Libra in Love

As the most partner-oriented sign in the zodiac, why is it that you have so many relationship crises? Those scales you balance on your graceful shoulders surely make you the most reasonable of people. Well, you are reasonable but you're also very keen to set the balance straight, and that can involve an awful lot of ups and downs, and a fair amount of arguments. You are, of course, the most desirable of women - you know how to make the best of yourself, whether or not you've been gifted with perfect features and a figure to die for, and your charm is legendary. Men fall in love with you at the drop of a hat, and, given the work you put into the art of relating and the give and take of marriage, it's hard to see why they ever leave you. Well, to be honest, you tend to be the one to spilt the mighty atom: when you've waited long enough to get back what you put into a relationship and realized your other half is never going to meet you, even half-way, you finally leave. Admittedly, you almost always have someone else to go to, to lessen the pain and panic of separation, but you do own a pair of designer boots - and for walking all over your mystified men!

Most people consider Virgo to be the zodiac's perfectionist but it's you: you expect a knight whose shining armour never tarnishes, and you'll go from one love affair to another until you find it. What you really need to do, however, is accept that no man is perfect and that no matter how you try, you cannot change a leopard's spots. Another technique to help you find long-term happiness in marriage is to take a much slower and reserved entry into a relationship in the first place: allow him to show what he can do for you, let him do the work. Draw the lines in the sand from the outset, and with a little bit of Libran good luck, you'll create a perfect heaven of a relationship in which to spend the rest of your life.

The Libran Man

Picking out Mr Libra in a crowd is easy: he's the debonair, urbane culture-vulture, hobnobbing with those of power and influence while making sure he's being seen in the best light. Charming? You've never been so charmed. He has manners, he is attentive, empathizes with you and your problems. He can be politically correct and let you pay for dinner but he'd rather play the gentleman. Don't be fooled though, it's just his captivating ruse to gain control. You see, he is a Cardinal sign - ambitious and self-motivated - and he's also a narcissist, which means no matter how much he talks about sharing, his main concern is himself. He's also not the sexiest guy in the zodiac - he may have a passion for erotica but intimacy and hot, steamy exchanges are simply not his thing.

Who's For You

Librans can knit a relationship out of any wool! In other words, you can make a match with any of the twelve signs, however, you will tend to be most attracted to your Cardinal fellows - Capricorn, Cancer, Aries and Libra. To begin with you and Mr Capricorn form a mutual admiration society: he loves your classiness while you admire his drive and strength, yet in the long run he can turn into a control-freak, appearing stingy, leaden and uncommunicative. The Cancerian, with his sensitivity, mystery and dependability can also make a wonderful partner: the only thing to watch here is that both of you have a dislike of confrontation, so that unexpressed hurt and resentments may lead to a permanent frost on the relationship. Aries is another good match - he is dashing and colourful, passionate and disarming: he makes all the decisions and you are in charge of carrying them out entirely as you wish. What can you say about a Libra-Libra relationship other than it's a perfect reflection of you - the good, the bad and the ugly! Sagittarius and Leo are two other signs who bring out your best - and vice versa.

Your Stone

What you should wear in your wedding or engagement ring

Pink diamond, rose quartz, opal.

Life Love Money The Year Ahead for Libra

It has taken twelve long years for Jupiter to transit your sign but here it is - opening doors for you in 2017 and giving you some of the happiest moments you’ve had in many moons. For many Librans this happiness springs from your love life, but if you can marry your energy and focus to your desire you can achieve great things in other areas of life too. It is also worth starting ventures that will take years to complete because those things begun on a Jupiter transit have a far better chance of succeeding. Please overcome your tendency to procrastinate - go for your dreams in 2017 because it will be a lot tougher thereafter. Opportunities arise suddenly and where you least expect them - early March is one such time, late September another. Make the most of your fabulous stars.

Not only Jupiter - the Greater Benefic - but also Venus - the Lesser - come on side to help you find love, keep love and generally get your romantic act together. Venus will go to and fro in the relationship zone from 3rd February to 6th June - so if you ready to take the plunge, Easter could be the ideal moment. Plus, if you are partnerless, this same period could bring Mr or Ms Right into your life. Obey your impulses because they come from the right place and will guide you to make the correct moves. Not every Libran will be on the way to the wedding this year, however, and especially if you have a birthday towards the end of the sign, you may find love affairs are short-lived and the potential for a long-term relationship to break up - and with little forewarning - is quite high.

Librans can do very well in life once they put their minds to it, but that cocktail of procrastination and inertia can get in the way of real success. Now is not the time to put off till tomorrow what you can do today. If you have been toying with the idea of going self-employed or starting your own business, get moving in January. And if your job comes to an end or your income falls, see it as a spur to finding your entrepreneurial spirit. If you are thinking of buying or selling a property do so in the first half of 2017; from December Saturn will be influencing such things and it will be far more difficult to achieve your ends. Money-wise, you’re doing better but that sage advice - look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves - should be your mantra.

Penny Thornton

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