Archetypes: The Lover, Artist, Peacemaker, Diplomat
Planetary Ruler: Venus
Evolutionary needs, strategies, and motivation: Libra energy inspires serenity, relaxation, balance, and the ability to self-regulate. It helps our nervous system maintain equilibrium. As the artist archetype, Libra inspires the love of arts and has a strong sense of aesthetics. Libra seeks equality between opposites and can see the beauty in polarity and paradox. It desires to harmonize with others. Due to this motivation, Libra and Venus motivate our ability to use courteous language to build rapport with others. At the heart of Libra is love. Love in full splendor and the cultivation of loving relationships, soul friends, and family love are all the domains of Libra.
Libra energy in motion: Artistic practices and the appreciation of arts, harmony, and beauty all inspire tranquility and the release of tension for Libra. We encounter our Libra function anytime we engage in artistic endeavors. The key is art helps us calm down and relax. For example, simply relaxing and listening to music is a Libran activity. Another example is looking at a beautiful sunset or a beautiful painting and letting the beauty of the image inspire the relaxation response. Within relationships, loving energy soothes our souls. Our lovers and friends help us restore our equilibrium. Libra energy calls us to take a deep breath and move into love. Once we embody loving energy, we attract synchronistic experiences that draw soul friends and lovers to us. On an intimate level, Libra motivates us toward long-term committed relationships. In traditional terms, it is the idea of marriage. Libra inspires relationships built on equality, values, love, trust, and an ever-evolving healing union. The magic and mystery of communion with another soul.
Shadow: Inability to accept conflict, Lassitude
Body Part Association: Kidneys
Crystals and Stones: Sapphire, Opal
Herbs and Foods for Venus: Thyme, Burdock Root, Yarrow, Beans, Cherries, and Lentils
Yoga Pose: Warrior Three
Affirmation: I maintain my serenity throughout my day. I walk in beauty.