Libra: All About This Zodiac Sign’s Personality Traits, Compatibility and More

The balanced beautifier of the horoscope family, Libra energy inspires us to seek peace, harmony and cooperation. As a cardinal air sign, Libra inspires us to lead with style and grace.divider-gray

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Libra Personality Traits

Libra Traits At a Glance:

Symbol:The Scales of Justice
Element:Air
Quality:Cardinal
Ruling Planet:Venus — the planet of beauty and love
Body Part:Lower back, butt
Good Day: Charming, lovable, fair, sincere, sharing, hopelessly romantic
Bad Day: Vain, indecisive, melodramatic, manipulative, spoiled, delusional
Favorite Things: Concerts at large venues, poetry, expensive jewelry, designer clothes, rich food
What Libras Hate: Dull or practical people, bullies, being pressured to decide, saying goodnight, hearing the word “maybe”
Secret Wish: To love and be loved in return
How to Spot a Libra: Small symmetrical features, dimples, gentle eyes, outrageous designer outfits
Where You’ll Find Libra: Dancing the night away at a warehouse party, philosophizing about life at a coffeeshop, tucked away at home writing a novel, procrastinating, happily mingling at a social event 
Keywords: Commitment, Partnership, Equality, Balance, Mutuality, Fairness


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What Is Libra’s Symbol? The Scales

Libra symbol

The Libra horoscope symbol is the Scales. The Libra symbol is usually depicted as scales that are weighed in order to produce balance and harmony. Partnership, equality and a love of beauty are among the main Libra traits. Thus, the Libra symbol of the Scales expresses the fairness and sound judgment of this zodiac sign. 


What Is Libra’s Element and Modality? The Cardinal Air Sign

Libra Element: Air

Libra is one of the three zodiac signs ruled by the air element. The other two air signs are Gemini and Aquarius. Since Libra is the second air signs, it turns gregarious gusts into a calm delivery filled with grace, good manners and social charms. But Libra is no gale force—this sign brings the winds of change in such a mild and moderate way that you barely even notice that you’ve been swept somewhere new.

The essence of air sign traits is to be communicative, intellectual and aids the spread of ideas. With Libra’s interpersonal flair added in, this sign inspires compromise, helpful dialogue and successful relationships. Under the influence of a Libra planetary transit, we may crave a dynamic duo to accomplish goals that we might not be able to achieve flying solo.

Libra Modality or Quality: Libra is a Cardinal Sign

Libra is one of the four cardinal signs, which include Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. These zodiac signs start every season—Aries kicks off spring, Cancer starts summer, Libra begins fall and Capricorn is the first winter sign. 

The zodiac signs are grouped into three qualities: cardinal signs, fixed signs and mutable signs. In astrological terms, qualities are also sometimes called modalities or triplicities. 

Because cardinal signs like Libra are first in every season, they are the leaders and idea people of the zodiac. Cardinal signs are competitive, prize originality and like to be first in everything they do. Cardinal signs set trends and will try new things before other people do. They are often the ones who get the party started and the crowd hyped.

Count on them to initiate a winning idea or plan, or to take on a leadership role when nobody else steps up. However, because cardinal signs often have a high opinion of themselves, some can be entitled, snobbish or think they are better than others people.


What is Libra’s Ruling Planet? Venus

Libra is ruled by Venus, the planet of love, art, and beauty. In astrology, every zodiac sign has what’s called a ruling planet. In other words, it’s a planet whose traits are most similar to those of the zodiac sign. Venus energy adds charm and embellishment to everything it touches, from food to fashion to personality.

Although Venus has a gentle and aesthetic reputation, the myth behind this planet is pretty gruesome! Legend has it that when Saturn castrated his father, Uranus, Uranus’ blood spilled into the sea, impregnating the sea foam and giving birth to the goddess Venus. Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli’s famous painting The Birth of Venus depicts the goddess Venus fully naked, perched exquisitely on a clam shell.


Libra love and compatibility

In love and relationships, Libra is a romantic idealist who will go to all ends of the Earth to find their perfect match. This relationship-focused sign will wait years for the right person, too, not content to rush to the altar. When the Libra wedding makes it to the calendar, the affair will be tasteful and elegant.

Simply put: Libra is at their best when they have a companion to share their life with. Dating a Libra is all about being spoiled (and they expect reciprocation!). The Libra ruling planet is beauty-loving Venus, and this sign’s style of sex is slow-jamming and sensual. If Libra’s partner steps out, they’re unlikely to want to end things. Libra hates conflict. Their breakup style is: avoid!

Libra compatibility

While we believe that any two zodiac signs can be compatible in love and friendship, there are certain sign combinations that just flow together better than others.

Most compatible signs for Libra:
For Libra, the most compatible signs for romantic relationships, work and friendship tend to be the three fire signs (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) and the air signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius). All of these zodiac signs share the ability to prioritize free thinking and autonomy. Libra doesn’t like to be rushed into anything, least of all commitment!

Least compatible signs for Libra:
Libra may find their most incompatible signs for love, work and friendship to be the three water signs (CancerScorpio and Pisces) and the three earth signs (TaurusVirgo and Capricorn). The emotional water element could clash with the Libra person’s cool-headed air element, while the steady earth signs could be too serious and heavy for the lighthearted, spontaneous Libra. Earth sign practicality could clash with Libra’s love of luxury.

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Libra in career and money

The Libra career path is built on the strength of relationships. It’s literally about who you know! Lucky for you, Libra, you rule the zodiac’s seventh house of relationships: people are your profession! The best Libra career path is one that allows you to work with others—to need and be needed. You thrive in a team, or championing another’s cause as an agent, broker, or representative. With your charm and diplomacy, few can say no to a Libra!

When it comes to money, Libra’s keyword is balance. Day-to-day purchases can be your downfall. You may overspend on luxury experiences, then get cheap about everyday items. Or worse, you borrow money you can’t pay back to cover an already overcharged account. Your family may be accustomed to giving you loans that you take a while to repay, but with your natural charm, they quickly forgive the debt…


Libra in a family: Libra parents and Libra kids

Peacekeeping Libra helps to keep family affairs balanced and harmonious. Ruled by gracious Venus, they are the beating heart of their family. You’ll always have a photo to remember a gathering if Libra is present.

The Libra mom or dad knows how to enjoy the moment. Your parenting dream is that your children have all the best experiences—preferably with you by their side.

The Libra kid is photogenic and will smile and coo almost on demand. From an early age, their taste will emerge and it might stretch your wallet. This sign is ruled by beautifying Venus, after all!

Read more about Libra family dynamics


Libra taste and style: fashion, decor and wellness

Libra Style and Decor:

Libra is ruled by Venus, the planet of beauty and grace. Dressing well comes naturally to this zodiac sign. Accentuating the lower back and waist is flattering for Libra. In their home decor, Libras are sensitive to color and light, and may prefer more neutral or pale paint colors. It’s all about creating that sense of balance!

Libra Health and Fitness:

For Libra to enjoy a healthy lifestyle, moderation is key. This sensitive zodiac sign doesn’t do well with extremes. Rigorous boot camps and hardcore workouts should be done with caution. Gentle exercise like yoga tends to agree with the Libra personality most! Libra has a sweet tooth and needs to watch sugar intake. Read the full Libra Wellness horoscope for more workouts, food and fitness for this zodiac sign.

When Libra needs to reset, meditations for the Libra sign or ones that invoke the sign’s air element may help.

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Famous Libras & Libra Celebrities:

Kim Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bruno Mars, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Cardi B, Usher, Simon Cowell, Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani, Zac Efron, John Lennon, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mahatma Gandhi, Vladimir Putin, Rutherford B. Hayes, Chester A. Arthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Jimmy Carter, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Shel Silverstein, T.S. Eliot, ee cummings, Oscar Wilde, Donna Karan, Sergio Rossi, Ralph Lauren

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

AstroTwins

Identical twin sisters Ophira and Tali Edut, known as The AstroTwins, are the founders of Astrostyle.com and the authors of multiple bestselling astrology books. Their horoscopes reach millions here and through their resident astrologer column at ELLE Magazine.