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Before I begin, I contemplated asking someone else to write this piece for me. As a  Libra, explaining to everyone why I love myself, reminds me too much of my everyday life. Why do you look in the mirror? You must be vain. Why do you take selfies? You must be desperate for attention. Why do you care so much about what people think of you? You must be insecure.

And I do think that as children, with our Sun debilitated in Libra, we have a few things to overcome. Insecurity, vanity, and attention seeking might be some of them, but they truly come from a place of general interest (and sometimes great pain).  We don’t know how to be ourselves at first, and so we gather clues from the other signs. As we grow in confidence and maturity, we share ourselves in return.

After all, life is about sharing experiences, and giving back what we’ve taken. We are not much different than societal mirrors. If you don’t like a Libra, it might be because that Libra is mimicking you.

As Libra’s, we know everything there is to know about everybody, but when it comes to ourselves, we draw huge blanks. “Do I like steak? Hell, I can’t remember. I know YOU like steak.” And yes, on occasion it can go as far as, “Do I like myself? I can’t remember. I think YOU like me. Do you like me?”

Libra is the seventh sign, which means we bring in the second part of the Zodiac, and we pride ourselves in doing so with style, grace and charisma. The second half of the Zodiac is all about selflessness, and Libra is where we get that first shot at it. We are not all perfectly giving. In fact, we can go the opposite way and hoard everything, from our feelings, to our possessions, to our lovers and children, but it comes from a good place—we protect, and will fight for the things we love, sometimes a little too hard.

We are ruled by the dark side of Venus. Taurus, our Venus counterpart, is ruled by the light side—the side that shines with love, pleasure, affection and beauty, for all to see. But Libra is that unseen beauty, that mysterious depth of character, which pretends to be shallow, ignorant, or ugly, in order to relate to others. Sometimes this means that we find our beauty and self-worth in other people, but at our best we share our worth. We become one with our lovers, exchanging our talents and gifts, healing each other’s wounds, and creating balance.

Libra’s are insanely funny. We want to make people happy, so we entertain them by putting on spectacular shows. We like to tell jokes that make people think, and we enjoy being around witty and intelligent people to share our ideas with. We love laughing and we work to make everyone laugh with us, even at our expense. No one can cut a self-deprecating joke the way a Libra can–we just secretly wish that more people understood our sarcasm.

We spent our early childhoods taking in and observing a random a sample of humanity, spent our teenage years actively engaging with the culture around us, and now as adults we thrive in giving the world what it wants, and then blowing their minds with even more.

Basically, we’ve been inspecting people intuitively since birth, and because of this, our psychic sensors are extremely high. Sometimes it feels like we can read minds, as we instinctively anticipate the needs of others. Popular psychic, Sylvia Browne (who happens to be a Libra) lumps Libra with Pisces as the most psychic of the Zodiac signs. Other signs can disagree (I see you, Scorpio), but when it comes to our perfected ability to read other people, there is no competition.

Libra’s value their time, but are not selfish with it. We actually loathe making people wait longer than what is considered fashionable. Some of us will put off showering to make it to your baseball game in time. Sadly, people like to point out the times we didn’t show, due to our apparent flakiness. When in reality, we didn’t come, because we weren’t up for entertaining, and we aren’t sure people want us any other way. A fault, we work to fix, as we are always working to achieve perfect balance.

We are very creative, and always experimenting with fashion, photography, painting, drawing, selfie-ing, writing and acting. We love to get lost in the finer things, and we absolutely love art. We might be known as the hopeless romantics, but if we were to be honest, our first love was art—we just grew up and decided that it be nice to find someone to create with us.  We don’t just want to enjoy creation, we want other people to enjoy it with us.

We are the only sign ruled by an inanimate object, The Scales. This, in itself, can make us appear to be uncaring, indecisive and aloof, but in fact, it makes us good at weighing the pros and cons of every situation, before we react in an emotional way. When we finally do get emotional, it’s because something we love was taken from us. Otherwise, if we cannot do it objectively, we try not to get involved.

Libra is the most misunderstood sign of the Zodiac, and I’m not just saying that because I am one. I’m saying it because I’ve analyzed every sign for years, and Libra is the one sign that everyone gets wrong, repeatedly.  We are special, and have breathed new life into every person we’ve crossed paths with. The words we speak live on inside those who have met us, and wherever we go, we leave our mark, and we do it in spite of that debilitated Sun, and subsequent lack of ego.

Libra’s do everything out of their forever love and adoration of humanity.

And that is why I love us, Libra.

Alyssa Sharpe

Alyssa Sharpe is an Astrologer, YouTuber, Artist, Writer and Creator of the Ascension System. Follow her on Instagram, and subscribe to her YouTube channel for more.