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The Basics of Astrology
Aries zodiac sign and its interpretation
This page offers a few texts published in several pages of our website along with other unreleased features. Its aim is to describe and to recapitulate the mains characteristics of Aries.
It is useful to recall that to be an Aries means to have one's Sun in Aries, which requires to know the exact time and place of birth in addition to the date. Indeed, sometimes a one-minute gap is enough for the Sun to shift signs when the birth occurred near the end or at the beginning of a given sign.
Astrotheme enables you to find rapidly the exact position of your Sun and your Ascendant, should you have any doubt.
The astrological sign of Aries and its personality
You express your vital energy in a very cut and dried way, you do not resist taking the driver's seat and you may come across as arrogant.
Charging ahead also implies hurting yourself and being suddenly overcome by doubt. As a result, your courage, your honesty, your enthusiasm and your straightforwardness may turn into aggressiveness, rebellion and vulnerability that no one ever suspected.
Fortunately, the level of your energy is very high and your instinctive and pugnacious side will not leave you helpless for too long and will set you back on the often perilous road to conquest and glory.
Aries' sayings and key-words
The sentence "I am" captures the character of Aries, an individualist first and foremost.
Aries is courageous, frank, enthusiastic, dynamic, fast, bold, expansive, warm, impulsive, adventurous, intrepid, warlike, and competitive.
But sometimes it is also naive, domineering, self-centred, impatient, rash, thoughtless, blundering, childish, quick-tempered, daring or primitive.
The sign of Aries and its astrological characteristics
Rulership and exaltation in Aries
Each astrological sign has traits which are similar to, or different from, those of certain planets. They are known as planetary dignities. The planet having the strongest affinities with a sign is said to rule the sign and to be in its domicile, i.e. at home. It expresses itself with all its might, unreservedly. When a planet does not match a sign too well but remains compatible, it is in its exaltation. It gets its strength and its energy from the said sign though to a lesser extent than a planet in domicile.
The sign of Aries is in analogy with Mars, its ruler. It gets along well with the Sun, the planet which is in exaltation here. The same holds true for Pluto, although some astrologers think that Pluto's exaltation is in Pisces or in Leo.
The astrological sign of Aries shares several features with the planet Mars: fighting spirit, dynamism, courage, boldness, spontaneity, but also impulsiveness and sometimes anger.
To a lesser degree, the Sun's characteristics also influence this sign, i.e. individualism, honour, leadership, loyalty, but in the flip side, hubris or egocentrism.
It must be noted that the interpretation of each zodiacal sign echoes the meaning of its House: the first sign and the 1st House, etc. Therefore, Aries, the first zodiacal sign, is in analogy with the 1st House: ego, willpower, instinctive behaviour in society.
Aries Elements, Quadruplicities, and Polarities
Fire element of Aries
The twelve zodiacal signs are divided into four sectors matching the four elements: Fire, Earth, Air, and Water. An element includes three compatible signs (triplicity), each element being mutually complementary.
Aries, like Leo and Sagittarius, is a Fire sign: This element provides the native with energy, ardour, and passion, but it may incline to violence, aggressiveness, lack of tact, and anger. Therefore, Fire may be dangerous, uncontrollable, and impulsive since it is difficult to master. It symbolises immoderate ambition, courage, the will to fight, dominate and conquer, but it also favours spiritual elevation, extreme lucidity, and it purifies the soul.
The Cardinal mode of Aries
Signs are also divided into three sectors comprising four signs each. They are the Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable sectors. Quadruplicities are also referred to as mode: the Cardinal mode, the Fixed mode, and the Mutable mode. Like elements, they rule different values and have characteristics of their own.
Aries, like Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn, is a Cardinal sign. Cardinal signs are creative and enterprising signs, some sort of engines. Their peculiarity is to be selfish, to pay excessive attention to themselves, and to always want to be at the top of the list. However, this means of assertion may vary significantly from one sign to another.
Aries asserts himself through his physical strength and great energy. He does not hesitate to "blindly charge headlong".
Yang polarity for Aries
Lastly, polarities divide the Zodiac into two groups of six signs. Polarities are referred to as Masculine and Feminine, Yin and Yang, or Active and Passive.
These characteristics alternate from one sign to the next in zodiacal order. Active signs indicate extroverted, expansive, and fairly physical people who express themselves easily and are quite energetic and enthusiastic. Passive signs are more introverted, internalised, intellectual, deep, and calm.
Aries is active, or Yang.
The sign of Aries and its physical appearance
Even though they may not perfectly match your outward appearance, if your Ascendant, or to a lesser extent, your Sun, is in Aries, you might take on the following characteristics:
Physically speaking, Aries people have strong and angular features, with a prominent chin, nose and mouth.
They are athletic, of average height and build, with fair or red hair, a protruding arch of the eyebrows, tan complexion, a virile deportment for males, and a dynamic one for females. The whole physique gives an impression of might and ruggedness.
The look is usually gaudy or eccentric, quite often sportive, energetic and unrefined. Red colours are frequent. Indeed, Aries people do not belong to the discreet type!
The sign of Aries and its health
The head is the part of the body in analogy with the sign of Aries.
Its health is usually good thanks to its energy and stamina. In spite of its tendency to have accidents and all sorts of incidents due to its intense activity, the sign of Aries is very tough.
Its potential weakness is the head, which is ruled by Aries. Aries may suffer from headaches, migraines, or issues involving the face. Therefore, he must be vigilant in these areas and, for instance, never forgets to wear a helmet when he goes for a motorbike ride.
The sign of Aries and its hobbies
If your sign is Aries, activities which imply speed and some degree of danger are strongly appealing to you. It is most likely that you find a lot of pleasure in skiing, surfing, acrobatics, motorcycling, horse riding, car racing, tennis, hunting, video games such as Wargame, parachuting, hockey, rugby, boxing, or rock climbing.
It is important for your balance that you use up your energy in outdoor activities. Otherwise, your restlessness and your irritability are bound to unleash outbursts of anger and stir up the members of your entourage who don't understand your mood swings.
You hate to lose, and therefore, people who perpetrate injustices are well-advised to steer clear of your way! Besides, you always want to be number one. You have a competitive spirit and the makings of a winner. You are fond of challenges just for the sake of adrenaline surges, and you do not understand people who content themselves with participating instead of trying to excel themselves.
Daily exercises such as jogging, tennis, and aerobics help to channel your great energy. This is the secret of your fitness and your good mood. Remaining in an office does not suit you, unless you can regularly get out of it, breathe, and if at all possible, become intoxicated with a speed-packed activity!
Aries and Love
The affective life of people born with the Sun in Aries – and often of those who have the Ascendant in Aries, is usually full of impulses or of passion. Aries males and females are prone to love at first sight and are quite enterprising.
Unlike Gemini, they are not interested in infidelity. They are most likely to experience irresistible crushes which, depending on the rest of the chart, will be followed by action – or not. It is obvious that more than any other sign, Aries tends to yield to the temptation.
However, the other side of the coin of such sudden infatuations is that Aries has every chance to get bored quickly. Ruled by the planet Mars, the person with the Sun in Aries needs new conquests to feel stimulated. Once the hunting is completed, and the trophy is won, the initial fiery excitement may give way to some sort of indifference, unless other aspects of the natal chart indicate that the relationship continues and deepens.
Aries and work
Since Aries is a leader, a suitable profession should allow it some leeway, otherwise it gets frustrated.
If your sign is Aries, what is important for you is to build everything, to demolish everything, and then, to rebuild even better. Incapacity to settle, constant thirst for revival, dynamism, your independence: all these factors contribute to turn your destiny into a roller coaster, but this does not really upset you since the most important thing for you is that you never get bored and that you can use up all your energy.
Conquests and struggles are of paramount importance, and the desire to excel yourself is the driving force behind your initiatives. The few setbacks you may encounter on your way boost your dynamism. You may be a perfect illustration of the saying that "To conquer without danger is to triumph without glory".
You feel the urge to innovate, to launch a business, and to be the leader in anything you undertake. You steer clear of monotony and security. Your fortune may undergo ups and downs if you are careless. However, good reversals of situations occur frequently.
The following occupations may suit you very well, owing to their risky and challenging nature: policeman/woman, professional athlete, corporate manager, prosecutor, lobbyist, car race driver, stunt pilot, fireman, steelworker, woodcutter, machinist, butcher, businessman/woman.
The symbolism of the sign of Aries
Countries and cities associated to Aries
Below are several traditional features associated with the sign of Aries.
For the countries : England, France, Germany, and Denmark.
For the cities: Marseille, Florence, Naples, Birmingham, Wroclaw, Leicester, Capua, and Verona.
Animals, Food, Herbs and aromatics for Aries
The animals in analogy with Aries are rams and sheeps.
The foods in analogy with Aries are leeks, hops, onions, shallots, spices. For herbs and aromatics: mustard, capers, Cayenne pepper, chilli peppers.
As a matter of rule, if you are Aries, since you use up a great deal of energy, your food must be rich and energy-giving: proteins, meat, rice, pasta, dried fruits, etc. In any case, there are no overweight issues looming on the horizon because everything you gain is burnt in fiery sports activities and a wild life rhythm.
You are usually fond of spices, tex-mex dishes, curry, fried food, and also grilled meat in quite appalling quantities.
Regarding your culinary tastes, when sugary delicacies are mentioned, you feign indifference on the pretext that they are superfluous. In reality, you can often be caught with your hand in the cookie jar – in the literal and figurative senses. As one has understood, food must be swallowed easily, or on the fly, because you tend to gobble sweet treats in a quite compulsive manner.
Do you remember the advertising slogan of the late 90's for a chocolate bar, "Mars, making life a little sweeter.". This could be your secret weakness. You believe that this is the best way to get the energy required to make efforts, since you have a sporty lifestyle.
More seriously, opt for more subtle but luscious desserts. Mint being the plant of your sign, a chocolate-spearmint bavarois may be delightful. You are also very fond of figs roasted with Sichuan pepper. You may try a cinnamon and chilli fruit salad too.
Flowers, plants and trees associated with Aries
Flowers and plants: thistles, mint, bryonies, honeysuckles. Trees: hawthorns, thorny trees and bushes.
Stones, Metals and Salts associated with the sign of Aries
Stones, Metals and Salts in analogy with Aries are diamonds, iron, potassium phosphate.
Celebrities with the Sun in Aries
Astrotheme's database of celebrities lets you know rapidly who are the most popular personages. There are two possible criteria: the number of clicks on a celebrity's page, or the number of visitors who put them in their favourite file of their account. The examples below take into account both criteria, at the date of creation of these pages.
Taking into account contemporary people, the three most popular females are Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson and Beyoncé Knowles. The most popular males are Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.
However, we are focusing here on people born with the Sun in Aries. The currently most popular people are: Lady Gaga, Heath Ledger, Emma Watson, Mariah Carey, Kristen Stewart, Céline Dion, Russell Crowe et Robert Downey Jr..
Famous people having an Aries dominant
The Sun in Aries corresponds exactly to the topic of this article. However, it may be interesting to check the dominant of the chart. Indeed, it sometimes happens that the only planet in Aries is the Sun, but that the other planets or an angle such as the Ascendant are in a different sign. Although the chart's owner is an Aries, his chart may display a more "powerful" sign than Aries. This is called the "dominant sign".
Conversely, some people are not Aries, although Aries is their planetary dominant. In that case, they display Aries features. In some cases, they are "much more Aries" than people having the Sun in Aries.
Astrotheme has computed eleven types of dominants for all the entries of its database. They include the dominant sign and in particular, the Aries dominant.
The most popular people having Aries as their planetary dominant are, for the most famous ones: Gemini Angelina Jolie, Pisces Stéphane Mallarmé, Taurus Johannes Brahms, Pisces Pascal Elbé, Pisces Rihanna or Sagittarius Tyra Banks.
The other signs of the zodiac
You can also read the files about the signs of Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.