Libra is the only nonliving sign of the zodiac since all the others are either humans or animals. This sign represents the pinnacle of the year, the high point of the seasons, when the harvest of all the hard work of Spring and Summer is reaped. As humankind enjoys the last rays of the Summer sun and the fruits of their labor.
These individuals are some of the most civilized of the Zodiac and are often relatively good looking. There is an elegance and charm about them and they have extremely good taste. Naturally kind and gentle, they are lovers of beauty, harmony and the pleasures these bring.
Libra can stand back and be impartial when judgment is required, but they cannot stand anyone who challenges their opinions once they have reached a conclusion. Among their faults is an intolerance of criticism and a greedy need for approval. But on the whole they are balanced, diplomatic and even tempered.
Sensitive to the needs of others, they and have the gift, sometimes to an almost psychic extent, of understanding the emotional needs of others and uplifting them with their own innate optimism. It can be said of Libra they always make you feel better for having been with them. These are extremely social human beings who loathe cruelty, vulgarity and conflict. They do their best to cooperate and compromise with everyone around them, and their ideal for their own circle and for society as a whole is unity.
Libra is artistic rather than intellectual, though they are usually too modest and composed to lean toward the avant garde in enterprise. They have good perception and observation and their critical ability, with which they are able to view their own efforts as well as those of others, gives their work integrity.
In their personal relationships they show understanding of the other person's point of view, trying to resolve any differences by compromise. They are often willing to allow allegations against themselves to be settled to their own disadvantage rather than spoil a relationship. They like the opposite sex to the extent of indulging in romanticism bordering on sentimentality.
Their marriages stand a good chance of success because they are frequently the union of "true minds". Libra’s kindness toward their partner soothes any hurt the latter may feel if the two have had a disagreement. Their spouse or partner cannot complain that they are not understood, because this sign is usually the most empathetic of all the signs and the most ready to tolerate their partner’s failings.
The negative Libra can be frivolous, flirtatious and shallow. Often changeable and indecisive, impatient of routine, colorlessly conventional and timid, easygoing to the point of inertia, seldom angry when circumstances demand a show of annoyance at least; and yet Libra can shock everyone with sudden storms of rage. Their love of pleasure may lead them into extravagance.
"Lazy Libra" is a term that is sometimes applied to this sign but is actually more poetic than true. These individuals can be surprisingly energetic, though it is true that they do dislike rough, dirty work. Some of this sign are modestly content, others are extremely ambitious. Because they so intensely dislike extremes they make good diplomats but probably would be poor party politicians since they are moderate in their opinions and able to see other points of view. They can succeed as administrators, lawyers (they have a strong sense of justice, which cynics might say could handicap them in a legal career), antique dealers, civil servants and bankers, for they are trustworthy in handling other people's money. Some Librans are gifted in fashion designing or in devising new cosmetics; others may find success as artists, composers, critics, writers, interior decorators, welfare workers or evaluators. They have ability in managing of all sorts of public entertainment, too. Some of the more prodigious philanthropic individuals are Libra and work for humanity with great self-disciple and note-worthy results. Libra can sometimes succeed as financial speculators because they have the optimism and ability to recover from financial crashes.