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Zodiac symbol Balance Scales
Duration (tropical, western) September 22 – October 22 (2024, UT1)
Constellation Libra
Zodiac element Air
Zodiac quality Cardinal
Sign ruler Venus
Detriment Mars
Exaltation Saturn
Fall Sun

Libra is an astrological sign, related to the constellation Libra, in the Southern Hemisphere near Scorpius and Virgo. In the tropical zodiac, the Sun meets Libra from September 23 to October 23, and in the sidereal zodiac, it ends on November 15. Libra, (The Scales of Balance), is the only symbol of the zodiac that is inanimate (it is not represented by an animal or person). The opposite sign to Libra is Aries.

The corresponding month in the Babylonian calendar is Tišritum, made for Shamash (the Sun).

The Symbol

The Zodiac Sign of Libra

Libra's symbol, the scales, is the only symbol in the zodiac that is not represented by an animal or person.


In mythology a Libra is related to the Greek Goddess of Justice, Themis, the Greek mythology version of Atalanta (meaning balanced), and Astraea (daughter of Themis), who went up to heaven and became the constellation of Virgo, and carried the scales of justice, which is the constellation Libra.

Libra is also related to the Greco-Roman goddess Aphrodite/Venus and sometimes also the goddesses Eris/Discordia & Hermione/Concordia, Hera/Juno, Ishtar, Freyja, and Frigg and the god Xolotl.


In astrology Libra is ruled by the planet Venus. The Indian version of Libra is Tula, the Chinese version is the Dragon.

Traditional relationships with Libra

Traits of character

Libra is known for being a balanced, fair, and harmonious sign that inspires peace, cooperation, and style. Libras are also idealistic, intuitive, and intellectual, and they avoid conflict and confrontation. They are social butterflies and great conversationalists. Libras are also debaters, mediators, and peacekeepers.They are friendly, charming, and optimistic.

However, Libras can sometimes be vain, indecisive, melodramatic, manipulative, spoiled, delusional, and unreliable. They can also be superficial and prone to people-pleasing tendencies.

Libras are attracted to beauty, culture, and adventure. They are great listeners, and they have a strong moral compass and natural ability to see both sides of every argument. Libras are diplomatic, tactful, and pleasing, and they can fit in anyplace, anytime, with anyone. They are also passionate, classy, and understanding.

In their free time, Libras enjoy being social, seeking beauty, and need alone time to recharge.

Libra People

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