In seasonal symbolism, the sign of Libra (22 September-21 October) represents the regulating norm of the natural cycle.
The explosion of life that began in the spring sign of Aries has now come to an end. With the autumn equinox, the plant forms cease to grow, the days and nights of equal duration sanction the entry into the involutional hemicycle prelude to the long winter sleep. The yellowing of fronds and foliage is an invitation to free us from the shapes of the past so that the potential future can manifest itself.
In Libra individuals, this mediating tension between the opposing needs of nature translates into the search for harmony and balance between oneself and others, in the intimate awareness that unions and relationships are moments of integration into the social world and relations. Thus, they develop the ability to discriminate, weigh, evaluate people and situations, and mediate their own and others’ needs.
The physical type experiences social expression above all on a worldly and aesthetic level, as a love of knowledge, for a life full of disordered emotional impulses, for an ideal of physical beauty. They love tasty and tender things, beautiful shapes; they don’t tend to deepen experiences but instead delight in what they like.
The soul type realises the sense of union through a stable, unique relationship, respecting the rules and mutual fidelity. They seek balance with their counterpart; they do not want to impose themselves but rather find those subtle convergences that translate into a harmonious coexistence between themselves and others.
The spiritual type seeks harmony in artistic and formal manifestation, in compliance with human and universal laws, in the use of evaluative discrimination, to the point of transcending individual desires to access the perfect balance of judgment, to “acting without acting”, to see in others a reflection of one’s nature.
Analogies and correspondences
|Precious stones||Sapphire, aquamarine, pink pearls|
|Minerals||Quartz, lapis lazuli|
|Flora||Rose, dahlia, carnation, buttercups, azalea, jasmine, reseda (also known as the mignonette), palm, queen claudia (also known as greengage, a green coloured plum)|
|Fauna||Turtle dove, nightingale, dove, sparrow, butterfly, sheep, camel, llama, vicuna, doe, goose, duck, hen, garganey, guineafowl, quail, great tit, trout|
|Perfumes||Benzoin, nard (Asian plant, also known as muskroot), sweet aromas|
|Colours||Pink, pale blue, light blue, soft and pastel shades|
|Hour||2/3 pm. Early afternoon|
|Regions||Australia, Ethiopia, China, Indochina (Southeast Asian peninsula which includes Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Peninsular Malaysia), Upper Egypt (now Southern Egypt), Tibet, Tuscany, Livonia (now part of Estonia) , shores of the Caspian Sea, Argentina, Savoy, Alsace|
|Cities||Gaeta (Italy), Copenhagen, Antwerp, Frankfurt am Main, Freiburg, Vienna, Halle, Lisbon, Speyer (Germany – Rhineland Palatinate), Hebron, Freidsingen (today Freising, Germany – Bavaria), Johannesburg, Mosbach (Germany – Baden Württemberg), Nottingham, Landshut (Germany – Bavaria)|
Coat of arms
A woman observes a retort in a welcoming house (the taste of contemplation and that of the arabesque).