This book always puts me in a hot pot of feelings, mostly amused and/or surprised, during my boring period in hospital.
And so she went on taking first one side
and then another and making quite a conversation of it altogether…
She generally gave herself very good advice (though she seldom followed it)…
Once a child asked me a question that wasn’t easy to answer. “Why is it,” he wanted to know, “that ladies wear trousers and men use pretty smelling cologne?” In typical Aries style, I dashed off an impulsive reply. “Well,” I told him quickly, before he could think of any more embarrassing riddles, “that’s because there’s a little bit of woman in every man, and there’s a little bit of man in every woman. Now let’s play checkers.”
Looking back, I’m rather proud of my instant Mars wisdom. That statement is true to some degree of all the Sun signs, and it’s super-true of Libra. You can find a trace of the opposite sex in the most virile, rugged Libran male, and Venus plays the same trick on the female scale balancer.
She may be as dainty as a fluffy, white bunny and she may whisper with gentle persuasion. She can dress in silks and laces, and her hair can smell of fragrant cologne. She might even look like a little doll you could lift with one hand (though a Taurus or Sagittarius ascendant would make her considerably more hefty). But with all her femininity, sweet mannerisms and lovely grace, this girl wears a pair of trousers with surprising ease, and they’ll fit her rather neatly. Her mental processes operate with male logic and they can match yours in any discussion you care to start. They can even top yours on occasion, although the female side of the Libra woman is usually too smart to let you catch on to that until you’re safely past the honeymoon. During the mating season, she’ll be careful not to beat you at chess, but she won’t hide her sharp mind behind those soft dimples forever. Eventually, you’ll be treated to a display of her brain power.
Most Libra women will air their clever wits any time a subject appears with the slightest possibility of debate. It could be anything from why you shouldn’t wear button down collars to what’s keeping you from getting a raise at work. (She’ll feel the latter is partly your fault and partly your boss’s fault. Everything with Libra ends up as six of one and half a dozen of another-just so it all comes out even.) If you refuse to rise to the bait, she’ll argue with herself. A Libra girl can start a donnybrook alone, pursue it alone and finish it alone, in a grand flourish. Your only contribution may be “But why?” or “I don’t think so,” but sometimes that’s all she needs to deliver a brilliant monologue, which may last for an hour or more. Through it all, however, you’ll probably be drowning in her charm. She’ll turn on that unbearably delicious smile every third sentence or so, and you’ll end up changing your mind as effortlessly as she changes her sex by taking over the man’s prerogative, then switching back to a cuddly love bunny. She’ll convince you with pure clear logic. You won’t lose much-except your pride, and you’ll hardly miss that, under the spell of that gentle Libran smile. She’s usually right, because her final decisions are as carefully considered as those of the Supreme Court. Libran females don’t need much encouragement to start a verbal comparison going between any two points of view. A politically active season will give her lots of chances to sharpen her rhetoric and her argumentative talents. She makes a great political worker, once she’s made up her mind which side and which candidate is right.
Aside from the typical Libra penchant for weighing everything twice to make sure she didn’t miss a point, she can be quite a lot of woman for a man who’s interested in romance or companionship or both. Her tendency to argue is really based on a sincere desire to reach an impartial decision. It could be worse. At least she doesn’t make up her own rules as she goes along, or stubbornly resist all reason, like women born under some other Sun signs. Besides, most of her opinions are presented with diplomatic tact, which somewhat softens the blow.
Perhaps the best way to get you to appreciate your Libra woman is to give you a quick rundown on what you would face with other Sun signs in a simple situation. Let’s say you’re discussing the subject of calling cards. Should people use them today, is it old-fashioned, and what should they look like? Take a fast flight around the zodiac. Pretend you’re the only man in a room with twelve women. (That should be a pleasant supposition.) The discussion would run something like this:
Aries: Don’t need them. I use the telephone. Taurus: It’s rare that I go calling. People visit me. Gemini: Calling cards! Who has time for calling cards?
Leo: Well, if they were really wild, and impressive looking-
Virgo: I’ll have to check Emily Post and see exactly what she says.
Sagittarius: My gawd! You mean people still take time for that junk?
Scorpio: If they’re not home, they miss me. Ifs their loss, not mine.
Aquarius: I wonder if it’s raining outside? I thought I heard thunder.
Cancer: Cards are so impersonal. I’d rather write a note.
Pisces: I always sense when people aren’t there, and I only I call on them when I get a subliminal message they want to see me.
Capricorn: The custom is perfectly proper. But there’s no I point in discussing the design. If it’s not engraved, it’s not a calling card.
Libra: Well, it all depends. If you want to do the correct thing, you should have them. It’s a charming gesture. On the other hand, using them might seem pretentious today, and the modern woman is too busy to bother with them. Of course, you have to consider the reason behind the custom. Then again, there are people who can’t afford calling cards. If if’s a strain on the budget, they aren’t really necessary. Looking at the other side of it, however, I can’t help feeling the beauty and grace of yesterday is missing in today’s frantic pace, so it might be money well spent. I suppose they should be engraved. Yet, it’s true that something different would reflect the individual personality. A creative person could design his own. But such individual cards might be misunderstood by very social people, you know? I mean, the Rockefellers would think it was gauche. On reflection, who calls on the Rockefellers? Your own friends would love your being original, but plain engraving is probably more acceptable. At least I think it should be. But still – well…
Now she’s run out of pros and cons, and she frowns slightly, under the strain of sorting out her own arguments and trying to dredge up an actual, firm decision from the lot.
You can see the Libran female is nothing if not fair, and committed to balanced judgment all around. You may get a little bored with her digressions on mundane subjects such as calling cards, but you’ll sincerely appreciate her efforts at fairness, and her ability to judge correctly by weighing all sides, when it comes to something that really matters. Other women might toss off opinions that reflect their own individual natures, and seldom care much about what you think, or about a fair answer. To a Libra woman, there’s no such thing as what she thinks is right. Your opinion deserves as much respect as hers and Plato’s, until the decision is made, based on the flaws in her arguments, yours and all the philosophers. Continue reading