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Aries in the Complete Horoscope

The Ram Zodiac Sign in Classical Astrology

Aries Zodiac sign in Astrology
The Aries Zodiac sign glyph. Ink calligraphy by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see it enlarged.

Aries, the Ram, is the first sign of the zodiac. The sun enters it on the day of the spring equinox, usually March 21st.

       Aries belongs to the element fire, its quality is cardinal and its charge is positive. Its Ruler is Mars, and the sun exalts in it. Its motto is: "I am." In the horoscope chart, the zodiac sign Aries brings impulsive energy to planets and astrological houses therein.

       Please observe that the text on this webpage is about the role of the Aries zodiac sign in the complete horoscope chart, and not just its meaning as a star sign, also called sun sign (when the sun was in Aries at the time of your birth).

Your Aries Zodiac Sign

The sun, the basis of Zodiac sign astrology. Woodcut. Those who have Aries as their zodiac sign (star sign) are born when the sun was in Aries, normally March 21 - April 19 (it differs slightly from year to year, because of the leap years). Therefore, it is also - more adequately - called the sun sign.

       Observe that it's just one of the many components of the complete horoscope chart. Nowadays, star sign astrology is much more widespread and common than readings based on the classical birth chart, but the latter is what astrology is really all about.

       The sun in your horoscope is your natural self - what you are when you relax, when other planets in your horoscope are not active. It is your basic drive.

       If your sun sign is Aries, you are not much for relaxing. Actually, you might have a hard time relaxing if you are inactive. You need to do something, be involved in something. You also tend to be quite impulsive with your actions, a strong believer in the principle that it's better to do something wrong than nothing at all. You are quite energetic.

The Father of Aries

The sun in the horoscope also represents your father (the mother is represented by the moon).

       If you have the sun in Aries, your relation to your father is active and impatient. It is probably mutual. You may not talk much, but you enjoy doing things together - and challenging each other. When you talk, it's often in an argument, but you rarely stay angry with each other for long.

Aries, by Hevelius.

       For more about your sun sign in Zodiac sign astrology, see the link further down this page.

The Planets in Aries

The planets and astrological points are the active forces in the horoscope chart, the energies by which we are able to act. As such, each has its own characteristics, but they are influenced by the zodiac sign they occupy. When a planet or other point of the horoscope is in Aries, it is also affected by the zodiac sign, getting something of its character. Here are those planets and astrological points, what they stand for in the complete horoscope chart, and how they are affected by the zodiac sign Aries:

The planet symbols (glyphs).

Planet symbols (glyphs). From left to right: sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Ascendant, Medium Coeli, moon node.

  • Sun   basic drive - Aries brings unrest and vitality.

  • Moon   longing - Aries brings frustration and impatience.

  • Mercury   curiosity - Aries brings impulsiveness and improvisation.

  • Venus   affection - Aries brings creative urge and delight.

  • Mars   aggression - Aries brings a quick temper and a challenging attitude.

  • Jupiter   luck - Aries brings surprises and "easy come - easy go".

  • Saturn   duty - Aries brings a demanding attitude and intolerance.

  • Uranus   contemplation - Aries brings an improvising mind, with difficulty to concentrate for long.

  • Neptune   fantasy - Aries brings a wild imagination and restless dreams.

  • Pluto   catharsis - Aries brings sudden and drastic changes, rarely foreseen.

  • Ascendant, AC   attitude - Aries brings some rudeness, and obvious impatience.

  • Medium Coeli, MC   self-image - Aries brings over-estimation of one's own capacity, but eagerness to achieve.

       More about the planets in Aries here:
Planets in Aries

The Houses in Aries

The astrological Houses are life environments, different sections of what constitutes our everyday reality. The Zodiac signs bring their characteristics to the Houses, influencing the environments described by them. Here are the twelve Houses, what they stand for, and how the Zodiac sign Aries affects them:

  1. Identity - Aries makes you seem impulsive and impatient.

  2. Resources - Aries makes you adaptive to circumstance.

  3. Communication - Aries makes your friends come and go, and your study often disrupted.

  4. Home - Aries makes your family life unpeaceful.

  5. Pastime - Aries makes you very active in your spare time, with challenging things.

  6. Work - Aries makes you energetic at work, but maybe sloppy, too.

  7. Partners - Aries makes your relations intense, and your partners come and go.

  8. Unknown - Aries makes fate strike you with sudden surprises.

  9. Travel - Aries makes you restless, needing to move frequently.

  10. Career - Aries makes you quick to ascend the ladder, and to fall from it.

  11. Ideals - Aries makes you convinced of your own ideals, and eager to spread them.

  12. Shortcomings - Aries makes it hard for you to act when needed, and to make quick decisions.

Aries in General

Of course, all of the above is very general, mainly to give you an idea of how the Aries zodiac sign works in the horoscope and influences its different components. You need to study your complete horoscope chart carefully, to make a deeper and more nuanced interpretation.

Aries - Ram. Illustration from a 1482 edition of Poeticon Astronomicon, attributed to Hyginus.

Aries - Ram. Illustration from a 1482 edition of Poeticon Astronomicon, attributed to Hyginus.

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