Aries characteristics – strengths and weaknesses
|Impulsive||Oblivious to surroundings|
|First, self-motivating, initiating||Impatient|
This is the glyph, or symbol, for the astrological sign Aries. It looks like Ram’s horns. Aries is the sign of the Ram. Aries people 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.
Aries’ ruling planet
Mars– planet of high energy, aggression, assertion, arguments, fighting, and 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 folks have a need to compete. They thrive on challenge. They really like to win. Although they enjoy companionship, they are independent and not afraid of solitude. Aries people are very good with new beginnings and unafraid to try new things.
Rams prefer a direct, above-board approach to dealing with other people. Argumentative and quick to anger, Aries 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 do tend to make up their minds quickly and speak before their ideas are fully developed.
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. The ram is still a sheep!
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.