Libra: Open to the wisdom of your heart, restore peace to a troubled mind, learn to live harmoniously and in a state of equilibrium. Reconcile pairs of opposites in your life so that healing may occur. Make judgements, take action, create a more peaceful, harmonious world for all.
We live in a world where, due to the virus, all the cards have been thrown up in the air, and we are waiting to see how they land. How do we find, peace, harmony, and maintain equilibrium in such uncertain and troubled times? Working with the zodiac sign Libra can help us to open to the wisdom of the heart, and to create some order in our disordered, chaotic lives.
Libra is a cardinal, air sign, ruled by Venus. Its symbol is the weighing scales. The Sanskrit name for the sign was Tula, the Balance. Libra's key words are harmoniously and unitedly. Libra, like yoga, helps us balance pairs of opposites, such as Sun and Moon, light and dark, masculine and feminine, passive and active, pushing and yielding, and order and chaos. This reconciliation of pairs of opposites creates balance and healing.
During this current pandemic we urgently need to balance the intellectual energy of our head with the compassionate wisdom of our heart. It is essential at this time to use our intellect to engage with science, and empower ourselves to stay safe through a base of sound, scientific knowledge. At the same time, we must balance this, by also engaging with the wisdom of the heart, which will guide us safely through the storm, revealing to us the path that will lead us from confusion to clarity.
In the Yoga by the Stars book, the affirmation we use in the Libra practice is My heart balances all. It can be coordinated with the breath:
Inhale: My heart balances all
Exhale: My heart balances all
Libra is the fulcrum balancing the material and spiritual world, reminding us that what is considered “lower” supports that which is above and that the two worlds are united by love. This is beautifully encapsulated in the equilibrium of the figure-eight glyph, the symbol of infinity, which is associated with Libra. This is mirrored in the body’s chakra system, where the heart centre balances the lower and higher chakras in a loving and compassionate way
Below are some meditation questions, from the Libra chapter of the Yoga by the Stars book. They will help you to connect with the wisdom of your heart and find balance in your life:
In the Yoga by the Stars book, you will find a Libra-inspired yoga practice, that balances and realigns the body and mind, both physically and energetically. It is calming and quietly energising and has a centring effect. It soothes a restless mind, restoring balance and equanimity. The heart-centre chakra is gently opened, helping us develop a sense of love and compassion for ourselves and others.
Hello, I am Jilly Shipway, the author of Yoga Through the Year, and my forthcoming book Yoga by the Stars. In this Yoga by the Stars blog I will share with you zodiac-inspired yoga insights and inspiration. I also have another blog on my Yoga Through the Year website.