Aries in the Zodiac
Aries is the first astrological sign in the zodiac. Their presence alone marks the beginning of something new that is bursting with fire and intensity. They are the first cardinal sign actively seeking to initiate. They are continuously looking for speed, competition and to be the first in everything. This includes lines, races and in their careers. Aries can often be seen as impatient with a “want it now” attitude. Aries is bold and has enormous enthusiasm. They are brave and determined with the ability to excite, inspire and motivate others into action. Aries will rise to a challenge and succeed at all costs.
Aries often like to act independent of others, choosing to work solo. They dislike delays or excuses. If there is a conflict, they may give you a second chance – if they are in a good mood… but being a fire element, expect them to keep you under pressure for a while. Aries appreciate brevity, not long-winded explanations – get to the point and make it quick. Aries want to charge forward at all costs, and this can lead to people seeing you as too bold, brash, lacking in direction, impatient, undisciplined and even self-destructive. Aries need to not make moves when overly emotional or unprepared. To pause before acting and reflect. Learn to stop, look and listen. With your drive and energy, you can conquer anything.
Thanks to Aries ruling planet being Mars, and the fact that it belongs to the element of fire, Aries is one of the most active zodiac signs. They want to take action, diving headfirst, often before they think about it. Aries rules the head and leads with the head, often walking headfirst, leaning forward, determined, for focus and speed. Aries are naturally brave and rarely afraid to take a risk or make a bold move. When moving towards a goal, they take giant strides. Aries has the ability to create a powerful vortex of energy around whatever they do. Aries, being an initiator, provides the initial spark that lights the bonfire. Aries has an independent approach that gets the job done. They can be extremely adept at starting things and getting things “off the ground.” Starting the project, delegating the tasks and then it’s off to start the next job.
Since Aries rules the first house, it symbolized the warrior or individual. They want to leave their “mark” on the world. As a “Warrior,” they are able to withstand substantial pain, whether emotional, physical or financial – on their path to fame and glory. In fact, the honor of victory means more to Aries than the financial compensation.
Aries have strong survival instincts. They let others know what they need to do to move forward. They will use charm, persistence, persuasiveness or continue to “Poke the Bear,” so others will do exactly what they want them to do, so long as they keep quiet. Aries is very adept at thinking up ingenious methods so they can get their own way.
The symbol for Aries is the Ram, a male sheep, that climbs to the highest peaks. The glyph is the symbol of the horns of the ram, horns that an Aries will use if necessary to protect themselves during the climb to the summit. They love to conquer – a mountain, a rival, an impossible task, an amazing save – they cannot help themselves. If someone says, “that is impossible,” – those words stir Aries into action with excited energy. Because Aries can be impulsive…these behaviors can lead to accidents due to, too much haste and zeal. As they mature, Aries learn to assess the risks in line with their abilities.
An Aries learns best through experience, any other way is boring. First and fast, they want to be out there doing it, on the front line, not sitting around talking about it or sitting still in a classroom or boardroom. That is torture to an Aries.
If you want to get something started, you need Aries energy – it is their innate talent. If you are looking for a leader, employ Aries energy. If you need courage and conviction, it is Aries energy. Aries fire and drive gets things moving – they are good at directing others, and they approach tasks with an energy that inspires others to get on board and take action. They are honest and straight to the point. You always know where you stand with them.
Look to where Aries is in your chart. Notice the planets or aspects within the house. This is where you can expect your Aries traits to be found. Aries energy is amazing for so many things…find where yours is and work with it.