Everything You Need to Know About the Libra Personality

Each month, our resident astrologer, Amelia Quint, shares her horoscope wisdom so you can better prepare for the weeks ahead. But do you truly know your sign and how it impacts everything in your life—from your relationships to your career? Do you know how to deal with your S.O.’s capriciousness, your mother’s authoritative nature, or your best friend’s type-A personality? In this series, we're exploring each zodiac sign to shed light on your own proclivities and those of your loved ones, too. These insights can help you be the best version of yourself in all aspects of life, from handling conflict with your partner to taking better care of yourself.

Libra Personality
Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

Without you, Libra, the world would be less beautiful. While it’s hard to compete with your finely-tuned, aesthetic-driven personality, you also understand the power of keeping things harmonious, whether it’s regarding your look, how you act in the workplace, or how you deal with relationships. As an air sign, you prefer to think in ideals, even if it means getting your heart broken. (With Venus as your planetary ruler, you're driven by love.) Luckily, you’re also a strong-willed cardinal sign, so nothing keeps you down for long. Libra season lasts from September 23 to October 23, so you’ll be even more charming than usual in your career, relationships, and spiritual journey during that time.

Personality

Libra's defining trait is universal appeal. It’s almost as though it’s impossible to dislike you, which people find endearing or maddening, depending on the situation. Your secret talent? You have an uncanny ability to read people. Your sign’s intricate understanding of interpersonal relationships makes you seem psychic when it comes to people’s reactions.

On the flip side, because you easily anticipate people’s needs, and because you're naturally risk-averse, you tend to step in and fix things yourself to avoid conflict. Resentments can build up when you feel like you’re the only one putting in work. If you start to feel overwhelmed, focus on your own responsibilities and trust that everything will fall into place. For you, going with the flow is a spiritual practice.

Career

Libras are expert diplomats with an innate talent for mediation. You’ll find plenty of Libras in jobs that require a certain level of social grace, including law, politics, and other public-serving positions. At the same time, Libras are gifted artists who excel in mediums that make the most of their lofty philosophy, like poetry, music composition, and art curation.

Libras can wilt in a stuffy workplace: They need to be surrounded by beauty and art at all times. You can often find them working in the fields of fashion, makeup, art, and other aesthetic pursuits. Likewise, workplaces in which politics and gossip rule are tough on anyone, but they're especially so for Libras.

Wellness

Because peaceful environments and relationships are so important to Libra, it can be especially jarring when that equilibrium is disrupted. Circumstances change, and in times of transition, you'll need an arsenal of relaxation techniques at the ready. Meditation, good sleep hygiene, and creative outlets are balms that soothe the Libra soul.

When it comes to workouts and nutrition, you’re game to try anything as long as it makes you feel beautiful. You're probably not drawn to austere gym regimens and bland meal plans. Instead, find healthy foods that feel like a luxury and invest in a spa membership. Those fluffy white towels outside the sauna go a long way toward making the gym an enjoyable place.

Relationships

Despite your reputation as a flirt, you’re deeply devoted to your romantic partners and need someone in your life who adores you as much as you do them. There’s a karmic bond between you and Scorpio that feels like soulmate material, but it’s not for the faint of heart. Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces) give you the intimacy you crave, but some folks find you overly rational when it comes to love. Your best luck is with fire signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius); they understand your need for affection. When it comes to earth signs (Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo), you simply have different priorities.

In relationships, you’re the advisor who helps friends and lovers see both sides of a conflict. It’s your greatest strength and your greatest weakness, as your ability to see through everyone else’s eyes can make it difficult to make a clear decision. When you feel pulled in too many directions, pause for a moment and ask yourself what you want.

Friendships

You’re a true ambivert with extroverted and introverted tendencies. You thrive equally on interactions with fascinating people as you do from spending an afternoon alone while reading a good book. Always polite and never gauche, you don’t fit in well at wilder social events, like music festivals or late-night bacchanals. It’s not that you don’t like to have fun; it’s just that you don’t like places where your ideals about others could be crushed.

Your status as one of the four cardinal signs makes you the de facto leader in your social groups, and you’re happy to play the role of the benevolent ruler. Because you carry yourself like royalty, people naturally respect you. Use your position to make sure the needs of the group are met, and resist the urge to play favorites, no matter how tempting it may be.

Parenting

Libra parents want their children’s lives to be beautiful, so they’re quick to sign them up for artistic education of all kinds. Early childhood dance, acting, and art classes provide plenty of opportunities for high-minded Libra parents to bond with their kids over the beauty of the world. You’re also more than happy to bring your child along to social events; they’re probably supremely well-behaved, having learned from your example.

Vacations are one of your favorite ways to spend time with your kids. Travel to idyllic settings—away from real-world dramas and conflicts—appeal to your inner peacemaker. If there was to be a parenting problem, it would be that you spoil your little one with too much of what they want.

Fun Libra-Centric Products

Libras lead with diplomacy and love and prioritize travel to Edenic locales. These three fun products speak directly to the Libra personality.

Know Thyself—And Others

Reading People, by Anne Bogel.
Baker Books Reading People by Anne Bogel $9
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Learn To Meditate

Calm, a wellness and guided meditation app.
Calm Meditation and Sleep Stories $13/month
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Book An Adventure

A woman snowboarding on the sand in an idyllic desert location.
Airbnb Adventures $n/a
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