Libra Symbol: Zodiac Sign Glyphs & Meanings

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The Libra symbol is the scales as the sign represents balance, justice, and equilibrium.

Ruled by the planet Venus, Libras are great lovers while they love expensive, material things. They enjoy life with music, art, and the beautiful places they visit. 

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Why is the Libra symbol scales?

According to Greek mythology, Libra is associated with the Greek goddess Themis, who represents divine law and custom. Themis is typically depicted as being blindfolded while holding the Scales of Justice, which she used to remain balanced and pragmatic.

Greek mythology states that Themis' daughter Astraea ascended to heaven carrying these scales, which became the Libra constellation.

"Libra" is also the Latin word for "scales."

What other symbolism is within the Libra glyph?

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In the simple Libra glyph, you can see that it consists of the Greek letter, Omega, over a horizontal line.

Venus serves as the Libra’s planetary ruler. The planet is represented by a circle and a cross below it. The circle represents the divine spirit of the planet and it points to the sign of the Libra. The cross represents physical matter and it’s linked to Taurus. 

The connection between these two signs symbolizes the need to bring divinity to Earth in order to create beauty in our physical world.

The Libra glyph is also said to represent the sun setting on the horizon.

What animal represents Libra?

Libra is the only zodiac sign whose symbol is not either an animal or a person. However, the Libra spirit animal is often associated with a swan.

Swans are associated with beauty, loving and art. Cultures around the world see this animal as a goddess of love and romance. They are considered to be a lucky totem as it can stimulate creativity and it allows love to blossom in a relationship. 

Swans can have different meanings and behaviors. If a swan appears in your life, it signifies that you should focus on your future rather than your past. 

If a swan appears in your dreams, it can symbolize many things. A white swan can represent positivity in your life while a black swan can represent something mysterious. A black swan can also represent something that you're not supposed to do, but you'll do anyway.

A swan symbolizes love. A bond between two swans is believed to last forever. If a swan appears in your life, it's "passing a message of a prosperous [love] in your life." It can represent a long-lasting relationship with your partner.

What does this mean for a Libra?

Libras tend to be fascinated by balance and symmetry. They are also in constant search for justice and equality. Libras like to avoid conflict and they try to keep the peace whenever possible.

In order to find balance in their lives, they won't commit to work without setting apart time for their personal life. This mindset transcends to their financial woes. Libras can balance between saving and spending their money. Even though they love fashion and good clothes, they won't let their desires of spending get the best of them.

As they love to seek justice and balance, they make good lawyers and judges, along with being successful as diplomats. They can be good designers and composers if they nurtured their artistic side from childhood.

Libras can be masters of compromise and diplomacy and they are good at seeing all sides of a situation. They are amazing at drafting up compromises and garnering mediation between others. 

The air sign can be quite pragmatic when it comes to relationships. They realize that each relationship has its own season. Some may consider Libras too pragmatic as they can cut relationships off too soon if they feel like the relationship has run its course.

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Chinyere (pronounced sha-near-ruh) is a writer who covers entertainment and pop culture news, along with the zodiac signs.