Born between September 23 and October 22, Libras are air signs represented by a set of scales. Those scales appropriately reflect Libra’s obsession with balance and harmony — ruled by Venus, no sign is more invested in creating aesthetic pleasure and beauty than lovely Libra. The Scales’ exquisite style makes them highly appealing to some signs … and a complete nightmare for others. Here’s everything you need to know about Libra compatibility, including the best and worst matches for this sign.
What are common Libra traits?
To understand a Libra, you have to understand their ruling planet: Venus. The planet Venus governs beauty and aesthetics, courtship and love, and money — all aspects of life that relate to pleasure. The exact position of Venus in a natal chart governs what brings them the most satisfaction and harmony. It’s thanks to Venus that Libras enjoy the push and pull of a healthy relationship. Venus also determines how people spend money, the daily routines that please them the most, and how they approach their relationships. Because Libras are ruled by Venus, they revel in harmony, luxury, and beauty.
Libras love to spend time decorating their environments, and they’re are not afraid to invest in high-quality goods. A career in design is ideal for a Libra, whether that’s as a fashion stylist, interior designer, or magazine editor. Libras are also highly sensitive to physical appearance: Looks often play an outsized role in how they select their partners, and their preferred method of relaxation is undertaking a luxe self-care routine. Libras are the stars of every social scene, effortlessly turning on the charm to navigate situations that might exhaust or stump another sign. They love to get involved in new initiatives but often struggle to see a project through to the end, which sometimes gives these air signs a reputation for being wishy-washy. Libras aren’t for everybody — but for their compatible signs, they are everything.
Most Compatible: Libra and Gemini
Libras are likely to feel most at home with fellow air sign, Gemini. Geminis are superb communicators and natural romantics, making them a match made in heaven with uber-social and vibrant Libra. Libra and Gemini easily intuit each other’s needs: an exciting relationship, stimulating conversation, and plenty of romance. Libra-Gemini couples are party people who have as much fun drinking beer at a bar as they do enjoying a bottle of wine at home. They counterbalance each other’s needs: Playful Gemini helps Libra lose their self-consciousness, while balanced Libra helps Gemini turn dreams into reality. If a Gemini has wanted to quit their job and start a business for years, Libra is the friend who encourages action.
Libras and Geminis make some of the best partnerships in love as well. They balance each other out in a way that makes them ideal co-parents and partners. (Paul and Linda McCartney are one example of a famous Gemini-Libra pair.) While not every relationship works out, Libra-Gemini couples are among the most likely to succeed.
Least Compatible: Libra and Capricorn
Libras are air signs, while Capricorns are Earth signs — that’s the first thing you need to know about the fundamental differences between these two. They approach nearly every situation differently, whether it’s a romantic relationship, a friendship, or their basic attitudes towards life. And not only that, these signs are square with each other in the Zodiac, meaning they’re more likely to experience tension and friction than other pairings. While it isn’t impossible for Libras and Capricorns to make it past their differences and have a successful relationship, it won’t be a walk in the park.
Libras prefer balance and harmony in their relationships, which often manifests as people-pleasing, a trait that might turn off a Capricorn, Scorpio, or Virgo. Capricorns are much more serious and level-headed, with less indecisiveness and people-pleasing, and they’re unlikely to swoon no matter what Libra does to please them. This, of course, rubs Libras the wrong way. Capricorns are ruled by Saturn, meaning they’re attracted to serious, self-reliant, and smart partners; a Libra’s natural gift for charm and flirtatiousness doesn’t get them as far with a Capricorn as it might with, say, an Aquarius. But, if they give the relationship a chance, Capricorn-Libra pairs can find happiness. Capricorns bring intellect and cool to Libras, while Libras infuse a Capricorn’s life with panache and joie de vivre. It’s a rare pairing, but it can happen. Most of the time, though? Libras should stick to tried-and-true air or fire signs.
Opposites Attract: Aries and Libra Love
Few signs are more different than Libra and Aries, so you’d think they wouldn’t be a good match. Fire sign Aries opposes Libra in the zodiac, making them total opposites in terms of astrological compatibility — but sometimes, opposites attract, and that’s a beautiful thing. This is the kind of relationship that swiftly spirals to the extremes of either love or hate; there’s no middle ground between a Libra man or Libra woman and an Aries. Just like air fuels fire, so too does attention-seeking Libra fuel Aries’ love of the chase (or need to be right). This chemistry makes an Aries and Libra relationship one of the best matches, according to astrology.
When these two meet, there’s an instant connection. Whether that connection is chemistry or mutual disdain depends on several variables. Librans’ peacemaker and people-pleaser characteristics, as well as their elegance, captures the attention of bold Aries, and the Ram’s confident presence attracts flirtatious Libra. That attraction, however, isn’t always positive. In both romance and friendship, a Libra-Aries pairing will struggle to make it past the initial attraction; they are just too different. Indecisive Libra may find Aries pushy and aggressive, while Aries will likely become annoyed by Libra’s people-pleasing tendencies. This couple will have to work hard to make it past their different communication and relationship styles if they hope to find long-term success.
Great Friends: Libra and Sagittarius
Thanks to their positioning in the zodiac and mutually compatible fire sign-air sign dynamic, Libra and Sagittarius have a solid foundation for mutual understanding and friendship. Both are social butterflies, with Sagittarius cracking jokes at the center of the crowd while the Libra sign-bearer stands on the outskirts and charms everyone with good vibes. Entertaining is a shared joy in between Libra and Sagittarius — as a couple, they’re likely to host regular dinner parties or Sunday football tailgates. They also fuel each other’s love of adventure and are likely to choose a trip focused on strenuous hiking or a far-flung location than a more traditional beach getaway. Their shared interests and values make Libra and Sagittarius a great pair in nearly every context, whether romantic, platonic, or professional. The only potential rough spot for this dynamic duo is their politics — as a fire sign, Sagittarius is more likely to jump onto a new cause or hop up on a soapbox when speaking on issues they care about. This quality can irritate fun-loving Libra, who tries to avoid tension at all costs. However, with a little patience and understanding, neither of these qualities is a deal breaker for either sign.
The Bottom Line on Libra Compatibility
Libras seek pleasure and harmony in every aspect of life, including relationships. For the most fulfilling and balanced partnerships, they look to fire signs, particularly Geminis and Sagittarius, and fellow air signs. Libras should avoid developing close relationships with earth signs and water signs, especially self-serious Capricorn. As for Aries? It’s a toss-up. This fire and air relationship could end in either one of love or hate. In general — as with every sign — Libras aren’t for everyone. But those that do get along well with this fun-loving air sign are likely to become enamored by their charm. If you’re a Libra, consider yourself blessed: After all, you’ve got the planet of love and beauty on your side.