The Sun in Aries denotes activity in every department of life. You possess strong convictions coupled with great physical courage. You have a stormy and driven nature, and make decisions with boldness and audacity. Leadership roles come easily to you.
You may find your mental activity makes you prone to passionate convictions, but you also have the capacity to transmit your ideas to others as your enthusiasm is infectious. You consider it your duty to have your ideas widely accepted and have the charisma to achieve this.
Audacity is the keynote of your personality. You are very ambitious and enterprising. The inevitable outcome of these qualities is a tendency to recklessness and extravagance of ideas and actions. You do not suffer fools gladly and find people who dither hard to cope with. Your forceful convictions can make it difficult for you to listen to temperate advice coming from others, yet checking your facts could save you from the fanaticism and rashness to which the Aries type is liable.
You tend to give free expression to your impatience with those slower than yourself and to become irritable on slight provocation. For this reason you should always attempt to come to terms with other people's convictions rather than dismissing them just because they do not correspond with your own. You tend to run hot, which can lead to burn-out!
Those with the Sun in Aries can learn a lot from the personality traits of their opposite Zodiac sign of Libra. The measured quality of the Libran ability to strive for balance in decision-making and action complements the Aries, who wants to run before learning to walk.
Aries, the first sign
of the zodiac, is ruled by the planet Mars and symbolized by the ram.
Recently on a popular animal show, I observed the sparring techniques
of the ram. The males lower their heads so that their horns extend
forward; they take a firm stance and charge headlong into their
adversary. The sound of their horns butting against each other is
enough to make most humans cringe. Undaunted by their blows, however,
they repeat this ritual over and over again for hours. I had to
remark on the wisdom of the ancient astronomers to have matched so
perfectly the sign of Aries with its zodiacal mascot, the ram.
When you first meet an Aries, you are impressed with the aura of
physical power which seems to surround him. From his cheerful, yet
honest glance, his confident handshake, and the firm stance of his
feet on the ground, you get the feeling he knows exactly who he is
and where he's going. But don't say something to get on his bad side.
The ram can get pretty unruly when he lowers his horns, and I don't
mean figuratively. Of all zodiacal natives, the Arien can most easily
haul off and punch you right in the nose. Of course he'll apologize
saying he didn't know what got into him, but only after he's had time
to think about it. Doing first and thinking later, under most
circumstances, is actually one of his strong points.
The resemblance to his mascot-counterpart does not end there.
Physically, the Arien imposes a powerful looking frame with a well
developed musculature. Even the women by their general demeanor will
convey the attitude of being 'ready for action.' The face is almost
always reddish or ruddy complected with decidedly sharp features.
They will usually have very steady eyes. Try out-staring an Arien,
and you'll soon know what I mean. The brows will generally be
close-knit, seeming to join with the bridge of the nose to form a
"T." The end of the nose which can be bulbous or
button-shaped, appears somehow to stand out from or not go along with
the rest of the face. The forehead is almost always prominent,
further suggesting the ram's horns. Some Ariens may even bend forward
slightly when they walk, leading themselves by the horns, so to
speak, as if in search of another sparring partner.
From all of this you may infer Ariens to be a mean looking lot.
Actually the opposite is true. Most of them are quite good looking,
especially in the face, which is their strong point. In many female
Ariens, the definitive jaw line and accentuated cheekbones suggests
the classical facial lines of a model. The forward or aggressive
appearance of many Mars-ruled is actually a design by Nature to hide
their inner gentleness. Ariens, you see, are actually the babies of
the zodiac. Just think of an infant in a bassinet, and you will have
the perfect picture of the typical April-born. When baby's hungry,
he'll scream his lungs out just to get your attention, his ams and
legs flailing frantically in jerky movements; but when the crisis is
over, he'll be as cute and cuddly as ever, making you wonder what all
the fuss was about. Just watch your Arien friend the next time he's
hungry. Nothing else will seem to matter but that he find a
restaurant and eat, and you must be hungry too, right? After his
needs are taken care of, everything is quite back to normal. It
didn't seem to matter that the food wasn't to your liking or that you
hadn't had enough. These facts seem to have never entered his
consciousness. This is not to say Ariens are immature or
inconsiderate. It's just that their wants or desires usually come
first, and they sometimes have a hard time seeing beyond them to
others' needs. If they do seem inconsiderate at times, you'll just
have to chalk it up to the Arien way of doing things, and that's not
so bad. After all, where else could you find such wide-eyed innocence
and childlike good humor in the wake of such diplomatic faux pas.
Like the proverbial 'babe in the woods, ' there is something about
Mars-ruled that always retains the qualities of innocence, naivete,
and childish enthusiasm. The fellow who came up with the phrase
"bright eyed and bushy tailed" must certainly have been
talking about an Arien. Their approach to life is always optimistic
but sometimes simplistic, seeing things in terms of black and white
and remaining quite oblivious to so many shades of grey. This can
sometimes make the ram narrow-minded or dogmatic in his thinking, but
what he can accomplish without a lot of distracting nuances and
complexities to slow him down is staggering. The Mars-ruled is action
oriented, and nobody is better than he at getting the job done.
Consider how many Ariens you know who are job foreman, managers, or
who own their own businesses. Their ability at giving orders and
relegating responsibility to subordinates in the job situation is
uncanny. Don't put them in a position, however, where they'll have to
deal with complex emotions or with a problem requiring delicate
handling or subtlety. They're simply not equipped for it. They'll
balk at the prospect of any such undertaking, being stultified with
the complexities of the task.
There's nothing complex about these April-born. As with children,
what you see is what you get. Their straightforwardness can be
endearing, though it often gets them into trouble. They'll think
nothing of telling you the dress you just bought is awful, even
though you spent all afternoon picking it out. you should have bought
one like the one they're wearing, and isn't it wonderful? Let's face
it, tact and diplomacy are not high on the list of importance to
Mars-ruled, and a few emotional bumps and bruises may well be in
store for even their closest friends. What seems like rudeness is
quite literally an obliviousness to your feelings; it's certainly not
intentional. Just try and accuse them of being inconsiderate, and
they'll stare at you in genuine wide-eyed innocence, wondering what
it was they said wrong.
If your friend is an Arien, you can have consolation in knowing that,
despite any shortcomings, he'll never play mind games. The Arien
native, as the child in him would imply, is not the least bit
calculating. He'll simply tell it like it is before he's had a chance
to think about the consequences. You'll never catch him buttering up
to the boss for a promotion, or plying you with fancy dinners to win
a favor. Those ideas never really enter his mind. After all, why
wouldn't you want to do him a favor just by his asking? He's got it
coming to him, doesn't he? and whose life is more important anyway?
As for buttering up the boss, Ariens may be too self-sufficient and
proud to acknowledge they have a boss. Indeed, they may even take
work matters into their own hands without the boss's knowledge. These
Mars-ruled do not work well under authority unless they, too, have
subordinates to whom to give orders. They resent being ordered around
because they feel their ideas are the best anyway, and who should
question them? In this respect, they are probably right. As I
mentioned before, the Arien's knack for knowing how to get the job
done is unsurpassed. Nevertheless, their disregard for authority can
sometimes get them into trouble and can even cost them their job. Ask
any Mars-ruled how many times he's been fired, and he'll probably
tell you more than once.
The childlike enthusiasm of April-born is infectious, and their
ability to rouse others to interest in a project or undertaking is
unparalleled. As soon as the undertaking has gotten off the ground
and is well on its way, however, their own interest wanes. Ariens
soon become bored once the novelty of a project has worn thin. It's
not that they are lazy; no sign is more energetic. It's just that
Mars-ruled are initiators, not perpetuators, and need the constant
challenge of newness to keep themselves from getting bored. Progress
is important to them. There is a drive in them to be constantly
moving forward, and they can become downright ornery if they feel
their progress is in any way impeded. To have to retrace their steps
or go back to a former lifestyle or circumstance is unthinkable to
most Ariens. They'd just as soon take their chances on unbroken ground.
There's nothing an Arien likes better than to have his ego bolstered.
He seeks praise not necessarily for what he has accomplished but
simply for who and what he is. When the ram feels he's not getting
his share of admiration from those around him, he'll often exaggerate
the truth in his own favor to evoke more favorable comments. Ariens
won't usually lie. That is quite beyond their straightforward nature,
but a little embellishment here and there never hurt anyone. When
your Arien friend tells you about the new apartment he just moved
into, for example, he'll describe it in terms of crystal chandeliers, hand-tooled
woodwork, and spacious windows. When you actually see it, however,
it may appear somewhat less than you had imagined. The Arien trait of
bending the truth in part represents their need to mark the stamp of
their individuality on everything they do. The ram is not content to
let even the facts remain unaltered by his Arien originality, and if
in the process he can direct a little more attention to himself, so
much the better.
The Arien need for originality is put to good use in occupations
where a personal touch is required. Interior decorating, custom
catering, hair design, cinematography, photography, architectural
design, etc. are replete with Mars-ruled whose flair and originality
add a breath of freshness to their respective fields. Leave it to an
Arien to keep your company, project or undertaking fresh and in
keeping with the times. In business their progressive originality is
always seeking new outlets, and work is never dull in their arena.
Next time you're at work, or anywhere for that matter, notice the
individual with more than the average ambition, a cheerful brand of
optimism, and fiery energy and originality. Chances are he or she
will be an Aries.