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 and Laziness
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.
Evolutionary, needs, strategies, and motivation: Virgo energy inspires evolutionary growth. It gives us a sense of purity and humility in our efforts. It calls us to, honestly, look at where we are in life and clarify where we want to go. To see our highest potential and strive to attain it. On the deepest level, Virgo teaches self-love and radical self-acceptance. Fiercely loving yourself will light the way that leads to the highest expression of your evolutionary path. Virgo energy drives us to employ self-discipline, develop quality skills, and put forth a considerable effort to polish ourselves and our offerings. With Virgo energy, there is a motivation toward critical thinking and perfectionism. However, constant critiquing and perfection is not the goal. It is more about reflecting on what is ideal versus the actual reality. Virgo desires to purify, refine, and perfect to create the ideal. The key is to avoid the setbacks of constant perfecting. Your heart knows when your work has met your standard of excellence. Embrace the joy of your creation and graciously release your project or service.
Virgo energy in motion: A core value for Virgo is finding work that truly resonates with the soul. In light of this energy, Virgo inspires mastering practical details, competence, developing meaningful and helpful skills, and self-sufficiency. Virgo uses these qualities to become an exquisite craftsperson. Training with experienced teachers and mentors is imperative to mastering these crafts and skills. In astrological terms, being mentored, being part of a lineage, or passing on wisdom teachings are all associated with Virgo. Once these skills are polished, share that meaningful, soulful service with the world. Virgo says, let our actions be of the purest and highest nature. As we aspire to rise to our potential, we serve the evolutionary energy of Virgo.
Shadow: Self-doubt, Self-criticism
Body Part Association: Small Intestine
Crystals and Stones: Tourmaline, Beryl
Herbs and Foods for Mercury: Dill, Aniseed, Fennel, Parsley, Valerian, Hazelnuts, Beans, Mushrooms, and Pomegranates
Yoga Pose: Spine Twist
Affirmation: I am pure soul essence. Love leads my evolutionary growth.
Evolutionary needs, strategies, and motivation: Leo energy is invigorating. It helps us develop life-affirming vitality. Leo is joyous, open-hearted, generous, and regal. Leo energy inspires creative self-expression and performance. Singing, dancing, and acting are all Leo’s natural domains. To truly express ourselves from the heart, Leo energy gives us the courage to move through the fear of vulnerability. It calls us to open the portal of our heart and share our heartfelt truth. The key is we must be brave and share something that truly matters to our soul. Sharing with absolute sincerity will land in the hearts of others, and your offering valued as sacred service.
Leo energy in motion: You may express your heart on stage in front of an audience or within intimate relationships. The key is sharing authentic self-expression. Your heart wants to be heard, felt, and received. By sharing your true self, you establish heart-centered connections with others. You feel Leo energy when your heart synchronizes with another person. Within these heart-centered exchanges, you experience warm, loving energy. There is a feedback loop of love. For example, when you say “I love you” to another person and they say, “I love you!” You are in communion with love flowing in both directions. Beyond sharing heart-to-heart moments, Leo calls you to courageously leave your authentic mark on the world. It motivates you to take center stage, own your space, share your beautiful soul, and to shine like the star that you are.
Shadow: The dramatization of a false self
Body Part Association: Heart, Spine
Crystals and Stones: Ruby, Jade
Herbs and Foods for the Sun: Juniper Berries, Rosemary, Saffron, Chamomile, Sunflower Seeds, Rice, Walnuts, and Grapes
Yoga Pose: Dancer Pose
Affirmation: I am radiant and creative. I express myself with heart and soul.
Evolutionary needs, strategies, and motivation: Cancer has a nurturing and sensitive quality. This energy resonates with home, protection, mothering, and family. Cancer has a rich emotional life and immense sensitivity. Healing and feeling are essential for evolution. Cancer strives to explore the depths of the psyche. It allows our emotions to surface and guide us rather than rely on the intellect alone. Cancer experiences the inner world as a rich resource for creativity. Due to the sensitive nature of deep psychological work, Cancer needs a safe, loving, and secure home for retreat and recovery.
Cancer energy in motion: Cancer is associated with the summer solstice. You may activate Cancer energy whenever you practice self-care or care for others. Preparing a meal at home and sharing the meal with close friends also embodies this energy. Cancer energy is about food for the soul as well. You may feel this energy arise when you desire to deepen your connection to those you love and trust. This energy calls us to create a soul family with deep emotional bonds. It inspires intimate unions between people where it is safe to share sacred secrets. A bond where all that we are is honored. The key is to discern and carefully choose the people you let into your life. Cancer energy has heightened sensitivity, and, therefore, there is a need for self-preservation. However, evolutionary growth happens when you feel safe enough to let go of the shell of protection and open up to loving relationships and experiences.
Shadow: Obsession with safety, Making yourself invisible, subordinating yourself to the point that you become invisible
Body Part Association: Breasts, Stomach
Crystals and Stones: Pearl, Moonstone
Herbs and Foods for the Moon: Chickweed, Clary Sage, Cleavers, Cabbages, Cucumber, Lettuce, and Melons
Yoga Pose: Boat Pose
Affirmation: I explore my inner world and listen to the guidance. I nurture and care for my soul.