Your Sun, Moon and Rising Signs
The Sun in Aries
The Sun in astrology symbolizes the core essence of who you are – your individuality and sense of self. It describes what is likely to motivate you, and why. The Sun Sign describes the prime focal point within the personality structure, and is of major importance. Understanding and developing these aspects of self will help develop and expand your sense of authenticity. Understanding the house in which your Sun is found will give even greater detail.
If you do not feel much like your Sun Sign, then consider – Are giving yourself permission to be who you truly need to be?
Aries: Cardinal Fire
Keywords: Activity, Initiation, Energy, Impulse
Functional Expression: courage, bold, inspiring, intuitive, decisive, direct, devoted to an Ideal.
Dysfunctional Expression: foolhardy, egotistic, excess bravado, selfish, self-oriented, unthinking, overbearing, zealot
When the Sun moves into the sign of Aries, the Zodiacal year begins. And so, under the impulse to initiate that starts a new year, the Aries journey begins. Aries represents that spark of energy which instigates new life. Thus, at a most fundamental level, Ariens are often motivated by a need to start and act. The drive to pioneer and lead often figures strongly in life choices. In some essential way, they must do their own thing. Yet how easily they achieve this will have much to do with the choices they make, as well as the rest of their own chart story.
As the first sign of the Zodiac, Aries is all about ‘The New’. Those born under this sign have a particular affinity with the energy needed to get things off the ground. Ariens tend to excel in the action required to start something, but are not renowned for their ability to finish things off. Accordingly they need to learn discipline, understanding how to conserve their energies so that are able to persevere and follow through. Aries are usually found pioneering new territory, and must learn over time to develop the stamina needed to finish what they start. A happy Arien will be carving their own path through life, but may find the road littered with false starts and far-away endings if they do not learn to settle down long enough to finish what they begin.
A Sense of Adventure
Accordingly, Aries tend to face each day with a sense of adventure and hopeful optimism, but must learn to temper their enthusiasm with consideration – to find proper applications for their abundant, and at times excessive, energy. In many ways, they are the infants of the Zodiac. The motivating principle behind much of what they do comes from a child-like need to challenge, experience and explore. In pushing out into unexplored territory they must lean to balance enthusiasm with risk-assessment, to avoid rushing in where “angels otherwise fear to tread”.
Aries likes to be first, and in the experience of competition this is most easily expressed. Ariens tend to like games, deadlines and fast-paced environments. The need to compete in some way is often found strong in those born to this sign. The energy of competition is a wonderful vitalizing force, providing the impetus to challenge themselves and move on. Knowing where a benchmark is gives Aries something to aim for, which is important for both stimulation and focus. Accordingly, Aries have a particular knack for creating challenges in their lives. It is as if the energy needed to overcome can be the catalyst required to spark their initiating spirit into gear. Conflict with others – or with practical considerations – can be the trigger that the Aries needs. They like to start and do NOT like to wait. And so, poor timing plus false starts can be part of the process for the Aries individual. They need to learn to balance their impulsiveness with enough practical consideration to strive and succeed. Time and again, learning patience proves to be Aries best, and most hard-won, friend. As St Augustine said, “The reward of patience is patience”. Understanding and demonstrating this represents an important turning point for the Aries individual.
For those born to this sign, there is a great need to experience the self as the ruler of one’s own domain. Aries will tend to act in autonomous ways, and will often tend not to take others’ advice. Aries do not like being told what to do, and can have trouble accepting the authority of others. While Aries like approval for their actions, they will display a simultaneous independent streak, and so tend to do exactly as they please. They specialize in “captaining their own ships”, and so, can fund a will to act that is based purely on courage and self-belief. For this reason they are often found in positions of autonomy, whether running their own businesses, heading their own department, taking charge of the family or leading others in some area of their lives. They like to be at the vanguard, and prefer to be in charge. Following is only a temporary stop for those with a strong need to be out front and first. As the initiating principle is so strong, Aries are often much better suited to situations where they can call the shots in some way. They tend to do best when free to make their own success, as well as failure.
Doing Your Own Thing
This sign is also known for an abundance of enthusiasm. Combining enthusiasm with inspiration, Aries are often first to see an opportunity, and make the most of it. This can work well for new enterprises, innovation and entrepreneurship. Yet Aries also need to learn to asses practically the idea that is before them, and recognize the difference between an idea that they feel passionately about, and one that is actually achievable. The spirit of forging ahead can be an asset, as much as a liability. Tempering passion with thought for correct procedure is essential for success. Aries must learn to harness their “will-to-act” in ways that are beneficial – not just for themselves, but for all parties involved.
Aries can be an especially self-centered sign, so that focusing only upon personal needs, wants and desires often leads to conflict with others. Their enthusiasm is an inspiration, and others benefit from the Aries ability to scout out an opportunity. Yet this can become detrimental when Aries forget to consider others’ input, and steam-roll over others ideas without giving due consideration. One of the great lessons for Aries to learn is that of cooperation. Aries need to recognize when compromise and negotiation is required so that they learn to work with others in ways that actually assist them to bring to reality the lofty visions they can see so clearly in their minds.
As a rule, Aries have pure and simple intentions behind much of what they say and do. They are the ‘infants’ of the Zodiac, and so, tend to be honest and direct. This is a fiery, passionate and desire-driven sign, yet these passions are often simple in origin and just want to be expressed. As lovers they tend to be highly combustible, energetic and reactive. As friends, they can be exciting, vivacious and fun. As colleagues they are driven, focussed on outcomes and getting results. They usually have a lot of energy to burn and love all kinds of physical exertion. Yet, just as a baby is mostly motivated by its own immediate needs, Aries tend to concentrate foremost on exactly what they expect and want. They simply want what they want, and ideally they want it now. Dealing with Aries successfully means not looking for complicated motives. They say and do what they think and feel. They like life without complication.
In general, Aries are straightforward. They can be direct and to the point. They prefer the truth at all times, and will usually “call a spade a spade”. For this reason, they do not fare well with others who are more complex, subtle or calculating. Aries are usually honest, simple and sincere. They need to be treated with a similar degree of honesty, as they can be quickly hurt. As much as they can be brash and bold, Aries are easily wounded by others words and actions. Behind their apparently confident exterior stands this inner “child”, easily cut down by the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. For this reason, they prefer to handle situations in ways that are open and direct, so that every knows exactly what is happening and what the expectations are.
A Noble Spirit
Aries is a sign associated with valour and nobility. They will fight for what is noble or just. They prefer to face the truth of something, deal with it, and then move on. Yet Aries can be at times insensitive to how others feel. They may forget to take the time to find out how others are affected by their latest project or “battle plans”. Aries need to develop sensitivity to what is happening in the world around them. They can inadvertently cause pain to others by forging ahead with current plans before others have had time get up to speed. This Arien lack of consideration is hardly ever born of malice, but reflects more a basic failure to realize that there is anybody else with needs as important or as urgent as their own.
The Aries Solar Journey
If you were born with The Sun in the sign of Aries, enthusiasm and energy are the gifts that you bestow. Your desire to experience yourself as a dynamic and pioneering individual will say much about the quality of life that you lead. Aries bring new life and fresh energy to life’s experiences. As Deborah Houlding says
“Impulsiveness, and the urge to take action is your gift and your strength, leaving the hesitating majority in shame….Being prepared to ‘let go’ of the unused and the outgrown is essential if you are to develop your full force and potential, and the ridding of weighty, unnecessary baggage allows you keep re-evaluating your beliefs and needs in the context of the ‘here and now”.
Aries people are all about the here and now. They tend to renew themselves by constantly experiencing the invigorating challenge of new beginnings and inspired activities. Courage, and the willingness to pioneer, are your calling cards and stand at the very essence of your being. Your challenge is to give yourself permission to instigate, pioneer and lead.