Individuals born on the cusp of Libra (the seventh Sign of the Zodiac) and Scorpio (the eighth Sign of the Zodiac) are ruled by both Venus and Pluto. Here, the fair judgment of Libra adds intuition to the cool, precise skill of Scorpio. The end result is something quite remarkable…if care is taken in development. Coupled with the inherent Libra craving for excitement is the bold and pleasure-seeking Scorpio mind, which is strong in self-control and determination, standing ready to carry into action whatever seems worthwhile. However, the ability to turn ideas into accomplishments often produces a marked egotism among these cuspians, which is all the more reason why they should seek higher goals in culture, education and social life. Whatever is achieved by these individuals, they will cling to with much tenacity and they can easily drift into narrow-mindedness and unscrupulous behavior if not careful. These are souls who are easily flattered, particularly by popular acclaim, and flare into anger toward those who oppose their schemes. Yet, when intuition and judgment are developed to their fullest extent, these are not only dynamic persons, but ones who are endowed with the rare presence of mind customarily found in the fields of medicine and the military.
The Libra/Scorpio cusp combination, also known as the Cusp of Drama and Criticism, corresponds symbolically to the period of life at around the age of forty-nine, a time when the midlife period is ending and middle age is approaching. This period can be characterized by ten themes of Drama and Criticism. There is a heightened sense of the drama of life…both in a philosophical and personal sense…which leads to an increased awareness of the dynamics of an individual’s existence…both past and present. Thus, a highly crucial attitude emerges that cuts away careless generalizations and sloppy thinking, aiming for the essence of truth. Such an attitude may lead to profound changes in personal relationships, how leisure time is spent and, in general, a re-evaluation of a person’s place in the world. These cuspians possess large personalities which could prove too much for anyone to handle. Their influence not only dominates their immediate circle, but goes far beyond. Such influence is undoubtedly personal for these are indeed charismatic souls. Yet, there is a strong indication of the intellectual in this make-up. Ideas are normally well thought out and essentially highly developed. Libra/Scorpio cuspians usually have something to say on almost any subject and their penchant for preaching makes them very capable as teachers…whether professionally or informally…and their students will invariably come to depend heavily upon the Libra/Scorpio individual for guidance.
This cusp melds the airy (or mental) nature of Libra with the watery (or emotional) characteristics of Scorpio…not necessarily an easy task. Many times, the two aspects of this personality are at war with each other…the head guiding and the heart denying (or vice versa). Hence, these natives can find themselves in a deep dilemma when the intellectual and emotional clash. Periods of indecision associated with Libra may be broken by outbursts of aggression inherent in the Scorpio nature. Alternatively, the customary self-assured determination of Scorpio may be undermined by the Libra love of repose and tendency to procrastinate. Cultural awareness and a talkative nature will help these individuals to shine in any social situation and they are experts in communication and abstract reasoning. Yet, at times, the tensions and disappointments of life may prove to be overwhelming, so much so that those governed by this cusp may retreat into isolation. Therefore, Libra/Scorpio individuals benefit from physical exercise, fitness training, sound diets and all activities that promote healthy contact with the world at large, thereby lessening the unfortunate bent toward isolation. Mentally, these are perceptive and sharply insightful souls. However, they do possess a certain sense of personal infallibility coupled with a tendency to be overly critical. The disapproving or denigrating attitude of these cuspians can hurt those close to them, undermining the confidence of others in subtle ways. Friends and family will need to fight back against such negative expectations and predictions, not only to protect but also to liberate themselves, and those governed by this cusp should seriously consider learning how to back off, keeping their opinions to themselves, or even letting go of them completely.
Libra/Scorpio natives have a decidedly modern approach in many areas, but they also harbor an undeniable sense of tradition. This is particularly apparent in their devotion to parents and children, in whose lives they play a large role…sometimes a little too large. Still, that is not to say that these cuspians will readily accept the values of their parents. Indeed, it is usually quite the opposite. The attachment here is more emotional. After a normally stormy and rebellious adolescence, those born on this cusp often return to an extremely close relationship with their parents later in life. As responsible as the majority of those ruled by this cusp seem in most areas of everyday life, they possess a side which is undeniably wild and unpredictable. Dramatic and impulsive, they will fly in the face of society’s moral codes without hesitation, asserting their personal values or expressing themselves both cogently and flamboyantly. Even the mildest of individuals ruled by the Libra/Scorpio cusp tend to be somewhat exhibitionist…wanting and needing others to take notice of them. Here, the private life may well include a plethora of love affairs…a path strewn with the broken hearts of those with whom they have had relationships. The particular brand of charisma, impulsiveness, and mental prowess associated with these natives makes them formidable individuals. When it comes to involvements, they may be even more than a little dangerous given their natural talent for being seductive, attractive, commanding and intense.
Highly motivated and usually loyal, those governed by this cusp are often misunderstood and may be perceived as dictatorial or sarcastic. If there is an ulterior motive, they can indeed be overbearing, but normally in a subtle, sly or manipulative manner. These are individuals who are both mystical and scientific…a combination that results in high awareness of what is truly happening around them. Since this cusp is associated with a passionate nature, care should be taken to avoid self-indulgence or compulsion. In addition, there is no doubt that this blend of Signs has a tendency toward a definite lazy streak. Still, this is generally barely perceptible given the enjoyment of difficult pursuits that challenge these persons to excel…and they refuse to be anything less than the best. There may also be an affinity here for activities that allow them to get out into nature. Capable of extraordinary originality, Libra/Scorpio natives are clever in business and quick to seize an opportunity. Not necessarily bothered with any particular scruples, they appear not to hold the truth in the consideration it deserves, often surrounding their affairs with much secrecy and mystery. These cuspians are apt to suffer with rheumatism and nervous prostration. There may also be ailments of the back, kidneys and stomach.
The greatest strength of Libra/Scorpio cuspians is to be found in their drive for peace and harmony, coupled with a determination to see things through to the end. The natural skill for seeing all sides of a situation, coupled with enormous passion and great strength, makes this combination one of the most powerful characters of the Zodiac.
The most important lesson to be learned by Libra/Scorpio natives is to develop their natural ability to think and act promptly since there is a tendency here to delay things or mull them over for so long that it proves to be costly. As with all cusp individuals, these cuspians tend to be attracted to others born on the cusp.