Key Words: Libra; balance, centering, equilibrium; balancing of opposites; justice.
This card portrays the sign of Libra. It is a fascinating picture of balance.
A young woman (the feminine aspect to The Fool), holds the great magic sword between her legs and balances on her toes. Looking carefully, you will see that she is actually balancing only on the tip of the sword. Only absolute concentration and stillness, which come from finding one’s inner center, will allow this condition of equilibrium to take place. The slightest distracting thought will cause her to waver and destroy the balance she has found, the balance that is the nature of the Universe.
The predominant colors are blue and green. Blue is the color of
spiritual and intellectual powers, such as thinking, ideas, wisdom; green is the color of creativity, the power to put ideas into action. The downward-pointing sword lends a similar meaning. The powers of thought are directed toward, and put into contact with, the earth, and serve her. (See also Ace of Swords.)
The woman’s shoulders are covered by the ostrich feathers associated
with MAAR, the Egyptian god of Justice. Her face is masked, all her
attention is turned inward. This makes her receptive to ideas and
direction from the inner guide.
She bears on her head the crown of Thoth, the Egyptian god of
Wisdom. Hanging from the crown are the large bowls of the cosmic
scales, Alpha and Omega, with which the universe weighs all.
This card is a summons to avoid all extremes in your daily life. This
may refer to emotional disturbances in relationships, or at work, in
some creative activity, or in dealing with money. Total centeredness
and inner balance are needed if the great new ideas arising now are
to bear fruit. From a position of balance everything develops in a
balanced way: in its place, given its appropriate value.
The storms of life throw us out of balance again and again. The constant change between being centered and uncentered is the process which teaches us to be more conscious from moment to moment in order to retain that inner peace and clarity when we find it.
Indication: Pay attention to what situations in your daily life tend to
throw you off-balance. Discover the conditions under which you find
harmony again. Carry this quality with you more and more as you move through your daily activities.
Questions: What helps you to reach your meditative center, and to stay there? What happens when you lose your center?
Suggestions: Take time regularly for some form of meditation which steadies you in your center. Breathe into the Hara center (a hand’s width below the navel), and collect your energies there.
Affirmation: I am at rest in my own center.