Adapted Aries and Libra
Similarity Aries-Libra: Excitation strength
S+Expending Excitation strength for Aries: the leader. First stage of the natural Excitation strength: daytime overrides nighttime, sweeps away its inhibitions and indifferences. An intact energetic potential that storms out and dashes into the environment. Animal aggressivity, pioneering activities, ardent and concrete sensations, absolute spontaneity, no a priori; an instinctive and powerful, dynamic and audacious force that pours out lavishly, a urge to take action that can’t tolerate any delay or limitation.
S+Associating Excitation strength for Libra: the conciliator. Summer’s “daytime” is over. “Nighttime” takes over: One withdraws from oneself in order to make oneself present to the other, in order to get in touch as equals with the outside world. One exchanges, communicates, one seeks dialogue with an environment henceforth considered as a partner. One forms partnerships, one socializes, one cuts corners and disregards or transcends differences so as to link things together.
Difference Aries-Libra: Excitation quickness versus Inhibition quickness
Q+Excitation quickness for Aries: the improviser. First stage of the Excitation quickness: a lightning mobilization of Excitation supplies. Aries hits the ground running, reactions are immediate, decisions are sudden. Moves are made right off, reflexes are instantaneous. Hectic paces, unlimited speeding up. Cyclothymic temper, fast adaptation to the environment’s fluctuations. Quick Excitation induces a liking for big effects: great fanfare, vivid colors, forceful picturesqueness.
Q−Inhibition quickness for Libra: the sidestepper. Defence reactions are quick, smooth, timely: fear is mastered. One slips between obstacles, one avoids brutal confrontations, one learns to use the social codes that divert animal aggressivity: politeness, courtesy, diplomacy, subtleties of public speaking. The mind performs quickly fine distinctions, meticulous analyses. With the Sense of opposites: arbitrations, nuances, search for balance.
Similarity Aries-Libra: Sense of opposites
SOSense of opposites for Aries: the decision maker. First stage of the Sense of opposites, polarized by the Excitation strength and quickness: one takes sides without hesitation nor subtleties, one is bluntly for or against, up to manichaeism. Brutal frankness, unwillingness to compromise, “he who is not with me is against me”. Since choices are quick, instinctive, thoughtless, adaptation might require calling these into question. In this case, complete turnarounds: what used to be adored is fought with equal violence.
SOSense of opposites for Libra: the arbiter. Opposites are associated: black-and-white choices are no longer an option. One compares antagonist elements, analyses their connections and interactions, weighs the pros and cons, strives to make non-exclusive choices. The element that was not chosen is necessary complementary, is a partner to be respected. Hence a relative indecision: the perception of antagonisms and the sensitivity to divergences is associated to a refusal of any segregation. Moderate decisions, balanced choices are factors for twinges, for dilemmas that enhance thinking: the dread of misalliance or the desire not to make mistakes subserve a careful consideration.
Unadapted Aries and Libra
Similarity Aries-Libra: Inhibition weakness
w−Eliminating Inhibition weakness for Aries: the impulsive. Aries is unable to develop any indifference, to stay stone-faced, to remain phlegmatic. Difficulty or impossibility to forget, to boycot, to wipe the slate clean. He charges in no matter what, driven to intoxication by the present moment. He’s fearless, impulsive, impatient, daredevil, short-sighted. The weakness of oblivion underlines the importance of memory: first impressions are indelible. The lack of distance, therefore of thought, makes him naive, gullible, ready to believe anything.
w−Blocking Inhibition weakness for Libra: the beyond-control. One refuses any limit, any constraint, any authority, any safeguard, any border: thoughtless universalism, headlong rush into all dangers, “dysfunction of all senses” (Rimbaud). Absolute freedom - therefore excluding any discipline - leads to licentiousness, to debauchery. The content free from any container becomes shapeless, invertebrate. Rejection of restrictive norms and binding commitments. One doesn’t defend, build or safeguards anything.
Difference Aries-Libra: Unadapted Inhibition slowness versus Unadapted Excitation slowness
sl−Unadapted Inhibition slowness for Aries: the intractable. The brake is difficult to maneuver. Two solutions are possible. Either braking is impossible: impulsiveness has no limits anymore, it’s a constant accident, a vertigo of ceaseless confrontation with the external environment, an endless going overboard. Or rebooting is impossible: he managed to brake but can’t release the brake anymore. He then builds himself monolithic and unilateral defence systems. His refusals are rigid and never change, whatever the situation is. Entrenched, morbid resentment and grudges. The imagination is fascinated by legends, by baroque myths.
sl+Unadapted Excitation slowness for Libra: the fanciful. The need for control, mastery, organization runs in a void, onto nonexistent or inappropriate objects. Persisting imaginary actions: paranoia, illusions of subjective power, obstinate building of castles in the air, vain tilting at windmills. One perseverates into glorified non-commitments, one gives in to romantic bewitchments or to impressions of metaphysical omnipotence, etc.
Similarity Aries-Libra: Egalitarian phase
EPEgalitarian phase for Aries: the all-for-nothing. A monochrome aggressivity incites to fight everything altogether: everything is rejected and tarred with the same brush. Visceral hostility against “Tweedledums and Tweedledees”. Everyone is wrong, friends as well as enemies. Good is not better than evil. Narrow-minded refusals, mind deafness, rigid personal philosophy that mustn’t be questioned by anyone. The perception of antagonisms, once shifted to abstraction, amounts to a “me against the whole world”.
EPEgalitarian phase for Libra: the leveler. Associativity evens out: one refuses to choose, one wants to be on good terms with everyone, one flirts with one’s enemies, one associates indiscriminately with all environments without picking sides. Possible non-violence turns into inconsistency. Whatever the circumstances are, one plays it open-minded: compromises. Corners are systematically cut. At worst, one plays the game well with the same contempt or the same indifference towards allies or adversaries. The heart of hearts and the social environment are evened out: one is worth what one’s environment or time is worth; one spends one’s time being fashionable in disregard of any authenticity.