A Detour into Astrology

One thing I’ve become very interested in over the holiday season is astrology. I’m personally a libran, represented by the scales- a symbol of harmony. Reading about it’s qualities it really does seem to apply to me really well. I always want to have a harmonious environment and get along with everyone, even to a fault and I love balance in all it’s forms. I find it hard to make decisions as it seems so important to make exactly the right one, though when I do it is generally right. I also have a taste for art, nice surroundings and avoid things that are crude or unpleasant whenever I can- but enough about me! What does your star sign mean to you?

Many people will tell you that astrology is just a load of old hocus-pocus and maybe it ultimately is. but it certainly fills in the gaps as to understanding who we really are and gives me a way of understanding why relationships with others and even our lives as a whole, play out the way it they do, with their otherwise surprising bends and turns, and our own otherwise baffling (even to me) desires. Life is all a journey of coming to terms with who we are and moving towards who we want to be- generally a more perfect embodiment of our sign’s best qualities.

Anyway, here’s a little about us Librans, with more where that came from and all the other signs, here


You’re born under the sign of Libra, which represents the element of air, or the intellect. You’re most definitely a thinker — you like to use your mind to tackle problems. Libra is the seventh sign of the zodiac, which refers to relationships of all sorts and your connection to the world around you.
People know you as someone who loves to socialise. Your outgoing nature and love of communicating brilliant ideas to people around you is one of your strengths. You’re rarely at a loss for words … even on your worst day you have the gift of the gab!
You not only have the ability to share your ideas in a very natural way; you also have charm in the way you convey your feelings. This is another of your very positive traits. Even people who don’t agree with what you have to say can’t resist you and will usually behave well around you — you’re simply a nice person.
Your love of communication makes you an excellent mediator and negotiator. Coupled with the fact that you’re always reasonable in the way you deal with people, this means your friends and co-workers can always depend on your having a balanced viewpoint, even in the fiercest of arguments.
In fact, if there’s a problem with you, it comes out of the fact that you’re so good at seeing all the sides of a problem and staying impartial. This makes it hard for you to commit to one side of an argument — you don’t want to be seen as biased, and you want everyone to like you!

VENUS (Venus, the ‘Libran’ planet)

… An interesting site to explore is this one, as it lets you find out something about the specific day on which you were born, which is far more specific than the generalities of you ‘sun sign’. For me though, as a libran, who is apparently always seeking greater harmony and developing relationships with those around him, the details of compatibility are the most interesting. I can certainly see a lot of truth to this in my own life and the people around me and it is much more refreshing than seeing things in terms of people’s backgrounds or cultures, as astrology talks about universal attributes which we all share.

So which sun sign are you? Do your daily or birthday horoscopes make any sense? Do you find what is said about your relationships to wring true, or ring hollow? For me one explanation for why this may all make sense is the one offered by the famous Psychologist/ Psycho-therapist Carl Jung. He says that if everything in the universe is connected and changing synchronistically, seeing the way the stars move or the way coins fall, or even the lines on our hands or left-over tea leaves sit, all reflects a small part of this great whole, but a connected and reflective part. That is, they have a pattern in harmony with everything else, that with the right knowledge can be interpreted so as to explain other things, seemingly unrelated. Who really knows, it is all about having a feel for these things after all. But I think there is a lot of truth in them, at least in terms of the nature of our present, if not our as-yet undecided future.

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