Aries strengths and weaknesses

Headstrong, courageous Self-absorbed
Impulsive Oblivious to surroundings
Assertive Aggressive
First, self-motivating, initiating Impatient
Honest, straightforward Opinionated
Active
Competitive Argumentative
Independent
Youthful Provocative
Idealistic Angry

Aries

This is the glyph, or symbol, for Aries. It looks like Ram’s horns. Aries is the sign of the Ram. Aries people tend to do things straightforwardly. They solve problems by ramming their heads against them.

Aries is the cardinal fire sign. Cardinal signs are the most self-motivating and action-oriented of all. Fire signs are the most idealistic and enthusiastic. In Aries, we have the most active and inspiring energy in the Zodiac.

Mars, planet of high energy, aggression and assertion, arguments, fighting, sex is the ruler of Aries. Wherever you have a planet in Aries, or where you have Aries on the cusp of a house, you have this Martian fighting spirit, for better or for worse. Mars is the do-er, the warrior; he has youthful, physically active, and sometimes combative energy. Aries natives need some kind of physical activity as an outlet for this high energy. They tend to be good at sports and enjoy physical activities like dancing, hiking, or peace marches.

Rams are aggressive, self-centered, and impatient, but honest, uncomplicated, straightforward, and willing to meet a challenge with enthusiasm and courage.

Aries is independent and childlike, the perpetual teenager. Aries folks have a need to compete and they thrive on challenge; they really want to win. Although they enjoy companionship, they are independent and not afraid of being alone. They are very good with new beginnings and unafraid to try new things. Rams prefer a direct, above-board approach to dealing with other people.

Aries is argumentative and quick to anger, and will readily express frustrations, but generally does not hold a grudge for long. Those born under more sensitive signs often do not know how to handle the raw, unfiltered energy. Aries does not mean to hurt your feelings! They just sometimes act before they think.

If Aries’ high energy does not find an outlet, or if anger and resentment are not dealt with and released, the tension might take itself out on the body. Mars rules the head, and folks with planets in Aries are vulnerable to headaches, migraines, eye problems, and jaw tension.

Aries people are not necessarily spazzes or bullies. This is a very common misconception. I often hear the complaint, “I/he is not like an Aries.” But it turns out the person is argumentative, impatient, and independent. And courageous, although courage is something most people do not recognize in themselves. Courage is not the same as brashness. One can be all these things and still have a quiet personality. In fact, many Aries people are quite shy. A ram is still a sheep!

Where you have Aries in your chart can show you where you have these strengths and weaknesses.

Chart reading tip:
To refine your reading of an Aries chart, look at the Mars sign. Mars in Taurus, Cancer, Pisces, Libra will mellow out an Aries Sun person. Mars in Gemini, Aquarius, Virgo gives a more intellectual emphasis. Mars in Virgo or Capricorn suggests a physical application— hard work and ambition.