Symbol: The Ram
Dates: 21 March – 19 April. Mind that if you were born within three days of a sign change you may belong to a cusp of two zodiac signs
Element: Fire Sign
Quality: Cardinal (the start of the season of spring)
Natural House: First
Ruling planet: Mars
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, ruled by the planet Mars, exalted by the Sun, and reined over by the First House. It is a male sign, and if you had to draw a quick portrait of Aries, it is an impulsive sign that symbolized action and daring.
In Greek mythology, Aries references Jason and the Golden Fleece. Aries was not fully recognized as a constellation until classical times when the ancient Greeks from about 1580 B.C. to 360 B.C. oriented the construction of many of their sacred temples in relationship to Hamal.
The constellation of Aries is associated with the golden ram of Greek mythology that rescued Phrixus and Helle on orders from Hermes, taking him to the land of Colchis.
Aries is the first fire sign, with Leo and Sagittarius. Since all of the zodiac signs draw themselves from the sun, it goes to show how important the sun, and subsequently fire is as one of the four elements that make up the earth. Fire brings energy and this is exactly what the people relating to fire are. The fire signs clearly possess huge amounts of energy that let them go about their tasks with a fierce determination of finishing it.
Other than the four elements (Water, Fire, Earth, and Air), the twelve signs of the Zodiac are also classified through the zodiac qualities. There are three qualities in astrology: Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable. Aries is the first cardinal sign.
Cardinal signs are the initiators. They are the pioneers and the project starters and are the ones to get things moving. The Cardinal quality is representative of new beginnings and fresh energy, as Aries season is the at start of the spring, Libra season is at the start of fall, and Capricorn season is at the beginning of winter.
14 Aries Traits
Their main aspects are impulsiveness, impatience, and stubbornness. However, they are often put in managing positions for they are excellent leaders. Aries are often successful and are never discouraged by failure. They love being challenged, which is a sign of bravery and combativeness.
They are incredibly determined. They keep their eye on their goal and pursue it no matter what, and have the inherent ability to overcome any obstacles thrown onto their path. They do not allow anything to stop them and push through all challenges vigorously.
Aries people will walk where angels fear to tread. They do not fear the unknown and are willing to take risks to achieve results. Where other people might be fearful and hesitant to do something, an Aries proceeds without any hesitation and gets the job done efficiently.
3. Independent and free
Arians prefer to do things on their own terms and avoid getting bogged down by restrictions or people that can slow them down. They can quickly cut ties with people that threaten their independence, people that are needy, and people who do not give them the freedom to do as they please in life.
4. Natural leaders
Leading a team and carrying the majority of the responsibilities is second nature to an Aries sign. They do not quickly feel bogged down and overburdened and can set a very good example for others through their endless dedication and determination to their goals and their cause.
5. Endless energy
Being a fire sign, they possess high levels of energy to tackle any task or challenge. They maintain a rare ability to remain focused and energized for prolonged periods of time, which allows them to work toward and achieve their goals faster than most people.
6. They live life to the fullest
An Aries will never leave a stone unturned. They accept every opportunity and challenge they are faced with in life with open arms, and they will never allow themselves to miss an exciting, enriching experience.
7. Positive outlook
Arians always see the glass as half full, instead of half empty. Their endless determination to reach their goals causes them to see the good in any situation. When faced with adversity or challenges, they do not become discouraged, negative, or pessimistic, and instead, they focus on how they can overcome those challenges.
They are natural-born leaders, they do not like it when others give them orders or instruct them and can react negatively when someone tries to tell them what to do or how they should do things. Aries has a “my way or the highway” approach to life.
9. Irrationality & impulsiveness
Determination and passion are second nature to Aries sign; however, they can become so over-determined and excited to achieve instant results that they proceed with thoughtless action, and regret their decisions afterward. They act first, and then sometimes regret it later.
Independence and freedom are what an Aries person needs to feel happy in life, and when a person or situation halts their freedom and cages them in, they will become rebellious and angry. A rebellious Aries can be out of control, as they will stop at nothing to take back the freedom that has been taken away from them.
11. Overly competitive
They always want to be first, no matter what. They want to be ahead in the race and want to achieve things before other people do. This can cause them to become overly competitive and to see everything in life as a competition that they need to win. Due to this, Aries people struggle to work in teams, as they are always trying to one-up their fellow team members, and have a more competitive instead of cooperative approach.
They know what they are capable of. They know their strengths, and they are fully aware of what they can bring to the table. Having such a high awareness of their capabilities causes them to have somewhat of an arrogant, self-righteous, and overly assertive approach toward specific situations and people.
Always wanting immediate results, Aries people lack patience with processes that require time and dedication. They want instant results, and they can quickly become impatient and agitated when the results they want are taking too long to manifest. They get frustrated with people that are slower than them which can cause them to come across as rude and abrupt.
14. Attention seeking behavior
Love attention and appreciation from others for their work and efforts. This recognition is what gives them a lot of their motivation to get a task done in the first place. When they do not receive much praise and approval from others they can resort to childish and irrational behaviors to get the attention from others that they seek.
Aries people are ambitious and extrovert. Often charge headfirst and can achieve prodigious amounts of efforts to meet their goals.
Passionate, ambitious, Aries women are full of energy. True warriors, like the Amazons. The influence of Mars, their planet, and fire, their element, has something to do with it. They are remarkable women who can succeed in any endeavor. They always meet their goals, personally or professionally. A dedicated worker, the Aries woman has a thirst for action.
She naturally shines through their skills and daring, a source of awe for their colleagues and loved ones. Just like Aries men, Aries women go straight to the point when they speak. In a professional environment, they tend to become the leaders of their own group, and they energize it so that they might meet some goals that many would find impossible.
For them, competition is just more motivation to meet their goals. Doubt and hesitation are foreign concepts. They already know that success awaits at the end of the road. Traveling is a common hobby. She loves adventure, exploring new horizons to satisfy their boundless curiosity. They love extraordinary, adrenalin-intensive activities like scuba diving or bungee jumping.
By striving to be active at all times, their health can often suffer. Aries women are nonetheless very optimistic and rarely feel moody or low. In society, an Aries woman likes to scrutinize merits and flaws among the people around her. They might in turn find her reserved and aloof while she is in truth sensual and passionate.
As for their flaws, she tends to think they are the only ones who are right. They will never admit they might be wrong. They rush in headfirst (like a ram) without heeding any warning from their loved ones as soon as they have a goal in mind, nothing else matters, even if people get hurt in the process. It would be best not to stand in their way whenever it happens.
Another flaw that Aries women have to endure is that they tend to overestimate themselves. Being confident, in oneself and in one’s values, is great, but overconfidence often leads to complicated issues. She often makes a mistake and don’t listen to what others have to say, following their own mind instead.
Bolstered by her element (fire) and her planet (Mars), an Aries woman tends to stand at all fronts with several projects underway at the same time. As a consequence, she can end up lost and unable to see any project through. This flaw can be corrected by focusing on a single goal that is the most likely to succeed.
A flaw that can often irritate people around an Aries woman is her tendency to make decisions for other people. She love to decide, to lead, to be at the head of a group. But she forgets that in personal matters, you need to let other people (her loved ones) build their own experiences. She thinks that these people cannot do it and she tends to try and impose her own decisions.
Aries men are gifted with the kind of charisma that makes everybody love them. They are natural born leaders and when they have a goal in mind, it would be best not to stand in their way. Mars, the planet that rules Aries – but also the God of War in mythology – has a strong influence over them. They are persistent, serious, and unlike some other horoscope signs they are not afraid of a little competition. They do not see it as a threat but as a source of inspiration.
People find them curious but also open minded. Aries men particularly love an adventure. They are full of passion and have a generous nature. Their stamina and boundless ambitions are among their merits. They will see these ambitions through relentlessly, no matter what.
Aries men are brave and courageous. Keep in mind that they want to be the hero, the righter of wrongs, someone fighting crime or injustice with a valiant heart. Aries men (like all Aries people) love to take calculated risks that other people would find reckless. Always in the heart of the action, always finding something to do to feed their sparkling mind. Resting is actually the most tiresome activity for them.
Aries males have numerous merits, to be sure, but they have their share of flaws too. They are aggressive and stubborn, which can be good or bad. Fortunately for them, they get back on their feet quickly when they fail and can swiftly move on. They are not the kind of people who will complain on and on.
Aries men are never wrong. They seldom acknowledge their own mistakes and are not quick to apologize. This can be annoying for their loved ones who can often see them as tyrants. They are indeed quite domineering and tend to try to be in charge at all times. Quite intelligent, they often speak too much just to show off their knowledge, which can be irritating. Their legendary outspokenness often triggers unexpected blunders.
Aries men often hit the walls due to their obstinate and stubborn character. They don’t like to work as a team and cherish their independence. They tend to always want to do everything on their own. However, they love to lead and have people obeying their orders. The other way around is almost unbearable for them because they have a hard time acknowledging authority. In other words, the main flaws of Aries men are their being authoritarian, impulsive, and self-centered.
In friendship, they are unpredictable. Fleeting as fire, Aries people can change their group of friends overnight, especially if they see that their friends do not share the same interests as their own. These interests can also change overnight. Their craving for independence and somehow selfish behavior might be a turndown, but on the other hand they will push their friends to be better by putting them in a competition context.
However, they often make the first move to become friends with someone who sees the world as they do, often unexpectedly. They speak a lot, too much maybe, whenever they feel enthusiastic about becoming someone’s friend.
Aries people are straightforward in friendship. They love to say what they mean without beating around the bush. Trigger warning. Gemini and Aquarius signs are Aries people’s best friends. However, this is a sign that can get along well with other fire signs. Rivalries and jealousies can exist between them, but in the end they will have extremely constructive relationships.
In a professional environment, Aries are once again full of energy. They are workers who hate inaction. Boredom is their worst enemy. They always want to do something, invent, create, or find solutions.
They are motivated by their drive to become leaders and let this show through a sometimes overwhelming urge to be a decision maker. This drive to be the boss can put Aries in a difficult position when they have to operate under someone else’s management. It takes a lot of effort to work as part of a team or to take a business partner. They like competition and are very protective about their independence.
Influenced by Mars, Aries are drawn to heroic jobs, or those who imply tough competition or wars. They can join the military, or law and order like police officers, SWAT team members, or firefighters. They like to shine, become leaders or bosses. These jobs will help them sate their deepest ambitions. They can also become excellent lawyers with a passionate, stubborn, extremist, and single-minded character.
Other jobs might seem appealing to Aries people from their idealistic side, like being a surgeon, psychiatrist, or veterinarian. Saving lives, comforting and mending broken people, or doing the impossible are the kind of activity that Aries natives particularly appreciate.
Monotony and routine are Aries natives’ worst enemies. They constantly need change, motion, rhythm, or they might die of boredom. They are also drawn to jobs like stunt doubles, making their own business, being independent, or being a CEO.
Compatibility with Sun Signs
Libra is the best friend of Aries. They can get along perfectly. They are also complementary and resourceful, each in their own way. Ram can also get along well with other fire signs, most notably Leo and Sagittarius. Their soothing character that lives fast and loves adventure and freedom will trigger a sense of kinship among Aries people. See more about Aries compatibility with other sun signs.
Ram love new challenges, so they will be in perfect harmony with Aquarius natives. Gemini is also a sign with which Aries people can get along well, because they will never get boring. Ram has a harder time getting along with Capricorn and Cancer. Indeed, Cancer people can have a hard time with their domineering nature. As for Capricorn people, Aries natives tend to find them a little dull for their own taste.