Libra Sign Dates & Traits
Libra Career, Money & Success
Libra's Career Mantra: "If I can dream it, I can achieve it."
Libra's greatest career strength: Imagination. For a Libra, work can be a playground. If this sign works with a great team and on projects they believe in, their job is fun. Librans love dreaming up new projects to accomplish and challenges to meet.
Libra's greatest career challenge: Standing up for themselves. While Libra's a master negotiator, he or she hates making anyone else feel bad or uncomfortable. That means swallowing hard truths or withholding constructive feedback from team members.
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Libra's Work Style
Libras think of their coworkers as friends, and they thrive in a low-drama atmosphere where they can trust and have fun with colleagues. This can be tough in more buttoned-up environments, so Libra can have a tough time navigating boundaries between coworkers or especially the people he or she manages. While this sign avoids workplace drama, they love talking about it, and consider every day their own personal soap opera.
Creative Libras always try to make their job fun, and they'll sometimes find projects to do on their own if they're not feeling challenged enough. They bristle at rigidity, preferring to find their own way through their workload. For Libras, the big picture is far more important than the details, which means that they might lose steam halfway through a project—especially without a team member to hold them accountable and cheer them on.
A Libra is drawn to careers that allow creative self-expression. He or she won't shy away from the spotlight and enjoys the perks of senior job title. The Scales will work hard on the job, and also to ensure that their team is happy. This may backfire for Libras in management if they take on someone else's work to be helpful—they might end up hurting themselves.
Libra's Dream Careers
Libras are cooperative and diplomatic. Though well-liked and popular, they can be somewhat aloof. A peaceful and beautiful environment is important to them, and they work toward creating harmony. Libras aren't temperamentally suited to jobs that are risky or messy. They prefer a career that allows them the opportunity to create and to bring opposing things into balance. They're known for elegance, refinement, and diplomacy in the workplace.
Here are a few careers best suited to Libra:
Music Industry Insider: Whether it's doing PR, working at a record label, or even being a performing artist, musical Libras love being connected to the arts, and are especially drawn to (and talented at) music.
Psychologist: Libra is adept at getting what makes people tick. He or she is empathetic and loves listening to others. This diplomatic sign particularly thrives as a mediator or couples' counselor, and finds fulfillment in helping others through dark moments in their lives.
Hospitality Exec: Luxury-loving Libras are all about travel, new experiences, and sweet spots to relax, which is why they're ideal at working at a hotel or for a hotel chain, where they can mastermind people's dream vacation experience.
Advertising Exec: Tuned into the trends that are barely on anyone else's radar, Libra knows what people want—often before they want it.
Writer: Libras are especially talented at putting their inner thoughts on paper. They sometimes find writing a lot easier than speaking.
Libra and Money
While Libras love a paycheck, they sometimes have a hard time connecting their skills to making money. After all, a Libra often sees work as fun, so it can be tough for him or her to negotiate for a larger salary. This sign may be uncomfortable talking about the socially iffy topic of money, and they may have an exceptionally hard time bargaining or taking an active role in their money management. Luckily, Librans' innate smarts, resourcefulness, and charm keep the paychecks coming, and their love of luxury can help motivate them to speak up and ask for what they're worth.
If You Work for a Libra Boss
A Libra boss is friendly, but may not give you the straight story about what he or she thinks of your performance. You need to suss out the small behavioral tells that will let you know if they really think you're doing a good job. While a Libra boss may appreciate your company, he or she may be frustrated by your lack of attention to detail, so you can't assume that you walk on water just because the boss shares anecdotes from the weekend with you.
Libra bosses are internally motivated, and expect you to be the same. They're busy with their own projects and goals, and don't necessarily check in—but that doesn't mean you should slack. Even though Libras may seem like they don't care about details or deadlines, they actually do. Even if they don't complain to you, missed deadlines or typo-riddled projects will reflect poorly on you.
Even though he or she is superior in the workplace pecking order, your Libra boss sees you as an equal and expects you to act like one, including being your own manager.
Here's how to ensure a smooth working relationship with your Libra boss:
Open up. Let them know about your hobbies, dreams, and aspirations. Libra loves to keep things as informal as possible in the office.
Handle their detail-oriented stuff. A Libra will love you if you offer to manage his or her spreadsheets.
Indulge in some gossip. Sure, it's tricky to gossip at work, but letting your Libra boss in on some harmless intel ("Did you know that Jim in accounting moonlights in a rock band on weekends?") will score major points.
Take initiative. Giving yourself your own projects that go outside the scope of your day-to-day routine will impress Libra.
Be playful. Jokes and a light office environment go a long way toward making your Libra boss happy.
What Success Means to a Libra
For Librans, doing well means being surrounded by great people who inspire and challenge them daily. That's why this sign may forego a large paycheck to work in a field where they're constantly surrounded by people. For Libra, friends are like family and coworkers are friends—and it's the best of all worlds when Libra works with family or friends. That might look like becoming an entrepreneur and hiring people they know, or maybe working remotely to allow a seamless balance of work and home life. Even though Libra loves nice things, he or she considers that the icing on the cake, and will make all career and financial decisions based on overall quality of life.
Awakening the Inner Libra Raven
Although western astrology characterizes Libra by the inanimate Scales, this sign is most closely connected to the raven. This big black bird gets a bad rap in horror movies, but ravens are actually friendly, resourceful, and intelligent. Connecting to this creature can help Libra fully connect to his or her true self. Here's how to access that inner corvid:
Socially engage. Libras are naturally social, but a bad mood will force them into retreat. Pushing themselves to connect, even when they don't feel like it, can draw them out of a funk.
Count those blessings. Libras often think that life will be perfect once they achieve a certain goal or milestone. But just like the resourceful raven, looking around and taking stock of what they have right now can help them appreciate their life even more fully.
Sing. Although ravens are known for their squawks, they will actually sing to their mates and offspring. Doing the same can bring out Libra's tender side.
Fly. A raven doesn't stay in one place for long. Trying something new can help Libra break out of a bad mood.
Take a class. Libra loves to learn, but often puts lifelong learning on the back burner. Putting it front and center will remind this sign of their fierce intelligence, which is another thing that they share with the raven.