Sign of Libra from medieval almanac


The Royal Society

The Royal Society
London, United Kingdom

The sign of the new zodiac entered in September is Libra, the personification of law and justice. The almanac shows libra as a male figure holding a balanced pair of scales in his left hand, one side of the scale extends off the edge of the parchment. The figure’s right hand is raised with a digit extended and eyes looking upward, perhaps in judgement or in deference to heavenly law. Libra is more often represented as a woman, recalling Themis the Greek goddess of divine law and order. The man depicted here wears brown leg coverings and a green tunic with a high neck, cinched waist and band near the bottom. His hair is red with a suggestion of short curls. He appears under the heading ‘Sol in libra’ denoting that the sun is in the longitude of the constellation of libra.


  • Title: Sign of Libra from medieval almanac
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: 1383/1400

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