Librans are smooth, polished, diplomatic, intelligent, objective, and have a way with words and people. They are natural leaders who want to initiate change, realize they are part of something larger than themselves, and believe that in order to balance the scales they must give back. As you will see from the well-known Libras below, to be a Libra is to be much more than good looking with a pleasing personality. Librans personify the words of JFK: "From those to whom much is given, much is required."
Peace Makers, Activists, and Humanitarians
The astrological sign of Libra is the cardinal air sign (active, intellectual, non-emotional, rational) that incorporates the inherent right of the individual, the culture, and the responsibilities of a civil society. Libra can represent some of the highest ideals and virtues of humanity.
Despite Libra's association with good-looking and friendly with impeccable manners and esthetic tastes, within the heart of each Libra is often a radical activist and humanitarian who has a great sense of fairness, cannot tolerate injustice, and will do whatever it takes and stop at nothing if they sense peace or justice is under serious threat.
John Lennon (October 9, 1940) came to fame as one of the Beatles but is probably best remembered for his ideas about peace (Libra). His songs Give Peace a Chance and Imagine have become perennial peace anthems. Lennon used his celebrity to draw the media's attention; he disrupted peace in the name of peace. Once asked how he'd most like to be remembered, he replied he wanted to be remembered not for his music but as "the Great Peacenik." Lennon's world peace activism was celebrated on his 75th birthday when thousands of people gathered together to form a peace symbol in New York City's Central Park, in effect honoring Lennon's idealistic, peace-loving Libra sun.
Mahatma Gandhi (October 2, 1869) started as a lawyer (Libra), but quit the law and became famous for non-violent civil disobedience or passive resistance (Libra). This was a successful political move and also true to his sun sign. Libras shy away from conflict. Gandhi's passive resistance led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. However, Libras often present one side of their character to the public and another to their intimates. Gandhi was a public hero to his nation, but it was quite a different story in his more intimate personal life.
Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884) was America's First Lady during the Depression and second World War. After the war, she led the first delegation to represent the United States (1945 - 1953) at the newly established United Nations, the world's first peacekeeping establishment. She was also the first diplomatic chair of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, which drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document that boldly stipulated the fundamental rights which belong to every member of the human race. President John F. Kennedy reappointed her to the United States delegation to the U.N. in 1961 and later appointed her to the National Advisory Committee of the Peace Corps and to chair the President's Commission on the Status of Women. Eleanor Roosevelt was the ultimate Libra diplomate and peacemaker.
Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon (October 4, 1946) is probably as well known for her activism as for her acting. Always ready to right wrongs (Libra), she's active in supporting various political and human rights causes. She's been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and in 2006, Sarandon was one of the celebrities that joined antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan in her fight against the war in Iraq. She also received the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award in 2006.
Sting (October 2, 1951) was inspired to start working for humanitarian causes through concerts after seeing the famous 1979 Amnesty International's benefit concert, the Secret Policeman's Ball. Sting still performs a plethora of benefit concerts. He became a major force for peace activism when he learned of the 1980s mass murders in Latin America and responded through his music. His 1988 single They Dance Alone chronicled the plight of the mothers, wives, and daughters of the innocent victims of the Pinochet regime in Chile, who were known as the "disappeared." Today, Sting supports over 46 charities and 33 causes.
Usher (October 14, 1978) is an award-winning singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor, who rose to fame in the late 1990s. True to the Libran penchant to give back actively, he began New Look Foundation in 1999. The mission of Usher's foundation is to "transform the lives of underserved youth through a 10-year comprehensive program that develops passion-driven, global leaders." For his efforts, Usher has received honors from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Trumpet Foundation, and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Amber Rose (October 21, 1983) who began her working career as a 15-year-old stripper, true Libra fashion went on to be a model, hip-hop artist, fashion designer, actress, entrepreneur, social media sensation, and author of How to be a Bad Bitch. She's also a feminist and an activist who launched The Amber Rose Foundation, a foundation that is specifically geared towards women, art empowerment, and fighting against victim blaming.
Matt Damon (October 8, 1970), the award-winning actor and screenwriter, has used his fame to campaign for many humanitarian efforts. He is the founder of H20 Africa is one of the founders of Not On Our Watch. He supports One Campaign, which fights AIDS and poverty in Third World countries. He has also supported many protests against the wars in Darfur.
Bruce Springsteen "The Boss" (September 23, 1949) is a musical activist who is always there to give voice to any struggle against injustice and equality through his music and his advocacy.
Libras are master politicians who, regardless of their political ideology, feel they are working for the greater good of the people and are gifted in using persuasion, diplomatic nuances and finesse to get others to see things their way.
Jimmy Carter (October 1, 1924) was the 39th president of the United States. Carter embodied the essence of Libra's pursuit of truth and honesty and was known for his strong moral compass. As president, he was idealistic, had a reputation for strict honesty and a desire to bring decency back to the Oval Office after the Nixon years. However, President Carter's greatest Libran accomplishments happened after he left office when he embarked on a career of diplomacy and advocacy, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2002.
Vladimir Putin (October 7, 1952) who was born with the sun and three other planets in Libra, studied law (Libra) at the Saint Petersburg State University. Putin is a stereotypical Libran intellectual and a strategist whose icy efficiency is always on public display. His Libra energy propels him to do whatever it takes to restore, consolidate, and defend Russia. He's diplomatic, persuasive, and can bend toward whatever public attitude serves him best, both domestically and internationally. It's said that his public persona "belies the truth of a far more indecisive character (Libra)."
Pierre Trudeau (October 18, 1919), a Liberal Canadian politician, was the Prime Minister of Canada from 1969 to 1984. He dominated the Canadian political scenes for decades and was best known for establishing the Charter of Rights and Freedoms within Canada's constitution. His son Justin Trudeau, a Capricorn, followed in his father's footsteps and became Prime Minister of Canada in 2013.
Benjamin Netanyahu (October 21, 1949) has the sun and three other planets in Libra. Netanyahu was sworn in as prime minister for the second time in March 2009. At that time, he celebrated his victory by establishing a national unity government and calling for a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes the Jewish state. Like Vladimir Putin, he's an intellectual with a public persona that is icy and efficient, and his heavy Libra energy propels him to do whatever it takes for the betterment and defense of Israel.
Jesse Jackson (October 8, 1941) is an American civil rights leader and politician who twice ran for U.S. president. In 1964, he graduated from college with a degree in sociology. The next year he went to Selma, Alabama, to march with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and eventually became a worker in King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). After leaving the SCLC, he founded People United to Save Humanity (PUSH) and in 1984, Jackson established the National Rainbow Coalition. All these organizations fight for the Libran idea of equal importance, value, and treatment of all humanity.
Changing the World
All the famous individuals mentioned above are much more complex than their Libra sun or their entire birth chart. Culture, family, and upbringing all have a say in how an individual will express the energy revealed in their birth chart. However as you can see, Libras believe they live in a world that is much greater than the self, are activists in one way or another, and their idealistic natures lead them to believe that they can initiate change and make the world a better place.