Aries Traits: adventurous, altruistic, argumentative, assertive, brave, combative, competitive, confident, decisive, determined, energetic, enthusiastic, entrepreneurial, forgiving, forthright, friendly, idealistic, impatient, impulsive, independent, optimistic, passionate, pioneering, pushy, rude, selfish, temperamental, trusting, youthful
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.
Aries can be 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 do nothing by half-measures. Anything they choose to do, they do fully and completely. They are stubborn and will usually refuse to accept defeat, even long after a situation has become untenable. However, they rarely stay down for long because their natural optimism enables them to bounce back quickly from misfortune and strife. Aries have a knack for coming out on top in most situations.
Pioneering and Entrepreneurial
Aries 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 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 (the exceptions to this rule are Aries with Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio, or Capricorn ascendants).
Aries have very low boredom thresholds and can lose interest in things quite easily. Careers must provide lots of change, social interaction, and excitement or they will want to move on to something else.
Courageous and Impulsive
Aries 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 gravitate to risky professions such as the military, the police force, stunt work, sports, rescue work, or race car driving. Aries are also emotionally courageous to the point of recklessness, changing their entire lives on a whim to follow some dream or romantic inclination.
Aries 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. A typical Aries craves the adrenaline rush of novelty and may 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 into professions or pastimes that involve driving or flying, though they may also apply their penchant for risk-taking to other career fields.
Energetic and Athletic
Most Aries 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.
The majority of Aries enjoy watching sports or other physical pursuits such as dancing, skating, skiing, or anything else that involves movement and coordination. Many are particularly interested in martial arts.
Friendly and Forthright
Aries is a very sociable sign. Typical Aries like to be around others most of the time and they tend to seek out novel and exciting social 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 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.
Impatient and Impulsive
Aries think fast, move fast, and talk fast (many are chatterboxes). They are not patient, particularly with slow-moving, slow-speaking people. In fact, Aries is the least patient sign of the zodiac.
Aries 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 may pick fights simply to entertain themselves and fulfill their subconscious need for conflict.
Aries 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.
Selfish, Yet Altruistic
The Aries paradox is a strange combination of selfishness and generosity. Aries can be self-absorbed and self-centered at times, but this is also one of the most altruistic signs of the zodiac. Aries are quick to help those in need, even at great personal cost and risk. This tendency, combined with a propensity to take risks, may draw them into the rescuing professions such as firefighter, paramedic, peacekeeper, or coast guard.
Aries may also gravitate to politics, working to change the system from within to make things better for other people. Most Aries have an 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
Animals: ram, sheep, hawk, sea anemone
Trees: oak, hazelnut, rowan, maple, alder, all thorn-bearing trees
Plants and Herbs: thistle, bryony, flax, tobacco, mustard, ginger, basil, coriander
Foods: blackberries, chilies, onions, garlic, hazelnuts, maple syrup
Other Aries Associations: armies, weapons, fire, tools, cars, stunts, accidents, knives, motorcycles, engines, airplanes, war, competition, athletics, self-employment, entrepreneurial spirit, pioneers, martial arts, energy, nationalism, imperialism, self-promotion, confidence, courage, aggression, optimism
More on Aries
- Bugler, Ashford, Chubb, & Zapp. (1992).The Complete Handbook of Astrology.
- Fenton, S. (1989). Rising Signs.
- Woolfolk, Joanna Martine. (1992). The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need.