Monday, September 22, 2014

Libra the Balancer

"Libra" by Mikalojus Ciurlionis

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function."
--F. Scott Fitzgerald, novelist and Libra

Many modern Pagans prefer to pick names based on astrological signs. Yes, I know I just finished doing a series of posts very similar to this on the old blog, but this time I'm not limiting myself to thirteen names. Llewellyn's Complete Book of Names by K. M. Sheard is an excellent resource for finding names to go with specific astrological signs, so if you want even more options than the ones I list here go find that book.

Today, the sun enters Libra (roughly September 22 to October 22). Libra's symbol is the scale. Traditionally scales are a symbol of justice, laws, and civilization. This gives some insight into the character of Libras. Libras are generally thought to be very sociable and peace-loving. They can be very idealistic and romantic. This is an air sign, so they are very good at communication. Libras strive for balance and will try to be everything to everyone. Unfortunately, this is how Libras can get a reputation for lying. They feel justified in not telling the truth so long as it doesn't rock the boat. Some people can be annoyed by their lack of directness and apparent unwillingness to stand for any one side.

Okay, this one is a little difficult in terms of rounding up names, but I'll do my best.

Balance/Harmony names:

Harmony
Atalanta ("equal in weight")
Concordia ("harmony")
Concord
Unity

Air names:

Bird
Birdie
Anemone
Zephyr
Sirocco
Breeze
Aria
Whisper
Vayu
Keanu ("cool breeze")
Boreas
Kite
Feather
Gossamer
Kestrel
Lark
Halcyon
Quill
Vox ("voice")

Time names:

September
Septima
Septimus
October
Octave
Octavia
Octavian

Green, Pink, and Purple names:

Lavender
Emerald
Esmeralda
Olive
Jade
Rose
Rosaline
Coralie
Forrest
Llinos ("green finch")
Pembe ("pink")
Violet
Midori ("green")
Plum
Lilac
Garden
Viridian ("green")

Attribute names:

Evander ("good man")
Placido ("placid")
Placida
Pax ("peace")
Paz
Salem ("peace")
Salome
Eloquence
Serenity
Serena
Stellan ("calm")
Pia ("pious")
Clemency ("mercy")
Clementine
Clement
Silence
Miran ("peace" or "world")
Frida ("peace")
Dragomir ("precious and peaceful")
Shanti ("quiet," "peace," "tranquility")
Belle ("beauty")
Aoife ("beauty")
Eulalie ("well spoken")
Shiloh ("tranquil")
Zola ("quiet," "tranquil")

Other ideas:

Opal
Caraway
Symphony
Clover
Sabin
Sabine
Lazarus
Isadora
Isadore
Isidro
Sonnet
Alma
Gita
Copper
Noah
Avalon
Tallulah
Echo
Pandora
Carmel
Rhiannon
Vashti
Absalom
Olivia
Columbus
Columbia
Myrtle
Urban
Rainer
Geoffrey

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