Libra, Or The Balance. This is the first of the autumnal signs, and the seventh amongst its brethren. Emblematic of that equality which subsists between the day and night, its denotive character is aptly represented by a pair of scales in

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Libra, or the Balance.

equilibrio, because the days and nights are nearly equal, except at the poles. In poetic fiction, the Balance belongs to the goddess Astra3a, and is referred to by Homer, Virgil, and Milton.