“He who seeks for applause only from without has all his happiness in another’s keeping.” – Oliver Goldsmith
Before writing this piece, I found myself just staring at a blank piece of paper in my notebook. I was racking my astrological brain to come up with a Sun-Moon combination that had just as much potential to be popular, well-liked and charismatic as Libra-Leo. I’m not saying there are none, but I’m still pondering on the issue.
When pairing Libra and Leo in a solar/lunar blend we have an individual who is potentially just as interested in you, as they are interesting to other people. In Libra, we have the one who does the engaging, who draws you in by framing social encounters to your needs and speaks in terms of your interests. Leo is the celebrity. The star who basks in the glow of attention and affirmation while collecting fans and admirers like vintage coins.
In a birth chart, when the Sun is in Libra and the Moon is in Leo, there’s a primary motivation of interacting with the other. Libra Sun’s aren’t content with a mere half of the life story. In fact, they’re rather intrigued by opposing points of view. Their “fuel” or stimulus comes from sharing. Participating in the give and take, the mutual exchange, and the balance of recognizing themselves as a separate identity while perceiving how they’re viewed through the social looking glass. They want and need to know what they’re reflecting back.
Leo looks in the mirror because they want to know what they’re physical appearance is like, while Libra wants to know how they appear socially.
The Leo Moon uses the Libra Sun’s fuel to reflect a personality who needs to be admired, appreciated and acknowledged as being special. Most of all: validated. This individual is nourished through the acceptance of him or her as an authentic and creative human being. After all, putting their unique stamp and signature on life is something they’re highly motivated by, so why can’t they receive YOUR official endorsement? It’s only right.
When this combination lacks integration, it loses balance and starts to hyperextend in it’s desire to please and entertain. Libra is driven to be regarded as “nice”,polite, kind and just an overall good person. This psychological need can create co-dependency and an environment which encourages overly adaptive behavior. Where Libran “good deeds” are no longer aimed at mutual satisfaction, but rather to appease and placate. This dynamic combines itself with overt displays of Leoine attention seeking antics, which are motivated by a fear of losing the limelight, or just being seen as an ordinary mortal, as we all are at some time or another.
A constructive use of this blend can be expressed by mastering the art of timing.
Using social intelligence to follow nuances and queues which indicate when it’s time to perform, or “take it to the stage.” Consequently, when it’s really your time, you’re not stealing anyone’s light. Rather, you’re radiating yours. Your authenticity has the chance to shine through because you’re aware of your own value, which is too vast to be measured in dollars and cents. You can simply be yourself without having to chase “mass appeal.”
Your Theme song is “Mass Appeal” by Gang Starr. You can listen here: