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20 March – 19 April






The first sign of the zodiac is natural-born leader, Aries – the great initiator, the creative spark who embodies its ruler Mars’ motivation and action.

Aries is the first of the twelve zodiac signs and don’t we know it. As Madeline Gerwick says in Astrology: An Enlightening Primer for Starry-Eyed Beginners “It’s no accident Aries is the first sign; if it hadn’t been, it would have rearranged the zodiac to get there!”.

It’s not that Aries is self-serving, despite commonly being (mis)labelled as selfish, it’s just fired-up, enthusiastic and keen to get things done. Aries is all about initiative – they are great at initiating projects (even if they’re not great at finishing them), at initiating action – an Aries coach or personal trainer would have you whipped up to shape in no time at all – and always found diving in head first (it does rule the head after all), as well as refusing to back down from a challenge no matter how tough it gets.

Keywords for Aries:

  • Expression
  • Leadership
  • Initiative
  • Courage
  • Enterprise
  • Passion
  • Adventure
  • Energy
  • Motivation
  • Confidence
  • Tenacity
  • Independence
  • Urgency
  • Force
  • Aggression
  • Arguments
  • Impatience
  • Impulse
  • Self-focus
  • Recklessness
  • Domination
  • Moodiness
  • Restlessness
  • Anger

Whilst I don’t *love* the idea of dividing attributes into seemingly “positive” and “negative” traits, each sign does have a high-vibrational side and a shadow side.

It’s important not to see these traits as either/or, good/bad, but more of a sliding scale of appropriateness… because let’s be honest, there are situations where ‘energy’ is seen as positive (like when your best friend motivates you to get out and get some sun on your face) and there are times when energy is not as desirable (such as when you really, really need to sleep because you have a big day ahead and your other half/housemate/dog just won’t leave you alone because they’re full of beans).

These keywords don’t just apply to people born with the Sun in Aries, they can also apply to the area of your chart (or house) that Aries rules – bringing these characteristics to this area of your life and colouring any planets found in the sign of Aries in your chart.

“Some of the typical interests of Aries are: themselves, challenges of any sort, being a leader, starting things for others to finish.”

William W. HewittAstrology for Beginners
Image credits clockwise from top left: Ahmet Sali, Logan WeaverDaniele ColucciMarc Szeglat, Vladimir Fedotov all via Unsplash.

Aries through the Houses:

Aries is the natural ‘ruler’ of the first house – which is all about our sense of self and our identity, but depending on your rising sign (also known as your ascendant), Aries may not naturally fall in the first house in your personal natal chart.

For example, a second house (house of resources) ruled by Aries in a natal chart may signify someone who takes charge of the finances, or someone who doesn’t like to share possessions. In the seventh house (house of relationships) it may be someone who is extremely passionate in relationships… or someone who gets obsessive and controlling over their partners.

The house in your chart ruled by Aries will be coloured with Aries energy and bring the Aries keywords listed above into that area of your life.

“His answer to any issue is action, so that sometimes he stumbles over his own toes.”

Marc Edmund Jones Astrology: How and Why it Works

Planets in Aries:

The planetary ruler of Aries is Mars, the planet of action, motivation, will, passion and energy. With attributes like these, you can see why Mars is so at home in the sign of Aries… Whilst Mars feels comfortable to express its full, authentic self when found in the sign of Aries in a natal chart, other planets found in Aries will behave differently under Aries’ influence.