The Week of the Perfectionist
September 25 – October 2
Approximately 1-10 degrees Libra
Attractive, Exacting, Cool
Indecisive, Scathing, Repressed
The Libra 1 period takes the Perfectionist as its central image. This period can be likened in human terms to the years just following the midlife point when a new determination to integrate, direct and perfect specific areas of one’s life takes hold. The emphasis here is on self-improvement but also on the upgrading of ones lifestyle and social activities. Tending to problems, fixing things — in a word, maintenance — is particularly important at this time.
The days that comprise Libra 1 symbolically reveal the mature adult beginning to develop greater objectivity, verbal ability, application to his/her work, social skills and patience needed to carry through on long-range projects. Ideally, the individual now faces challenges with steadfast determination and learns how to solve the technical and psychological problems of life more effectively.
Libra I’s are often highly attractive personalities, yet they are not overly social ones. This can create problems for them, for although they have a great need to be in the limelight, they have a greater need to spend time alone. Many born in this week not really cut out for the public life at all, and some of them may give up a socially oriented career to spend more time on personal, private, anonymous enterprises. Indeed it is not at all uncommon for those born in this eek to work a quiet ordinary job, while devoting their real interest and energy to hobbies or other part-time endeavors.
Libra I’s have perfectionist tendencies, which may infuse every area of their lives with a desire to find out what’s wrong and try to fix it. This theme of putting things right reflects their knowledge and technical know how, and also their conviction that they know what’s best for those around them.
In their drive for perfection, Libra I’s are prone to apply their often mercilessly high standards equally to themselves and those around them. At the heart their perfectionism may well lie a voice from their childhood constantly telling them that they aren’t good enough. Their critical attitude can certainly run out of hand, and this can make them extremely difficult to live with. In areas of their daily live, from the work place to the kitchen to the bed room, Libra I’s may have checklists that they apply exactingly, leaving little room for failure or neglect on the part of the other person.
Do not be surprised if the hunger for perfection of Libra I’s sometimes drives them to become obsessive and compulsive. In an attempt to master their material, they may adopt overly rigid routines. Those involved with Libra I’s on a daily basis will appreciate their savvy but may come to resent their inability to leave things alone. “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it” is a lesson that all born in this week will have to learn sooner or later.
Insecurity drives those born in this week to be over achievers. They are extremely thorough in carrying out their plans, and in bring their activities to a successful conclusion. Thus, while they are often seen as highly successful, those around them do not always appreciate how unsettled their inner life actually is. Their inflexibility in laying down rules for themselves, and their refusal to compromise their ideals, puts them under tremendous pressure, which may drive them equally to success or to despair.
Libra I’s are usually intense personalities, capable of great achievements. Yet they can be torn by indecision, even spending years trying to make up their minds what course to follow. At times they may put so much time and exertion into a non-productive effort, perhaps a hobby or a relationship, that they leave themselves little time or energy for more positive endeavors. Highly challenged by problems, they may find it difficult to give up, fail or even admit that they have been wasting their time.
Libra I’s are usually quiet emotionally complex. They often give an impression coolness that masks a maelstrom of inner emotions. They have tendency not only to get bottle up inside but to resist the attempts of others to help them out. Mastery of their feelings is usually a high priority for them, the danger being that their conscious self-control may over time become unconscious repression, a difficult state to rectify. The challenge to penetrating the emotional core of these fascinating and challenging individuals may keep their intimates busy for a lifetime.
The Libra I inability to share or discuss their feelings at a deep level. however, may ultimately prove debilitating to any relationship. Those personally involved with Libra I’s would do best to keep feelings out in the open from the start, even to the point of insisting that those born in this week vent their emotions, whether positive and negative – not only happiness, joy and love but anger, jealousy, dislike and even hatred. Once both parties’ feelings are made known, and the air has cleared, issues of vital concern to each person can be reasonably discussed rather than being avoided.
Swings between over interest and disinterest may also have an adverse effect on the stability of Libra I relationship. Their lovers and mates may enjoy their sexual intensity but may ultimately need to withdraw a bit in order to establish a private space. On the other hand, those born this week are just as capable of ignoring those they live with, particularly when absorbed in their own work, leaving their partners a tad frustrated.
Libra I’s have a wry sense of humor and often a biting wit, which can express itself in many forms, but principally in irony and sarcasm. Their humor is not generally intended to hurt, however or even to make others laugh, but to make them think. Libra I’s can make scathing criticisms that may wound those close to them deeply, yet they probably don’t fully realize the emotional effects of their statements. If they want to live harmoniously with those who care for them, they must become more tactful and gentle in expressing their dissatisfaction.
Cultivate self-confidence. Beware of being too aggressive in your criticism of others — your bark can bite. Be consistent in your stance. Fight the impulse to procrastinate, but at the same resist interfering with things that work, even if they do not meet your expectations. Mistakes are part of playing the game.
Libra I Notables:
Glenn Gould, Groucho Marx, Brigitte Bardot, George Gerswin, Sting, Mark Hamill, Jimmy Carter, Donny Hathaway, Mahatma Gandhi, Marcello Mastroinni, Christopher Reeve, Samuel Adams, Meat Load, Ed Sullivan Jerry Lee Lewis