Libra and the Act of Balancing
Libra is one of the Cardinal signs. Cardinal means active, motivated, driven. Cardinality is the quality of beginnings. This means that Libra is a motion-oriented leader, a sign that starts things. But how can that be? Everyone who knows something about Libra knows that Librans are famous for their inability to make decisions. It’s hard to move forward on something when you feel the need to carefully think through every possible argument for and against it before you take action. Why on earth is such an inherently indecisive sign also a Cardinal sign?
Libra is all about what’s fair. This sign, above all others, is motivated to create balance and to give in measure equal to what is received. Libra is highly sensitive to imbalance. But it is not really possible for one human being to see into every level of both their soul and the soul of another person and to see what really, truly is fair. Thus the dilemma: Libra cannot truly judge what is fair and must deliberate for a long time, asking herself what is the right thing, the fair thing?
So Libran types get paralyzed in indecision, unable to make a choice because they are longing for that still point of perfect balance to be struck. But perfect balance, even if it is reached, cannot be maintained for long. And here we find the answer to our question, because what Libra excels at is not static balance (the noun), but the act of balancing (the verb). Balance is not a static state to be achieved, but an action, continually in progress. If you think balancing is not active, just try the yoga “tree” pose right now and notice how active and busy your muscles are.
Since Libra is both a Cardinal and an Air sign, the (cardinal) action takes place in the (airy) mental realm. Libra loves debate, a favorite phrase being “but on the other hand . . .” The continual search for ideas, arguments and perspectives that will bring a discussion into balance is consummately Libran, very active and very Cardinal.
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