I posted this in an astrology group:
I decided to share this here, due to my Scorpio Mercury need to dig to the depths of things, penetrate the lies and find the truth. I keep seeing comments, even in this group, which are aligned with typical descriptions on the internet, but not with what I have discovered to be true. So I wanted to share my take on things, and my research thus far.
As a Pluto dominant Libra, with an 8th house sun, I despise descriptions of Libra. It goes beyond “I don’t relate” and ventures into the fact that Libra is an inanimate type. Modern astrology associates Libra with the SCALES, an inanimate object, while every other sign has a personality — either an animal or a god, goddess…
It would be impossible for someone as opinionated, intense and fiery as me to relate to any description of a wifey peacemaker with no opinions of her own. Not only do I find this extremely degrading toward Venus itself, and the nature of women – but also the absolute opposite of who I am. I gave up astrology, but later on, once I found the intense truth in my Chiron and Pluto energy, I decided to give it a chance and did some research on Libra. Here’s an old post from last year:
Did some research today. About to do more.
Libra is not about “peace” nor is it about avoiding conflict or being a pushover, trying to get along. It’s not actually about romance or wifey stuff either. None of that makes sense at all archetypically, nor does it mean anything.
Originally, Libra was not one of the constellations or signs. The stars now associated with Libra were the claws of the Scorpion. Later they saw it as two constellations, where one was “Chelae” – claws. That one was Libra.
Later on, there was a mistranslation. “There was a confusion with the translation of the words, zubana and zibanitu (meaning- weighing scale’ and ‘scorpion, respectively). The two translations of the words zubana and zibanitu led to the constellation the scorpion’s claws or Chelae Scorpionis. Therefore, in Babylonian Mythology, Libra started out as the claws of the Scorpio. Later when the Greeks looked at the constellation, they thought it looked like a set of scales held by Astraea or (Star-maiden).”
So Libra, if you take its full history and mistranslation into account – is somewhere between the claws of the Scorpion that killed Orion and the Virgin Goddess’s scales of justice, but it is not actually an entity unto itself.
Consider all these quotes, from various references:
“The zodiac (a Greek word meaning “circle of animals”) were devised by the Neo-Babylonians.
““The fundamental factor in astrology is the identification of the heavenly bodies with the chief gods of the pantheon.”
“Libra is the only zodiac constellation that represents an object, not an animal or a character from mythology.”
Libra is not an archetypal energy. It is an inanimate object wielded by forces of LIFE and nature belonging to the other signs. Its presence in astrology is the result of mistranslations and a need to force symmetry, but it is not inherently meaningful.
More recent post.
Things have changed – obviously since we discovered Pluto that has been linked to Scorpio, and Mars to Ares etc. But everyone knows that Mars used to be linked to Scorpio. This is common knowledge. No one talks about Hephaestus and Vulcan being linked to Libra. Why?? What is the point of declawing it? Hephaestus is much less glamorous than the others but at least has a personality, whereas modern internet astrologers outright admit that Libra is the only sign who is associated with an inanimate object instead of a God or Goddess or animal. Seriously what the hell is wrong with them??? This is what came up first for each on Google:
Hephaestus is the Greek god of blacksmiths, metalworking, carpenters, craftsmen, artisans, sculptors, metallurgy, fire, and volcanoes. Hephaestus’ Roman equivalent is Vulcan. In Greek mythology, Hephaestus was either the son of Zeus and Hera or he was Hera’s parthenogenous child.
Vulcan is the god of fire including the fire of volcanoes, deserts, metalworking, and the forge in ancient Roman religion and myth. He is often depicted with a blacksmith’s hammer. The Vulcanalia was the annual festival held August 23 in his honor. His Greek counterpart is Hephaestus, the god of fire and smithery.
Vulcan was an exile, cast out of the heavens by his parents because he was ugly. He was adopted by an underwater dweller, and there he mastered skills in creating beautiful things, some of which he gifted to his adoptive mother. When his birth mother found out what beauty he was capable of producing, she wanted him back – but he built gorgeous enticing contraptions to trap her (a beautiful chair, in this story). To set her free, Vulcan’s father offered Aphrodite’s hand to Vulcan. So the ugliest God got to marry the most beautiful because of his vengeful and beautiful traps. (Justice!) He was the God of the forge, turning shit to gold, which gave him a path out of exile – though he remained essentially exiled due to his bitterness about it. He developed a separate identity from the family.
This is a somewhat similar story to the Phantom of the Opera. There is “creating beauty” and “marriage” in this story, but no peacemaking pushover present.
From today, in this group:
My stronger sense is that a lot of what’s said about Libra simply isn’t true. It was originally associated with the exiled God Hephaestus/Vulcan, who was too ugly to sit among the Gods but was invited back because of his beautiful art. His art was also vengeful, such as the gorgeous chair that strapped his mom in place after she discarded him and then sent for him so she could use him for his art. His father bargained that he could marry Aphrodite if he let his mom go, and he did. When she cheated with Ares, he set up some artful way to expose them before everyone. This is vengeful. Libra is JUSTICE, not pushover.
Modern astrology says (and I’ve seen this written) that Libra is the only sign that has no Gods or animals, just an inanimate object. Then, they characterize it as having no mind of its own and being a passive aggressive pushover. Meanwhile this is a cardinal air sign. Most Libras I know are keen on justice and create beauty, but not necessarily to manipulate people. Air is removed. Tactical. These people know what they want to prove and they do it, with artistic panache.