Most Librans are probably aware that their constellation is represented as the scales, and is ruled by Venus. Yet there are so many layers of myth and sky mysteries associated with the sign. Yes, the scales are a good symbol of Libra’s desire for fairness, balance and harmony. Venus, as the goddess of love, describes Libra’s focus on relationships, and as the goddess of beauty describes Libra’s wonderful sense of aesthetics and style, yet neither of these symbols quite tells of Libra’s life journey – we must look for ancient scales and related journey myths for a better understanding.
Libra, you are on the journey where one moves from Virgo the Virgin Goddess to the Great Scorpion with its vivid red star of passion, Antares, the Heart of the Scorpion. Antares is the “Watcher of the West.” Since Libra also represents the Seventh House of marriage and open enemies, we start to get a feeling for the importance of the safe passage, and the balancing act required between caring for the “self” and the “other” – the ultimate expression of Libra love.
The ancient Egyptian scales were where Anubis weighed the soul against the weight of a feather. If the soul was heavier (one might conjecture, a life with not enough spiritual care for self or others), it must return – as the sun must do after slipping below the horizon in the West (Antares’ realm). Those of you who saw The Bucket List are probably familiar with this story.
Libra’s scales, also representing Scorpio’s claws, were also associated with the Symplegades in the Greek myth of Jason and the Argonauts seeking the Golden Fleece. No humans had survived passing through the Symplegades on the Bosporus before, as these rocks would move and crush the boats and humans who attempted passage between them. But Jason sent a dove (Venus’ totem bird) through to see if it was safe. The dove only lost a few tail feathers, so Jason sailed the Argo through the rocks and only lost a bit of the stern on his way to the Golden Fleece.
These seem to be two great analogies for your Mythic Life Journey, Libra – a courageous quest without doubt. Whether we admit it or not, few of us find anything more harrowing than exposing our deepest feelings and passions to another. Some find it safer not to do so at all. Libra, this is your journey: negotiating the path between the treacherous rocks of loneliness and exposing yourself to another in love and compassion, risking a “stony” alternative response if the person is not receptive – your path of honoring the Goddess of Love, Venus.
The beautiful Goddess from Virgo is now carrying her sacred gift of love – the star Spica (where the sun is around Oct. 18), and Her Sacred Son who represents that gift must make the journey through the Symplegades. Whether male or female, Libra must navigate a course of maintaining peace, harmony, respect and love through relationships. Libra must constantly work to balance personal needs and passions with the needs and desires of others, as you focus is so much on others. This constant dance of Venus and Mars and the other planets is very real in your love life and even in our relations as a nation with other nations, as Libra is the sign of the diplomat, as well. Then there is the challenge of finding balance with our world eco-systems.
Libra’s ruler, Venus, is a remarkably powerful and very ancient sky goddess of many names. Just looking up when She is setting after, or rising before, the Sun is to be dazzled by her beauty. As a Libran, you are probably more associated with the “Evening Star.” This Venus has been hidden by the Sun’s rays for a period and is considered having gone to the Underworld (not visible to us in the night sky) with more experience and an eye towards balance and peace – a goddess with experience.
Thus, Libra, you honor Venus through appreciating the beauty of a sunset, a work of art, or a flower. Your Taurean sisters honored her by reveling in the joy of passion and the riches we find – fun you can also have! While you might be a bit more comfortable just being admired, you are passing through those gates. You are the soother of souls, you make others feel attractive and wanted, and you pave the way for peace when others are lost in anger. What an amazing Journey of Love!