Traits of a Libra

Jacqueline Dautaj
The scales; Libra's symbol.
Read about Libran women.

Libra has many qualities. Chief among them are grace, charm, and a knack for seeing both sides of an issue.

Libra Profile


Libra is the only sign of the zodiac that has an inanimate object as its symbol, but this belies the extreme sympathy Libra often feels for others. Libra is very complex. This sign hates conflict, but will often stay and defend an underdog and fight for the people and things she believes in. During the time of the year when the sun enters the sun sign of Libra, day and night become equal. This is reflected in Libra's need and affinity for balance in all things, and that includes disputes.

Libra's motto is "I balance," and the sign seeks harmony in all things, whether it is a relationship, music or the colors in her environment! The seventh sign of the zodiac is also considered one of the courteous astrological signs. Libra is an expert in social graces, and along with Gemini, Virgo and Aquarius, favors intellectual discussions.

Ruled by the planet Venus, Libra often craves the approval of others. Even more importantly, this sign needs to be needed, and one way of achieving this goal is to fit into to any social situation that arises. Libra excels when it comes to making others feel comfortable.

While this sign has many positive traits, one potential pitfall is the need to go through life with rose-colored glasses. Libra is naturally optimistic and will often look on the bright side of things, even when other factors say otherwise.

Articulate and charming, Libra has a way with words and an ability to talk herself out of even the most difficult situations. It also helps that Libra is a gracious winner, even going so far as to reassure those she has defeated. It's lovable traits like these that endears Libra to many.

Favorite Colors

Libra is naturally drawn to subtle and moderate colors, and she favors pastels, ecrus and grays over intense primary colors and bright shades.

Hobbies and Entertainment

  • Libra's creative side may show itself in the appreciation of subjects like food and fashion; Libra has a love of good food, wine, music and theater.
  • Along with good taste, Libra also has a finely-honed sense of elegance. Libra brings dramatic flair to everything she does, and this often impresses others. With a deep love for all things social, Libra loves to entertain and is just as happy at a formal event as she is entertaining at home.
  • Travel is also important to Libra, and this sign often enjoys the more adventurous side of life; discovering new places to visit and interesting people to talk to is of paramount importance.

Libra Careers and Money

While it may take Libra a while to focus and hone in on what she wants to do, once she does, there is a very good chance of success. Libra has the ability to see the big picture, and this often comes in handy when making key decisions. Libra is not a frugal sign, and she'll spend money to make money. On the flip side, those loose purse strings can get Libra into trouble as she does occasionally make extravagant and even careless purchases.

When it comes to choosing a career, Libra should make good use of the sign's well-honed sense of analysis; Libra is able to look at a problem from every angle and quickly weigh the possible solutions. A skilled philosopher with the ability to think about intangible concepts, as well as things that are more concrete, Libra is often indispensable to coworkers and managers alike.

Libra is talented at many things, so it may take a while to find the best niche for her talents, but she shouldn't get discouraged! Keep in mind that Libra is a cardinal sign, and that means starting projects is your forte. This can be particularly true if Libra is in a cutting edge field or needs to partner with another person to make the project successful.

Libras are often creative and artistic, with a keen sense of insight. They often find career satisfaction in the following fields:

  • Music
  • Dance
  • Visual Arts
  • Designers
  • Architects

Libras are also very oriented toward people and negotiation, so they are suited to the following careers:

  • Public Relations & Marketing
  • Ambassadors
  • Customer Service
  • Law

Friends and Family

Libra enjoys being around other people and never shies away from a party, but this sign feels most comfortable in one-on-one relationships. This is true whether Libra is dealing with a friend or a lover.

Libra, more than almost any other sign, understands the value of networking, and often gains advantage in life by making use of those hard-won connections. A born matchmaker, Libra often doles out relationship advice, and if asked, will happily make romantic connections for friends and family. The desire for harmony is very strong, and there's nothing Libra likes better than seeing everyone paired up and happy.

In light of this, it's not surprising that Libra is often the peacemaker in the family. Luckily, Libra also has a well-developed sense of humor and will often find laughs in things that others ignore. This trait comes in handy, particularly when the sign is smoothing over ruffled feathers.

Romantic Traits of a Libra

It's no secret that Libra is quite fond of romance and thrives on harmless and friendly flirtation. Even so, Libra needs to be careful of those who might misunderstand her playful nature. When this sign has a disagreement with a loved one, she still acts with honor and integrity, which makes it easy to smooth past the rough spots. This is especially notable since not everyone responds that way to conflict. More positively, Libra is is not afraid to question herself and is willing to engage in deep self-analysis to improve her life and relationships.

Libra does tend to see the romantic side of most situations, and she is eternally optimistic about the promise of her relationships. Libra has a highly-developed sexual side and may even tend toward promiscuity if she does not temper her strong erotic nature.

Libras often have good love relationships with the following signs:

  • Aquarius
  • Gemini
  • Sagittarius
  • Leo
  • Libra
  • Scorpio

Famous Libras

Some famous Libras that exemplify the best of the sign's traits, includes:

  • Margaret Thatcher
  • Mahatma (Mohandas) Ghandi
  • Cheryl Tiegs
  • Christopher Reeves
  • John Lennon

Complex and Contradictory

Libra is a complex and contradictory sign - more so than any other sign of the zodiac. Libra can support one cause today and completely switch and abandon that very same cause tomorrow. This is a whimsical sign that truly enjoys the more quirky side of life. To get to know Libra better, it's key to take into account the rising and moon sign of the native. This way, you'll have a more complete and well-rounded picture of the Libra with whom you happen to be dealing.

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Traits of a Libra