Aries is known as the Ram for those born March 21st through April 20th. This is an approximation because of the irregular rotation of the earth and therefore not every year will Aries begin exactly on the 21st or even end on the 20th.
When I think of Aries; what comes to mind is a very independent, go-getter personality. A person who is filled with adventure and courage and lots of vitality and often sports minded but also there can be this focus on their self-importance. Now all signs like all people fall between being very shy or introverted to very dramatic or extroverted. So naturally the more immature, extroverted Aries is going to be the king of selfishness with the ego the size of Alaska. But even with those quiet, and more mature Aries you will see a streak of wanting to be left alone so they can do their own thing, no matter how subtle or charming their personality may be.
The ram is adventurous, ambitious, impulsive, enthusiastic and full of energy. Aries is a pioneer, open to new ideas and a lover of freedom. You welcome challenges and will not be diverted from your purpose except by your own impatience, which surfaces fast when you don't get quick results.
Aries begins with the Spring Equinox when the dead of winter is over and new life is coming to birth. Like a newborn child, Aries shouts to announce its arrival in the world. This is why Aries is always at the beginning of things – just like a child. Everything is perpetually new. And the major key phrase in describing the Ram is “I am.” And so like a child they are full of wonder, energy and curious of everything new. My grandmother would say, Hey “ you got ants in your pants.”
Many Aries feel deeply a life long struggle to fight for everything in life and this can play out as a charismatic leader pioneering into unknown territories or the Aries who is defensive and angry towards everyone because of injustices they felt as a child and have never let go of it even though it was many years ago.
The difficult father figure appears again and again in the lives of Aries. Often the personal restlessness and willful activity of Aries can be understood as a quest to fight the father’s or authorities restrictions. Aries usually have to prove to their fathers, teachers, coaches or bosses their worth before they feel any support or respect. Now whether the need to do battle is necessary or not there seems to be this pervasive quality deep within all Aries to not trust authority to be supportive initially. Many Aries take to the adult world or the battlefield of life, to not expect anything without a challenge. An initial defensive attitude before it’s even warranted which of course creates a defensive reaction from the other person, which by now convinces many Aries why it was a good reason to be leery in the first place. However, letting out the gentle lamb before declaring war is the more diplomatic and successful approach for the more evolved Ram.
When it comes to love; just the idea of it causes your heart to quicken. You love to flirt and you love the conquest but if your prey is too willing you are often bored because you really enjoy the chase as much as the conquest. Aries always love to win at everything and if the object of your desire gives up the challenge too soon it could stop the Aries fast in their tracks.
When an Aries matches up with another Aries the two of you had better be mature and have a healthy respect for one another or this will just be a competitive exercise of who will dominate the other first; Pisces will have a very calming effect on you for the short time you are together, you have a great chance with love with Aquarius because there is a strong basis of friendship, Capricorn and you need a common goal like business or children, Sagittarius can meet you eye to eye as you travel the globe searching for more good times; Scorpio’s will push your buttons and cause you to change but you may not like the growth; Libra is your opposite sign and therefore your ultimate marriage partner but it will take a lot of give and take at first; you often have a great fascination for Virgo’s but it usually ends up in abuse; Leo will be your eternal lover and playmate; Cancer will set up a home and family but will also want you to grow up, heavens forbid; Gemini’s are great but the passion often turns into a feeling of brother or sister love; and you and Taurus is better left to making money and leaving the romance for another lifetime.
Your warrior nature often causes you to be very frank, direct and candid in your personal relationships. Many of you will have a high sex drive and be quite passionate but your immature side can be your short fuse because of other people’s slowness or conservative attitudes. And therefore you can many times ride roughshod over the sensitivities of others.
You often need to have many conquests in your romantic affairs. This impulsiveness can also trick you into early unwise marriages that could end up in a big mess because of your passions and your impatience.
Emotionally you are much more concerned about yourself, since you are the first sign of the zodiac bursting forth at the beginning of Spring. And this can translate as self-reliant but also self centered and concerned only with your own personal advancement and physical satisfaction. Your incredible energy can make many of you aggressive, restless, argumentative, headstrong, but athletic, courageous, fearless, and certainly independent
Many of my Aries friends have been totally captivating and charismatic but you do seem to have the conversations be all about yourselves or you leave bored. But your best quality is that you are never afraid of a fight, a confrontation or the unknown. A true pioneering spirit comes through at some level for all with the nature of the Ram.
Being the first sign of the zodiac you are definitely known as the great initiator where you need to always get something started and then to lead the way. However, the dilemma seems to be the minute you become bored you need to start something else for the adrenaline rush of new activity. However, you don't finish what you keep starting. Therefore you might make a better idea person or motivator rather than one who is responsible for the follow through process. You could also be the one who encourages others to look at themselves in a new way. This ability could make you a very powerful psychologist helping others cut through the crap and get to the heart of the situation immediately, a take no prisoner approach.
Your pioneering spirit will allow you to enjoy life more, because you avoid being pushed around by others. Your aggressive nature can be at times objectionable, but if you aren't honest with yourself and allow yourself the freedom to be straightforward and shoot from the hip, you will become resentful, regretful, irritable and unhappy. This is also why you need to be active, physical and engage in sports and exercise to allow you to burn off some of that intense energy.
In the meantime, take out your aggressions in highly competitive games,. By going solo, you can knock yourself out rock climbing, roller-blading, or even hang gliding. Attending spectator sports will be less effective, but you could enjoy them and release some energy with your enthusiastic reactions.
Aries being the great initiators tend to never finish anything completely because they are always off to the next adventure as soon as the current crusade begins to bore them.
You are intellectual and objective rather than being emotional or pragmatic. You take on crusades for lost causes and you are the one to motivate the troops for that one last-ditch effort. You are quick in your choices but sometimes foolhardy and overly optimistic, lacking thoroughness and the ability to evaluate difficulties in the undertakings into which you often rush into impulsively. You need to learn self-discipline early in life so that you don't burn you and others out needlessly.
Like a warrior Aries are excellent at strategy, probably from all their past lives of military action. So stop and think so that you can plot all your options more effectively rather than impulsively rushing to decision. If you need to prepare your attack (such as bringing a lawsuit if you feel you've been wronged), outline the steps you'll take or list the pros and cons. The sheer abundance of your Aries energy can get in your way. Writing things down will force you to slow up and think before acting.
Your creativity tends to be more original, innovative and groundbreaking. Your best avenue of expression is to be the idea person, the one who inspires others to bring the project to its conclusion while you are off brainstorming new ideas for other projects.
Your competitive nature gives you energy and an enormous will to succeed in your professional endeavors. No matter what financial hardships you endure, you remain dedicated in the ultimate quest to be your own boss. Your sign is not particularly materialistic, and because you tend to be so focused on your goals, you are willing to make sacrifices to achieve them. Just don't get so carried away with your plan that you forget about the needs of your family or loved ones. You can become so self-absorbed with your quest for the Golden Fleece that you can forget all else and make your personal life strained because of your tunnel vision. You don’t want to end up at the finish line alone, do you?
Aries are leaders with a genuine concern for those they command. You, however, do not make very good followers because of your restless and impatient nature to just take over and take charge, like a parent who can't wait for their child to figure out how to do whatever. You are also belligerent about taking orders when you see no reason for it, probably a carry over of resentment when your father or teacher tried to curb your exuberance in your childhood.
The physical appearance is often of a strong, athletic body with an abundance of nervous energy that is best released through physical activity and competitive sports. Many Aries have high foreheads and a reddish complexion or red in their hair depicting the fire that is bursting from their heads and many Aries men will have thinning of the hair. But this is probably more from the high testosterone levels in men that often causes a loss of hair.
Aries governs the head and you are prone to head injuries and headaches, particularly migraines, and depression. There are two types of headaches that describe the Aries personality as well as the two types of Aries.
There is the more intellectual warrior type and the brute force of the physical type. The first headache type occurs for people who are about to give birth to some enormous idea, event, relationship, or experience in their life. The creativity may be swelling inside of them, bursting at the seams, and they may have no apparent way to release it.
The second headache type is from that of Aries who possesses fearlessness and courage but in the negative type it acts out with a raging temper. This is the type who is possessed of much anger and a bad temper. When enough bad tempers have no outlet for release, you rage with severe headaches.
As an Aries, you like a challenge that will stir you to action. This challenge may be frustration; but you may also have a clear direction and know what or whom you're fighting for. Without a direction in which to go, or a without a cause to fight for, you would be quite lost and frustrated, and probably picking fights just to stimulate you back to your basic nature of the warrior.
The symbol associated with your sign is the Ram.
Aries is often like the battering ram, even those quiet and shy types. Aries will barge in and make themselves a place in a crowd or in a waiting line. But those types that are fearless or even pushy in the outside world can be timid in their personal lives. The Aries who is a battering ram in career will often be a gentle lamb at home.
So Aries you can batter your head against a brick wall (which is the more immature type) or you can tune into the little lamb within you and attain your goals more easily by gently working with others instead of always coming on strong. This takes patience and maturity to learn the difference between what you can change, and what you cannot.
Philosophically you are a visionary of grander, sweeping possibilities; a free thinker and not one who gets locked into following dogma unless you are the one leading others to follow your dogma, but that eventually bores you and so you leave the group behind and head for a private retreat and a solo spiritual journey.
The contented Aries is the person who comes to the realization that the battles to be fought are ultimately with your self and with this enlightenment an inner truce and peace of mind can begin.