Libra is one of the four signs of the Zodiac that isn’t represented by an animal. It’s also the only sign in the Zodiac that isn’t represented by a living thing at all – Libra is The Scales of Justice, an inanimate object that nevertheless carries great significance to the human experience.
Although this sign is not represented by an animal, that doesn’t mean that there are some animals being a perfect spiritual guide for the Libra.
In this article, we’ll talk about 3 Libra spirit animals and how they can guide and inspire the Libra zodiac sign.
What Are Libra Spirit Animals?
Libra is a sign that loves to have everything right in its perfect relationship. Ruled by Venus, they enjoy the essence of Venus that is relating; making things beautiful, bringing elements together to create beautiful spaces, designs, clothes, art, and relationships, and leaving room for every possible iteration – which can lead to perceived indecisiveness.
Less indecisive than open-minded, Libra, as an air sign concerned with relating on a deeper level, simply has the ability to see the value in many different options.
Libra also has a strong sense of what is right and wrong, and though they have a reputation for being a bit of a Devil’s Advocate, is a strong voice for justice. The thing is, Justice can’t play favorites.
Therefore, it is no surprise that there’s an array of choices to select from when determining the Libra Spirit Animal.
Each one has its own special quality that can act as a guide for the Libran, as well as help others relate and understand the Libran energy.
With that being said, let’s take a look at the Libra Spirit Animals!
1. The Grey Wolf
The Grey Wolf is one of the most popular Libra Spirit Animals. It’s easy to see why – wolves rely on every member of their pack in order to survive. Every member of the pack has an important function and relationship to every other member.
Relationships are one of the most integral functions of a person’s life, and wolves are a symbol and spirit guide for relationships for everyone, not just Libras.
Slow and Steady Wins the Hunt
While Taurus is mostly known for being the slow and steady sign, Libra, as its Venus-ruled counterpart, can fall into this category as well.
For all parts to work smoothly, time must be taken. A quick fix might leave loose ends, and Libra doesn’t do well with loose ends.
In a similar way, wolves are marathoners, not sprinters. They’re able to run at a steady pace for hundreds of miles overnight in pursuit of prey, and while their relentless drive to obtain food for their family doesn’t always result in success, if it did, the delicate balance of the ecosystem they live in would be upset, causing everything to go awry.
Hanging in the Balance
Wolves, and indeed, all apex predators, are an integral part of any ecosystem. When wolves were hunted to extremely low population levels, the deer and elk populations rose in greater numbers.
They ate so much of the vegetation that there were no longer root systems to keep the banks of the rivers and streams intact, causing massive erosion and the entire landscape to change.
When the landscapes changed, suddenly there were fewer resources for other animals of the forest. When the wolves were reintroduced, and deer populations were kept in check, the balance of the ecosystem was restored, and the forest and all its inhabitants flourished again.
There is an important lesson here about the kind of justice and balance Libra represents. While predators killing prey might be seen as something ‘bad’, it is actually necessary. There is more death without it. Libra isn’t always concerned with what is ‘bad’ or ‘good’, but what is Right.
Wolves communicate with each other and establish relationships via body language. As a Libra spirit animal, they represent sensitivity and receptivity. Sometimes people give off subtle clues about what they think without saying anything, and Libra is particularly good at picking up these clues.
It is also important for Librans to remember, however, that they cannot always tell what somebody is thinking based on their body language, and as humans, our particular built-in mode of communication, rather than subtle changes in scent, chin licking, tail movement, and ear position, is: talking to each other.
It’s learning the unique ways of communicating and speaking to different people where Libra, and indeed all air signs, shine.
Wolf Like Me
The grey wolf is an elegant, beautiful, and awe-inspiring creature, not unlike the zodiac sign it has much in common with, Libra. Libra can learn patience, receptivity, and relating with others through the guidance of the grey wolf spirit animal.
What other Libra traits do you think grey wolves exemplify?
2. The Rabbit
Now, let’s jump to almost the exact opposite end of the spectrum (very Libra) and look at another Libra spirit animal, the rabbit.
Rabbits are gentle, yet they like what they like and aren’t afraid to make it known. They’re extremely sensitive, to the point where they seem conflict-avoidant to a fault. They like to be around others and are very affectionate, and value partnership and family – not unlike the wolf.
Rabbits are well known for one thing – fertility. They’re a symbol of fertility in many religions, and as a Venus-ruled sign, are well-positioned then as a Libra spirit animal.
Libra is concerned with relationships of all kinds, but particularly partnerships. Rabbits can sometimes stay partnered for life, but more often they will mate with any rabbit nearby. Libra often likes to have their choice of partners when they are young, but ultimately, for many, they are looking for their true mate, someone they deem worthy to be partnered for life with.
They just don’t always find that person until later in life and have their fun while they can. Libra is a very friendly and affectionate sign and takes their relationships seriously, even if they seem to go through them like water. And, like rabbits, for some Libras, when they find the one, that is The One, they will settle down for life. There’s no one way to be a rabbit. Or a Libra!
Chasing two rabbits
There is a saying about rabbits that can sum up an aspect of the Libra experience quite well. “The man who chases two rabbits catches neither.” What this essentially means is that you can’t pursue every goal.
For Libra, making up their mind can be challenging. They see the value in many different options, and can be loath to choose just one, for fear of choosing the “wrong” one – remember, Libras can be concerned with the Rightness of things. What they don’t realize is that by not making up their mind, they’re denying themselves access to any of the possibilities.
Cowardice, or self-preservation?
Libras, like rabbits, can be very conflict-avoidant. They want justice and equity and for everything to be correct so that there will be nothing to argue about.
If there is a situation where there might be a chance for a lot of conflicts, a lot of Libras instead may choose to either leave or do their best to smooth the situation over with their words.
Again, this doesn’t apply to every Libra – some meet conflict head-on in an attempt to avoid future conflict down the road.
Rabbits, as prey animals, are also very conflict-avoidant. They’ll run and hide at the tiniest sign of trouble. Doing this keeps them alive, but at the same time, sometimes they end up abandoning their children to be gobbled up instead. The rabbit knows it has the instrument to create more litter, so its only concern is avoiding death.
Libra might do some unscrupulous things to avoid conflict, seemingly abandoning others in a fight to “save” themselves, but they often do it to save themselves from anxiety – being very sensitive – or with another plan in mind to avoid conflict in the future. Very little that a Libra does is truly malicious or craven.
What’s up, doc?
Rabbits are a gentle, sensitive animal, like Libra. They can be very affectionate when comfortable, but keep an ear out for trouble and prefer to stay out of it rather than wade into the fray. Doing so keeps them able to fight for justice for another day.
What other rabbit-like traits do you think Libra has?
3. The Raven
Ravens are known for their cunning and diplomacy in their social orders. Like Libra, Ravens are able to take a higher view on a situation and figure out the best way to bend it in their favor, preferably without needing to do much of the work themselves.
Ravens are highly intelligent, social creatures. They’re shown to be as intelligent as chimps and dolphins, with highly-sophisticated problem-solving skills and long memories. They also have a highly developed sense of justice.
Quoth the Raven
Ravens are birds that are capable of mimicking human language, as well as learning other behaviors. They’ve been seen dropping nuts into crosswalks during red lights, so that car tires will crush them to reveal the meat inside, which they then gather at the next red light. The ravens learn the pattern of red and green lights in order to more efficiently get their nutty meals.
Ravens also remember faces. In a study where a person left them tidbits of meat and treats, the raven and its family for generations would leave gifts for the human, whereas a human who antagonized the ravens was in turn antagonized by the raven and its cohorts for many generations afterwards.
Ravens represent the Librans who aren’t conflict-avoidant, who know when they are being treated wrongly and will do whatever it takes to bring justice to their antagonizers. On the same token, those who treat them kindly will be rewarded with kindness and tokens of gratitude, in turn.
A Conspiracy of Ravens
A group of ravens is called a conspiracy – but in the olden days, they were called an unkindness. This, of course, doesn’t fall in line with Libra, who can be one of the kinder signs of the zodiac, but ravens were often a portend of things like battles and carnage.
Because of their intelligence, ravens learned that a large group of men in armor marching meant war, and easy pickings for meals later on, and so they would follow these groups into battle, which is why they are the chosen animal of war deities like The Morrigan in the Celtic pantheon.
This is important for a Libra as a spirit animal because it shows how words, language, and perception are important. Again, the ravens aren’t instigating the battle, but they are reaping the rewards; in fact, they are the only creatures who could really be said to have gained anything of value from the battle at all.
Is this opportunism right? Is it fair? It’s a darker side of Libra than is often looked into, but let’s not forget that this is the sign preceding moody Scorpio – for all their gentleness, Libra doesn’t always have to fall into the Live Laugh Love stereotype that they are often boxed into. Sometimes Libra energy is fierce, and unforgiving. But is it unkind?
Ravens are a Libra spirit animal because they represent a kind of balance and justice between dark and light, while also possessing the keen problem solving and diplomatic minds that Librans often possess.
It’s always a good rule of thumb to associate any sort of ‘trickster’ spirit, such as foxes, coyotes, ravens, crows, and the like, with the air signs, Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius – as well as Mercury-ruled Virgo.
What other lessons do you think the raven has for Libra, as a spirit animal?
What Can the Libra Spirit Animals Teach you?
The grey wolf, the rabbit, and the raven. These animals may not seem to have much in common, yet they all have valuable lessons to teach the Libra native, or anyone looking to invite Libran energy into their lives with animal spirits as their guide.
With sensitivity, diplomacy, justice, self-preservation, affection, and intelligence, Libra is an easy sign to love. They have an innate ability to bring everything around them into balance, to make their spaces beautiful, and to find the relationships between us that make life so much worth living.
Even if you’re not a Libra sun, moon, or rising, Libra still rules a sector of your life. Find the house where Libra falls in your chart. This is the area of your life where the lessons of these spirit animals can be put to use, and where the energy of Libra will be most effective.
Where can you bring these animals’ energy into your life to restore balance?