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THE ZODIAC AND MYTHOLOGY - LIBRA

INFLUENCE OF MYTHOLOGY ON THE NAMES OF THE ZODIAC



LIBRA - The Scales
September 24 - October 23


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The stars that form the golden scales of Libra lie halfway around the band of the Greek zodiac, between Virgo and Scorpio. Day and night are equal when the sun passes through the constellation of Libra.

The scales are a symbol of balance and equity. More specifically, the scales were considered to be the symbol of Dike, meaning Justice, who was a minor goddess of the Underworld.

It has also been suggested that the scales are in allusion to the fact that when the sun entered this part of the ecliptic at the autumnal equinox, the days and nights are equal.

The fact that the ancient Greeks gave Libra a prominent place in the sky, signifies that they considered justice, equity and balance in general, to be the moral cornerstones of an ideal way of living.  Libra has been associated with law, fairness and civility, all admirable and desirable traits of a civilized society.

In Roman mythology, Libra is considered to depict the scales held by Astraea (identified as Virgo), the goddess of justice, just like the Greek goddess Dike. Libra is included by the second century Greek astronomer Claudius Ptolemy in his 48 asterisms.

Libra is the only zodiac sign that does not symbolize a living person or creature, but rather a concept - Justice.


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