zodiac seasons

Your Guide to Libra Season

Notable Libras: Angela Lansbury, Janet Weiss, Eileen Chang, Cardi B, and Serena Williams. Photo-Illustration: by Preeti Kinha; Photos: Getty Images, Wikimedia Commons

By the end of Virgo season, all of the groundedness and intensity can begin to feel like too much. A person can only handle so much order, so much work, so much uncompromising focus. You might find yourself feeling worn out and emotionally drained. This is when Libra season arrives — lovely and social and kind — to offer some fresh air and some relief in the form of balance and beauty.

While the sun is in Libra — from about September 23 to October 23 every year — it offers us an energy that is sociable, harmonious, and fair-minded. Libra is an air sign: communicative and charismatic. It’s also suffused with the air element’s focus on ideas and the mind. Instead of getting carried away by feeling or relying on intuition, justice-minded Libra is more likely to look at the world rationally, as fairly and with as little favoritism as possible.

Even if you’re usually a person with powerful and unshakeable opinions, in Libra season you might find yourself moved to reconsider what you had previously taken on faith. If you’re a person whose judgment is often clouded by emotion, you might find yourself able to see situations with more clarity. And if you’re usually a person able to leap quickly and boldly to decisions, in Libra season you might need a little more time before making a choice. Libra energy asks us to to be fair in our thinking; it asks us to look at issues from all sides and to consider all evidence before reaching conclusions.

This attitude of broad-minded openness makes Libra tactful and diplomatic. At its best, Libra is skilled at negotiation and restoring the social balance; at its worst, it can come across as wishy-washy or frustratingly noncommittal. While the Sun is in Libra, it might feel more difficult to rock the boat or make big decisions, but it’ll also be easier to compromise, to forgive the people you love, and to solve problems collaboratively. Libra season can remind you to value your friendships and relationships, and it can motivate you to do the work of maintaining them. This is the time to reach out to your friends, to listen to them without judgment, to do the work — sometimes difficult, sometimes sweet — of connecting.

Libra’s desire for balance isn’t only about fairness but also, more broadly, about harmony and beauty. Libra is ruled, after all, by Venus, the planet of beauty and love, and this influence gives Libra a natural sense for art, style, and appearance. This might manifest as a focus on personal appearance, or as a desire to be surrounded by beautiful things. It might manifest as a drive to create, to add beauty to the world.

All of these qualities combine to make Libra charming and immensely likable. Angela Lansbury’s character Jessica Fletcher — liked by virtually every character she encounters in Murder, She Wrote, including the murderers themselves — embodies Lansbury’s real-life Libran likability. Cher Horowitz in Clueless — as played by Alicia Silverstone, a Libra — is classically Libran too: a charismatic, if sometimes chaotic, force for social harmony, who also loves her beautiful clothes. (For that matter, Jane Austen’s Emma was also played by a Libra: Gwyneth Paltrow.)

But that’s not to say that Libra’s energy is somehow frivolous or slight: Libra also looks like Serena Williams’s continued grace and beauty (the outfits!) under nearly unbearable pressure. Nor is it to imply that the best thing you can do with Libra’s energy is make yourself likable: Andrea Dworkin, whose unflinching quest for justice led to criticism from all sides, was a Libra too.

At its very best, Libra offers a surprising kind of magic, where seemingly impossible problems become solvable, not through force or cunning but through generosity of spirit, or through social connection, or through an unwavering belief that justice and beauty still matter.

Your Guide to Libra Season