Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Aries Sign
Aries Sign

The Ram

Quality: Cardinal
Element: Fire
Ruled by Mars
Key Phrase: “I Am”

The Aries Sign

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, and the Sun enters it on the Spring Equinox. So, it is no wonder that this Fire sign is all about new beginnings. Aries is an initiator and is known to be assertive. On the flipside, that assertion can show up as aggression if it gets out of control. Remember, this sign has a lot of fire power! This head-first personality is symbolized by the Ram, which is a symbol of strength. Aries can be impatient and courageous. Sometimes they have to be a little careful when dealing with others, because they also can be a little naïve and too trusting.

When Aries is compared to being childlike, that doesn’t necessarily equal immaturity. In fact, great leaders are born under the sign of Aries. This young-at-heart personality can be thought of more like one that is like a sponge when it come to learning and finding wonder and magic in life itself. Innocent and fresh, each time they lay their eyes on the world, it is like a new toy or present to open.

Let’s Learn About Aries

Aries is the first of 12 astrological signs of the zodiac. The Aries constellation is located in the Northern Hemisphere. This head-first personality is symbolized by the Ram, which is a symbol of strength. Aries means “ram” in Latin, and the symbol for the constellation is shaped like ram horns. This is why Aries is known as the Ram of the Zodiac. Even though we no longer use the actual exact constellation in Tropical Astrology as a zodiac sign, our signs are still based on the general myths behind the constellations and the area of the sky they inhabit as seen from here on Earth.

Aries is the first of the three fire signs. Leo and Sagittarius are the other two fire signs of the Zodiac. Fire signs are ones that reside in the fire element of the Zodiac calendar, but each sign exhibits their element in a different way. For Aries, the fire sign comes out in action and impulsivity. An Aries prefers to act first and think later, and they are known for their leadership and initiative. 

Aries is also associated with the color red. This may be because Aries’ ruling planet is Mars, known as “The Red Planet”. Red is a powerful color for Ram. It represents passion, a demand for attention, excitement, energy, initiative, and a zest for life. 

The Aries Mythology

The area of the sky that Aries signifies was first catalogued by Greek astronomer Ptolemy in the second century. Aries is associated with the golden ram of Greek mythology. In the Greek myth, Phrixus and Helle were the son and daughter of a Boeotian King. The King’s wife and twins’ stepmother wanted to get rid of them and came up with a plan to create a famine that would devastate the crops. When the King sought counsel from the Oracle of Delphi, the stepmother bribed the Oracle to say that the only way to save the kingdom from famine was to sacrifice his children to Zeus. 

The royal twins were sent off to be sacrificed to Zeus, but their true mother — cloud nymph Nephele — sent Aries, a winged ram with golden wool to rescue them. Helle did not survive the rescue and fell into the sea. Phrixus survived and gifted the fleece of Aries the ram to King Aeëtes of Colchis. The fleece from the golden ram was later said to be hung up in the orchard of Aries, the god of war and guarded by a fire-breathing dragon. 

Sun, Moon, Or Rising: Why It Matters

When we think of our Zodiac sign, we likely think of the sign that the sun is in on the date we were born. This is why we call it our sun sign or star sign. Those born within the approximate dates of March 21st to April 19th have Aries as their sun sign. The sun sign represents the psychological ego and is why most people born during these dates will elect to read the Aries daily horoscope. It’s also the easiest sign to identify since all that is usually needed is a date of birth to locate the correct sun sign. 

While sun signs give insight into identity, goals, actions, and desires, moon and rising signs allow a deeper understanding of other facets of personality. Moon signs represent the internal self and may encompass instincts, emotions, needs, and behavioral tendencies. An Aries Moon will likely be known for being impulsive and passionate with the innocent outlook of a child as well as the fiery insistence on getting their way and going first. An Aries Moon knows what they want and goes for it, but they may have to seek balance to stay grounded while they do. 

Rising signs represent the outer façade the world may see — or how the inner world translates to the outer one. An Aries Rising is likely to be independent, self-motivated, and competitive. They learn and work fast — and have little patience for others who move more slowly. This could make road rage a distinct possibility for an Aries Rising. While they may be hot-tempered, they don’t tend to hold a grudge. 

Having a nuanced understanding of how celestial transits impact perception and behavior won’t help predict a set future, but it can provide useful information to aid in personal growth. The purpose of astrology and of understanding our sun, rising, and moon signs can help us explore facets of our personality, identify our strengths, and even help us find those areas that could use a little more growth and attention. 

To determine a rising sign or moon sign, it’s important to have the date of birth, exact time of birth, and the location of birth to identify the precise transits. With the birth information in hand, it’s possible to obtain a natal chart to identify the sun, moon, and rising signs. A full natal chart will also include the 12 houses of astrology, which represent all of the aspects of our lives. This can help provide key information about the way we tend to perceive the world.

A natal chart is like a map of the celestial bodies at the time of birth and can give an in-depth look at both the potential possibilities and challenges that could be encountered over a lifetime. It’s possible to be an Aries sun sign, Aries moon sign, Aries rising sign, or a combination of these signs, and all people will have all signs somewhere in their chart. Knowing each of these zodiac signs is like having a key to unlock valuable insights into ourselves and others. It doesn’t predict the specific future, because everyone has free will, but it can give us insight into the many possibilities of our lives and patterns we are facing.  

About Aries

The Sun enters Aries on the Spring Equinox, so it is no wonder that this Fire sign is all about new beginnings. Aries enjoys fresh starts and is known to be an initiator. Assertiveness is a key trait of this star sign, but that assertion can show up as aggression if it gets out of control. Understanding the difference can help Aries be a leader rather than a tyrant or dictator–both at work and in relationships. 

Remember, this sign has a lot of fire power! The same passion that can be a strength can, unchecked, become a challenge and source of frustration. While forward-thinking Aries wants to act immediately and leave the past behind, it can be helpful to develop a measure of restraint and to learn from past experiences. 

Aries can be impatient and courageous. This can be a winning combination when it means standing up for injustice or jumping into action in an emergency situation. In fact, Aries have all the traits necessary to be naturally heroic. 

However, impatience combined with courage can also become a problem without added discretion. Acting impulsively can lead to disastrous consequences. Sometimes they have to be a little careful when dealing with others, because they also can be a little naive and far too trusting when trust hasn’t been earned.

While Aries is often thought to be childlike, that doesn’t necessarily equate to immaturity. In fact, great leaders are born under the sign of Aries. Famous Aries include Thomas Jefferson, Charlemagne, Booker T. Washington, and Colin Powell. Other well-known celebrity Aries include Lady Gaga, Elton John, Mariah Carey, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Downey, Jr., Paul Rudd, Jackie Chan, Emma Watson, and Chance the Rapper. It’s no surprise that Aries — with their passion, determination, and energy — are often successful in their chosen fields. 

This love of fresh starts and ability to see great potential in others and in the world around them can be an inspiration. Combine that inspirational attitude with direct communication and a goal-oriented mindset, and Aries can lead exceptional lives and inspire others to do the same. Seeing the best in others also helps Aries keep that fresh, wonder-filled, and wonderful worldview.   

While Aries is quick to start projects, they can struggle to maintain interest and complete them. For an Aries to see a project through, fresh perspectives and new challenges within the project could help keep the motivation going. Setting small goals to achieve could help keep Aries on course. Confidence and optimism can carry Aries far, but they may need to work on adding persistence to passion to reach their goals. 

This young-at-heart personality may see the world through rose-colored glasses, but they also have a natural ability to soak up learning like a sponge and to find wonder and magic in life itself. Innocent and fresh — each time they lay their eyes on the world, it is like a new toy or present to open. Far from being immature, Aries delights in the world around them and brings an open mind and an enthusiastic approach to all they do.

Aries Sign Compatibility

Aries may be naturally more compatible with Leo, Gemini, Aquarius, and Sagittarius while they may find Cancer and Capricorn to be least compatible. Why does compatibility matter? In any kind of relationship, Aries may find themselves more frustrated by the personalities of Cancer and Capricorn but find an ease in communicating with more compatible signs. While this doesn’t guarantee that one relationship will work while another will fail, it does offer insight into potential challenges in relationships. In the end, you get to choose whether to work on relationships and understand that no one is ever fully and completely one sign or another. So, look at compatibility as a guideline for which signs vibe well together, and which require more work and compassion.

Aries + Leo: Aries and Leo tend to share passion, chemistry, and fulfilling physical and emotional intimacy. While they can butt heads and bicker, they’ll also tirelessly work for the relationship. They don’t mind arguing as long as they work through it and continue to enjoy each other. 

Aries + Gemini: Aries and Gemini challenge each other and keep the relationship interesting. They love adventure, and these two have the best time together. They can be challenged when Gemini’s love of freedom meets Aries’ attachment and need for more security. If they can talk this out, they’ll likely be able to find a good balance that keeps the relationship flowing into a lifetime of adventures.

Aries + Aquarius: While Aries and Aquarius share a love of adventure and excitement, this may not be the most emotional pairing. Instead, it may work at a more basic level–with both partners accepting the other’s quirks (and occasionally venting about them). While it won’t be the warmest bond, it could be equally strong if both partners are invested in supporting the other’s growth while staying committed to the relationship. It will certainly never be boring. 

Aries + Sagittarius: Aries and Sagittarius have off-the-charts compatibility, and they tend to share a lot of interests. While they may have some major differences in how they view the world, if they develop respect and even appreciation for those differences, they’ll likely find their bond deepening. These two may not seem like natural companions, but if they make room for each other’s point of view, they could go from strength to strength. 

What Being an Aries Really Means

It’s interesting to note that for any zodiac sign — whether sun, rising, or moon (or any of the other planets) — the qualities that are identified as strengths for each sign can also be challenges. It all depends on how individuals use them. Understanding a tendency we have doesn’t make it set in stone. Rather, it provides an opportunity to understand ourselves without judgment, and it can help us learn to manage certain aspects of our personality better. 

Simply identifying a sun or star sign doesn’t determine how we behave. It merely sheds light on possibilities. The flipside of the strength-challenge paradigm also holds true: each sign’s greatest challenge can be its greatest strength. Perspective is important, and while the zodiac signs themselves may be written in the stars, what we choose to do with these insights depends entirely on our choices. 

For instance, Aries may be prone to impulsiveness, but this quality can make Aries a hero who sweeps in to save the day or a hot mess express that can’t quite stay on the tracks. Understanding that impulsiveness is likely can help an Aries learn to practice a pause before acting, taking that extra time and space to think it through. The quality of impulsiveness can also keep Aries motivated, goal-oriented, and invested in their lives and relationships. Seeing our traits as tendencies can help us feel empowered to focus on our strengths and pinpoint our challenges.

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