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The Personality & Love Compatibility Of A Libra, Explained.

This charming, beauty queen is known for stealing hearts and captivating minds. Get to know more about the enchanting Libra.

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Just like Taurus, Libra is also ruled by Venus—planet of love, beauty, and harmony. In Taurus, the energy is embodied in a more physical way with the intent of indulging the senses. In Libra, the energy is expressed through communication with the intent of stimulating the mind. As a Cardinal Air sign, these natural socialites often find themselves amongst the creme-de-la-creme of an eclectic group of friends. Their natural curiosity of others makes them easy-going and engaging in conversation.


Even though the gift of gab gets them into some opulent spaces rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous, they would much rather prefer more intimate exchanges where they can really connect with someone minus the distractions of a big crowd.

As the 7th house ruler, Libra is associated with one-on-one connections which often makes this diplomatic zodiac sign a compromising companion

Physiologically, Libra is associated with the lower back. Given their selfless nature (unlike their more self-centered opposite Aries), this region of the body can be a hot spot for pain that manifests due to their tendency to carry most (if not all) of the weight within their relationships. Often overly responsible for others, Librans need to give others the room to make their own mistakes and to fix them as well!

In addition to the back, this beauty queen also governs the biggest organ of our body—the skin. Underneath their soft glam beat lies their flawless, dewy skin that they've spent literally no time perfecting but, hey, that's just the blessing of having Venus as your ruling planet. *In my best Kim K. voice—"Jealous?"* Well, you should be.

The Libra Zodiac Sign: An Overview

Born between September 23rd and October 22nd, these social chameleons have a knack for charming their way into the hearts (and pockets) of others. Represented by the scales, Librans find balance through their partnerships which sometimes runs the risk of them becoming codependent or staying in relationships long past their expiration date.

Their innate desire to find their match—whether in romance, friendship, or business—can sometimes delude them in thinking they've lucked up when in actuality the relationship may be all smoke and mirrors.

It's important for these (compromising) sweethearts to be more discerning and not so willing to settle for just any ol' body just to have somebody there. Speaking up for their needs can prove to be difficult as Librans tend to be conflict-avoidant. However, learning how to advocate for themselves will be a feat worth conquering that will ultimately improve the quality of their connections.

Libra Best & Worst Personality Traits

Best Libra Personality Traits:

  • Sociable
  • Charming
  • Diplomatic
  • Fair

Worst Libra Personality Traits:

  • Indecisive
  • Codependent
  • Self-Pitying

The Libra In Career 

Given their Venusian influences, Librans are often found working in the beauty or fashion industry. Their eye for design makes them exceptional wardrobe stylists, personal shoppers, or retail associates. Typically indecisive in every other area of life, they tend to be very clear about what looks good and what doesn't.

Even if they don't work within a field that allows them to exercise their creative skills, you'll likely see their artistry portrayed in their home which is often a place of luxury, beauty, and comfort.

Due to their social butterfly nature, they are work well within social media and communications. Librans have an uncanny ability to smooth over even the most scandalous scenarios, making them your go-to PR. As much as they value fairness, these ethical individuals can often be found working in the justice system advocating for the rights of others. Their mental astute and eloquent style of communication make them suitable for work as public defenders, attorneys, and judges.

The Libra In Love

With Venus as their planetary ruler, it's rare that you ever find the lovebirds alone. Their natural affinity for being in partnership typically makes them an easy person to be with. However, be equipped to read in between the lines if you're getting romantically involved with a Libra. They have a hard time speaking up even regarding the most annoying, and sometimes even disrespectful, behaviors. This isn't to say that they're naive and willing to put up with being mistreated for too long. Just like with anyone, they have their breaking point, too.

As accommodating as they can be, it's important that Libra have a thoughtful lover that is willing to give their personal helper a little assistance as well. Even though they are self-sufficient when it comes to their work, it doesn't hurt to offer some assistance which can be as simple as figuring out where the two of you will eat for dinner.

Known for being ridiculously indecisive, a simple decision can turn into a day-long affair. Although their inability to make a quick decision can get annoying after while, you'll equally find appreciation in their ability to see both sides of a story.

Ruled by the air element, the way to capture a Libran's attention is through conversation about anything. Given their wide scope of interests, there's something you're bound to connect with them on. Music, the arts, and entertainment could be topics to initiated if you're starstruck by their natural beauty and sex appeal. As attractive as they know they are, it's important that you affirm the value of their thoughts and opinions. By doing so, you'll make them feel safe enough to speak up for their needs and you'll have a much happier Libra which means a happier relationship as well.

Generally, other air signs (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius), Leo, and Sagittarius are compatible matches for this love child.

Famous Libra Celebrities

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  • Serena Williams
  • Kamala Harris
  • Will Smith
  • Naomi Osaka
  • Lil Wayne
  • Ashanti
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Keyshia Cole
  • Usher

For a more in-depth look into what is in store for your zodiac sign each month, read our monthly horoscopes.

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When I was ten, my Sunday school teacher put on a brief performance in class that included some of the boys standing in front of the classroom while she stood in front of them holding a heart shaped box of chocolate. One by one, she tells each boy to come and bite a piece of candy and then place the remainder back into the box. After the last boy, she gave the box of now mangled chocolate over to the other Sunday school teacher — who happened to be her real husband — who made a comically puzzled face. She told us that the lesson to be gleaned from this was that if you give your heart away to too many people, once you find “the one,” that your heart would be too damaged. The lesson wasn’t explicitly about sex but the implication was clearly present.

That memory came back to me after a flier went viral last week, advertising an abstinence event titled The Close Your Legs Tour with the specific target demo of teen girls came across my Twitter timeline. The event was met with derision online. Writer, artist, and professor Ashon Crawley said: “We have to refuse shame. it is not yours to hold. legs open or not.” Writer and theologian Candice Marie Benbow said on her Twitter: “Any event where 12-17-year-old girls are being told to ‘keep their legs closed’ is a space where purity culture is being reinforced.”

“Purity culture,” as Benbow referenced, is a culture that teaches primarily girls and women that their value is to be found in their ability to stay chaste and “pure”–as in, non-sexual–for both God and their future husbands.

I grew up in an explicitly evangelical house and church, where I was taught virginity was the best gift a girl can hold on to until she got married. I fortunately never wore a purity ring or had a ceremony where I promised my father I wouldn’t have pre-marital sex. I certainly never even thought of having my hymen examined and the certificate handed over to my father on my wedding day as “proof” that I kept my promise. But the culture was always present. A few years after that chocolate-flavored indoctrination, I was introduced to the fabled car anecdote. “Boys don’t like girls who have been test-driven,” as it goes.

And I believed it for a long time. That to be loved and to be desired by men, it was only right for me to deny myself my own basic human desires, in the hopes of one day meeting a man that would fill all of my fantasies — romantically and sexually. Even if it meant denying my queerness, or even if it meant ignoring how being the only Black and fat girl in a predominantly white Christian space often had me watch all the white girls have their first boyfriends while I didn’t. Something they don’t tell you about purity culture – and that it took me years to learn and unlearn myself – is that there are bodies that are deemed inherently sinful and vulgar. That purity is about the desire to see girls and women shrink themselves, make themselves meek for men.

Purity culture isn’t unlike rape culture which tells young girls in so many ways that their worth can only be found through their bodies. Whether it be through promiscuity or chastity, young girls are instructed on what to do with their bodies before they’ve had time to figure themselves out, separate from a patriarchal lens. That their needs are secondary to that of the men and boys in their lives.

It took me a while —after leaving the church and unlearning the toxic ideals around purity culture rooted in anti-Blackness, fatphobia, heteropatriarchy, and queerphobia — to embrace my body, my sexuality, and my queerness as something that was not only not sinful or dirty, but actually in line with the vision God has over my life. Our bodies don't stop being our temples depending on who we do or who we don’t let in, and our worth isn’t dependent on the width of our legs at any given point.

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