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Date March 21st - April 20th Quality Cardinal
Element Fire House First
Ruling Planet Mars Body Part The Head

Aries Traits

A natural leader and ruler of the all important First House, Aries confidently takes its rightful place as the first sign of the Zodiac, which begins at the Spring Equinox. In accordance with its position, Aries is an intrepid, assertive and dynamic zodiac sign with a particular strength for boldly initiating new projects. Aries forges his way through life with his pioneering and enterprising spirit. This is a sign that thrives on action and activity, Aries leadership qualities make them natural born pace setters determined to stand out from the crowd.

Aries have no fear or hesitation when it comes to being in the thick of the action, adrenalin is their lifeblood. Certainly one element of the Aries character has a reputation for being aggressive and confrontational, this is not a sign whose natural disposition inclines it to walk away from a fight, in general the Aries will engage in battle rather then walk away; this is a sign that stands its ground and fights its corner to the end when it perceives itself to be in the right. Patience is not always a strong point with this sign. Self-expression is an important element of the Aries persona.

This is certainly a courageous and dynamic sign and what it lacks in subtly it more than makes up for in enthusiasm and passion. Despite their need for quick and decisive action Arians tend to avoid rushing in where angels fear to tread. People born under this sign tend to be able to quickly appraise a situation and require very little time to plan a swift and decisive course of action that they can confidently execute; this is a sign that thinks on its feet. Aries lives in the ‘now' and is constantly looking forward.

Sex is a big motivation for the typical Arien and passion often acts as a channel for the Arian power and energy. This is a naturally competitive and physical sign that loves the outdoors for the challenges that mother nature can offer, whether they be rock climbing, water sports or team sports all offer an irresistible test for the Aries psyche.

Aries energetic disposition does not necessarily mean that they are a noisy and attention seeking sign, a great many Arians have a modest, unpretentious character. This is due to the fact that Aries takes its power from Mars, a planet more concerned with action than the glamour of power. That said if the energy of this sign is not adequately controlled and directed productively then egocentricity could occur.

Aries is symbolised by the sign of the ram. The ram is the leader of the flock, aggressive, protective and with a tendency to charge headfirst at anything that stands in his way. The ram's glyph, the twin horns, demonstrate the twin motivations of ambition and achievement.

Aries Lesson in life is to learn the art of co-operation and the boundaries of individualism. The Aries inclination is to do rather than to listen, because of this they frequently shun the advice of others and go about things their own way – often getting their fingers burnt in the process.

The Arien myth is the myth of the action hero, that against the odds a single person can save the world. In the tales of Jason and the Argonauts for example Jason had to lead a group of adventurers on a quest to find the Golden Fleece. The object of the quest, the fleece represents the part of ones self with which one needs to reunite so as to become complete.

Crystals and minerals associated with Aries include Diamond, iron and salt.

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