For thousands of years, mankind has looked to the stars to find answers and determine their destiny. In early times, astrology helped ancient people calculate the best times for planting and harvesting crops. Today, astrology provides answers about strengths and challenges within people's personalities. It can be used to plan career paths or to explore romantic partnerships. Each of the 12 signs of the zodiac correlates with unique traits depending on the alignment of the planets at birth. Those born between March 21 and April 20 are born under the sign of Aries, the first sign of the zodiac.
Mars was the Roman god of war, who relished conflict and violence, but, as the patron god of soldiers, his worshippers heralded him as the protector of the Roman army. In Roman religion, Mars was the father of Romulus and Remus, the twin brothers who founded Rome. Mars’ name likely originates from the god of war due to its blood-red color. In fact, astrologists often consider the color red to be an Arien’s lucky color. In astrology, Mars controls both virility and fertility. It fuels Arien motivation and initiative, yet is also responsible for its impulsive tendencies.
The astrological signs Leo, Sagittarius, and Aries, are fire signs. Characteristics of fire signs are similar to fire itself. Their flames require fuel to continue burning. Aries and the other fire signs need nurturing. Without it, they may lose control or burn out quickly. While fire signs tend to be bossy, selfish, or egotistical, they are also uniquely creative, courageous, independent, and lively individuals with a zest for life. Fire signs inspire others because of their strong moral ideals and are often very religious.
A symbol, or glyph, with ties to mythology, represents each astrological sign. Aries’ symbol is a ram with large curved horns. This symbol relates to the Crius Chrysomallus, a flying, golden-fleeced ram from Greek mythology, which perfectly illustrates the unyielding determination of Ariens. In ancient Egyptian astronomy, a god with a man’s body and the head of a ram, Amon Ra, represented Aries. However, in the Marshalls Islands, the people use a porpoise to depict Aries.
Individuals born under the sign of Aries possess a strong sense of self-worth. The astrological community recognizes Aries for their fearlessness, initiative, and their ability to lead. Bravery and confidence are strong attributes. In a room full of people, the person most likely to assume a leadership role will be an Aries. Many of the Arien characteristics support their ability to lead others.
In astrology, there are masculine signs and feminine signs. This duality has nothing to do with being a man or woman and everyone possesses both masculine and feminine energies. Masculine energy is what an individual projects to the world, while feminine energy relates to a person’s inner strength. Aries is a masculine sign, one that relies heavily on the physical. They are extroverts. Those born under the sign of Aries share strong opinions, a competitive nature, aggressiveness, impatience, and an adventurous spirit. Other signs considered to be masculine signs are Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, and Aquarius.
Each zodiac sign rules a different part of the human body. An ancient field of study called medical astrology focuses on anatomical-astrological connections. Aries rules the head. Because of this connection to the head, those born under the sign usually have a uniquely shaped face or may walk with the head pushed slightly forward giving it a prominent appearance. Ariens share other physical attributes as well.
Ariens are hard workers and enterprising individuals. They excel in a wide variety of careers that require initiative. Many Ariens work in areas such as politics, finance, entertainment, and sports. Fire-fighting or military service allows them to exert their natural ability to lead others, satisfies their adventurous side, and provides the opportunity to head into an unknown situation without hesitation. Because they enjoy being in control and are notorious self-starters, Ariens lean toward entrepreneurial endeavors. For Aries, actions always speak louder than words. They take on high-stress work opportunities that others might avoid. However, they are better at starting projects than finishing them.
Known for often coming on too strong, Ariens are straightforward romantic partners. They don’t generally believe in mind games, and they’re always upfront about their feelings and intentions. Although Ariens can be overbearing, they are also the most protective sign in the zodiac. If a loved one is in danger, Ariens won’t hesitate to risk their own safety to rescue them. Ariens, whether male or female, do not usually choose weak individuals as romantic partners. Those born under the sign of Aries often find themselves attracted to those who can match their level of confidence. Partnerships with other fire signs work well.
Ariens have no problem rallying others to their causes or garnering attention for a project. Their magnetism attracts others who seek excitement in their lives. Many Ariens have become renown leaders or enjoy the status of being initiators or “firsts” in their fields. Sandra Day O’Connor, Colin Powell, Lady Gaga, Robert Downey Jr., Leonardo Da Vinci, Billie Holiday and Aretha Franklin were all born under the sign of Aries. Ariens fight to maintain their individuality and aren’t good at suppressing their emotions.
Ariens often exude an irresistible charm that is somewhat boyish or girlish in nature because they are the newborns of the zodiac. Even though they may profess their independence, Aries enjoys coddling and comfort, despite professing independence. They tend to be too trusting and loyal, but if wronged, they are quick to forgive. Rebirth and renewal are prominent themes in those born under the Aries sign. Both Passover and Easter fall during the Aries season. Because of their drive to be initiators, Ariens may fight their need to sleep to the point of becoming sleep-deprived.