Libra - Mirror Mirror on Snow White’s Door
When Snow White moves into her cottage and finds that she isn’t alone, we are looking at a Libra mind gone a little mad. The 7 dwarfs represent projections of herself, and Libra is the ruler of the 7th house, the reflective and elusive hall of mirrors. She thinks other people are threatening, or rejecting, or beautiful, and yet these are figments of her own essence revealing themselves in the outer world because she doesn’t know these feelings belong to her. The Evil Queen stands before the enchanted mirror and asks who is the fairest of them all, interesting because The Venus glyph displays the image of a handheld mirror. And sometimes the Libra looks into the mirror expecting an answer, because the person standing there can seem like such a mystery. The Queen and Libra’s own experience demonstrate the danger of the Libra mirror and its tendency seduce vanity and dilute identity. The dwarves were another feature of this mirror, and the 7 emotions and characteristics on display. Snow White was a Libra who did not know how to accept her happiness (Happy), was ashamed at her bashfulness (Bashful), embarrassed by her bodily functions like sneezing (Sneezy), suppressed her grumpy moods (Grumpy), distances herself from her dreamy sleepy state (Sleepy), was humiliated by her momentary airy dazes (Dopey), and fears harnessing her leadership (Doc). These sensations, qualities, and emotions that are inherent to her nature become features on the faces around her. And the Libra’s urgency is to create union and relationship, unbeknown that she is forming these relationships with herself. Libra is socially consuming because she must observe these qualities in other people before she recognises them in herself. Until then, there is the feeling of quicksand in her being, a lack of internal continuum and structure that can make her directionless and fearful. In no real direction she spins deliriously, meeting different dwarves everyday, operating without true value. But Snow White was beautiful because she knew how to love. This capacity to love is what truly enraged the Evil Queen. This is why she demanded Snow’s heart, and this is the only constant in Libra, the pure frequency of love, the heart they have inherited from Venus. In the Queen’s mirror, Snow White reflected the qualities of love, generosity, and sweetness that she had banished from her being, the very quality of Libra.
(art: kurtis rykovich)