Aries is a cardinal, fire sign. His key words are, "I am."
He rules the head. Like all fire signs, he exudes zest, enthusiasm, and
spontaneity. Being the first sign of the Zodiac, he symbolizes
beginnings. True to his ruler, Mars, Aries is a self-starter who
courageously takes the initiative and charges forth into the unknown.
He's self-centered and self-directed.
Aries' competitive drive pushes
him forward. He wants to be number one. Being two is like losing. But
Aries competes primarily with himself. He wants to be the best he can
be. He aspires to leadership positions, not so that he can tell others
what to do, but so that he can do what he wants.
Aries needs less social reinforcement than other signs. As
a child he lets his parents know he'd rather figure things out for
himself than have their help. As an adult he's honest, direct, and
straightforward. He stands up for what he believes in. Aries doesn't
intend his directness to be critical or hurtful. He's not vindictive.
He doesn't carry a grudge. He just says what he thinks, and he welcomes
others who do the same.
Diplomacy--or sugarcoating anything--feels like dishonesty
to Aries, and he makes no distinction between compromise and giving in.
He finds it hard to believe that others can place more value on social
approval than on doing what they think is right.
This doesn't mean that
he doesn't enjoy approval-- although he'll never to admit that he
does--but that he'll do what he believes is best despite the opinions of
others. If he disagrees with what's going in a given situation and he
can't change it, he'd rather go off on his own. As one Aries put it,
"When I'm alone, I know I'm in good company."
Aries is quick to anger, but he is also quick to get over
it. He enjoys a good argument. He has an ability for abstract thinking
as well as a propensity for action, so he's equally as adept at engaging
in intellectual discussions as in having an argument.
Because of Aries' tremendous energy level, he needs constant
activity and accomplishes tasks faster than anyone else. To him the
rest of the world moves at a frustratingly slow pace. Patience is not
one of his strong points.
In order to accomplish long-term goals, Aries
needs to learn to wait for events to mature. While he is proficient at
starting, insecurities that he keeps well hidden beneath his
self-confident image emerge when events do not come to fruition
quickly. His frustration can cause him to give up or do something
else. This is evident in Aries' dislike of anything in which he does
not immediately excel. At work he believes he should be promoted once
he knows his job irrespective of the amount of time he's been there.
Romantically, this tendency manifests by Aries falling in
love at first sight and hotly pursuing the object of his desire. He
then easily feels rejected if the other person does not immediately
return his feelings. However, once a romance matures, he needs freedom
and independence--not necessarily to see another person--just to do what
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