Libra is the seventh sign in the zodiac which represents the period between September 22 to October 23. The symbol associated with this sign is a balance scale which is said to further represent truth and justice. In some places, Libra is also represented by a woman holding a balance scale.
Libra is one of the four cardinal signs and one of the three air element signs in the zodiac, making the people born under this birth sign extremely idealistic. While you will find a lot of interesting facts about the Libra zodiac sign all across the internet, it is unlikely that you have come across all of them. In this post, we attempted to share with you some of the lesser-known facts about this zodiac sign. Some of these might be something that you already know but never noticed. We hope you have fun finding these.
1. Libra is the only astrological sign that has no mythological roots. While this statement is not entirely true, it is not entirely false either. Pretty much all the other eleven astrological signs have their roots in the mythology of some civilization. For example, Leo has its roots in Egyptian and Greek mythology in which it is associated with a goddess and the Nemean lion respectively. However, most people believe that Libra has its roots in the Roman civilization. The reason why we said this statement is not entirely true is that some people associate the Libra sign with the goddess Astrea. They believe that Zeus gave her a scale of justice which eventually went on to become the Libra sign.
2. Libra is the only astrological sign that is not represented by a living creature. This again is another grey statement since some people consider the Libra sign to be represented by a lady carrying a balance scale. However, we can all agree that the majority of people consider just the scale as the symbol of the Libra sign. We are sure you never thought of this one. The other signs in the zodiac are either represented by an animal, a mythological creature or humans.
3. The word Libra can be pronounced both as Lee-bra and Ly-bra. This is a rather controversial fact that might get on the nerves of some people. While it is generally pronounced as Lee-bra, the World Book Encyclopedia (Field Enterprises Educational Corporation) suggests that the correct way of pronouncing the word is, in fact, Ly-bra, the way we pronounce the word “library” or “lion”. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (Houghton Mifflin Company) also deems Ly-bra to be a correct pronunciation, however, it also suggests that both Ly-bra and Lee-bra are correct.
4. Libra is used as a unit of measurement. Don’t believe us? Have you wondered what the “lb” representing a pound stands for? Ah-ha! Generally, when people write or see the unit lb, they quickly articulate it as pound without giving it a second thought. After all, this is how we (people not using kgs) have been measuring weights since we first measured our body weight. This is second nature to us. We don’t think twice before using this unit. It must be clarified here that lb does not actually stand for libra. You can not say you’re 120 libras when asked about your weight. You still have to articulate it as pounds. Lb is only a derivation of the word Libra which represents a balance scale. It is in deference to the word and nothing more.
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