Scorpio and Libra make an unexpected match. To no one’s surprise, Libra loves the chase, and clingy is not quite their thing. Whether as friends, dating, or in a committed relationship with a Pluto-ruled Scorpio, Libra will come to learn more about the depths of their soul. The question is, how far is Libra willing to go before they’ve reached their limit?

The Libra Basics

Dates: September 23 to October 22

Element: Air

Modality: Mutable

Ruler: Venus

Represented by: The scales

The Scorpio Basics

Dates: October 23 to November 21

Element: Water

Modality: Fixed

Ruler: Mars (traditional) and Pluto (modern)

Represented by: The scorpion

Libra and Scorpio Personality Traits

Although these two signs are next to each other in the zodiac, they couldn't be more different. Libra is a mutable air sign and Scorpio is a fixed water sign—meaning that these two signs see the world in totally different ways. However, this doesn't mean that they don't get along! In fact, they both share an important passion: A love of gossip. Sociable Libra is always at the center of things, while guarded Scorpio prefers to stay on the sidelines, observing. Together, they'll find out every single thing that goes on at the party and fill each other in on the deets over drinks after everyone else has gone home.

Libra is known for being noncommittal or even flaky, while Scorpio is almost scarily single-minded once they set their mind to something. At worst, Scorpio will see Libra as superficial and Libra will see Scorpio as overly serious—but at best, Libra can encourage Scorpio to come out of their shell a little, and Scorpio can challenge Libra to go a little deeper on their favorite subjects.

Libra and Scorpio Compatibility as Friends

These two thrive beyond measure as besties. Libra’s intellect and knack for holding great conversations allows space for Scorpio to open up and come out of their shadows. Communication will be their saving grace, even though they might not always see eye to eye. Sometimes, communicating a lot—even to the point of over-communicating—is important to make sure there’s no room for confusion and misunderstanding. After all, misunderstandings can lead to disagreements, which neither Scorpio nor Libra would like to face head-on.

Scorpio’s penetrating yet nurturing essence allows their Libra bestie to feel safe and reassured that no matter what, Scorpio will always be there for them. Scorpio’s possessive nature can at times turn sociable Libra off, as Libra enjoys meeting new people and creating new experiences. But when it comes to supporting one another, both Libra’s and Scorpio’s natural creativity encourages each other to pursue their given talents and challenges each other to think outside the box.

Two signs that are next to each other in the zodiac often have "big sib/little sib" energy—they're playful and superclose, and though they might bicker sometimes, they're always there for each other when it matters.

Libra and Scorpio Sexual Compatibility

All’s fun and games for Libra if these two choose the friends with benefits route. Unfortunately, for Scorpio, friends with benefits just doesn’t cut it. Intuitively, water sign Scorpio knows exactly what they want rather quickly, making an extended courtship too much to bear. Scorpio is an all or nothing kind of sign. Nothing more, nothing less.

However, once Libra and Scorpio meet up in the bedroom, both will be left breathless, forgetting about their mishaps or disagreements. Venus-ruled Libra’s natural sensuality pulls intense Scorpio into wanting more. Scorpio’s intense eye contact during sex allows Libra to feel fully seen, making it easier for Libra to submit and allow Scorpio to please them from head to toe.

Once the steam cools off in the bedroom, Scorpio will find themselves falling deeper and deeper for their Libra partner, making friends with benefits a bit more complicated than Libra could have planned for. Once Scorpio’s emotions are heavily invested, the lifespan of casual sex and one-off dates is very short-lived.

Libra and Scorpio Compatibility in a Romantic Relationship

With a Libra-Scorpio relationship, watch out for an increased sense of codependency. Libra is ruled by Venus, the planet of harmony, peace, and balance, and this can make it a bit challenging for Libra to set strict boundaries with their Scorpio partner. The deeply intense yet alluring energies of Pluto-ruled Scorpio can easily blur the lines that Libra tries to set for themselves. Libra’s “go with the flow” indecisive attitude makes it challenging for Libra to stick to the boundaries they’ve tried to set for themselves to begin with.

Patience is a virtue for Libra and Scorpio. Once Scorpio makes a commitment to their Libra partner, you can expect that Scorpio will be down to ride till the very end. Libra’s social, full-of-life personality will help their Scorpio lover learn to live in the moment and open themselves up to all the beauty the world has to offer. In order to keep this relationship going strong, Scorpio will need to honor Libra’s need for the space to enjoy life with friends and family outside of the relationship. In the same breath, Libra will need to honor Scorpio’s need for total solitude when Scorpio’s social meter runs out. It’s important that Libra trusts their Scorpio partner and takes nothing personally.

Libra and Scorpio Compatibility in a Marriage

Both Scorpio and Libra act as mirrors for each other, and choosing to finally tie the knot and say “I do” to forever works out for the best. In marriage or long-term commitment, possessive Scorpio can finally breathe a little easier, knowing that they have their Libra through sickness and in health. To no one’s surprise, Libra thoroughly enjoys being wanted and overly protected by their Scorpio spouse. As these two enjoy living life by their own rules, they can sometimes struggle to see eye to eye. For Libra and Scorpio, both their feelings and their voice must be heard—it’s nonnegotiable. In order to keep this area of the marriage solid, family and marriage therapy both pre- and post-marriage will do wonders to strengthen the union.

Communication Between Libra and Scorpio

These two have to keep each other's needs in mind when communicating! Sensitive Scorpio gets their feelings hurt easily, and they're so guarded that they won't always tell Libra that they're offended. On the other hand, Scorpio can expect Libra to pick up on their ~secret messages~ rather than clearly stating what's what. In order to avoid misunderstandings, it's best for these two to be super-clear and straightforward with each other, especially when they're first getting to know each other.

On the bright side, once they find a topic that interests them, these two can talk for hours. Libra is always down to chat about something juicy, while Scorpio wants to do a deep-dive on everything.

Trust Between Libra and Scorpio

Trust is another issue where these two can clash. Scorpio is one of the most loyal signs of the zodiac, and they expect the same from their partners. And while it's not like Libra is dis-loyal, they prefer to keep things casual and light until they're ready to commit. And Scorpio, on the other hand, is all-in as soon as it feels right. Scorpio is also notoriously one of the most vengeful signs of the zodiac, so they could be tempted to freeze Libra out rather than talk out misunderstandings. For these two to work, both signs will have to give each other patience and communicate their expectations honestly.

Libra and Scorpio Compatibility

All in all, these two signs don't have much in common—but if they make an effort to understand each other, their differences can make this a strong and rewarding relationship of any kind.

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Amani Richardson is a cosmic enthusiast, with a niche for all things self-care and beauty for Black women. She spends most of her time writing and sharing astrology content with KnowTheZodiac and on her own personal Instagram account. Thanks to her Leo rising and her love for YouTube, you can catch her chatting about the cosmos through various makeup 'Get Ready With Me's.' She believes that astrology is simply a tool for self-awareness and the blueprint to evolving into your highest self— it's a way of life.

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Erika W Smith (she/her) is the current Senior Astrology Editor at Cosmopolitan. In her 2+ years at Cosmo, she's worked on everything from editing weekly horoscopes, to reporting on how astrology influences album release dates, to launching The Cosmo Tarot. Before joining Cosmopolitan in 2020, she was a writer and/or editor for Refinery29, HelloGiggles, and BUST magazine. Her book Astrosex: How to Have the Best Sex According to Your Star Sign was published in 2021. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @erikawynn.