TL;DR- Libras are born from September 23 to October 22. They are charming individuals who value beauty and peace, and they try to make a harmonious life for themselves. They seek justice and balance in all things, and they often find themselves mediating disputes and finding solutions to problems. The dark traits of Libra include being judgmental and bossy, and they sometimes try too hard to make people see things their way although they mean well. They can go out of their way too much for people who have not proven themselves trustworthy, and they care deeply about making the world a better place. Libras have their own zodiac flowers they can use to make these magical traits even more powerful, including Tea Roses, Morning Glories, and Daisies. Join us to read all about them!
Known for their long stems, crisp, elegant blossoms, and lovely fragrance, tea roses were first created in China and quickly spread to France and then England. Hybrid tea roses were introduced from a cross between hybrid perpetual roses and tea roses, and the hybrids are now the most popular form of garden rose worldwide. They have one blossom per stem, and they are fast growing roses, reaching up to eight feet tall in their first few years of growing. Removing spent blossoms immediately ensures these roses continue to bloom late into the year, and they will come back every year if they are protected during the coldest months.
In myth and lore, roses have great meaning. In Islam, the sweet smell of roses symbolizes the soul and if you can smell roses, but there are no roses around, it means the divine or angels are near. Some Catholics say they smell roses after praying to Mary the mother of Christ or saints. To some Christians, roses represent spiritual purity and belief that the human soul was uncorrupted before original sin in the Garden of Eden. Roses were sacred to the goddess Isis and were used as offerings to her and were added to funerary wreaths. Isis was one of the most devoted lovers and a compassionate mother goddess who was looked to for healing.
Libras can use roses in their magic a number of ways. They can add dried rose petals to teas or desserts to comfort somebody who is dealing with grief or illness, and roses can be used in prayers to mother deities like Isis for healing. Get a vase of roses as an offering for Isis and place them next to a candle that is pink which represents compassion and light a stick of rose incense. Ask Isis to bless the candle and incense with healing power. Bring the individual who needs healing to the candle and incense, walk in a circle around them with the blessed candle and say, “Be thou healed in the name of the goddess.” Then do the same with incense, praying for guidance of what things to do to improve the person’s health. Listen for answers during the rite and follow any instructions you and the person requesting healing receive.
Native to the Americas, parts of Asia and Africa, these lovely flowers can be planted from seed and thrive in their first year. Morning glories open in the morning, and grow well in the bright sunshine, living up to their name, although surprisingly, a couple of morning glory species bloom at night! They grow easily and quickly from seed, vining up structures to create canopies of shade from the hot sun, and they self-seed nicely. Train them up garden arches or even lattices but be careful where you plant them because they can spread and give you more vines of brilliant flowers than you expected.
The fact these grow on vines attaching themselves means they are associated with emotional attachments and love. Certain species of morning glories were used as a laxative in ancient China, but the amount given was small, because too much can create hallucinations. The intoxicating effect of morning glories was used by some South American priests to connect with the gods, and they were planted to grow up buildings to help keep interiors cool in hot weather. Morning glories are believed to help prevent nightmares. In ancient Japan they were used as a gift between lovers and to the Victorians morning glories symbolized unrequited love. A Chinese folktale speaks of lovers who were separated because they angered the gods, but like the morning glory climbs far, very quickly, the lovers found a way to be reunited.
Libras can use morning glories in love magic, especially in keeping a connection with your lover in a long-distance relationship. Take a bag of morning glory seeds and divide the seeds into two different envelopes. Mail one envelope of the seeds to your lover and save one envelope of the seeds for yourself. You can both plant your morning glory seeds and use the power of the plants as one way to stay connected until you are reunited. As the flowers grow, reaching up towards the sun, their energy will reach out to both of you and help keep your hearts connected.
The name daisy comes from “day’s eye” because the blossom opens during the day and closes at night. There are over 40 different species of daisies with thousands of cultivars, and they are native to parts of Europe and Asia, but now grow wild on every continent but Antartica. Some daisies have a yellow center with white petals, and others have purple, yellow, pink, red, or orange petals. At least 100 million years ago, daisies offered a good pollen source for bees and birds, who in turn distributed their seeds and pollen, thus spreading the flowers far and wide. Now they grow in fields and meadows as well as gardens where people value the fact that they come back every year.
The daisy is the Norse goddess Freyja’s sacred flower, and it represents new beginnings, childbirth, and becoming a mother. Freyja is, after all, the goddess of beauty and love, and daisies were given as gifts for new mothers. Daisies are used in love spells for long term love and to help bring lovers back together again. They can be used in divination, plucking a petal one at a time saying “He loves me” for one petal and “He loves me not” for the next. When the final petal is pulled, the flower will have revealed whether he loves you or not. Daisies are also used in protection magic, most especially for children.
Libras can protect themselves and their loved ones with daisies. Hang a picture of daisies beside a child’s bed while they are sleeping or place dried daisies in a sachet underneath their pillows. Planting daisies around the house, especially near doorways and windows, can protect against negativity and malevolent spirits. Send a potted daisy plant or a bouquet of daisies to somebody who you still love when you want to get back together, or better yet, take the daisies to them in person, and express your love to them.
There are over 30 different kinds of the lovely cosmos flower with possible colors ranging from white, pinks, purples, or yellows, and they are native to Mexico. They are drought tolerant plants and some species of them grow over six feet tall while some species are much smaller, growing only a foot tall. They grow well from seeds and have to be replanted every year. They have naturalized across North America and were accidentally introduced through horse feed to Africa during the Anglo-Boer War. Cosmos were named by Spanish priests because of the evenness of their petals, and they said they reminded them of the order and harmony of the universe.
Cosmos symbolizes harmony, orderliness, and organization. They symbolize peace and clear communications. They are used in magic to help lead a balanced life. They have been used to help treat malaria by indigenous South Americans and were at one time used to make popular yellow dyes. Libras seek balance in all aspects of their lives, and anytime they feel that balance is thrown off, cosmos flowers can help to balance things. Place a vase of cosmos next to your bedside and say a prayer to the cosmos to speak to you in dreams, showing you what needs to be done to balance things. Repeat this every night until you dream about the answer. Dried cosmos or cosmos seeds can be used for this magic if fresh cosmos are not available.
The fragrant peony is native to Asia, parts of North America, and Europe. Worldwide, there are about 40 species of peonies, but over 6,000 different cultivars. In ancient China, they were grown as a food flavoring and to use in medicine. In the Tang Dynasty they were grown in imperial gardens and by the tenth century, Louyang became the center of production of peonies in China. Close to that time, peonies were introduced to Japan and by the Edo period, the Japanese were developing new kinds of peonies. They are now grown because of their beauty all over the world.
Some kinds of peonies are brewed into a fragrant tea and others are made into a treatment for convulsions. Peonies take a long time to establish themselves although they bloom for many years once they have, and thus, peonies represent bashfulness although the beautiful peony has nothing to be bashful about. The flower was named after the talented Paeon, student of Asclepius, Greek god of healing and medicine. The god became jealous of Paeon and wanted to punish him for his talents, but Paeon was rescued by Zeus, who turned him into the beautiful peony flower. Peonies symbolize healing, in honor of Paeon, but they also symbolize beauty, and abundance.
Librans can use peonies in their personal healing magic. Dried peony petals can be placed in bowls so you can absorb their natural healing abilities. Fresh peony petals can be sprinkled in the garden or over the doorstep of the home for healing. Simply sprinkle fresh peony petals over your doorstep, and step over them into the house. Doing this with the peonies will magically help to remove negativity while you are working with your doctors to be physically cured. Although traditional medicines use peonies, unless you are trained as a professional, and know exactly what species of peony you have, ingesting peonies can cause stomach issues and are toxic to pets.