The birthstone for Libra is, arguably, the Opal. Why is it arguable? Because nobody actually agrees on the birthstones but, for the sake of today, let’s go with Opal. The Ancient Romans linked it with Cupid/Eros – so that is appropriate for this Venus-Ruled Sign and it had the reputation of warding off both bolts of stray lightening AND grey hairs. Brilliant. The word Opal comes from the Sanskrit Upala…meaning ‘precious stone.’
The Libran flower is the Magnolia, symbolic of femininity, nobility and perseverance…Their symbol is the Scales – signifying the Libran obsession for perfect balance, aplomb and fairness. It’s also evocative of the Ancient Egyptian idea of the afterlife where the heart/soul is weighed against the feather of Maat, the Goddess of Justice to gauge the truth within.
The Constellation is the Scales, obviously & some say it is actually the Scales of Astraea – the Star Maiden aka our Virgo…and that another part of the Constallation is the Scorpion’s Claws…Under this theory, Libra’s perpetual balancing act is actually between the exactitude of Virgo and the passions of Scorp.
I do not know if the Italian designer Luca Veneri is a Libran or not but her Ego Bathtub (yes, it is called that) is Mega-Libran…made from “organic acrylic” & featuring a waterfall for the ultimate in relaxation and hygiene (Note: The word Hygiene is from Hygeia – the Ancient Greek Goddess of Health) It is about $7000.
Gwyneth Paltrow really ought to rename her GOOP newsletter Libran Lifestyle Tips and I think Catherine Denueve is the Ultimate Libran. She always vibes so languid & elegant yet is – this is classic Libran – devoted to a quietly bourgeois yet libertine lifestyle. Remember, this lot love their comforts but they ARE the free love champs of the Zodiac.
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