Ascendant and Identity (8) Libra Rising – The Courageous Diplomacy

Element: Air – Social and intellectual activities strengthen the self image.
Mode: Cardinal – Need to be proactively initiating projects and relationships in order to feel right about oneself.

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!

About Hiroki Niizato

Hiroki Niizato is a professional consulting astrologer in Florida, serving clients in US and abroad. He has been practicing astrology professionally since 2001. Hiroki is a highest honor graduate of the demanding Master’s Degree Certification Course in Astrology by Noel Tyl.

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  1. António Rosa says:

    Hi Hiroki

    Nice texto about diplomacy’s Libra. I have my Libra in 6th cusp. The diplomacy in working place with my authos. I am publisher of books for new age.

    Many thanks for my link in your blog. What a surprise. I apeciate so much.

    Tudo de bom


  2. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Thanks Antonio,

    You’re most welcome…Although I can’t read your blog I see the sense of humor in the photos :)


  3. Hello Hiroki,

    Thanks for the great insight on how to make the best of your Libra rising, I have that placement as well. I do have a little of an inner conflict with it because of my Pluto conjunct ascendant and my Venus being in Leo, could you please shed some light into what it would mean for the Libra rising to have Venus in Leo and in the 11th house?

    Thanks in advance!


  4. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Hi Evan,

    Thanks for the comment. The challenge will be to refine the expression of theatrical, emotional power that you have, so that it will be expressed in a pleasant way that makes other people feel good. This way you won’t have to be intimidating or threatening to others.

    Hope it helps,

  5. wow, thanks Hiroki! this is truly one of my favourite blogs.

    I can see how I have a tendency to act just that way, where I dont really mean to intimidate people but more to..entertain them? (for lack of a better word), I have a last question if you dont mind; like I said before my Pluto conj Ascendant (plus being in the 1st house as well..) somehow opposes to my inclination of expressing the pure Libra rising qualities. Ive tried to find a compromise to deal with both energies but it sometimes feels as if I have the choice to act upon ONLY one of them at a time, for instance if I choose to act “totally” Libra rising when meeting people I’ll be feeling bad afterwards because the experience will feel as fake (which the Pluto doesnt want) and if I choose to be secretive, quiet and mysterious when around other people, then I’ll feel bad afterwards as well because I basically just want to get along. Sorry for making this so long btw, but do you understand my dillema? could you please enlighten me in ways to deal with both energies so I dont feel guilty afterwards? anything you want do add, I’d love hearing it. Thank you very much in advance.


  6. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Hi Evan,

    You seem to have a good handle on understanding the two energies – I know synthesizing them can be a challenge!

    Give me a little time, and I might be able to write a post on this.


  7. Pretty Pisces says:

    Hi, Thank you for the article!!

    I have LIBRA RISING (8 degrees) with Saturn/Jupiter conjunction (7deg)

    SUN 23 Libra (1st house) quincunx SUN

    BML is 9deg. Libra too!!

    My VENUS in PISCES (H6) CONJUNCT *sun & mars* (ALL squaring moon & Neptune). An astrologertold me that Neptune is the MOST aspected PLANET in my chart *6 times*

    Anger is something that is VERY difficult for me to display or even acept in my personality. Evenif someone HURTS/OFFENDS me, I wan to be (play) Miss NICE. It might also be a my STRONG PIsces/Neptune influence. I am SO empathetic that it worries me that others view me as a complete door mat…I will ALWAYS standup forthe UNDER DOG, however.

    Very few people know the BITCHY side of me. Like everyone else, I DO have a breaking point but it takes a VERY long timefor it to surface.

    Anyways, thank you for writing this. very helpful.

  8. MovieBuff says:

    Great write-up about Libra rising, Hiroki! I completely agree… as a Libra ascendant diplomacy is therapeutic. I recently read the book ‘Negotiation for Dummies’ by Michael C. Donaldson (himself a Libran) and it resonated with me like nothing else.

    Can you please discuss more about the aspects made by natal Venus for Libra rising people (like you have done for other rising signs)…. Also, I would love to know what happens when a planet ruling the AC is also aspected to it. For example, Venus (ruling my AC) is conjunct my IC and square my AC. What would this mean to you?

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