Aries Zodiac Sign - a Deeper Look

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Fundamentally, Aries' function is to be the initiator, the one who gets things started. In the northern hemisphere (where the myths surrounding astrology arose), the Sun enters Aries at the Spring equinox. Nature is coming to life after its winter slumbers, and manifests great energy as new growth pushes up out of the earth.

So Aries' function in life is to get things moving. The contributions all the other signs have to offer depend on someone providing the initial impulse. Aries is a fire sign, and fire has to do with inspiration and imagination. Your aim is to bring these qualities into life and act on them.

Now this may raise issues of compatibility with people whose horoscopes have different emphases. You may meet opposition from people (maybe with an earth sign like Taurus or Virgo emphasised in their birth charts) who are frustrated, telling you that it is all very well to be fired with imagination and act on new ideas, but what counts is whether anything lasting results. Well, yes, they may have a point. Perhaps you get some project off the ground, lots of people become dependent on the continuation of that project, but then it collapses as it is not being sustained. Here is a challenge to you to be true to yourself. If you get bored easily with a project once it has been started, maybe you need to make sure there are others around who are good at sustaining and managing the practical necessities of your idea. Then anyone dependent on it will not be let down. If you have no inclination to work with practical details, then maybe you could accept that as a personal quality you don't have and leave it to others, while you act on your next inspired idea! However, although you have an Aries emphasis, there may have been a lot of planets in earth signs (maybe Mercury in Taurus for instance) when you were born, and this would indicate some more practical inclinations you may want to pursue.

Consider the sign immediately opposite, Libra. Represented by a pair of scales, Libra is concerned with balance, harmony, co-operation. These are qualities you may need to learn in order to be effective, but not at the expense of your overall aims in life. You have, underlying everything, a strong personal will to move in life and fulfil your aims. Co-operation may be needed, but never allow others to sit on you or hold you down, otherwise you will be frustrated and unable to make the contribution to life you were born to make. This could be difficult if the Moon was in Libra when you were born, because this would indicate that your instinctive desire is to live in perfect peace and harmony with others - if you are at loggerheads with someone, then you feel insecure. This is a side of your nature which needs to be honoured, and it may take a lot of negotiation, especially with one you love with whom compatibility is so strongly desired, to have the peaceful co-existence you need at the same time as pursuing your own interests.

The above is just a brief sketch of the sort of qualities Aries should be aiming for. If you are experiencing difficulties on the way, the rest of your birth chart will indicate where these difficulties are, and a consultation would very likely provide clues as to how to deal with them. All aspects of our nature, as represented by the planets in signs and houses of our charts, need to be honoured and respected.

© Richard Hills

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This article is by Richard Hills - Astrologer. Richard offers birth chart and other astrology readings. Find out more at Astrology Readings, Birth Charts

This page indicates qualities you will have if the zodiac sign of Aries is prominent, but not necessarily your Sun sign, in your birth chart. If Aries is your ascendant or Moon sign or if Mars is prominent these characteristics are likely to show.

The positions of, and relationships between, the planets in your birth chart will show the predispositions you have and how best to use them successfully in life in the world.

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