Libra dark sides are harder to clock onto because Libra are aware of how to brand themselves to look well. They are their own personal PR and branding team. They have gift of the gab & they’re charmers but this is because they care about others opinions of them (which is a dark side in itself). However with altering yourself to make you a likeable character, there will come cracks. The altering and the cracks resulting from it form the dark sides of Libra.
The first libra dark side which links to Just about every other dark side they possess, is their need for balance. Libra symbol is the weighing scales and they’re always balanced. They have a need for harmony but do not realise that their need for harmony is the reason for a lot of the chaos in their lives. They also don’t realise that they are the biggest contributors to chaos in their lives. Libra harmony and balance comes in the form of them being happy, getting what they want, and making sure everyone else is happy with them. Unfortunately their idea of making sure everyone else is happy includes a blissful ignorance of others while doing things that if people found out the truth of, they wouldn’t be happy. (But we’ll get more into that later)
Libra’s need for harmony comes from the fact they are lovers of fairness and justice. The dark side in this is that it can make them be very impartial and problematic. Imbalance in life is good thing. Someone seeking balance can find themselves giving good treatment to both good and bad people because of being unable to make solid firm decisions. Libra’s impartialness can leave people feeling like Libra has no loyalty and treating bad people good, while good people are being mistreated. But in Libra’s head, it’s fair everyone is treated equally regardless of the crime committed. It can lead to animosity and anger from others, plus distrust w many close friends questioning their loyalty.
Another way balance links into a dark side is Libra’s love of harmonious public appearance. Libra likes to appear like everything is going well and they have their shit together. It makes them more likeable and respected. Libra is an Air sign & Air signs are the communicators of the zodiac. Communication with others and popularity are something Libra’s seek. Most horoscope sites say Libra’s are popular and confident but this isn’t true. Many are very unpopular and insecure, worrying about the opinion of others and finding themselves being anxious in meeting new people and putting themselves out there. This is a libra who has likely lost friends or people in their lives. Their lack of balance has turned them into a social emotional wreck & incapable of finding their footing and ground. This is why it’s of heavy importance for a libra to feel valued and wanted, also popular. The dark side isn’t in their need for popularity but their double life. In longer relationships and family, libra have a life that’s separate from friends and outer appearance. To their family/long term relationships they’re more cold, strict and do not avoid conflict. Especially in long term relationships, certain stuff about them come to light that they may not be as innocent as they made out when they first got with you or they may not be as financially generous or financially stable with a bundle of debts or simply not as rich as they made out. These things were done as a purpose to woo someone and bring them in. The facade can only last so long as people in long term relationships start clocking after.
Their need for popularity has them also holding onto animosity and anger while remaining friends with people they’re not actually comfortable around. Libra can see someone has treated them wrong, complain about it to themselves or behind their back but remain friends with the person to their face. It can be somewhat fake even though the intentions aren’t bad, it’s just libra hates losing popularity and people. So they will uphold a fake smile and personality just to keep you around & not disliking them. If backed into a corner and unable to get you to like them, they attack. They feel unhappy and emotionally distraught. Like why don’t you like me? It becomes a thing where instead of simply taking it on the chin, they take it personally. Libra’s have a habit of taking anything negative towards them even if the intentions aren’t negative, personally. Cardi B, is an example. Her constant responses to hate online and incapability of ignoring it. It stems from a dislike of being disliked.
Harmony and balance once again links with another dark side. Blissful ignorance! Libra’s are happily ignorant and blissfully ignore the pain of others in order to not feel pain themselves. Libra’s are very emotional, although they act like they are tough. Their emotions want and crave harmony even within the emotions of others, so if a Libra hurt you. They will likely ignore that fact in order to make themselves not have to deal with the realisation that they indeed contributed to your pain. This is why Libra’s never accept anything or are filled with justifications. Libra is ruled by Venus, they enjoy pleasures and beauty and nice things. So clouding their vision with negativity, even if caused by then comes with denial and resistance. They need to look good for themselves and others. In result, when approached with something negative, Libra’s know they are capable of overthinking themselves into a dark place of depression, anxiety and sadness. Libra can’t stand to hate themselves or be hated. They also can’t stand to hear negativity even if they are the negativity. They will purposely come up with justifications as to why they did it and how it wasn’t their fault and everyone else was to blame. They can also take a more emotionally manipulative role and blame their upbringing or some-type of emotional past in order to get the sympathy vote and be excused of the blame. Another way they can avoid it is simply disappearing and not communicating with anyone negative until they’ve gathered their thoughts together and realise “I can’t avoid this”, then they likely come back and do one of the above or simply apologise to end the discussion so the negativity does not continue after. They can be judgemental and patronising when backed into a corner. Also very rude or aggressive especially if they have a fire sign in their Mercury/mars.
Another dark side is the self indulgent side of Libra. Libra has specific pleasures and dark Libra’s pleasures can come in the form of feeling powerful and perfect. They can do this is specific ways which cause some type of disruption to someone else’s harmony. The ego boot that comes from it makes them feel good and disregard the damage caused. A dark Libra can find themselves making friends with rich, popular people that they couldn’t care less about just to feel better about themselves. They can find themselves being in friendship groups for the sake of their status hopefully reflecting onto them. It’s very calculating and self interested.
Libra’s can do this in a relationship too. In relationships, Libra can leave someone or cheat on someone they love simply because they don’t fit the outer image they want to. If libra is dark they care a lot about society and their opinion, if their partner is deemed as undesirable or just not high on the social ladder. Libra may hide them or find themselves wandering around other people they don’t necessarily love but attracted to because they fit the standards of beauty and reflect well on them of they just admire them more than the person they admire. They want to be wanted and adored, so they’ll unlikely be the one to leave anyone in this situation and thus hurt and lie to a lot of people. If this isn’t seen in themselves they can find themselves living a lie and trying to impress a society that will never care and being unhappy chasing an unrealistic lifestyle.
The final dark side is their charm and lies. Libra’s are a cardinal sign so movement and sociability is important to them than most. They are amazing talkers and will talk themselves out of any situation. The problem with this is the fact that they can never openly tell you how they feel about you, a Libra hates conflict and will avoid telling you the truth of their distaste towards you. They will charm you into believing they want you even if that isn’t the truth. Simply because they know the truth will hurt you. Libra’s know the truth hurts them so they avoid telling others that. What they fail to understand is not everyone wants to live in blissful ignorance. Signs especially like earth and fire would rather be hurt with truth than comforted with a lie. So Libra’s can be seen as liars and hiders of true emotion. Especially if they see you’re hurt. They’ll tell you what you want to hear. When Libra’s are causing pain on others, rather than leaving it as that and leaving you alone. They’ll come back and be more aggressive in trying to keep you in their lives moreso in relationships. They won’t let go if you hate them because they can’t swallow that pill. They’ll chase you down and lie to you some more until you forgive them then they’ll be back to their usual business. This is why Libra’s can be seen as indecisive. To others it’s “how can you want me today and not want me all of a sudden tomorrow, make your mind up.” To them, they know they don’t want you, they just don’t want you to hate them so they lie to make you happy and keep you around. It’s once again selfish and self interested.
Libra dark side can be changed if they just accept not everyone’s going to like them and they don’t need to fit in with society to be liked. Being an outcast ain’t a bad thing and finding comfort and friendships in fellow outcasts can be way more comfortable and rewarding than chasing a life that is impossible and unrealistic. Love yourself and treat others with the respect they deserve. If you can’t, leave them alone.