Libra represents the balance within creation. This sign forces everything into equilibrium. All the experience humanity has collected is laid in the scales of balance and weighed. What’s valuable is kept; what’s worthless is thrown away. The effect of this balance is harmony, developing our powers of discrimination, and bringing into equilibrium the two-sided forces of duality. Libra radiates the law of balance and justice into the three-dimensional world. Through Libra’s wisdom is known the manifestation of law-giving knowledge. Libra is the sign of justice-it governs law, sex and money, representing life in the lower three worlds, the playing field of the personality. These three areas represent humanity’s greatest battlefields The first aspect of will or power expresses itself in this sign as law~as legislation, legality and justice. The second aspect manifests as the relation between the pairs of opposites~sex on the physical plane of which Libra is the symbol. The astral plane shows itself as money; this is the third aspect and demonstrates as concrete energy. It is literally gold, this the externalized symbol of that which is created by the bringing together of spirit and matter upon the physical plane.
Libra has three planetary rulers: Venus is the ‘ruler’ at personality level, Uranus is the ruler at Soul level and Saturn is the ruler at hierarchical level. All three planetary ‘rulers’ of Libra are considered to be sacred planets. Air signs are all about Mastery of the Mind, which shows a deep significance of Libra’s sacred role in the evolution of consciousness.
Venus initially opens our hearts and minds, opening us up to shift from instinct to intellect. Venus brings the energy of magnetic attraction. Initially this is animal magnetism, and at the personality level she awakens desire and passion within the individual, which lays the foundation for experiences of Love. In Libra, the point of balance or equilibrium is attained between material personal desire and intelligent spiritual love, for the two qualities of cosmic desire are brought to the fore in the consciousness and balanced one against the other. Venus, the mind or soul in Libra reveals to man the significance of the results of desire.
Uranus is the energy of rebellion. It transforms consciousness. The rebel brings inner change: a change of consciousness within the individual. Uranus is a planet of transformation who has the power to transform consciousness in particular. Once Venus has softened the heart, Uranus is able to bring in expansiveness. The expansiveness of space, of Being, and the individual is never the same again. They are made ‘anew’. Passion can now make a quantum leap into Higher Love and then further again, into limitless compassion.
Saturn is the planet which conditions primarily the point in evolution where choice definitely becomes possible and where the shouldering of personal responsibility becomes a recognized fact in a planned and ordered life. In this sign, Saturn is exalted for~at the point of balance~ opportunity comes and a situation is staged which makes a choice and a determination inevitable. It is a choice which has to be made intell-igently and upon the physical plane, in the waking brain conscious-ness. It is only now that the full purpose and the work of Saturn for humanity can reached a point of usefulness, for it is only now that humanity has reached a point of general and widespread intelligence which can make any choice a definite conscious act, entailing respons-ibility. In Libra, the evolving human reaches a point of tension that demands nerve and poise to make the best decision.
Libra is the point of balance in the Zodiac, the place where neither spirit nor matter dominates. This sign demonstrates the perfect balance of spirit and matter~this balance and this relation of the great opposites is symbolized in the personality situation of balancing the pairs of opposites on the astral plane. The soul reaches an equilibrium in Libra, in which the spirit and personality achieve a balance of cooperation.
It is in Libra that the first real vision of the path appears. It is in Libra where the point of balance is eventually reached between spiritual mean and personal man and the stage is laid for the final process which is the subjective correspondence to the outer externalization upon the Path of Outgoing and which is carried forward upon the Path of Ingoing, or the Path of Return.
In Libra, the balance that follows the development of harmonious cooperation and fluid interchange is enabled. The individual becomes aware of the importance of relationship on all levels. Through the airy Libra process of harmoniously relating develops an ability to see that differing components need to be considered before any choice of action is undertaken. The need for “right” attitude in relation to a task remaining effective is recognized. The need for right values, good judgment and ethical laws, so that collective activity can function harmoniously, is understood.
The words of Libra are so clear and plain. They speak straight to the heart and without obscurity. To the average man with no developed spiritual consciousness, the word goes forth again and again throughout the eons: “And the Word said, ‘Let choice be made.'” The response eventually comes back as a result of the evolutionary process and from the soul : “I choose the way which leads between the two great lines of force.”