Heart of Understanding

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Beauty, relationships, balance, justice, love, peace, diplomacy……”flower child” idealistic language? Maybe. Those born in the years between 1942 and 1957 have Neptune in Libra, and this was the generation who grew to be the flower children, the baby-boomers who had an incredible idealism with regards to relationships and the world. They searched for their “soul mates” and believed in love, leaving behind the structured roles of the man and woman in marriages, opening up a whole new realm of possibilities for relationships. Neptune in Libra also gave rise to the Civil Rights movement.

But Neptune is also the energy of disillusionment, which lead this generation to very high divorce rates as they searched for that idealism. And it was here that the influence of Libra as the teacher brought them to the understanding that to find that perfect love, to have that mirror reflection of what they felt within, they first had to love themselves, find their authentic self. So many of those born in the generation of the flower child left their search for the ideal soul mate to instead search for Divine Love within themselves allowing them to let go of past patterns in relationships. And here is where Libra begins its mission.

When asked about Libran qualities, many people will say “oh, they are just so indecisive.!” Ummmm……again, maybe. But there is a very logical (Libran trait) explanation for that. It’s what I like to refer to as “the wisdom of a heart that understands.” What is the understanding? That all things in opposition are actually equal and, therefore, the same, that dualities are illusions and when balanced appropriately, one sees the equal value.

So when a Libra person is faced with a decision, they calculate and weigh out all possible results before taking any action, and they do this in simultaneous real time!! It is not fickleness, but their keen logic and discernment. They have to be the scales of justice to balance out the two possible extreme results. However, once that decision is taken, they will act with complete faith knowing that whatever it is they chose, it WILL balance out in time.

Libra needs relationships! It could be any form of relationship, but it is something they live for. Libra rules the 7th house of the Zodiac, which is that of partnership, marriage, justice, law. It is the house that governs where we find our harmony. Relationships in any form are key to our own self-discovery and understanding for it is through relationships that we learn to give and receive, to compromise, to sacrifice. Our partners, and just as equally our enemies, are actually mirror reflections of what is contained within ourselves. If there is something we see within our partner that we do not like, it may be a message to us of what we ourselves either need to change or something that maybe we need to develop. The Libra energy asks us to explore ourselves through our relationships so that we may grow.

Ghandi said “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” Ghandi was born in the sign of Libra. He made many compromises to bring about a new India, to return India to its people, and do so in a non-violent way by balancing the scales. In relationships, whether married or in partnerships, we have to compromise for the “sake of the relationship,” not so much for the sake of the other person. Relationship implies two. So, therefore, you both compromise to reach the union, the center of the nature of the relationship itself. You each sacrifice something to reach harmony.

So let’s put all this seriousness aside for a moment. Libra is also about FUN!! Libras love to socialize and enjoy the arts, whether it’s music, sculpture, fashion…..anything that is beauty! They love to sing loudly in the car to their favorite song. They just love to love!

So during this time, focus on your relationships. What do they mirror back as to who you are or need to strive to be. Aesthetics, both personal and in your environment, and focus on truly balancing your life. All things, good and bad, are there to assist you in centering yourself which is truly the only way to reach harmony. Each person in your life, including enemies, is there to reflect what may be needed to be addressed to create balance and harmony in your life. Pay attention. Let go of your ego in relationships and compromise.

And have fun!!!! Get together with friends, socialize, and surround yourself with beauty, whether it’s in your personal adornments or your environment. Listen to music and become the music. Focus on the beauty, peace, and harmony of life rather than all the ugliness. As Elvis Costello once said in a song, “What’s so funny about peace, love, and understanding.” Nothing!! It’s the balance of life.

In yoga, truly use the beauty of your body, the music of your body to create peace within yourself. Find your center as you flow into your balancing sequences, not only your physical center to maintain posture, but your inner center, your heart full of understanding! As you balance and center, listen to what it is telling you. How is it wanting you to create balance in your life? What do you need to change within yourself to create harmony in relationships and in the world around you? What justice are you seeking, and how can you achieve that in a peaceful, diplomatic manner?

And then……bring it all to the heart and enjoy your peace, your beauty, your love of self and expand it to the World around you through your interactions with others.

Happy birthday to all you wonderful Librans who bring us so much beauty!

Love & Blessings,

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