Libra Ascendant automatically implies Aries on the Descendant. This suggests that in order for us to present ourselves boldly and assertively out into the public (i.e. Aries on the 7th cusp), we must first learn to act with diplomacy.
Diplomacy isn’t about saying nice things about others despite how you feel – that’s dishonesty. It is an art of being truly considerate of others: mature Libra personality develops an awareness of how his/her words and actions affect the energy of the whole interaction (whether in one-on-one relationship or a room full of colleagues.) This means you can stay quiet in order to save someone from embarrassment; or to acknowledge someone that you notice is feeling a little left out.
Once Libra rising masters the art of diplomacy, he is then able to assert his views courageously, because he knows how to speak well without unnecessarily offending other people’s feelings. This is a formidable resource.
Bill Clinton has used his Libran energy to the fullest in winning over American public – even after the sex scandal, he still remains very popular and well respected – a magic of diplomacy! Not only does he have a Libra rising, he also has FOUR planets in Libra in his 1st house, including Mars-Neptune (charisma) conjunct Ascendant, and Venus and Jupiter! This makes Clinton a veritable powerhouse of diplomacy and social charm, and he is still a force to be reckoned with in today’s political landscape.
Comedian, TV host and political commentator Bill Maher also has Libra rising – I believe this gives him enough social savvy to make his bold, controversial views (He has Mars in Sagittarius, meaning super-strong opinions) somehow more acceptable by the public – otherwise he might not have enjoyed the level of success that he has.
Libra is ruled by Venus, and the placement of Venus is important in shaping the self image of Libra Ascendant person: Maher has Venus square Mars-Saturn in Sagittarius, hence the need to blend his combative political (Saturn) opinionation with social poise and intelligence. Clinton has his Venus in Libra (its own sign), conjunct Mars-Neptune, so again, charisma and social charms all the way.
For those wanting to work on honing their Libran skill, I recommend reading a series of delightful Diplomacy Quotes. Enjoy!