Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac in astrology. Aries means ram in Latin. The glyph used as the symbol is the ram's horns for Aries. It got its name of the Aries constellation. The Aries season of the year begins on the March equinox, approximately around 21th of March, and ends on the 21st of April - the beginning of spring.

Aries is pioneering, eager, action-taking and brave, but on the other hand, it is hot-headed, impatient and sometimes straightforward aggressive. It is the sign of fiery energy, individuality, and impulsiveness. In the natural chart, Aries is associated with the first house and it is ruled by Mars, the planet of war and fighting. In the human body, Aries rules the face and head and the muscular system.

Aries Element and Quality

Aries is a cardinal and fire sign. 

Cardinal signs include Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. These signs are initiators, they mark the beginning of the seasons in the year (spring begins with Aries, summer with Cancer, autumn with Libra and winter with Capricorn). 

Cardinal signs are ambitious, restless and like to take action. These signs are energetic and have plenty of ideas, they are a force to be reckoned with. Natives with emphasized cardinal signs are often leaders and pioneers.

If you group the zodiac signs by the element, Aries is part of the fire family in astrology. These include Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. These signs are active and have masculine energy. Natives with many placements in fiery signs are self-confident and like to be the center of attention.

When is Aries Strong in Your Natal Chart

All of us have Aries somewhere in our charts. In some natal charts, Aries is particularly emphasized and these people find the description of Aries very accurate to them.

The sign of the Sun, Moon and ascendant are very important. If you have your Sun or Moon in Aries or you are Aries rising, this sign has a big effect on you. Midheaven in Aries is also important. Besides these very personal elements of the natal chart, if you have many planets, especially personal planets in Aries, you identify a lot with its qualities. 

Positive Traits of Aries in Astrology

In the natal chart, the dignity of the Sun shows how much energy you've got. The Sun rules Leo, another fiery sign, and it is exalted in Aries. If a planet is exalted in a sign it means that it can work very well there and it is free to use the resources of the sign. Since the Sun is exalted in Aries, Aries people have plenty of energy. 

These natives love to lead and be in charge. Ruled by Mars in astrology, they are very driven. This drive can get them very far because it doesn't accept no as an answer. Aries is unstoppable and loves the saying that if there is a will, there is a way. Natives with important planets in Aries have excellent organizational skills, however, the follow-through is not their strongest point. Nevertheless, you can always hire someone to take care of the details, many Aries people think. Aries is the sign of entrepreneurship as they love to pioneer and lead. Aries is a born leader, even though sometimes it can turn into a bossy person.

Aries people are not afraid of competition. In fact, it gives them extra motivation and they thrive on it. Aries is very stubborn and it loves to win. Just like Mars, its planetary ruler, it is quick, brave and loves challenges. Aries people want to be the first in every area of life. It's a very dynamic sign and can't stand to sit in one place and do nothing.

Aries people most often enjoy sports very much. It lets them use their energy in a constructive way, gives them an opportunity to compete, and the best of all, there is a chance to win. Aries loves to win and can't stand to lose. Physical activity is very important for Aries. They love to fight, sometimes even in the physical sense of the word. People with many placements in Aries keep their youthful strength even at older ages.

Aries zodiac sign strength weaknesses
The good and the bad about Aries

Negative Traits of Aries in Astrology

Aries rules the head but not the brain in astrology. These people tend to run their heads against the brick wall and use a brute force approach to solve problems. Ruled by the planet Mars, these natives can sometimes be aggressive and threatening. In extreme cases, they can be prone to violent behavior and sometimes even commit crimes. But in these cases, there are always more indicators in the chart, by no means will everyone with many placements in Aries become a criminal.

Finding a way to vent your anger constructively can be a challenge for these natives. It's especially important to act less aggressively if you have to communicate with a gentle and emotional sign like Cancer or Pisces or with a diplomatic Libra. They can become arrogant or domineering what other people don't find attractive.

Aries people have a strong me-first approach. They have no problem with taking care of their own needs first which is a good thing but you need to make sure that you don't do so at the expense of others. It is important to share with others what you have. Aries can be very proud, self-willed and stubborn.

Since they are very driven, inactivity drives these natives crazy. They need to do something all the time to spend their tremendous resources of energy. Physical activity does wonders for this zodiac sign.

Impatience can be a pitfall for Aries people. They have many ideas, don't hesitate to take action and be initiative, but they tend to get bored easily when it comes to doing the monotone hard work. If you have some important placement in Aries, remember every now and then that Mars is exalted in Capricorn, the sign of hard work and persistence. You can make the most out of your efforts if you work in an organized way. Fail to plan and plan to fail, as Benjamin Franklin said.

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