It is no wonder why my astrology teacher pounded into my head that I should try to forget at least 70 percent of what I learned of "boxy Western astrology." Keep the basics but leave the silly interpretations behind, he would say. It took me a while to figure out what he was saying but it became very clear when we dealt with a sign near and dear to my heart.....Libra. And happy birthday Libra Sun people!
I have Libra rising. Remember, your rising sign or ascendant is the sign on the Eastern horizon at birth and it really dictates our outward persona - how we express ourselves to the world. Every analysis I read when I started out insisted that a Libra rising person likes to bring order and balance and is a born diplomat and is all about being the epitome of balance and harmony. Huh? Me? It drove me loopy until the universe sent me into the wonderful world of evolutionary astrology.
Libra is about trying to FIND balance not being balance. Libra rising and to a lesser extent Libra Sun people go to extremes in their quest to seek balance. We often have co-dependence issues because we are so attuned to "the other." Many Libra risings spend a good chunk of time running around saying in essence, do you like me now, well, if I do that will you like me then? Yes, the answer to your question is yes. Sally Field is a Libra rising person. ("You like me. You really like me.)
Venus Libra people use their romantic entanglements to search for self as well. They literally learn who they are through the other person. Well, so and so liked it better when I responded this -so that must be right. However, I got a negative reaction from so and so, therefore, maybe I need to work on it more. It is all through the eyes of other with Libra. We have a really hard time coming from a point of ME.
Libra rules the 7th house - the house of close personal relationships with other people.
The shadow comes into play when we continue to seek approval -- and never feel satisfied with our own views and beliefs. Be careful Libras! At some point we have to stop with worrying about everyone else. It is one thing to learn from others it is another to spend life without any self awareness.