Ah, spring—such a wonderful time of year. No more snow or cold weather, flowers are in bloom, and summer's just around the corner. But that's not all this wonderful season brings: springtime means it's Aries season!
Are you or is someone you know an Aries? Gather ‘round and keep reading to learn all about the Aries zodiac symbol, key Aries personality traits, and the best ways to communicate with the Aries in your life.
What Is the Aries Sign in Astrology?
An Aries is anyone born between March 21 and April 19. Although the start date doesn't sync up with our calendar year, Aries is the first of the 12 astrological signs in the zodiac.
Of the four natural elements that represent the zodiac symbols (air, earth, fire and water), Aries is a fire sign and its astrological symbol is represented by the ram constellation. Those born under the sign of the ram are known to be energetic, adventurous, dynamic, and impulsive.
Let's take a closer look at these Aries characteristics.
Aries Personality Traits
In astrology, each zodiac sign is assigned one of three modalities: cardinal, fixed, or mutable. A sign's modality helps us understand how people best express themselves. The Aries modality is cardinal. People born with a cardinal modality are known for being traditional, reasonable, and natural-born leaders.
Beyond their incredible leadership skills, Rams have a number of great characteristics. Here are the most important Aries traits to know.
Positive Aries Personality Traits
With a zodiac sign ruled by Mars, the god of war, it's little surprise that Rams are known for being brave and tenacious. Aries signs are pioneers—they're the ones you call on to boldly go where none have gone before. Their fearlessness and courageousness make them the ideal people for trying new experiences, taking big risks, and breaking new ground.
Aries' fire element is responsible for their energetic nature, passion, and creativity. Being first in the zodiac means that people born under this sign aren't tied down with concerns about the past. An Aries is full of optimism and unbridled hope, making them highly generous and eager to help those in need, just so they can put a smile on people's faces.
Negative Aries Personality Traits
As Rams are always battle-ready, people born under the Aries sign can have quite the temper. While it should fizzle out quickly, Rams still need some time to come down from their outbursts. Steer clear until they do, or else you might find yourself the target of their rage.
The energy and courage that make Aries such a great leader can be dangerous when coupled with blind optimism. An Aries will play to win but might not always take the time to assess the risks and turbulence they could face in a given task.
The same courageousness that enables an Aries to take on a new situation or task can become recklessness if it isn't channeled correctly. Because Rams don't think about the consequences of their actions, they often end up feeling overwhelmed and learning lessons the hard way when things don't go as expected.
Finally, Aries signs are known for being overly competitive and seeing everything as if it were a fierce fight to the death. So be prepared for the wrath of a Ram who's about to lose—they're likely to be a poor sport and let their fiery temper take control!
Aries Traits in Relationships
Aries might be a capricious sign, but Rams are no doubt fun, energetic, and magnanimous people who can make excellent friends, partners, and coworkers. Here's a look at some of the most prominent Aries characteristics in romantic, platonic, and professional relationships.
That fire element comes through big time with an Aries in love. In relationships, Rams are not afraid to jump in head first and are most definitely not shy about expressing their feelings. Their fearlessness means that they can be very romantic and passionate without concern for the consequences. If you aren't used to such boldness, being in a relationship with an Aries sign can be quite the shock!
That said, an Aries in love can be a wonderful thing. Given their sense of adventure and willingness to take risks, you'll never be bored dating an Aries. And because they're often outspoken, there's a pretty good chance that you'll never have to worry about where you stand with a Ram.
The bottom line: if an Aries asks you to be their date to the school dance, say yes!
Rams are veryloyal to family and friends, even if they don't always reach out regularly. But the more fiery Aries traits can sometimes make it tricky to maintain stability in their relationships.
In families, Aries children are known for being active and assertive, traits that can cause them to butt heads with their peers and exhaust their parents. As such, parents of young Rams must learn early on how to discipline and deal effectively with their child's tantrums and rebellious nature.
As parents themselves, Rams are loving, selfless, and devoted to their children; however, they can also be overly protective and quick to punish.
When it comes to friendship, it's easy for an Aries to make lots of friends. That said, Rams won't bother holding onto friends who don't respect them (or others). They also like constant stimulation and spontaneity in their friendships, and if those needs aren't being met, they'll go ahead and start looking for new people to hang out with.
When it comes to the workplace, the natural leadership abilities of an Aries can be a tremendous asset. These are the people who will take on a new project with an infectious enthusiasm. Their innate intelligence and quick-thinking ways make them the kind of people you can trust to handle any setbacks along the way.
Aries people are also great for team dynamics. Rams are full of spontaneity that can keep the workday from becoming tedious and help bring shy coworkers out of their shells. Their generosity and willingness to help others makes them approachable.
Although the outspoken Aries might lack some tact on occasion, their optimism and ability to carry the team to new heights will more than make up for it.
It's always best to let Aries take the lead.
Advice for Aries
Being a leader—being first—is usually important to those born under this sign. If you're an Aries, you could try tapping into those leadership skills by joining a school club or sports team. For example, if you're really good at a certain sport, you might look to play it in college as well. Your teammates will benefit from your enthusiasm and drive, and you'll have a structured environment in which to thrive.
If sports aren't your thing, try looking into volunteering somewhere. Your innate generosity and optimism will fit in perfectly with organizations in need of good people willing to help out. Check out these examples of community service projects to get ideas on places you could volunteer.
Since Rams are often temperamental, it's recommended that you work hard on finding ways to calm yourself and control your anger. Meditation, breathing, and yoga are a few options you have for gaining control of your quick fuse and learning how to remain calm in difficult situations.
How to Relate to the Aries in Your Life
If you're a friend or partner of an Aries, try letting them take the lead on planning an activity or date. The adventurous Aries wants to know that you can keep up, so remember to be open-minded and flexible—who knows what magic you'll encounter!
Because Rams are such altruistic people, you'll find it easy to get to know an Aries over a volunteer activity. Here are some possible volunteer opportunities you could try if you're hoping to kick-start some bonding time with an Aries.
Games and sports are also a fun way to get an Aries excited (though be sure to watch out for their competitive streak!). This zodiac sign has a lot of energy to expend and is willing to try almost anything, so don't be afraid to invite them out to engage in a bit of friendly (or flirty) competition.
Curious about how Aries people relate to other signs of the zodiac? Read about the tempestuous Aries/Pisces pairing here, or learn more about how Aries people connect with all other zodiac signs here.
While there's not a precise equivalence, many people with an Aries horoscope also have an Enneagram Type 7. Learn more about the Enneagram and if you fit into the Type 7 collection of traits here.
Are you a MarchAries? Then you might be interested in our overview of aquamarine, the March birthstone.
You know all about the Aries personality, but what about other zodiac signs? Learn what it means to be a Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces with our astrology series. You can also learn more about the zodiac and how it was created with our expert guide to the zodiac symbols.
Love playing sports in high school, but not sure about doing it in college? Then you might consider looking into a sports management degree.
Aries: What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Love, Work, Friends And More
March 21 – April 19
Aries is the first sign in the zodiac and the first one ready to jump in the pool. Your ruling planet is Mars, the planet of war, and that accounts for your bossy reputation. You have a desire to be first and lead the charge of progress. As a fire sign, you are energetic and love to get involved — and sometimes you act before considering all the implications. You can get hot under the collar and act out, especially when you don’t have enough space to do you.Subscribe To Our Newsletters For Horoscopes Straight To Your Inbox
Assertive, determined, passionate, forthright and independent
You’re naturally competitive, so finding your rhythm at work is all about finding that carrot. You do really well when you know what you want and what’s to be gained from getting it, so uncertain times are especially hard on you. Feeling important is an essential component of your happiness at work, so if you’re not appreciated, you’re probably not in the right place.
Aries are passionate, with the tendency to either fall head over heels in love or not be interested at all. When you’re in love it’s easy to forget to check-in with your partner to make sure that they’re on the same page as you. The way to your heart is by someone thinking that you’re the best and most important person in town. Compromise is not your strongest quality, but what you lack in diplomacy you make up for in passion.What Do The Stars Have In Store? Read Our Weekly And Monthly Horoscopes
You’re a dynamic and fun friend who is at your best when there’s lots going on with people who excite you. That means you love having people in your life that challenge your worldview, inspire you to get to your next level, and are engaged by their own lives. It’s possible that you grow bored of your friendships — the trick is to make sure that you’re not just restless before you pull the plug.
Because you’re so independent, family matters can be complicated. As much as you like your home base to be covered, you hate to feel penned in, and can lash out when you do. With your chosen family you do best when you retain your autonomy, so there’s always something lively that you can bring home to your loved ones.
Jessica Lanyadoo loves astrology and helping people help themselves. Learn more about her at lovelanyadoo.com.
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Everything You've Ever Needed To Know About Aries Zodiac Signs
If your birthday falls between approximately March 21 and April 19, then congrats: That means your zodiac sign is Aries (but you probably already knew that!). As the fiery, energetic, and assertive first sign of the zodiac, Aries are an unstoppable force that has the power bring passion, action, and courage to any situation. Everyone better buckle up when there's an Aries in the driver's seat, because you'll be in for a wild, unpredictable ride.
Whether you're an Aries, your crush or partner is an Aries, or you just want to learn more about the 12 signs of the zodiac, here's the lowdown on everything you need to know about Aries zodiac traits — and what it means if Aries is a big influence in your astrological birth chart.
Aries: The Zodiac's Leader
Aries is symbolized by the headstrong ram, which makes sense given their sometimes-foolhardy and assertive nature. Aries' ruling planet in astrology is Mars, the warrior planet, which explains why this sign tends to be so fearless and competitive. Aries is a cardinal sign, which speaks to why they can bring so much excitement and energy to new beginnings. And it's no surprise to learn that Aries' element in astrology is fire, given their hot tempers and blazing reserves of energy.
"Aries is the untamed wildfire of the zodiac whose energy resembles the flame of a newly lit match: While it burns fast and bright, the spark, energy, and creativity of Aries can burn out just as quickly as it is ignited [if they don't pace themselves]," Aries-born astrologer Alexandria Lettman tells Bustle. "Aries is bold, opinionated, magnetizing, aggressively passionate, and does everything with a sense of urgency — but nothing can compare to the tremendous amount of self-love and optimism that Aries energy carries."
As the first sign of the zodiac, leadership is a major Aries theme. These fireballs aren't afraid to carry the torch and be in charge, and they excel when it comes to taking passions and channeling them into action. The natural boldness of Aries energy helps to bring out the fiercest and most forward version of everyone around them.
Aries In Love & Relationships
Aries' romantic traits all speak to their fiery and fast-paced nature: they're courageous, zealous, confident, and unafraid to take the lead and make the first move. Aries can be some of the best lovers and friends of the zodiac, as they'll be your biggest cheerleader and bravest defender all wrapped up into one red-hot package. This fire sign is impulsive in love (and war), so they may be quick to pick a fight — but they're also fans of hot and steamy make-up sex, so anyone who can roll with their spontaneity and sometimes-hot temper will be repaid with plenty of excitement. And if you're going to date an Aries, you better not have thin skin, because you can count on them to offer up their honest opinion in an unfiltered way.
The signs most compatible with Aries are fellow fire signs Leo and Sagittarius, as well as air signs Gemini and Aquarius. If you want to impress an Aries, let them take the lead on setting your plans together — it'll behoove both of you, as they love to be in charge, and you can guarantee they'll bring the fun.
If Aries Is Your Sun Sign...
If Aries is your sun sign, you should always let your leadership skills shine. Aries people kick ass at taking initiative and getting things done. People with their sun in Aries tend to be impatient and action-oriented, so they don't spend much time worrying about the consequences of their actions or stressing about what other people think. Instead, they speak their minds openly and act on things on a whim, which is part of what makes them exciting to be around.
But, it could benefit Aries people to temper their impulsiveness and bite their tongues every once in a while, as not everyone can handle their upfront attitude and spitfire style of doing things — especially sensitive water signs or slow-moving earth signs. There's a fine line between being assertive and being aggressive, so make sure your emotional sparks don't result in an explosion.
If Aries Is Your Moon Sign...
Your moon sign represents your more private, emotional, and vulnerable side, and also speaks to what makes you feel comforted. If your moon sign is Aries, you're probably uninhibited with your emotions — when you feel something, you feel it in a big way and you’re not afraid to show it. If something's bothering you, you'd rather deal with it immediately rather than repress it and let it fester. You're straight-up with your feelings, and the people closest to you appreciate that your realness.
If Aries Is Your Rising Sign...
Your rising sign represents your surface-level self and the version of you that you present to the outside world. If your rising sign is Aries, you emanate a natural confidence that others pick up on easily, and you can come off as highly-energetic, even when you're feeling sluggish. You radiate bravery and independence, and while some people might feel intimidated by your opinionated viewpoint and ultra-spirited presence, others will be drawn to it and see you as a leader. Embrace your boldness and powerful presence!
First astrological sign of the zodiac
This article is about the astrological sign. For the astronomical constellation, see Aries (constellation).
Aries (♈︎) (Latin for "ram") is the first astrological sign in the zodiac, spanning the first 30 degrees of celestial longitude (0°≤ λ <30°), and originates from the constellation of the same name. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun transits this sign from approximately March 20 to April 21 each year. This time duration is exactly the first month of the Solar Hijri calendar (Arabic Hamal/Persian Farvardin/Wray).
According to the tropical system of astrology, the Sun enters the sign of Aries when it reaches the March equinox, which occurs on average on March 21 (by design). Because the Earth takes approximately 365.24 days to go around the Sun, the precise time of the equinox is not the same each year, and generally will occur about six hours later from one year to the next until reset by a leap year. February 29 of a leap year causes that year's vernal equinox to fall about eighteen hours earlier—according to the calendar—compared with the previous year. From 1800 to 2050 inclusive the vernal equinox date has (or will) range(d) from March 19 at 22:34 UT1 in 2048 to March 21 at 19:15 UT1 in 1903.
Under the sidereal zodiac, the sun approximately transits Aries from April 15 to May 14.
Aries is the first fire sign in the zodiac, the other fire signs being Leo and Sagittarius. Individuals born between these dates, depending on which system of astrology they subscribe to, may be called Arians or Ariens. The color for Aries is red. In astrology, Aries is the cardinal sign of the fire trigon. It is one of the six positive signs.
The equivalent in the Hindu solar calendar is Meṣa.
In Greek Mythology, the symbol of the ram is based on the Chrysomallus, the flying ram that rescued Phrixus and Helle, the children of the Boeotian king Athamas and provided the Golden Fleece.
Mosaic in Maltezana near Analipsi, Astypalaia, 5th century CE
Aries zodiac sign, Jantar Mantar, Jaipur, India, 18th century CE
Aries, or al-ħamal, depicted in the 14th/15th century Arabic astrology text Book of Wonders
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Signs aries zodiac
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Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Aries loves to be number one, so it’s no surprise that these audacious rams are the first sign of the zodiac. Bold and ambitious, Aries dives headfirst into even the most challenging situations (which is appropriate, since the body part associated with Aries is the head). Like their fellow fire signs, Leo and Sagittarius, Aries is a passionate, motivated, and confident leader who builds community with their cheerful disposition and relentless determination. Uncomplicated and direct in their approach, they often get frustrated by exhaustive details and unnecessary nuances. They like things quick and dirty, a temperament also reflected in their sexual proclivities.
Aries is a cardinal sign that kicks off not only the spring season but also the entire zodiac wheel. Astrologers believe that each sign learns the lessons absorbed by its preceding signs, both joyful and painful. In the case of Aries, however, there is no inherited wisdom: Aries leads with blind optimism, barreling through life with an electric joie de vivre that perfectly complements their distinctive impulsivity.
These fire signs think after they leap, which often results in lessons learned the hard way. Aries represents the singular spirit (while Aries’s opposite sign, Libra, symbolizes partnership). These rams adhere to an “every person for themselves” philosophy. While this self-determination can be inspiring, Aries needs to watch out for selfish tendencies.
This sign is ruled by Mars, the dynamic red planet named after the Roman god of war. Accordingly, these courageous rams are always armed and ready for battle. Aries is known for an explosive temper, and although their outbursts don’t last long, it’s definitely best to avoid fiery rams until the steam has dissipated. But when these brazen rams are not flying off the handle, they’re upbeat, positive, and playful creatures who enjoy living life to the fullest. You can always spot an Aries excelling on the sports field, speeding down the highway, or organizing a vibrant party game.
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