Aries Traits: Optimistic, independent, impulsive, playful, competitive, courageous, combative, adventurous, accident-prone, entrepreneurial, impatient, argumentative, rude, idealistic, energetic, helpful
Youthful, Idealistic, and Optimistic
Aries people tend to be fun, lively, playful, and youthful. Many look younger than their chronological ages and most retain some childlike qualities throughout adulthood, both physically and psychologically.
Despite the emotional courage of this sign, Arians are surprisingly sensitive and eager to please. Though they can be pushy and domineering or controlling at times, they are also idealistic, trusting, and in great need of reassurance. They can be quite naïve, and others may take advantage of this.
Aries people do nothing by half-measures. Anything they choose to do, they do fully and completely. They are stubborn and generally refuse to accept defeat, even long after a situation has become untenable. They rarely stay down for long though, as this is a naturally optimistic sign that bounces back quickly from misfortune and strife. Arians have a way of coming out on top in most situations.
Pioneering and Entrepreneurial
Aries people are pioneering and entrepreneurial, willing to go to new places, try new things and start new projects. They often have trouble with authority and do better as their own bosses, but they have a talent for self-promotion, which ensures that many succeed in their own businesses.
Aries people are not particularly well-suited to detail work, preferring to start things and have others fill in the details. Although they are good at coming up with creative ideas on the spot, they may have trouble sustaining the effort required to follow through with their plans unless they have their ascendants in Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn) or the water sign of Scorpio.
Aries people have very low boredom thresholds and can lose interest in things quite easily. Careers must provide lots of change, social interaction, and excitement or Arians will want to move on to something else.
Courageous and Impulsive
Aries people have a tendency to leap before looking and to take risks that shock more cautious types. This is a physically courageous sign, so it is not surprising that many Aries people gravitate toward risky professions such as the military, the police force, stunt work, sports, rescue work, and race car driving. Arians are also emotionally courageous to the point of recklessness, changing their entire lives on a whim in order to follow some dream or romantic inclination.
Arians are accident-prone, not because they’re clumsy but because they move quickly and impulsively. They like to drive fast and many have an interest in extreme or high-impact sports. The typical Aries craves the adrenaline rush of novelty and will often take unnecessary risks in order to achieve it.
The sign of Aries is associated with engines, and many people with the sun, moon or ascendant in Aries are good with anything that has a motor. This tendency, combined with a desire for excitement, may draw Aries people into professions or pastimes that involve driving or flying, though they may also apply their penchant for risk-taking to other career fields (see Aries Careers in Chapter 5).
Energetic and Athletic
Most Aries people have loads of energy, which they need to burn off continuously through physical activities, creative projects, or socializing. They are competitive by nature and usually have an aptitude for athletics, either team sports or solitary fitness activities.
Most Arians also enjoy watching sports or other physical pursuits such as dance, skating, skiing, or anything else that involves movement and coordination. Many are particularly drawn to martial arts.
Friendly, Impatient, and Combative
Aries is a very sociable sign. Typical Arians like to be around others most of the time and they tend to seek out novel and exciting situations. They prefer people who challenge them intellectually and compete with them in some way, and they quickly grow bored and irritated with cautious, timid types.
Aries people think fast, move fast, and talk fast (many of them are chatterboxes). They are not very patient, particularly with slow-moving, slow-speaking people. In fact, Aries is the least patient sign of the zodiac.
Aries people are forceful or even aggressive when pursuing what they want, and willing to charge head first into conflict. They prefer to deal with problems immediately, and will rarely avoid confrontation. This leads them to poke at and provoke more avoidant types to trigger some sort of catharsis. Arians often have little respect for those who can’t put up a good fight.
Honest to the Point of Rudeness
Aries people tend to be honest and forthright, almost to a fault at times. They are not subtle, and they have terrible tempers that are easily set off, though they are also quick to forgive.
Arians are prone to saying and doing things rashly, which creates strife in their interpersonal relationships. A lack of tact is often the cause of problems. However, when bored, Aries people may pick fights simply to entertain themselves and fulfill their subconscious need for conflict.
Selfish, Yet Altruistic
The Aries paradox is a strange combination of selfishness and generosity. Aries people can be self-absorbed and self-centered at times, but this is also one of the most altruistic signs of the zodiac. Arians are usually quick to help those in need, even at great personal cost and risk. This, combined with the Aries propensity to take risks, may draw them into the rescuing professions such as firefighter, paramedic, peacekeeper, or coast guard.
Aries people may turn their desire to help in another direction and get into the idealistic side of politics, working to change the system from within. Most Arians have a strong interest in politics, though this may take the form of argument rather than action.
The Atypical Aries
The sun sign isn’t the only element that influences personality. Aspects and planetary placements, particularly the moon sign and rising sign (ascendant), are also important. For example, an Aries with Virgo rising will likely be more cautious and practical, and with Libra rising, the Aries will be more of a peacemaker and less of a fighter. Having the moon in Cancer will make cozy domesticity more important to an Aries and bring out this sign’s creative side, while an Aries with Capricorn rising will be less impulsive and passionate but more thoughtful and diplomatic.
There are many websites that offer free astrology chart calculation to determine other planetary placements and aspects. Learning these other planetary placements is recommended, as it provides a more comprehensive personality profile.
Aries Ruling Planet: Mars
Symbol: The ram
Gemstones: Garnet, aquamarine (March), diamond (April)
Associated Parts of the Body: Face, Head, Eyes
Places Associated with Aries: Germany, England, Poland, Marseilles, Florence, Naples, Verona
Associated Animals: Ram, sheep, hawk, sea anemone
Associated Trees: Oak, hazelnut, rowan, maple, alder, all thorn-bearing trees
Associated Plants and Herbs: Thistle, bryony, flax, tobacco, mustard, ginger, basil, coriander
Associated Foods: Blackberries, chilies, onions, garlic, hazelnuts, maple syrup
Aries Color: Red
Associated Patterns or Design Motifs: Bold, bright colors in solid blocks or geometric patterns
Other Aries Associations: Armies, weapons, fire, tools, cars, stunts, accidents, knives, motorcycles, engines, airplanes, war, competition, athletics, self-employment, entrepreneurial spirit, pioneers, martial arts, danger, excitement, energy, nationalism, imperialism, self-promotion, confidence, physical courage, aggression, optimism
Famous Aries People
Abigail Breslin, Abraham Maslow, Al Gore, Al Unser Jr., Alec Baldwin, Alec Guinness, Alex Pettyfer, Alexander the Great, Amanda Bynes, Anderson Silva, Andrew Lam, Ann Miller, Anthony Horowitz, Anthony Michael Hall, Anthony Perkins, Aretha Franklin, Asa Butterfield, Ashley Judd, Ayrton Senna da Silva, Bette Davis, Betty Ford, Beverly Cleary, Billie Holliday, Butch Cassidy, Carmen Electra, Chael Sonnen, Charlie Chaplin, Charlie Hunnam, Christopher Walken, Claire Danes, Colin Powell, Conan O’Brien, Danica Patrick, David Blaine, David Letterman, David Suzuki, David Tennant, Debbie Reynolds, Diana Ross, Dick King-Smith, Doris Day, Dudley Moore, Eddie Murphy, Elle Fanning, Elle Macpherson, Elton John, Emma Watson, Eric Clapton, Eric Idle, Erica Jong, Eudora Welty, Ewan McGregor, Fatty Arbuckle, Francis Ford Coppola, Garry Kasparov, Gary Oldman, Gavriela Sabatini, Gloria Steinem, Gloria Swanson, Gregory Peck, Guy Fawkes, Haley Joel Osment, Hans Christian Anderson, Harry Houdini, Hayden Christensen, Hayley Mills, Heath Ledger, Henry James, Herbie Hancock, Hugh Hefner, Jack Ruby, Jackie Chan, James Franco, James Garner, James Patterson, Jamie Lynn Spears, Jane Goodall, Jenna Jameson, Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Grey, Jessica Lange, Jim Parsons, Joan Crawford, Johann Sebastian Bach, John Madden, Julia Stiles, Kasey Kahn, Kate Hudson, Katee Sackhoff, Keira Knightley, Kevin Federline, Kofi Annan, Kristen Stewart, Lady Gaga, Leonard Nimoy, Loretta Lynn, Lucy Lawless, Luther Vandross, Mandy Moore, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Maria Sharapova, Mariah Carey, Marlon Brando, Martin Lawrence, Marvin Gaye, Matthew Broderick, Maya Angelou, Merle Haggard, Michael Fassbender, Michel Roux, Muddy Waters, Nancy Pelosi, Nathan Fillion, Nikita Khrushchev, Norah Jones, Omar Sharif, Otto Von Bismarck, Paloma Picasso, Pauley Perrette, Peter Ustinov, Pope Benedict XVI (Joseph Aloisius Ratzinge), Quentin Tarantino, Ravi Shankar, Reba McEntire, Reese Witherspoon, Rene Descartes, Richard Dawkins, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Frost, Rod Steiger, Romain Grosjean, Ron Perlman, Rooney Mara, Rosie O’Donnell, Russell Crowe, Samuel Beckett, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sean Bean, Seth Rogen, Shannen Doherty, Spencer Tracy, Stacy Ferguson (Fergie), Stephen Sondheim, Steve McQueen, Steven Seagall, Steven Tyler, Tennessee Williams, Thomas Jefferson, Tim Curry, Tiny Tim, Tom Clancy, Tommy Hilfiger, Vince Vaughn, Vincent Van Gogh, Vitor Belfort, Warren Beatty, Washington Irving, Wayne Newton, Wilhelm Reich, William Shatner.
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