The zodiac sign Aries, 21st March - 19th April, is ruled by Mars, and naturally rules the 1st House. The Aries symbol is the Ram. Aries Archetypes are the Warrior, the Pioneer and the Daredevil. Aries has the element of Fire, and the polarity Yang, being more outward facing and masculine in energy.

Aries tend to attact and even seek out stressful situations, and they thrive on the challenges stress brings. For them, stress attracts the opportunity for independence, self expression and winning. They are happiest having the freedom to choose the circumstances and events which need courage and prove their strength.

Strengths and Challenges

Aries are strong willed, enthusiastic, independent and fierce, creative and competitive people. Imbued with the element of Fire they love adventure, and as a Cardinal sign take initiative and prefer to be active, rather than passive. Under pressure the Ram's Warrior Archetype takes the lead, and once they have actively chosen their battle.. nothing stops them winning. They love looking for treasure on the other side of fear, and in this can be a handy friend to hold hands with. Someone to boldly go with you where you might not dare on your own.

As the Pioneer, Aries loves a challenge where they are given a task which takes them somewhere new, whether that be a place, position at work or in society. They love being in charge of achieving a team goal whereby a new protocol or system is introduced, and it brings them a sense of 'I did it' satisfaction. As a Daredevil, their natural ability to work through fear, can lead them to exciting places and careers.
Aries and Astrology
Ruled by the planet Mars, they can also be aggressive, overly dominant, and combative where there is no real 'enemy'. As the Ram would suggest, they can keep butting away at a problem until it's solved, with a tenacity making the mountain seem just a hill.

Aries finds down time challenging. Faced with rest and relaxation the Ram prefers to go looking for 'trouble'. As a Warrior, they feel the primal need to be at war with something. Allowing time to 'pass as it will', without every moment and experience becoming an opponent to be overcome, is difficult for this fiery, fearless sign. They can keep fighting, even when the enemy has packed up and gone home for dinner.

Remember no two Aries people are exactly the same. And whilst some of the key words used in pop astrology may indeed be ascribed correctly, best not to rely on generalisations. Your Natal Chart will show where your Aries sign (ruled by the Sun) is placed specifically, as well as the corresponding House. Other aspects (planets and signs that are geometrically aligned), and many other considerations make up the total sum of a Natal Chart.

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