…And so it begins, my personal study into Astrology. If you know me, you have probably heard me say things about being a Libra at least once. I never used to put much stock into Astrology until I began following it and reading it – now I find it to be an entertaining motivational piece of my day. I almost always read my horoscope and have read up on my sign, but don’t know much about the other signs, so I am starting this column to educate both myself and you.
The first sign of the zodiac is Aries, which is the sign designated to those born between March 21 – April 20. Aries represents beginnings and is the sign most tied to birth and childhood. If you know an Aries, you probably think of them as being energetic and “fiery,” as they are ruled by Mars, the planet named after to Roman god of war. Aries do not like being misunderstood and thought of as things that they are not.
Aries are the embodiment of the first seven years of life and all that childhood wonder has to offer. They do well either as the shining star, or as an empowered explorer. They are known for demanding the attention of those around them, but not to seek approval, rather they enjoy feeling like they are being heard and acknowledged. The Achilles Heel of an Aries is self-doubt – the highly developed Aries will foster a healthy level of introspection so that sees of doubt will not shake their foundations.
Many Aries make very good leaders; in fact, the best Aries are dynamic pioneers and will do well when put in charge of others. Lesser developed Aries are prone to self-pity when their leadership skills are challenged. Remember Aries, everything is a process. Stay strong and steadfast.
Those born under fire signs are often thought of as both combustive and energetic. They are believed to be very intense in almost everything they do. They are defined by their passions and have fierce personalities. In a literal sense, fire is an ongoing chemical reaction that releases both heat and light. Fire signs in the zodiac are usually warm personalities that will bring a sense of positivity and passion to those around them.
Aries is a willful sign, not valuing patience, rather valuing a go-getter attitude. They enjoy excitement, accomplishment and insistence. They have an innate physical side to their personalities, often seeking physical challenges.
All cardinal signs are said to be the most pure form of their sign’s traits. This is true for Aries – they are the most fiery of the fire signs. This sign is the initiator of spring and growth and encompasses those traits as well. All cardinal signs are believed to be the most stubborn in their elements traits and are the institutions behind their season. Aries, like the other cardinals, is a go-getter and is known for being involved in activities such as starting up businesses and organizations. Many Aries people may have a knack in sports or other physical activities and will often be the captain of the team. The most conflicting situation to a cardinal sign is one of indecision.
SYMBOL: THE RAM
The Ram is a sign of aggression, courage and abundance. The Ram takes life head on, but on the flip side will often butt heads with enemies. The Ram is not here to make friends (not to say that they don’t), but rather it exists to get the ball rolling and make things happen – an integral piece of society and the world.
Aries is ruled by the red planet, Mars. Mars was named after the Roman god of war, but Aries is not necessarily a war-like sign. Rather, Aries is known for determination, action and overcoming obstacles. You are an implementer and make a great addition to any project or team (you probably started that project or team, didn’t you…). You are successful, unstoppable and adventurous.
The modes of Astrology are often related back to Jungian functionality archetypes – if you don’t know what that means, don’t worry – I will get into that in another post. For now, you should know that the four modes are intuition, sensation, thinking and feeling. Each sign is believed to be characterized by one of these functions, starting with Aries, who is intuitive.
Intuitive people trust information that is not proven and is gathered through the imagination, insight and hunches – making them impulsive, but not always wrong. They are often looking at the big picture and are not overly concerned with details. They are always on the lookout for new possibilities and Jung believed that the intuitives are the most difficult to understand of all of the modes.
MOTTO: “I AM”
The Ram is not concerned with feelings, insights or musings. They exist and they know who they are and what they have to offer. This saying reveals the Aries ego-centric nature but does not imply anything negative. The Aries is confident, bold and sure.
PLANTS: FERN, POPPY, THISTLE
The fern is a sturdy plant, that adds a beauty and character to any indoor environment. If you’re an Aries, trying putting a fern or two into your home to keep yourself balanced. For those wishing to channel strength and leadership, plant a fern in your home too. Poppys are said to bring wealth. Trying picking up a poppy essential oil and wear a bit to a job interview or burn it in your home to create a positive environment and bring on an entrepreneurial spirit. The Milk Thistle is renowned for protecting the liver and can be consumed as an extract in pill form.
Each sign in the zodiac relates to pieces of the human body. Aries, being the first sign, relates to the head. This includes the cerebrospinal system, the cerebrum, the jaw and the face too. So Aries, make sure to drink plenty of water to avoid migraines and please, for the love of Pete, wear a helmet when you’re being adventurous. Hehe.
STONES: DIAMOND, RUBY, EMERALD, AMETHYST
Diamond: enhances self-confidence
Ruby: raises fighting spirit
Emerald: helps communication
Amethyst: relieves headaches
So what do you guys think? Excited to read about your sign? Stay tuned for more information on what each of these characteristics is and what they all mean for all of the signs!