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Sun Signs: Aries

May 03, 14 Sun Signs: Aries

Now that we all have a basic understanding of the general information of the sun signs as well as the Elements and Qualities of the zodiac, now it is time to get to know each sign up front and personal. I would like to just remind readers that all of the information below is based on the sources. I do not mean to imply or otherwise make people feel anything but interested in the commonly accepted characteristics of each sign. Okay, now that the prerequisite note is out of the way, let’s jump into the sun signs.

It only makes sense to start with the first of the sun signs: Aries. As Linda Goodman, longtime expert in astrology explains, anyone who has a birthday from March 21 through to April 20 has the sun sign of Aries. The physical symbol of Aries is the ram, with a visual representation that looks sort of like the ram’s horns. The ruling planet of Aries is Mars, which explains much about the characteristics of Aries. As the first sign of the zodiac, it also represents birth.

Astrology.com recognizes that the Aries will often be a leader, partially as reflection of being the first in the zodiac but also because Mars rules Aries. Mars was the God of War, which explains why the Aries is such a leader with qualities like boldness, aggressive, courage, and honesty. Sometimes these do have a bit of a myopic effect, though, because the first-born focuses consciousness on him or herself. The Aries knows that he or she is capable, the best leader for the job, whatever the job.

However, along with that comes an innocence and energy. The Aries has energy to start new things and is not afraid to do so because they do not know any differently. As a Fire element, they burn with the desire for action. They lack fear at trying new things and will throw themselves into projects. As born leaders, they start much, but finishing, well that is another story with the Aries. They lead, not finish up. Much of their drive and energy (as well as lack of commitment) comes from being a Cardinal sign.

On top of this they are no-nonsense kind of signs. They are not prone to lying nor are they prone to embellishment, which also means they do not tolerate exaggeration all that much. What you see is what you get, for sure, with the ram. Honesty definitely explains the Aries. Sometimes that honesty is blunt, almost a bit hurtful, but the Aries is likely not trying to be hurtful. This blunt honesty means that deception, duplicity, and manipulation are not characteristics of the Aries, nor are they characteristics that the Aries seeks out in others. Aries do not understand such deviousness.

To use the words of Astrology.com, “The great strength of the Aries-born is in their initiative, courage and determination. These folks love to get things going and are fearless along the way. Their dynamism and competitive spirit add considerably to any of their endeavors.” Some other signs might see the Aries as impulsive, but the Aries sees only the energy and drive to get the party started. Lazy is not a word in the vocabulary of an Aries.

As far as temperament goes, Aries traditionally have tempers, but they flash hot and quick and then quiet down and fizzle out. The Aries does not hold grudges, nor do they understand anyone else who might. In fact, once an Aries has forgotten, then all is done. No need to carry any negative mojo. Goodman explains, “A realist, yet a decided idealist, Aries often defies emotional description. No one can show such tough, forceful behavior. Yet, few others are capable of such sentimentality, wistful innocence and belief in miracles.”

Aries plays its role as the first-born well.

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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