Moon in Aries

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Moon in Aries, which creates an instinctual, volatile, courageous, and energetic personality, can be a spur to achievement or the cause of perpetual conflict.

The best traits of the Aries moon include emotional courage, inventiveness, idealism, and enthusiasm, while problematic traits include emotional volatility, defensiveness, and a strong potential for interpersonal conflict.

The Aries Moon Is Driven by Instinct

With the moon in Aries, decisions are made quickly and instinctively. Choices tend to be based on gut feelings rather than a rational, prolonged weighing of the pros and cons. This is useful when swift, decisive action is needed but problematic when choices require more care and forethought. Impulsiveness is more pronounced when the moon-in-Aries person is under stress. Rather than becoming more cautious, pressure leads to impetuousness.

With the moon in a fire sign such as Aries, the response to stress is a profound need to take immediate action within the physical world, rather than engaging in reflection and contemplation. This leads to impulsive choices regarding relationships and the domestic sphere in general, as well as impatience and insensitivity to the feelings and needs others in some cases.

Moon-in-Aries people do best in environments that require quick judgment and offer plenty of opportunity for action. Without new challenges, the moon-in-Aries person may suffer from an edgy restlessness that manifests as either a tendency to provoke others into conflict or difficulty in following through with what is started. As a result, it may be difficult for the moon-in-Aries person to keep commitments, unless the sun or Ascendant are in more stable signs such as Taurus, Cancer, or Scorpio.

The moon-in-Aries person finds security through anticipation of future excitement rather than tranquility or fixed routines. The desire for novelty acts as a driving emotional force, as does the need to make a mark and stand out from the crowd. Those who challenge and intellectually stimulate appeal to this moon sign more than yielding, agreeable, sedate individuals.

Moon-in-Aries People Are Independent-Minded

Moon-in-Aries people have trouble taking the advice of others and tend to trust their own intuitions because they have a strong need for independence. This trait can be so extreme that the Aries-moon person disagrees with everyone on principle, just to assert her independence, and ill-advised choices can lead to suffering later on. However, because they are idealistic and optimistic by nature, Aries-moon people usually bounce back quickly after suffering emotional setbacks.

Aries-moon people are emotionally courageous when it comes to taking risks on new people and situations. Being quick to trust unless the sun or ascendant falls in a more restrained sign such as Capricorn or Virgo, they have trouble understanding more cautious types who hold back emotionally or hide their feelings.

Direct and emotionally honest to the point of bluntness, the moon-in-Aries person is not inclined to play games or attempt to manipulate others, and so is vulnerable to manipulation by more deceptive types. Also, because they usually get over things quite quickly, moon-in-Aries people can be very hurt by those who hold grudges and refuse to reopen a dialogue on an emotionally charged issue.

Moon in Aries Creates Hair-Trigger Emotions

Moon-in-Aries people suffer from a frenetic inner tension that will either be channeled into productive activity or result in constant conflict with others. Those with the moon in Aries tend to be quick to anger and equally quick to forgive. Being easily provoked and overreacting can create rifts in close relationships.

Moon in Aries creates emotional volatility and the tendency to blow up in response to internal pressures. Fits of temper are not uncommon, unless the sun or ascendant is in a more self-controlled sign. When it is the moon rather than the sun in Aries, expressions of anger are more likely to be directed at those closest or those occupying the domestic sphere, such as family, intimate friends, and roommates.

The moon-in-Aries person is emotionally impatient and compelled to take action immediately to address any interpersonal issues that arise. Unable to tolerate evasiveness in others, he will prod and provoke the other person until the issues are brought into the open and must be dealt with, for better or for worse.

Moon-in-Aries People Tend to Be Enthusiastic and Persuasive

The moon-in-Aries energy is magnetic and vivacious. Powers of persuasion are strong, and the natural exuberance of this placement creates a personality that is perceived as fun and exciting by others.

Moon-in-Aries people tend to take the initiative in most situations, unless the sun or ascendant is in a more indecisive sign such as Libra. Confident and enthusiastic, the moon-in-Aries temperament is suited to working with the public in some capacity, especially in a leadership position.

Persistent, enterprising, and ambitious, the Aries-moon individual welcomes challenge rather than avoiding it. As such, having the moon in Aries can be an asset for those who seek to rise within professional careers, as it usually provides the emotional strength and self-assurance to make firm decisions and stand by them, though it also creates a risk of conflict with coworkers.

Moon-in-Aries people have a need for control both at work and at home. When used for positive ends, this is likely to involve leading, nurturing, mentoring, and other supportive activities that make good use of their persuasive and forceful personalities, whereas the negative expression of these traits can be a pushy, domineering, and aggressive nature.

Famous People with the Moon in Aries

Famous people with the Moon in Aries include:

    • Al Capone
    • Albert Schweitzer
    • Angelina Jolie
    • Cate Blanchette
    • Dante
    • Dido Armstrong
    • Friedrich Nietzsche
    • Heather Locklear
    • Henry VIII
    • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
    • Jamie Lee Curtis
    • Jennifer Lopez
    • Kevin Spacey
    • Lucy Lawless
    • Mark Twain
    • Marlon Brando
    • Meg Ryan
    • Rihanna
    • Salvador Dali
    • Sarah Ferguson
    • Stevie Wonder
    • Tennessee Williams
    • Tyra Banks
    • Whitney Houston

Further Reading

For more on Aries, see the Aries Personality Profile. To see personality and compatibility profiles for all the sun signs, visit main Astrology page.


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