Key Word: Dynamic Action
Ruling Planet: Mars
In Western Tropical Astrology the twelve star-signs are based on the orbit of our earth around the Sun – and have a minor connection with the stellar constellations. Aries is seen as the “first” sign of the Zodiac, as it starts at the exact moment day and night are of equal length – The Spring Equinox. All the other signs are measured geometrically from this point of the 360 degree celestial sphere.
On this website, I refer to each zodiac sign as a slot of the “Astroclock™” Aries is in the 9 O’clock slot but is referred to as the first “House” because that is the point where the sun rises above the horizon.
From the earth, it looks like a different constellation of a zodiac sign is present in the sky. But you would no see Aries during the day because the bright light of the sun drowns out the pattern of stars in the sky.
The sign Aries is ruled by the planet Mars. Physically Aries is related to the head. It is said to have a masculine nature, and is therefore more direct and penetrative in its energy. Aries is a fire sign, and this means a planet placed here will have a need to manifest itself in a very dynamic manner, and that the expression of personal identity through action is important. Competition, or the desire to come first is paramount. As Aries is Cardinal sign, its energy is manifested in dynamic bursts. Short-term goals are important and tangible results are achieved rapidly.
People with a strong emphasis in this sign will have leadership and pioneer traits, though there is a tendency towards impulsiveness and a short temper. Impatience and egocentricity need to be balanced, and greater awareness of the needs of others should be developed to avoid conflict and tension.