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Libra Zodiac Sign: Dates, Meaning, and Personality Traits

Known for their charisma and diplomacy, Libras are intellectual air signs who seek beauty and justice.

Libra Dates and Symbol

If you were born within September 22 - October 23, you're officially a Libra! Libra is represented by the scales, and those born under this sign have a balance of charisma and personality—with a touch of laziness and vanity.

Libra Is a Cardinal Sign

As the first sign of autumn, Libra is a cardinal sign—there are four cardinal signs, one at the beginning of each season—meaning they're strong leaders, despite the popular stereotype that they're indecisive. The first cardinal sign, Aries, acts instinctually; the second, Cancer, acts protectively; but Libra needs time to deliberate before making a move.

Libra Is an Air Sign Ruled by Venus

Libra is the second air sign, and this element is all about intellect and communication. All the zodiac signs work together: Libra's work is to judge the information that's gathered by the first air sign, Gemini, and processed by Virgo, a practical earth signs that falls just before Libra in the zodiac wheel. "I know this outfit is cute," says a Libra, "But is it cute on you?" One can always expect a touch of superficiality from a sign ruled by Venus; but once you get a judgment, you can trust it was well thought-out. Judge Judy is a famous Libra—how fitting!

Libra Rules Justice and Marriage

Libra is the sign of the scales, so it only makes sense that it corresponds to the Justice card in the Tarot. In addition to justice and diplomacy, Libra rules marriage and contracts. It symbolizes the time in life when one has mature enough to engage in important decisions, like whom to settle down with. That being said, the symbol isn't the individual: Not all Libras always itch for a commitment; many of them enjoy flirting, and being charming and social come naturally to them.

Libra Glyph, Colors, Body Parts, and Themes

Libra's glyph illustrates a sunset, the equal balance of day and night on the fall equinox. Body parts ruled by Libra include the kidneys (fitting, as they control and balance our body's fluid balance and electrolytes), as well as the booty. (Hello, Libra Kim Kardashian!)

Soft, pastel colors are associated with Libra, and, being ruled by Venus, design and art are important themes relating to our favorite celestial symbol for balance. Libra isn't the only sign that Venus rules—she also presides over Taurus. Since Taurus is a practical earth sign, Venus is more concerned with physical manifestations of beauty there. With air sign Libra, the Venusian themes of beauty and harmony come in intangible forms, like poetry, justice, and kindness.