“Peace begins within.” Goddesses for Every Day
The Goddess Sign for Libra is the Dove, which is an ancient emblem of the Roman goddess of love, Venus, the traditional ruler of Libra. Birds have long been symbolically connected with the Sacred Feminine around the world and viewed as messengers between humanity and heaven. In the Hermetic tradition, what is called the Language of the Birds, or the Green Language, is the province of the Goddess since she is “mistress of beasts.” White doves are ancient symbols of peace and purity; even the ancient Egyptians revered them. Doves are also symbols of love, “billing and cooing.” Doves, sometimes called lovebirds, have no season so they can mate all year.
Libra is a Cardinal Air sign that holds the place of the Autumn Equinox when light and dark are balanced for a time. Libra embodies balance, and the principle of equilibrium, which results from the interaction of Leo and Virgo, the two signs that precede Libra, and form a marriage of spirit and matter. Libra energy seeks to harmonize and is inclined toward cooperation, compromise and partnership, desiring to bring balance, but brings potential challenges from trying to be all things to all people. Libras seek the mirror of relationship and the accompanying lessons, but they can have difficulty standing up for themselves. Sometimes they try to maintain peace at any price, resulting instead in passive aggression and suppressed conflict.
Libra goddesses embody the traditional ideas of love, peace, beauty, art and elegance. Libra is also the sign of marriage, so these goddesses learn to balance the challenges relationships present. Typically, relationships bring more friction than harmony, but it is through these lessons that we learn powerful lessons if we face the shadow, the play of light and dark, that they reveal. Libra is the sign where we can learn how to manage conflict and differences, trying to bring balance and equilibrium. Although Libra seeks peace and harmony, conflict is inherent in relationships, so this dual air sign also includes goddesses who can appear as fierce birds of war. Libra goddesses can seem complex and contradictory as they may embody the qualities of desire and attraction as well as the keen eye and swift action required of a seasoned warrior.
The Roman goddess Venus, who came after the Greek Aphrodite, was a less complex deity. She dealt more with gardens and simple groves of trees that became her shrines. Her rituals were related to the growing things of Earth and enhancing their fertility. Our word veneration comes from her name. Virgins of both genders ritually tended her natural stone altars beneath large trees. The city of Venice was named for her, and the duke of Venice symbolically married her by throwing a wedding ring into the sea. The planet Venus, ruler of the sign of Libra in astrology, likewise has been seen with a dual nature. When Venus rose as Morning Star, she was seen to express the warrior side of her nature, but when she set in the west with the Sun, it was her passionate nature that held sway and lovers called upon her in this form.
Excerpts from Goddesses for Every Day © 2010 by Julie Loar. Printed with permission of New World Library, Novato, CA. www.newworldlibrary.com