“Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac” – Henry Kissinger
Many prime Libran virtues and vices find emblematic expression in the arena of international politics. In that world, high-minded talk of honour and principle provides diplomatic cover for the real work of building alliances based on shared interests and the pragmatic calculations of real politic. Such calculations may dictate of course that an enemy of your enemy becomes your friend if you can temporarily unite for mutual advantage, and Henry Kissinger quoted above, a Sun sign Gemini with Moon conjunct Saturn in Libra, was certainly a masterful practitioner of that dark art. Groucho Marx brilliantly captures the essential diplomatic ethos in this classic witticism: “These are my principles, if you don’t like them I have others.”
Librans are also attracted to the arenas of law and politics by the opportunities they provide to right the wrongs of discrimination and injustice. For example, Lech Walesa, the Polish trade unionist who played a key role in freeing Poland from the oppressive yoke of communism; Czech President Vaclav Havel; and Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian ‘great soul’, social reformer and leader of India’s independence movement. As a young lawyer in South Africa Gandhi experienced first hand the humiliation of racial discrimination and from then on fought relentlessly against it. In prosecuting that fight he developed the concept and practice of ‘Satyagraha’, or non-violent resistance, which he courageously and successfully employed in the struggle for Indian independence. True to Libra’s higher ideals, Satyagraha calls for the adversary to be opposed with love and respect rather than vengeful violence, for as Gandhi famously put it, “the policy of an eye for an eye will make the whole world blind”.
Other notable Librans from the world of politics include former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the so-called ‘Iron Lady’, who embodied the colder side of air sign Libra, where reason and principle rule over feeling values; ex US president Jimmy Carter; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Russian President Vladimir Putin; former and current UK Prime Ministers David Cameron and Theresa May; and former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Former US Presidents Bill Clinton and George W Bush also have strong Libran influence in their charts, as to a lesser degree do Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama.
Librans also shine as journalists and commentators on political and social life, where their aptitude for clear and intelligent analysis finds fitting expression. Influential US examples include the author of The Affluent Society, economist/diplomat J.K Galbraith; Walter Lippman, Gore Vidal, Arthur Schlesinger and Barbara Walters, while in Australia, Paul Kelly is a leading example.