Everything You Need to Know About the Libra Personality

Updated 05/20/19
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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 temperamental sign, your mother’s authoritative sign, or your best friend’s type-A sign? In this series, we explore the personality of each zodiac sign so you can shed a little light your personality traits and those of the ones you love. These insights will help you be the best version of yourself in all aspects of your life, from how to handle conflict with your partner to how to take better care of yourself.

Libra Personality
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Without you, Libra, the world would be less beautiful. While it’s hard to compete with your finely tuned aesthetic, you also understand the power of keeping things harmonious, whether it’s your look, workplace, or relationships. As an air sign, you prefer to think in ideals, even if it means you get your heart broken sometimes. Luckily, you’re also one of the strong-willed cardinal signs, so nothing keeps you down for long. With Venus as your planetary ruler, you're driven by love. 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 that month.

Libra and 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 nearly psychic when it comes to people’s reactions. Lucky you!

On the flip side, being able to anticipate people’s needs can be tricky. Because you’re naturally risk-averse, you tend to step in and fix things yourself to avoid conflict. Then, resentment builds 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 the rest will fall into place. For you, going with the flow is a spiritual practice. 

Libra and 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 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, so even if they don’t work directly with the product, you can often find them in fashion, makeup, art, and other aesthetically pleasing fields. Similarly, an office that’s centered on politics and gossip is tough for anyone, but it’s especially difficult for Libra.

Libra and Wellness

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

When it comes to exercise 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.

Libra and 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 give you the intimacy you crave, but some find you overly rational when it comes to love. Your best luck is with fire signs, who understand your need for affection. When it comes to earth signs, you simply have different priorities.

In relationships, you’re the adviser 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 it is you want.

Libra and Friendships

You’re a true ambivert, thriving equally on interaction with fascinating people as you do from an afternoon with 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.

Libra and 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, or 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 to social events with you. They’re probably supremely well-behaved, having learned from your example.

Vacations are one of your favorite ways to spend time with your kids. An idealized setting, away from the mundane drama and inevitable conflict of the real world, appeals to your inner peacemaker. If there was to be a parenting problem, it would be spoiling your little one with too much of what they want in order to avoid conflict.

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Next up: Born under the Virgo sign? Find out why you’re such a perfectionist.

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