Libra in the Ancient Zodiac

Libra is the second constellation of the zodiac and means ‘weighing scales’.  In today’s horoscope if you are born between September 24 and October 23 you are a Libra.  It gives insight on your personality. Today’s horoscope guides your fortune and blessing as determined by the date of your birth in relation to the twelve Zodiac Signs.  The horoscope of today is used in modern astrology as a guide to find true love (love horoscope), or guide decisions towards good luck and success in relationships, health and wealth. But was that its original meaning?

Libra Constellation

Libra star photo. Can you see balancing scales?

Libra is a constellation of stars that form the picture of scales or balances.  Here is a picture of the stars that form Libra.  Can you see ‘weighing scales’ in this photo of the stars?  No. 

Libra Constellation with stars connected by lines

In fact, even if we connect the stars in ‘Libra’ with lines it is still hard to see the scales.  But this sign of weighing scales goes back as far as we know in human history. 

Here is a picture of the zodiac in the Dendera Temple of Egypt, more than 2000 years old.  The image of the scales of Libra is circled in red.

Dendera Zodiac with Libra circled

Here is a photo of National Geographic poster of the zodiac, also showing Libra as seen in the Southern Hemisphere.  The triangle does not appear as a scale at all.

National Geographic poster of Zodiac constellations. Libra is circled in red

This means that the Libra constellation of the weighing of heavenly scales was not created from the stars themselves.  Rather, the idea of weighing scales came first.  This idea was then overlaid through astrology (study of the stars) as a recurring sign to be a memory aid.  The ancients could point out the Libra constellation to their children and tell them the story associated with the weighing scales.  This was its original astrological purpose.

The Author of the Constellations

The Zodiac constellations together form a Story – written in the stars.  Who wrote this story?  Surah al-Furqan tells us that Allah himself made the constellation of stars in the sky.

Blessed is He Who made constellations in the skies, and placed therein a Lamp and a Moon giving light;

(Surah al-Furqan: 25:61)

The oldest book of the Bible, written even before the Taurat of Musa PBUH, was the book of Job.  Job also mentions constellations and affirms that they were made by God:

He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.

(Job 9:9)

The twelve Signs of the Zodiac form a Story given by the Creator.  Astrology means ‘study of the stars’ and we can read this story in the astrological signs. This Story is that of the Cosmic struggle between Him and His Adversary.  Virgo is the first chapter in this Story – of the coming Seed of the Virgin Woman – written in the night sky for all peoples. 

Libra Chapter in the Ancient Zodiac

Libra is the second chapter in this Story.  Libra painted another sign in the night sky for all peoples.  In it we see the sign of Allah’s Justice.  Righteousness, justice, order, government and the institutions of the rule of His Kingdom are illustrated for us with the Celestial Scales.  Libra refers to Divine judgments, accusations, penalties, payments, defaults and adjustments.  In Libra we are brought face to face with eternal justice, the weighing of the penalties of our sin and the price of redemption.  Surah Al Qariah (101) gives the same verdict when it speaks of a balance of good deeds weighed against the heavenly standard. 

he whose balance (of good deeds) will be (found) light,-

Will have his home in a (bottomless) Pit.

Al-Qariah 101:8-9

Unfortunately, the verdict is not favourable for us.  The brightest star is in the upper arm of the balance – the balance of our good deeds is shown to be light as Al Qariah warned.   The Zabur pronounces the same verdict.

Lowborn men are but a breath,

The highborn are but a lie;

If weighed on a balance they are nothing;

Together they are only a breath.

(Psalm 62:9)

The astrological Sign of Libra is given for us as a reality check to ask ourselves if our balance of deeds is sufficient. In the justice of the Kingdom of God, all of us are found to have a balance of good deeds that weigh only as much as a breath – they are deficient and insufficient. 

But we are not without hope.  As in matters pertaining to paying debt and obligations, there is a price which can cover our lack of merit.  But it is not an easy price to pay.  The Zabur declares

The ransom for a life is costly

No payment is ever enough

(Psalm 49:8)

As the Prophet Job knew his redeemer who would balance his debt before heaven, so also the Zodiac Signs show us how we can know this same redeemer who can help us in our need. 

Your Libra Horoscope from Ancient Zodiac

Since Horoscope comes from the Greek ‘Horo’ (hour) and the Prophetic writings mark many important hours for us, we can note their Libra ‘hour’. The Libra horo reading from those writings is:

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

Galatians 4:4-5

In stating that the ‘set time had fully come’ the Injil marks a special ‘horoscope’ for us to read.  The time to mark is not based on the hour of your birth but an hour set at the beginning of time. In stating that Isa al Masih was ‘born of a woman’ it continues from Virgo and her Seed.  But how did he come? He came ‘under the law’.  He came under the weighing scales of Libra.  Why did he come?  He did so to ‘redeem’ us who were ‘under the law’ – the scales of Libra.  Those of us who find our scale of deeds too light – he can redeem.  This is followed with the promise of ‘adoption to sonship’.

You and I can apply the Libra horoscope reading today with the following guidance. 

Libra reminds us that your pursuit of wealth can easily become greed, your pursuit of relationships can quickly cause you to treat others as disposable, you are likely to trample on people as you seek happiness. Libra tells us that such traits are not compatible with the scales of justice. Take stock now of what you are doing in life. Be careful because Libra and the Books warn us that God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing.  If your balance of deeds is too light on that Day you will need a Redeemer.  Explore all your options now but remember that the Seed of Virgo came so that He can redeem you.  Use your God-given characteristic to sense the right and wrong in your life. What ‘adoption’ means in the Libra horoscope reading may not be clear at this point but if you continue to daily ask, knock and seek He will guide you. This can be done any time of any day, throughout your week.

Libra & Scorpio

Libra’s picture has changed since the beginning of human history.  In early astrological images and names given to the stars in Libra we see the claws of Scorpio reaching to grasp Libra.  In fact the brightest star Zubeneschamali, comes from the Arabic phrase al-zuban al-šamāliyya, which means “the northern claw”.  The second brightest star in Libra, Zubenelgenubi, is derived from the Arabic phrase al-zuban al-janūbiyy, which means “the southern claw.” The two claws of adjacent Scorpio are grasping at Libra.  This reveals the great struggle that is underway between these two opponents.  How this struggle unfolds we explore in the next Ancient Zodiac chapter The Sign of Scorpio. To understand the First Chapter of the Zodiac read the Sign of Virgo.

To read what the Ancient Prophets wrote to help us understand the Scales of Libra more fully see

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