Libra Goddesses

Libra Goddess Sign The Dove

“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     

Serenity

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“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”  

Attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi

 

 

For several weeks I’ve been struggling mightily with a now-diagnosed sinus infection. I thought the problem arose from a dental issue, and I was waiting for an appointment with a specialist. However, my new physician (once I finally realized I needed a different kind of help) described the ongoing infection as “smoldering,” and I thought that was apt. The pain has been intense, bordering on intolerable, and I’m now taking antibiotics to fight the germs. Was it misplaced stoicism that caused me to suffer or preoccupation with turmoil in my life?

The iPhone picture above was taken yesterday afternoon from my deck–a freeze frame moment in time as I rested and recovered. The day was glorious; it’s one of the blessings of summer in my mountain town. It was a priceless expression of serenity, a blissful snapshot as the small sailboat glided across Lake Pagosa. The picture is like a post card for summer in the mountains, and I was transported to a state of grace and gratitude.

As I gazed at the image, the metaphor was not lost on me and reminded me of another famous quote from a Breton fisherman, “O God, thy ocean is so great and my boat is so small.” I wondered what the sailor on that small craft was thinking and feeling as he was drawn around the lake by sweet breezes. Was he caught up in the beauty of the moment? Could he imagine the potential canvas his journey created that was worthy of a Da Vinci? Or had he taken to the lake to escape some great sorrow in his life?

Life is at all times a blend of grief and joy, beauty and pain. Nothing lasts and everything is in a constant state of change, a shifting kaleidoscope of experiences. We can’t control what happens to us most of the time, but we have a choice how we respond. We can rage, or we can accept. We can deny, or we can change. I’ve always felt the Prayer of Saint Francis, as it’s usually called, is the perfect prayer. We are challenged to meet all of life with what Buddhists call equanimity. Serenity comes from the right blend of acceptance, courage, and wisdom. I aspire to these qualities and to the peace that can result. Sometimes it comes in a moment of bliss when we are offered a gift of such rare beauty and significance.

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