Astrology: Sun Sign Aries

Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, oil on panel, 1490-1519. Private collection. (Photo by VCG Wilson/Corbis via Getty Images) courtesy of Wikipedia. Da Vinci was an Aries, born 15 April 1452.

“Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire, I hold with those who favor fire.”

Robert Frost, Fire and Ice, 1923. Frost was an Aries, born 26 March 1874.

The Sun travels through the astrological sign of Aries from ~March 21st until ~April 21, and in the Northern Hemisphere, this corresponds with the Vernal Equinox, the first day of Spring. As such, traditional astrological texts focus on the factor of increased sunlight during this time, when the primordial power of the Earth awakens, and as light equalizes the world is nourished with the return of the Solar power, which quickens life from its deep slumber, shaking away the dust and inertia of the long, cold winter. In the Southern Hemisphere, though, this is the Autumnal Equinox, and that heady solar force is on the wane, its power directed down into the earth, the potency stored for later days. Sun in Aries is energy personified, Cardinal Fire at it’s most direct and combustible.  Aries prefers to initiate and move on to the next conquest, leaving the execution and finishing off to the Fixed and Mutable signs. Ruled by Mars, the God of War, Aries is direct, ambitious, courageous, enthusiastic, impatient, lusty, combative, incisive, confident and humorous. At its worst, Aries is violent, coarse, hasty, insensitive, brutal, demanding, and mercenary. Not known for subtlety, and ever-assuming agreement and obedience from those around them, Aries people love a good fight, and will go to great lengths to ensure that their efforts at obtaining one are successful. Sporting, independent and quick to assess and take advantage of a situation, Aries is the original fire brand.

Aries Tarot Correspondence – Major Arcana IV:
The Emperor (Rider Waite Smith Tarot)

People born under the sign of Aries are typically very active, and their high level of energy can express itself through any route – physical, mental, or emotional.  Aries people are typically known as bossy, busy-bodies, bombastic, pushy, direct, ruthless, insensitive, martial, impatient, and lacking in subtlety. These folks prefer to get to the heart of a matter as quickly as possible, regardless of any hurt feelings in those around them, and when you call them out for their insensitivity, they will be surprised, as they sincerely feel that they are doing you a favor in getting things done as quickly as possible. Likely to take the lead in any given situation, and usually convinced that they are correct in doing so, Aries have little patience and do not suffer fools gladly.  You will never be smart enough to really impress an Aries, and even if you are occasionally correct, you may be allowed to express your opinion, but usually only in the midst of an argument, in self-defense.  If you happen to be wrong, or wishy-washy, or otherwise prove yourself weak or somehow reproachable, prepare to be dispensed with so fast that your head will be spinning.   If you need to get something done and over with, if you want a firm opinion or someone to back you up in a fight, go to your Aries friend and your job is done.  If you need a shoulder to cry on, or someone to shop for bed linens and listen as you wax philosophical about the merits of Egyptian cotton versus Turkish weave, move on as quickly as possible and spare yourself the hurt feelings. Aries won’t feel snubbed – in fact, they probably just won’t notice or care at all. They are busy, you are in the way, so move on and see you later.

Aside from all the domineering, impetuous, high-level energy, Aries also has a tender side which they may or may not be aware of. Aries’ polarity point lies in the sign of Libra, and it is in the realm of relationships, give-and-take, acquiescing to the wishes or needs of others that Aries can find development. To help cultivate breadth of scope and depth of character, Aries would do well to consider the idea of “other” every once in a while by asking themselves – what do others feel, think, need or want? Having that scope of vision will help Aries achieve even greater accomplishments, for in cultivating a sense of balance Aries will find their executive capacities even further enhanced, and let’s be honest, what Aries out there doesn’t want to be the best that they can be?

  • Key Words: independent, courageous, confident, bold, enthusiastic, optimistic, active, impatient, selfish, boorish, blunt, lusty, humorous, pioneering, reckless
  • Rulership: Mars, the God of War
  • Modality: Cardinal Fire
  • Polarity: positive masculine
  • Gemstone: diamond, ruby, amethyst,
  • Metal: iron, all metals in general are ruled by Aries
  • Tarot: The Emperor
  • Color: Red, scarlet, hot orange, bright white.
  • Deities: Isis, Athena, Minerva Mars, Shiva
  • Flora: honeysuckle, peppermint, cayenne, onions, garlic, radish, hops, mustard, thistles, aloes, holly and other spiked plants
  • Fauna: ram, owl, sheep, lamb
  • Famous Aries personalities: Lady Gaga, Jessica Chastain, Alec Baldwin, Elton John, Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, Mariah Carey, Eddie Murphy, Marlon Brando, Robert Downey Jr., Rene Descartes, Seth Rogen, Emma Watson, Chance the Rapper, Kourtney Kardashian, Rooney Mara, Ewan McGregor, Cosimo de’ Medici, King Charlemagne, Kofi Annand, Colin Powell, Nikita Khrushchev, Leonardo Da Vinci, Max Ernst

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