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Libra, the Scale and Zodiac Mythology

Well we have finally caught up in our zodiac mythology. I am writing about Libra during Libra season! Although, I have some unfortunate news. The sign of Libra does not have a designated story for us to analyze. However, by observing the story of where Libra comes from, I believe there is symbolism that is perhaps hidden from the mainstream narrative.

Libra and Themis

The Libra constellation is represented by a Scale. This alone is significant as the zodiac sign is all about finding balance. In actuality, a lot of people see this as being indecisive, yet symbolically, the “indecisiveness” is about weighing the pros and cons of everything Libra observes in life.

Libra has been tied to the mother of Astraea, Themis (read the Virgo myth for a reminder). Themis is a titan goddess and rules over things like Justice, Law and Fairness. Although, Themis is mentioned very little, she played a significant role in the battle between Olympus and the Titans.

She turned the tides of battle by siding with the Olympian gods against the Titans enabling them to win. Later on, in fact it was a while after the battle, Themis became Zeus’ second wife after Hera. This also plays into the symbolism of Libra which we will discuss last.

It’s interesting to note how Themis (and Libra) rule over the conception of equality. Except her actions in the story specifically created an imbalance in the power dynamic. When she was on the side of the Titans, they were winning. Then by switching sides, the Olympians were winning. I believe this represents two major themes for the sign of Libra. 

Tipping the Scales

First, something must always be favored for any progress to be made. A total balance between two opposing forces creates stagnation. Whenever we make a decision in life, we have two opposing forces. If they are weighted equally in our minds then the decision becomes a barrier to progress. The symbology here is that while balance is something to be valued, like everything else, it has its own pros and cons.

Libra is the sign of balance and with all of the zodiac signs, the symbolism is referring to our internal states of being. Having balance within ourselves through daily routines, controlling our emotions and moderation of our actions. This is where balance is valuable.

However, the more removed from ourselves the balance is, the less practical it becomes. Think about nature, is there any balance between a predator and its prey? Certainly not. If there was then there would be no power dynamic between the two. On a greater scale the ecosystem would be entirely horizontal and ultimately no evolution. 

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Decider of Fate

The second thing this represents is the symbolic battle of good and evil. The Titan gods came from a very very old time in Greek mythology when the universe was chaotic and unorganized. They created something from nothing and this was very valuable, however, their continued existence in the now organized world did not function as well.

If the Titans had won against Olympus, it likely would have thrown the world back into chaos because this is what the Titans represent. They are the creators of entirely unbiased structures in nature such as Time, the Sun, the Moon, the Oceans, even the Earth!

Now how does this relate to good and evil if we just mentioned they were unbiased? Well, my dear reader, ‘good and evil’ is largely dependent on what we believe to be of harm to us. For the Olympians, the “unbiased” Titan gods were a serious threat because they wanted to kill them. To a third party they may have not been evil in their totality, but for the subjective Olympians they certainly were. Furthermore, for the progress of humanity they would have been a serious impediment. As previously mentioned, total balance creates stagnation. 

Now whether we want to say this is truly a battle between ‘good and evil’ or just a battle of perspective, I would happily have that conversation in the comments. However, as the author of the article, I do believe Themis’ choice to change sides is representative of her own subjective view of the situation. She certainly believed the Olympians to be the better victor from the war, and being the Goddess of Justice and what not, I think her decision probably held some very valid points. 

Libra & Partnership

Finally, to address Themis becoming Zeus’ second wife and how this relates to Libra. Libra is ruler of the seventh house, which is the house of patronage and marriage. Libra is also sometimes called the Sign of Partnership because it’s opposite sign, Aries, is the Sign of The Self. Themis becoming the wife of Zeus not only alludes to this function of Libra but also perhaps a signifier of how Libra is thrown out of balance.

As a professional astrologer, I have observed the most common thing to throw a Libran out of balance is their relationship with someone else. It doesn’t even need to be a romantic relationship! In my experience, it is all too common for someone to compromise their own well being because of the actions of someone else.

The same argument could perhaps be made for Themis. The Titans were her original ‘team members’ and she betrayed them to help the Olympians. Now perhaps this is because of all the things I mentioned above, or maybe this is because of her love for Zeus. It is likely we will never know without a much deeper dive into the entire Greek pantheon, but I do believe this raises an interesting question.

So there you have it, the not-so-official mythology of Libra. Much of the story of Themis relates to the qualities manifested in the Libra Zodiac sign. While there is no official story tied to the constellation, I think Themis does a pretty damn good job at. With that, if you or a friend has been out of balance lately, perhaps booking an astrology reading will help them get back in balance! You can check out my services tab for all of my offers. 

To my fellows, may your seeking be fruitful and your findings bountiful!