A Libra Ascendant has an essential requirement to balance everything. (Do read this post on Libra ascendant to understand the logic). Represented by the ‘Scales’, you, Libra ascendant, are very vulnerable to hits from events and people who can push you off balance. If anything has disturbed your internal balance, you will seem disorganised and unstable in all ways till you find your balance again.
‘Scales and the Sword’, this is the complete image of Libra. This here is the Adjustment card from the Thoth Tarot deck, which to me is the perfect representation of Libra. The secret strength and weakness of Libra is that you are bound to balance. You, with Libra rising, stand just like this, balanced on the the tip of the sword, balancing so much and with such precision. You are hard at work, so that you can remain absolutely still. And see, it is so easy to put you off balance, you stand on the tip of a sword! So people might think you are easily irritated and moody as takes some time for you to regain your balance. In such off-balance situations you become the Sword.
Saturn is exalted in Libra and his father, the Sun is debilitated here. These are two important bits of information which allow us insights into this rashi and what we can expect when it lies in your 1st house. You are required to work for society and for the disadvantaged around you, who are labouring under unfairness. This work will be highly karmic, you will be required to balance out all imbalance that exists around you. You will be a crusader against everything that goes against your sense of inequality. This work will take its toll on your personal body/ mind and with time your internal ego will be ground out from your personality. You will be made to understand that there is a Higher Divine within you and you will ultimately strive to reach this Source within you. So as you work to restore balance in your environment so do you restore balance within your own self.
Venus owns Libra and this is his mool-trikon sign, ie Libra reflects the highest qualities of Venus, his most esoteric self can be glimpsed from here. You are the embodiment of harmony and wherever you go, you bring with you the higher intellectual, pleasurable, esoteric aspects. Refinement is you. Your very presence seems to smooth down the harshness of life and bring in beauty. Charming, attractive and easy-going, you pay attention to your looks and dress. Classy and elegant is how you present yourself and your environment. A smooth face and features, you are pleasing, there is no harshness in either your appearance or behaviour.
Generous and happy by nature, you are simple at heart. You are ready to help anyone and at any time, kind. You like it when people need you to do some work, ‘justify your existence’ is your watchword. You like being useful, lazing around is not your thing. Responsibility is something you take very seriously in your everyday life. You act for the benefit of humanity as a whole, public service.
You do not like complications around you, lies, treachery, betrayal etc are not in your dictionary. Imbalance affects you more than anyone else. You dislike people who lie to you, hide things from you, betray your trust or break their word. You need fairness and justice in everything. You have a different sense of internal fairness which you follow rigorously. You can break accepted rules if they go against your typical personal ethics. You will not compromise here. You are convinced about your own principles and generally these are right for you.
If you feel that someone has done good by you, you will go all out to repay his kindness. You do not ask for favours and feel bad if you have to depend on anyone. You cannot bear to remain in anyone’s debt. Debt of any sort is ultimately an imbalance. So if you feel that someone has hurt you, then too you will go all out in returning that unkindness. You cannot tolerate this debt of negative emotions for long and you ensure that you get justice. Normally Scorpio is the most vindictive of all rashi-s, this is his general nature. But when the gentle Libra ‘nice guy’, smiling on the outside, burning on the inside, gets back at the one who has hurt him, it can be worse than a Scorpio in action.
Libra holds the Scales and the Sword, blindfolded. His innate sense of fairness in one hand and in the other hand the sword enforces it. Saturn, the principle of the thing, demands action. Sun, the personal ego is blindfolded, does not exist.
You are creative and have significant artistic talent, but you do not receive training or opportunities to develop them in life. This can become suffocating, so do try to do something creative at least as a hobby in your spare time. This is a good way of releasing your hidden emotions and hurts. Listen to music, or draw or write etc so that you have some outlet available.
People who meet you professionally either fear or respect you, eventually obey you. You have power and are not scared to wield it, this power may be spiritual or material depending on the rest of the horoscope. You are active and well-known in your social circle, the perfect host. Good people in high positions, in the government etc will be known to you. Your official, non-personal work will be done easily with their help. Possibly a part of a large organisation, bureaucracy or corporate structure, you are always engaged. Your interactions with others are generally positive and both gain. You are willing to change yourself and adapt to new situations, thoughts and challenges. Highly intelligent, your language and demeanour reflects this. Overall a powerful individual if the rest of your horoscope allows it.
But you have very few real friends on whom you can rely, ie with whom you can share your personal issues, bff types will not be very many. You do not allow anyone to see your inner emotional side unless you trust them implicitly. Then there will be opportunistic people in your social circle who will use your abilities for their selfish motives. And you are too kind to snap ties with them. Do be aware that there will be people around you who will ‘use and throw’ you, so sometimes do drop the ‘nice guy’ image and actively get rid of such people around you.
You have soft skills, persuasive, you can convince and bring others over you your way of thinking. You want be the ‘nice guy’ always, so you avoid overt conflicts and messy arguments. You dislike heated words and physical fights. If caught in such a situation you prefer to immediately exit. This tendency to avoid unpleasantness can later boomerang on you if you leave a lot of unfinished ends. But you are good at mediating, can resolve arguments between other people. And on personal levels, you are also rather accommodating, you listen to your loved one’s requirements and try to adjust as long as your core ethics are not disturbed. You understand others in a very deep way. In this respect you are adaptable if your overall objective of maintaining balance is satisfied.
You seem passive and obedient but internally you are not. You are observant, you see things which others try to hide from you. Exploring new ideas, you want to know why things happen they way they do. An insatiable thirst for knowledge and experience. You are born for greater things and a larger society is your target. You actually want to make the world a better place. You are ambitious but not selfish, strict on yourself and also on others. In the pursuit of your goals you can be egoistic or cruel at times, not kind or soft-hearted as you usually are. If you are convinced about something, you chase it with all you have got. Hardship does not hinder you, you are persistent and persevere till you achieve your goals. You might have to sacrifice your personal comforts or might create powerful opponents, but you are quite capable of handling all these incidental things.
Marriages can be very typical for Libra ascendants because the nature of the spouse is opposite to their basic nature and Libra is extraordinarily sensitive to loss of balance. Protracted arguments, negative emotions, guilt, grief, depression, blame games, heated words in marriage, relationships or even friendships, especially if they continue for a long time can destroy the Libra as well as the relationship.
You generally get married to an active, intelligent, pioneering type. You will gain in power and position in society because of him. Then you like physical intimacy, yours is a demonstrative nature, hugs, kisses and cuddles. So generally you have a good time together in the marriage. You are beautiful, a romantic in love. But both of you should not let your daily life’s issues enter your home, ie if you are upset in the office do not bring these issues home as this can trigger arguments. Your spouse will be more into his own things rather than paying attention to yours, unsympathetic. He will not be very interested in your emotional needs. If you pressurise him for emotional support, he might break with you or get into extra-marital affairs. And if you observe that you are being ignored or your spouse always says ‘no’ to you, it will hurt you deeply. As usual you will try to balance out issues in relationships, adjust yourself so that it all remains very pleasant, you rarely complain. You do not speak out when you get hurt because you do not want to hurt your loved one. You dislike being a burden on anyone. But remember that sometimes full out arguments are necessary to bring issues out so that they can be resolved. This lets off steam from time to time. If you put everything inside for years, do not express your hurt, there will come a day when you finally snap. You never get angry without a reason. But now that you are really angry, hurt and have snapped, you will speak out everything that you have been holding inside for so long. This snap can make you temporarily leave your spouse or even cause a final break up.
If you feel that you are not wanted, you leave. You always put a lot of yourself into any relationship and if you are hurt, you can take ages to recover. You seem very logical and intellectual on the outside but inside you are quite emotional. Such a deep emotional upheaval will numb you on the inside. You will then shut yourself down and try to recover your balance alone. You are a very private person. Your joys are for all to share but you can never share your hurt with anyone, because again you do not want to be a burden on anyone. So after this outburst, you suffer in silence and alone.
You have a tendency to keep your past negative experiences in your mind so that you do not repeat the same mistake again. You can remember hurts forever. Initially it is with the emotional context, later it becomes an intellectual exercise. You never forget or forgive others who hurt you, you will return the hurt or cut them off completely. Self-critical, you hold yourself to very high standards of behaviour and also thoughts/ feelings. If you feel that you have not lived upto your own standards, you can be very ruthless on yourself too.
Your health is average, not very many issues in life. Diseases related to the back, spine and the kidneys, ie organs located at the back of the body are possible. Physical death is generally sudden, ie there are no lingering diseases at the very end of life which is in fact a blessing.
Professions suited to your nature are all those which linked to harmony or beauty. So lawyers, fashion industry, cosmetics industry, interior decorators, models, beauticians, perfumes, film and music industry etc. You are rarely wrong as you are compelled to be fair, you can make a good judge, you cannot lie. You can be a good businessman, an efficient bureaucrat, a Seer, a poet or lose it all as your baser instincts lead you down.
Sometimes almost a mystic, you like dabbling in metaphysics. You are intuitive and have inner sources of information available. If you are an evolved soul then spiritual practice can elevate your consciousness. You are highly intelligent, logical and analytical and receive direction from unknown sources. And you follow this direction. You do not know why you do, but you intuitively know that this is the right thing. You are inspired by the highest spiritual but you do not experience this inner reality until later in life. You have significant social status and wealth, but you are not enamoured of the material. You want to collect human relationships initially and later you find your relationship with your own self. You are interested in intellectual and spiritual wealth. If you are such a Libra then, your way of speaking is compelling, profound, you can sway masses by the mysterious secrets your words hint at. You can draw people to you, magnetic.
So Libra ascendant, you are a very simple, honest, uncomplicated nature, essentially a peaceful and calm personality. At whatever level of existence you operate, you are very much capable of performing whatever task is assigned to you. You are aware of imbalance in all its forms and you try to balance everything always. This is your karmic duty. And if you can link this to spirituality then you will have an easier time. The Sign which Balances in all ways, at all cost, always.