Peaceful and reasonable by nature, the typical Libra is pleasant, charming company for friends and lovers. However, Libras do have a tendency to be indecisive and conflict-avoidant, which can irritate more assertive types. Perhaps to compensate for their difficulty in making decisions, Libras are often drawn to decisive, strong, and even stubborn individuals.
Peaceful and Harmonious
Preserving harmonious relations with friends and lovers at all times is extremely important to Libras. They prefer not to argue and usually won’t rise to any sort of bait, which can make relations very smooth. However, some of the more forthright zodiacal types may perceive Libras as deceptive because they tend to hide their feelings (or in some cases, lie outright) to preserve the peace.
Given their tendency to avoid making waves, Libras may be easy to live with but hard to know. However, their diplomacy also reduces the likelihood of escalating conflicts in friendships or romantic relationships. Typical Libras are not inclined to make emotional scenes or pick fights, and they tend to handle disagreement in a classy and restrained manner.
Some Libras take conflict avoidance to nearly pathological levels, making themselves scarce whenever a partner or friend wants to discuss any emotionally charged issue. When Libras get into long-term relationships, they must force themselves to express their feelings, even those that might cause friction, or they may become resentful toward their partners for not understanding them.
Sociable and Relationship-Oriented
Because they tend to be gracious, charming, and socially adept, Libras usually have many friends, and they are compelled to go out and interact frequently, as well as to flirt with and charm others. However, they also have a powerful need for a permanent partner, without which they feel incomplete.
Ideal partners and friends for Libra are extroverted, laid back, open-minded, patient, and not at all combative. Pushy or domineering individuals cause Libras to retreat and evade.
Reasonable and Logical
Libras are inclined to give others a fair hearing, listening with an open mind to the other person’s side of an argument before making up their minds. They tend to reason things through rather than responding with knee-jerk emotional reactions.
Typical Libras like to explore an issue from all angles, so friends and lovers who pressure them for quick decisions or demand that they automatically side with one person over another can cause great anxiety. A particularly traumatic situation for a Libra is one in which two friends have a falling out with the Libra caught in the middle.
The Atypical Libra
The sun sign isn’t the only element that influences personality. Aspects and planetary placements, particularly the moon sign and rising sign (ascendant), are also important. For example, a Libra with Aries rising will be far more assertive, decisive, and combative than a typical Libra, and with Cancer rising, a Libra will be more intuitive and less logical.
There are many websites that offer free chart calculation to determine other planetary placements and aspects. Learning these other planetary placements is recommended, as it provides a more comprehensive personality profile.
For more on Libra, see the Libra Personality Profile. To see personality and marriage profiles for all the sun signs, visit the main Astrology page. To get an astrology chart, see the Astrology Charts page.
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