Today marks the end of Virgo's solar season and the start of Libra's. Paired with the fall equinox, this should be a refreshing change of pace. Libra is the final air sign of the calendar year and its influence over all of us is, arguably, the gentlest. Where Aquarius imbues us with icy, other-worldly feelings and Gemini whips us up into an energetic frenzy, Libra season mellows us out and makes us ready to mingle.
Of course, that doesn't mean Libran people are totally spared from some pretty unpleasant stereotypes about their sign.
Much like Libra Kim Kardashian, this sign is often characterized as shallow, flirtatious, and not much else. Of course, if you've spent more than five minutes with a Libra (or, should we be so lucky, Kim K herself), you already know there's more to them than that.
Ahead, we've rounded up and refuted four of the worst assumptions people make about Libras.
Libras may seem like they're magnetized for all the drama and scandal in a five-mile radius, but we promise they aren't actively seeking it out (usually, anyway). More often than not, Libras end up embroiled in conflict because they were trying so badly to avoid it. Represented by the Scales of Justice, Libras love nothing more than balance and peace — so, they're nearly allergic to confrontation. Their reluctance (if not outright refusal) to take a side out of fear of hurting someone can end up raising the stakes of an argument. Your Libran friend might not be the best person to hash out a problem, but they're more than happy to celebrate with you when a resolution has been reached.
Let's be real: It's incredibly easy to fall under a Libra's conversational spell. Effortlessly charming, they can make even the smallest of small talk feel intimate — but it's that same charm that tends to get them in trouble. Even if they're chatting with someone out of general, platonic interest, Libras' playful nature can get the better of them, leading them to come off as downright flirtatious. And, since air signs rarely get jealous, they don't see anything wrong with getting to know someone via a little innuendo. Just bear in mind that this is simply how they socialize — and it shouldn't have a major impact on your relationships with Libras.
We'd be lying if we said appearances didn't matter to Libras at all: They don't mind standing out from the crowd and love staying on top of the trends. Libras strive to seem approachable, which means spending a little additional time on how they're dressed and how they decorate their house — how else would they be able to expand their ever-widening social circle? But, that doesn't mean they'll drop you if you wear a stained shirt to their next dinner party. They're happy to have you for the stories you tell, not what you're wearing (for the record, if you get the feeling your Libran friend is a little too invested in their looks, this is what you should tell them).
If your Libran friend always seems let down by something, that's because some Libras are just too romantic, too optimistic, for the harsh realities of this world. They believe that, because they go through life with a clear sense of right and wrong, everyone else should comply with a strong set of morals, too. Of course, sometimes it feels like you're the one who's disappointing them. If a Libra in your life is holding you to an unfair set of standards, gently remind them that they don't need to be judge and jury all the time. Believe it or not, they might welcome the invitation to blow off a little steam.