantages of the cities compound to rural areas:
describe the bright lights, honking taxi horns, theaters,
museums and parks in glowing terms-even if he himself
lives in suburbia and you couldn't blast him out with
dynamite. It wouldn't make a bit difference if you took
the opposite view in any of these cases. The Libran
would then expound on the rising teenage crime rate,
the corruption of the courts and the joys of country
living. He doesn't really care which side he takes in
a good arguments, as long as it's the other side. Sometimes,
if he gets bored, he can switch sides in the middle.
Tell him you like a movie and he'll tell you what's
wrong with it. Criticize it and he'll praise it. Rave
about a new book and he'll list its shortcomings. If
you found it dull, he'll point out its virtues. Throughout
all this constant, logical deduction, the Libran will
try to remain fair. Libra dreads the appearance of prejudice,
unjust accusation and blind faith equally. What he seeks
is the real truth, the exact balance that give the correct
answer, after weighing all possibilities.
It's an admirable trait, of course, but all that weighing
can drive a positive person simply wild. It can drive
the Libran himself into a state of constant indecision.
Even the most controlled venus men and women dislike
making instant decision without taking all the possibilities
into consideration. Fairness can be a fetish. The Libran
general with his qualities of balanced harmonious judgment,
makes an excellent strategist and thoughtful planning
can win abattle before it's fought. His ability to see
all sides to smooth nerves and calm angry tempers can
make him the finest kind of mediator, bringing people
who hate and mistrust each other together, and getting
them to work in harmonious cooperation. However, war
makes all Librans secretly heartsick. They hate bloodshed.
An October born officer in the armed services will let
someone else make instant decisions under fire, while
he brilliantly charts the strategic maneuvers that will
save thousands of lives in the long run, and still win
for his side.
This antipathy to making a decision can turn into quite
a stalemate with the ones who have adverse afflictions
between their planets at birth.. There are some who
can't decide which shoe to put on first in the morning,
let alone which side of the bed to get out of. Even
the average Libran you meet at the office or at party
will always reflect to some degree this tendency to
weigh things back and forth until you get the jitters,
and the time for decision is long past. They'll say,
"If I do this, such and such will happen. On the
other hand" ( Which is one of their all time very
favorite phrases) " If I do that, then such and
such could occur. Those scales can dip crazily up and
down like a see-saw. Nothing is more painful to watch
than a doubtful Libran trying to make up his mind why,
wherefore and whether to. He doesn't like to be hurried
or pushed while he's deciding either. An impatient person
can turn the airy Libran into a sudden spell of earth
stubbornness that would make Taurus, the bull look like
a gullible pushover. Impatience is one quality most
Librans can't stand. Flighty, rash, impulsive people
who don't stop to consider the consequences give them
It's amusing that Librans will always immediately deny
their indecisiveness. The first thing they'll say when
you're describing their sun sign will be, " I'm
not indecisive at all. That's not accurate. It certainly
doesn't describe me" Hide your smile. Translated,
his denial means that, although he takes a devilishly
long time to make up his mind ( Which he very conveniently
forgets), once he's reached a conclusion, he's quite
gung-ho about it. If he's been allowed sufficient time,
his eventual, final decision will be carried out with
such forceful decision will be carried out with such
forceful conviction that it misleads him into thinking
he's firm and decisive. Don't let it mislead you. Anyway,
when he tells you he has no trouble making up his mind,
he's just starting a typical Libran argument, and you
can tell him so. It will do him good to realize that,
even in the midst of his objections to his astrological
traits, he's proving the truth of his sun sign. When
he denies your analysis of him, just say smugly, "I
expected you to take that attitude. Librans always argue
every point." It will drive him crackers, but it
may help him realize the truth and the truth is what
he seeks. He's bound to see the logic in that. Telling
him he's being unfair and refusing to consider both
sides will take him down a notch or two, also.
Very few Librans are marked eccentric or show-offs.
Most of them are as wholesome and as well-balanced as
a neat yield of wheat, swaying back and forth gracefully
in the wind. They're normally scrupulously honest in
business deals, and there's very little carelessness
about them. Libra would rather take his time and get
it right than make a false start and have to repeat
the process. They hate exaggeration, and they're repelled
by embarrassing display of anger and passion, though
they themselves can be guilty of both extremes if they're
pressed beyond their endurance. Most Librans have a
fantastic ability to concentrate and to ponder deep
subjects. They are born with an affection for books,
and such a respect for the printed word that many of
them scorn paperbacks. They feel it's not a book. You're
almost sure to find an extensive library in every Libran
They love the harmony of sounds, colors, poetry and
the proper use of words, both written and spoken. Really
do they escape the influence of the arts? A Libran is
a gentle, tender lover of all that's good and clean
and lovely underneath whatever image he may project
when that fairy godmother raps one side of his scales.
He's an artistic soul at heart, who enjoys spreading
the soft blue and pastel shades of Venus at parties
and cultural occasions. Soft light, mellow music, interesting
conversation, good food and fine wines turn him on.
His mind has both the brilliance of the diamond and
the smoothness of the opal. He moves in the changing
element of air and reflects the usefulness of copper,
his harmonizing metal. There's a touch of the cool,
Libran mint in his alert reasoning and his sharp sense
of honor, and six dimensions of peace shine down on
him from Venus.
To truly understand Libra, you must understand the
riddle of the scales; one side heaped high with October's
vivid, golden leaves, suggestion brisk, autumn weather-
the other side holding sky blue bunches of shy violets,
drenched in the fresh scent of April rain. When the
scales dip, bright optimism turns into silent panic,
weighed down with lonely depression. When they balance,
they produce a perfect harmony between his rich, cracking
intellect and his affectionate, sympathetic heart. The
seasons hold Libra's secret. Winter is too cold for
him. Summer is too hot. He must blend them both into
a perfect fall and spring.
Some Famous Libra Personalities.
Julie Anderson, Charlton Heston, Brigitte Bardot, Debhora
Ker, David Ben-Gurion, John Lennon, Truman Capote, Eleanor
Roosevelt, Mahatma Gandhi.