Your Sun, Moon and Rising Signs
The Sun in Libra
The Sun in astrology symbolizes the core essence of who you are – your individuality and sense of self.
It describes what is likely to motivate you, and why. The Sun Sign describes the prime focal point within the personality structure, and is of major importance. Understanding and developing these aspects of self will help develop and expand your sense of authenticity. Understanding the house in which your Sun is found will give even greater detail.
If you do not feel much like your Sun Sign, then consider – Are giving yourself permission to be who you truly need to be?
Libra: Cardinal Air
Keywords: Diplomacy, Balance, Justice, Partnership
Functional Expression: Impartial, balanced, gracious, refined, artistic, relationship-oriented, charming.
Dysfunctional Expression: Indecisive, insecure, pleasure-seeking, people pleasing, passive-aggressive, domination through suggestion.
Born with the Sun in Libra, you are likely to find yourself motivated by a need to take action around principles of fairness, justice and equality. Libra is symbolized by the image of The Scales. Matters of law, peace and social interaction are governed by this sign. As a Cardinal Air sign, Libra is concerned with the need to act, but will achieve this in ways that are other-oriented, using interpersonal connections as a trigger to drive them forward. Librans tend to seek harmony in their interactions with others, and will strive on most counts to be balanced, objective and fair.
Librans tend to concentrate on the ways they interact with others, and whether what is being communicated is objective, balanced and fair. This is therefore a highly sociable sign, and the dynamics of one-to-one interaction tend to be carefully scrutinized. Librans are usually very aware of how others are reacting to them. They will strive to maintain peace and harmony in their social interactions, whilst also taking action to get intended outcomes across. For these reasons, matters of relationship fall under the domain of this sign. If born under Libra, this is a relationship lifetime. The need to understand and balance interpersonal dynamics is paramount.
Many Librans find themselves motivated by the need to experience partnership, as they see themselves more clearly through the mirror of “The Other”. Whilst this gives Librans the ability to eventually become “relationship specialists”, it also means that the intricacies of relationship can consume Libran lives. The search for partnership must always begin and end with the relationship one has with oneself. Developing a cohesive sense of self through the reflections one gains from others can be problematic. At times Librans focus too much on what they think the other person expects, and so fail to recognize what their own requirements are. They may lose sight of what they want out of current circumstances as they busily try to reflect back the others point of view.
Self and Other
The Sun represents the principle of individuality. Here, in the sign of Libra, the solar principle is said to be in its “fall”. There is something inherently paradoxical about finding one’s individual self through the agency of another. And yet, this is the archetypal journey that Libra represents. In its most productive form, the journey creates masterful diplomats, tender lovers and the potential to give wise counsel. At the more dysfunctional level, it can create individuals with no real ability to know who they are or get what they need for themselves. Sometimes, those born with the Sun in Libra struggle to see themselves clearly, or even believe that they exist, without someone else telling them that this is so! Co-dependent relationships and narcissistic tendencies occur repeatedly when a sense of individuality is compromised.
But this tendency to see at least two sides in every story can also be their downfall. At the heart of their ability to look at things from different perspectives is also the famed Libran propensity for indecisiveness. In weighing up all possible outcomes, Librans can become perplexed and ultimately overwhelmed. In trying to be fair to everybody and everything, they can end up being ineffective. At an everyday level, this can manifest as an inability to choose. Think of choosing a dish at a restaurant. Too much time weighing the pros and cons of each option can mean that the desire for food diminishes to the point that it disappears. Trying to think of what the dining partner will want takes away value time from making up one’s mind. And yet deliberation is essential to the Libran process. After having coolly assessed each potential outcome in a decision-making process, Librans can then state what they prefer with certainty and conviction. While this may be frustrating for those waiting in the wings, it is also a vital component of the Libran process and necessary for their ability to be fair. Librans need to incorporate the ability to consider the options with the strength to state what it is they want. Deliberating for too long often leads to missing out on the opportunities that each moment affords.
Yet move onto more complex matters, and this indecisiveness can become a serious liability. It is important for Librans to be aware of the inner motivation that lies at its source. Librans are driven by both social and conceptual considerations. They want to be fair and objective, but they also want to be liked. Sometimes this combination is difficult to handle. At times, Librans can be more concerned with avoiding conflict or upsetting others than they are with taking action on what they know to be fair. Sometimes the risk of encountering others disapproval is more than they can bear, and they will avoid being decisive in order to be liked. Instead of saying what they really want or need, they may insist they “do not mind”, are “happy to go either way”, and so, will not speak up for themselves even though deep down they know that this is wrong.
Sitting on the Fence
Librans can tend to act as if they are unaware of what is going on around them, rather than admitting to having a preference that someone else might not like. This can lead to deep internal conflicts as they try to “people-please”, at the same time as wrestling with an innate disposition which is urging them to move decisively toward a middle-ground. This indecisiveness goes against the grain of their inherently Cardinal nature. They are here to act in the social sphere and to learn how to do so decisively. Yet they tend to experience significant anxiety around whether others like or approve of them. This anxiety can dissipate their capacity to take action toward a particular outcome, and lead them to sit on the fence . They find themselves at a state of impasse which is precisely what they need to avoid.
By avoiding taking action, they inadvertently create stagnation in their lives. This complicates their interactions with others and makes the arena of personal relationships complex and challenging. Because Libra is a sign motivated to act, in some way or another, others will expect this of them. Yet whilst they wrestle with the implications of a possible course of action, others may have already made their minds up and moved on. Friends and lovers are left wondering why the Libran finds it so hard to say what they really mean. Or instead of stating openly what they actually think or feel, Librans will try and work toward a certain outcome without explicitly stating what they have in mind. This can lead to suspicions of duplicity or manipulation which is in fact the opposite of what the Libran is trying to achieve. By trying to make things happen whilst at the same time concealing what their true motives are, Librans run the risk of attracting others disapproval. They can be very good at managing people but will do so in ways that keep others on-side. They have the ability to do this with grace and eloquence. Yet when Librans deny this aspect of them selves by avoiding decisions or trying always to be “nice”, they undermine their self-confidence, as well as their ability to make much needed social inroads in their lives.
Another important aspect of the Libran urge for balance is seen to operate on the creative and aesthetic level. Librans tend to strive toward harmony, proportion and balance. They often have an innate sense of style, and will be very conscious of what goes with what. This sign is strongly connected to all forms of design, and Librans often have the ability to combine solid intellectual processes with a fine internal aesthetic to achieve highly successful results. Thus, many talented designers, artists and decorators fall under the influence of this sign, especially where the focus is on creating beauty through the assessment and solution of complex practical problems.
Even those Librans who do not express themselves in a creative sense can benefit from this sense of harmony and proportion in their lives. By embracing cultural and aesthetic experiences that speak to their sense of beauty, Librans can enjoy mental stimulation and internal calm. Librans tend to prefer cultured and civilized environments. They often find discordant or coarse situations hard to be around. Their innate sense of beauty, as well as their love of grace, means that they can be inclined to seek the refined in the everyday. This sign has a strong creative and aesthetic component. By surrounding themselves with beauty, they create harmonious situations and experience peace in their day-to-day lives.
The Libran Solar Journey
When the Sun is found in Libra, a special balancing act needs to occur. At a simple level, the solar energy symbolically relates to the individual self. It represents the unique and growth-oriented aspects of who we are. And yet, when found in the sign of Libra, this individuality must be experienced through the mirror of “The Other”. Thus partnerships, relationships and decision-making processes tend to be the circumstances in which many Libran life-lessons are learned. Librans are often gifted with a clear head for analysis, and a good deal of social charm that can make them both popular and well-respected. By using these gifts to make concrete decisions, Librans can experience the inner satisfaction of having held firm to whatever principle is at stake, at the same time as making a social contribution that is beneficial to all concerned. At its heart, the Libran journey involves mastery of relationship. To accomplish this, they must first recognize for themselves who they are and what they stand for. Once this is achieved, they have the ability to enjoy win-win situations based on mutual harmony and gain.