Libra Decan 1 is ruled by the Moon. The Sun saunters through the constellations of the Herdsman, the Dragon, Berenice’s hair, the Virgin, and the Great Ship from September 23 to October 3. The combination of the popular moon and charming tropical Libra gives us the zodiacs courtesans, diplomats and artists. These people are adept and bringing peace and harmony into the most fraught situation.
They have a reputation of being the good guys, your best friend in the whole world, the one who you can call at 3am in the morning and a softly spoken voice will say “That’s fine hon.” Are they perfect? Not quite. Like all the decans there will be a negative side, all this sugary sweetness can give one diabetes. The ironic thing about Libra decan 1 is that sometimes their push for peace can attract very aggressive and mean mates. Either that or violence just seems to blow up around them for no reason at all. Libra has a horror of arguing, they don’t like to offend, so they tell lots of little white lies, and I mean lots….The danger is that they could all become one big fat lie which then will reveal itself at just the wrong moment. When this happens our perfect Venus turns into her nemeses. Eris!! What, the ugly goddess of discord in our perfectly balanced and aesthetically lovely Libra? This is Libra’s shadow of course, but Eris is just as much a part of Libra as Venus. Just as the 7th house is both partners and open enemies.
Libra decan 1 tend to get involved with triangular relationships. Deep down they may actually prefer the lifestyle of the “other woman/man”, whether they realise it or not. Think about it Libra? Don’t you just love spending hours getting ready for that important date? Luxuriating in a scented bath, buying special silk underwear, wining and dining in obscure out-of-town restaurants and then the desperately romantic, “when-will-I-see-you-again?” lovemaking at the end of the night. The clock strikes midnight and free-spirit Libra flies back to their peaceful solo nest. This is where our lovely Librans get accused of betrayal and other nasties. They can’t help but fall in love with love. So are branded philanderers, Casanovas and erm, harlots. A hot-blooded and promiscuous Aries will gladly admit they are sex mad. Our demur Libran on the other hand, is deeply upset by the notion of ever being called a “Slut” or “Player”. They maintain that they were deeply in love with each and every soulmate, which is different…
The reason Libra decan 1 may say they want conventional marriage is because they loathe being the odd one out. Being the only singleton in a roomful of couples is hell for them. They can also become fashion victims because of it their almost pathological need to fit in (Harmony again..). Being in with the in-crowd gives them a real sense of self worth. That also means getting into the right university or intellectual set. They look in the mirror a lot. Not because they are particularly vain, but because they are so darn insecure about their appearance. Is their face symmetrical? They wrongly think that if they are less that perfect, people will hate them. Lord, these people can be the biggest snobs on the planet. Luxury and indulgence are big in Libra decan 1. The Moon ruling here loves to eat and will often comfort eat if they are feeling lonely. It is also very sensual here, relishing in expensive perfumes and silk sheets. There’s nothing these folk love more then browsing around antique markets or assessing the quality of the fabrics in retro clothes shops. Lastly, beauty products….These folk must have the best stocked boudoirs in the zodiac. Male and female.
Libra decan 1 are big collectors They look after their treasures as if they were their children, lovingly dusting and organising them into aesthetically pleasing patterns. Their collections are never junk, but classic, rare items that have quality and history to them. They seek out and preserve these specialities, before they are lost forever in our fast food, high speed, cyber-centric world. Libra decan 1 could own a wonderful specialist library or a collection of fine wines, (Vindematrix is the grape-gatherer). It would be something that becomes more rarefied with age. Libra decan 1 appreciates nostalgia, they like to see things ferment and mature over time. They are not in much of a hurry to do anything. Nice and easy does it. One thing Libra Decan 1 has to watch out for is defaulting to putting a relationship above all else, even when its a lousy one. The ironic thing, as I said earlier, is that they need freedom more than they think. As a result they may envy and resent their opposite number Aries for being bold and selfish enough to say “No” to unwanted advances. Libra is inclined to sleep with someone because they bought them dinner…
Libra decan 1 Fixed Stars
Libra 2º 36’ ~ Theta Bootes in Bootes the Herdsman. 4.6
Libra 3º 23’ ~ Nodus I in the body of Draco the Dragon. 3.2
Libra 4º 23’ ~ Beta Coma Berenice in Coma Berenices, Berenices hair. 4.3
Libra 4º 31’ ~ Zaniah in the the left arm of Virgo the Virgin. 4.0
Libra 4º 57’ ~ Edasich in Draco the Dragon. 3.5
Libra 5º 20’ ~ Tureis in the keel of Argo Navis the Great Ship. 2.2
Libra 6º 58’ ~ Lambda Bootes in Bootes the Herdsman. 4.2
Libra 8º 57’ ~ Diadem in Coma Berenices, Berenices hair. 4.3
Libra 9º 56’ ~ Vindemiatrix in the right arm of Virgo the Virgin. 3.0
Stars Nodus I and Edasich fall in the constellation of Draco, this is the dragon that guards the golden apples in the garden of the Hesperides. “Draco gives an artistic and emotional but somber nature, a penetrating and analytical mind, much travel and many friends but danger of robbery and of accidental poisoning.” It also said to be the point where two meteor showers radiate from in January and March every year. Bernadette Brady says this constellation actively guards and protects. We also find Draco in Virgo decan 1 where it is more conservative. I think the dragon has a different flavour here in cardinal Libra. It is like it’s fiercely defending treasure from being raped and pillaged, working to preserve sacred wisdom, like a Libra-rian. The apples are a symbol of Eris and her occult knowledge. There might be a deliberate holding back of these mysteries because of the power they confer. Draco ensures the recipient must be sufficiently evolved before handling such a potent weapon.
We have two stars in Coma Berenice, Berenices hair. “It is said to give a suave and well-bred manner, with great personal charm, but to lead to an idle and dissipated life. There is some love of, or ability for the stage.” The most notable star is Diadem, which is in the garland. A Diadem is also a small tiara. The myth goes that Berenice, wife of Ptolemy Euergetes offered up her hair to Venus to insure the safe return of her husband from war. “Diadem can suggest a self-sacrificing person who is motivated by love for another. In that sacrifice the person can find great strength and dignity.”  Brady says this star does not chase fame or seek recognition for what they do, they work purely out of devotion and dedication to their craft. One thing I think they have to be careful of is completely cutting off their intuitive and creative powers for the sake of another human being. The ancient name for this constellation was simply Coma “The desired one” and is depicted as a mother and her child, the seed. It is placed near Virgo’s sheath of corn. Motherhood of course is also an example of self- sacrifice for the love of the child. So even if the imagery has changed the essence is the same.
Zaniah is found in the left arm of the Virgin “It gives refinement, honor, congeniality, order and a lovable nature.” Generally it seems to give a talent for negotiating peace and diplomacy. You can certainly see strong tropical Libra attributes here as well as the Mercury/Venus nature attributed to it by Ptolemy. Eric Mores notes “The name must bring a smile to astrologers who often associate Mercury with money and Venus with love, and Ptolemy having put the money first for Zaniyah means “Adulteress” or “Harlot”. We have seen how Virgo has had such a reputation in past times, having been Lilith and Ashtoreth as much as more honored ladies like Mary.” I think the influence has bled into tropical Libra now, one thinks of the refined and cultured Geisha girl or the 18th century courtesan as being very Libra decan 1. In fact in the celebrities below there are a few sex workers.
Despite Tureis being the brightest star in this decan it has no separate interpretation. The ship is such a vague constellation, far up in the poles, and has been split into three separate parts. But “the Arabians’ Turais, probably referring to the ornamental Aplustre at the stern of the Ship.” So here we see the Libran appreciation for beauty, harmonious proportions, art and decoration.
There are two minor stars here in Bootes the herdsman. The constellation “is said to give prosperity from work, strong desires, a tendency to excess, a fondness for rural pursuits, together with some liking for occultism.” Bootes is the custodian to the animals in his keep, whether they be the hounds, the bear or the sheep so we have more guardianship here. Bootes is supposed to be Arca, son of Zeus and Callisto who was transformed into a bear by jealous Hera. Calisto is said to be Ursa Major, the bear he watches over. Bootes is also said to represent Icarus the father of Erigone (Virgo) who follows.
Vindematrix is found in the right wing of the Virgin. “It gives falsity, disgrace, stealing, wanton folly and often causes its natives to become widows.” It’s name means the grape gatherer. It does not seem to be a fortunate star since it seems to highlight the negative mythology behind Virgo in general. Virgo is thought to represent Erigone, who hung herself with grief at the death of her father. She is Ceres, who mourned the loss of her daughter Persephone. Some say Virgo is Astraea who sided with the gods against her father, so now we have betrayal here too. Morse says Vindematrix “is also known as ‘The Widow Maker’. It frequently marks the death of one’s partner. It figures strongly and regularly in deaths which are in some way dramatic, newsworthy or are resented in much more than the usual degree by those left behind (assassinations, common criminal murders, executions, airline disasters etc.)”  The Ebertins highlight the potential of tropical Libra’s strong intellect associated with the air element. “this star with its Saturn-Mercury nature is said to help mental concentration and to promote the type of native who engages for architects and businessmen. Tied up with Mars, it results in increased power of thought, tending sometimes to sarcasm and polemics.” 
Libra Decan 1 Celebrities
Sun: Mohandas Gandhi, Silvio Berlusconi, Julia Gillard, Jimmy Carter, Michael Douglas, Ian McShane, Christopher Reeve, Brigitte Bardot, Heather Locklear, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Olivia Newton-John, Julie Andrews, Sting, Marc Bolan, Bryan Ferry, Bruce Springsteen, Avril Lavigne, Cecil Womack, Dmitri Shostakovich, Linda McCartney, Peter Blake, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T. S Elliot, Andrea Dworkin, Fred West, Dolly Neimans, Barbara Plekker, Pebbles Santiago, Cher/Sonny Davison
Moon: Walt Disney, Mel Gibson, Burt Reynolds, David Essex, Sid Vicious, Johnny Lydon, Benny Anderson, Belinda Carlisle, Shania Twain, Julian Lennon, Maria Von Trapp, Patty Hearst, Michael Nesmith, Pauline Collins, Agatha Christie, Henri Toulouse- Lautrec, Golda Meir, Diana K Rosenberg, Patrick Moore, Cyril Fagan, Billie Jean King, Prince Charles/Princess Diana Davison.
Ascendant: Bill Clinton, David Cameron, Christopher Lee, Harrison Ford, Denzel Washington, Leonardo Di Caprio, Rock Hudson, Omar Shariff, Rudolph Valentino, Tatum O’Neal, Sonny Bono, Yoko Ono, Britney Spears, Cat Stevens, Ferdinand Marcos, Janet Street-Porter, Lee Miller, Walter de la Mare, Annie Sprinkle, Pitt/Jolie Davison.