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The Personlity Traits of a Libra

Updated on June 21, 2011

Libra is the seventh sign of the Zodiac and runs from 23 September to 22 October. She is depicted by the scales, often seen in the depiction of Lady Justice. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that Libra is known as the “just” star sign. Interestingly enough, it is also the only star sign that is depicted by an inanimate object.

Libra’s Personality

Libras will search for harmony and balance in all that they do. They strive for peace and calm, as well as perfection. This can, at times, make them slightly bossy. Everything they undertake, they do to achieve this balanced perfection, the yin and yang of their lives and the lives of their friends, but they sometimes fail to understand that other people will enjoy chaos to a degree.

Libra’s Likes and Dislikes

Yearning for balance and perfection, Libras enjoy classical music, fine art, philosophy, intellectual conversations and debates, gifts and subtle colours. They become irritated if confronted with loud noises, dirt, pressure to make a decision, criticism or if they are rushed. After all, you cannot achieve perfection by taking a spontaneous decision.

Libra and Jobs

Libras enjoy careers in which they can show their beauty and express calmness. Acting careers, particularly in dramatic costume and period dramas, are highly suited to the Libra. They are also very suited to jobs that work with minds, such as psychologists or therapists.

And, of course, Libras make excellent judges. Perhaps less suited to be a solicitor, as they would have to fight the case of someone who is potentially guilty, being a judge is more than likely to be a Libras ultimate career. To physically be able to hold the scales of justice in their hands would be the ultimate honour for them. Of course, a Libra would consider him or herself to be the best possible judge.

One other career that is extremely suited to a Libra is interior decorating. Libras would bring balance and harmony into a home and often instinctively know about Feng Shui.

Libra Compatibility

Libras aren’t well suited to Aries. Aries are often self-absorbed and care little for the needs of others. Although the Libra is able to take care of themselves, they will not feel good about Aries not caring about the balance between other people and this relationship is not likely to be harmonious.

Libras are almost perfectly matched to the Gemini. Geminis share the same emotional and intellectual power as Libras. Libras enjoy nothing more than a good debate (NOT argument!) and need someone that can match their intellect, as well as being able to word their feelings clearly. Gemini is potentially the only sign in the Zodiac that is as able to do this.

Libra is also quite compatible with Leo. However, Leo’s strength can be addictive and Libra might lose sight of him or herself, depending solely on the strength of Leo. This is not an equal balance and could therefore fail easily, leaving Libra an emotional wreck.

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Famous Libras

  • Anthony Hopkins, an actor often portraying deep, psychological roles
  • Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Catherine Zeta Jones (married to fellow Libran – Michael Douglas)
  • Christopher Reeve, the actor who portrayed Superman before becoming completely paralysed in a horse-riding accident. A great example of a Libra still finding balance in the face of great adversity
  • David Cameron
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
  • John Lennon
  • Michael Douglas (married to fellow Libran – Catherine Zeta Jones)
  • Rita Hayworth

The list of famous Librans is long and includes many actors and actresses, mostly renowned for their unusual beauty. It is often possible to recognise a Libra when you see them, because they have such a classical beauty.

Libra Fun Facts

  • Libra’s colour is blue
  • Libra’s birth stone is the sapphire, expensive and beautiful
  • Libra’s lucky numbers are 1, 2 and 7
  • The best travel destinations for Libras are places where justice and philosophy have played big roles. Paris, Vienna, Tibet and Johannesburg to name but a few.


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    Tierra Carpenter 2 years ago

    Libra's birthstone is opal.

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    Lola 4 years ago

    I'm a Librian but..part of me strives for perfection and balance and people often think I am a good judge of character but the other half loves to be spontaneous and I'm one to make last minute decisions... I thrive in chaos and love loud music

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    Laura Ginn 4 years ago from UK

    Lol your comment made me laugh slyfox. Are you on the cusp of libra and another star sign? Maybe that would explain it...

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    slyfox 5 years ago

    I have to say I disagree with almost everything about this article. In fact that goes for every article about the 'gentle personality of a libra'. No I am not gentle and I don't care what people think of me. I for one hate classical music I'd rather listen to rap and I like noise. As long as its not annoying of course :P. I don't want to be a judge or anything like that, I'd rather be in the army. I do not 'strive for peace and calmness' and i don't care if I argue. Some people may think of me as 'ignorant' or mean but I'm not. I honestly don't care for perfection cause I am the way I am OK?

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    Aidoon 5 years ago

    Oh my you have me down to a tee. Im going out with a leo. When im older i want to be an actor and my mom said if not that what do you want the to be and i said a therapist or a judge. I love classical music and always want balance and order. Its like a journal of my mind

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    your cybersister 6 years ago

    I am a Libra and would have to admit that most of what you mention about Libras is true to me. My life has been full of decision by indecision and I like things to be peaceful. One of my biggest dislikes is loud, extraneous noise. I also happen to be married to a Leo (we have been together for 12 years) and it has worked out well so far, he just strong enough without being overpowering. The "nicest" man I know is a Gemini and he happens to be my brother, so obviously we never considered getting married. I also have several good friends that are Leos.

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    Laura Ginn 6 years ago from UK

    Thank you Majadez, I'm glad you liked it! I'm on the cusp of Cancer and Leo and interestingly enough my best friends are Geminis and Libras - weird how things work :-)

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    Maja Dezulovic 6 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa

    I'm a libra and I thought it was funny that you mentioned Johannesburg because I live there. Interestingly, I've also found that many of the people I've got along with the best throughout my life were either Geminis or Leos. Thanks for the info. ;)