Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Libra - Your Partner and the Sake Cup

By Ellen Zucker

I'm told of a Japanese custom that sums up the spirit
of Libra: If you are dining with a partner in a Japanese restaurant,
you are not to fill your sake cup. Instead, your partner fills it for
you when it is empty. In turn, you fill his.

You work with the
cooperation of others to accomplish your goals. And likewise, you
cooperate with others to help them accomplish their goals. And if we
all did that there would be no room for aggression and strife: Libra's
utopia.

We use Virgo's energy to polish and refine our raw
creativity. But then our skills must find an application. We need other
people to work with and to work for.

The Sun enters Libra at the
autumn equinox, a time when daylight and darkness are perfectly
balanced. Balance is the purpose of Libra's symbol, the scales; grace
and balance are the goals of Libran people. We keep adding and
subtracting from both sides until both sides are equally balanced.

And
so, Libra is associated with justice, mediation, and judges who balance
the competing claims of both parties in a legal proceeding.

Balance
is critical in our healthy functioning. We do not function well when
our bodies are out of balance. We suffer when our lives are out of
balance.

When energy is in balance, there is an easy flow. The
Tarot is a big fan of balance. There are many cards that speak to the
desirability of balance: Temperance, The Lovers, and all of the cards
with the numeral two, for examples.

Harmony is the byproduct of
balance. And with harmony comes beauty. A fine sense of style, taste,
and design is a gift for those in whom Libra's energy is strong. And so
you find many Libran designers of all types.

Beauty is nothing
more than the harmonious placement of shapes, color, and texture. When
we call a person's face beautiful we mean that the face's shape and its
features are classical. They blend together. Features are even, neither
too large nor too small. Balanced. Beautiful.

Likewise a beautifully decorated room has a pleasing mix of shape and color.

While
balance, or more specifically, inner harmony is important for all of
us, it is critical to the proper functioning of Libra. Librans use the
refinement of outer harmony as a way to generate inner harmony, their
ultimate goal.

Libra is a cardinal sign. It initiates action.
Like the partner in the Japanese restaurant it does so working through
and with others. And so it excels in areas that require excellent
people skills such as counseling, teaching, mediation and diplomacy.

Libra
often sees itself as one half of the scales, needing another half to
give it completion. People with a great deal of Libran energy put a
particular value on one-to-one partnerships of all kinds, particularly
marriage.

Too often, Libra is so concerned about keeping the
peace that it doesn't properly take care of its own needs. The charming
Japanese custom doesn't work unless your guest keeps your sake cup
full, also.

If a Libran has too much difficulty getting his own
needs met, he may resort to less than pleasing, indirect means. The
term passive-aggression was created to describe frustrated Librans.

Sometimes
a beautiful façade masks a rotten interior. And, too often, Librans
think appearances are everything. But there is a remedy for this. It is
called Scorpio.

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