The beginning of the ancient year was marked as the first day of spring, where the land was reborn under the newly powered sun. This sign remains mostly untouched from its traditional description, and the modern texts have not used to destroy the sign as much as others. Aries is said to be adventurous, ambitious, and all things enterprising. The ram is said to be very independent and as such is open to new thoughts as they seek to find their own way in life. Unfortunately, being the first on the zodiac band is said to give Aries a selfish outlook, being concerned only about how fast they cross the finish line. The spirit of competition fills the ram, and rivalries are likely to spur them further into their ambitions. While the modern ram is said to be enterprising and selfish, they have a certain pioneering leadership that would make anyone want to follow them out in the wild blue yonder. There is, though, a darker side to Aries that speaks to the warrior nature of the sign. While the sign is known for its ambitious spirit, it is also know for its soldier spirit. Aries can be aggressive and abusive, whether physically, verbally, mentally, or emotionally, Aries is not shy when it comes to such things and sometimes it can be uncontrollable.
The constellation of Aries is not particularly interesting. Aries harbors no stars brighter than second magnitude and holds very few deep sky objects. All of these are very dim and they’re all galaxies including NGC 697, NGC 772, NGC 972, and NGC 1156.
The mythology of Aries begins way back in the ancient times of Babylon where this constellation was known as Mul Lu Hun Ga or the Hired Man. It was only a little bit later where the Hired Man became simply the Ram. While today’s astrology holds Aries as the harbinger of Spring, this was not always the case as texts show this duty was given to the Pleiades, whose rising marked the beginning of spring.
In Greek mythology, Aries is the ram who rescued Phrixus and Helle (who later fell into the sea during the escape). Once the ram brought Phrixus to the land of Colchis, he sacrificed the ram to Zeus and hung the skin of the ram in a temple. This skin would later become the golden fleece that Jason and his Argonauts would venture for to gain the fleece’s amazing powers.
When writing about Aries, the 17th century astrologer William Lilly said “Is a masculine, diurnal sign, moveable, cardinal, equinoctial, in nature fiery, hot and dry, choleric, bestial, luxurious, intemperate and violent, the diurnal house of Mars, of the Fiery triplicity and the east.”
As a masculine Sign, Aries expresses himself outwardly and fully. There’s an independent streak that runs through Aries that cannot be contained and Aries tends to run through barriers and other obstacles that try to contain it. The individuality that comes out from independence cannot be held within and Aries generally stands out from the crowd in their own way. Unfortunately, when the Aries spirit is contained, there can sometimes be a black lash brought about when Aries decides to finally stand up for himself.
Aries is classified as a cardinal or moveable sign because the Spring begins when the sun has moved into this sign, we mark the spring equinox by the ingress of the sun into Aries. Cardinal signs are signs that have a lot of energy and are ideal at starting projects and initiating ventures. Aries is a real go-getter who’s not afraid to venture into lands that were once unexplored, the problem is that Aries isn’t the one to count on to settle the land they explored. Basically, while Aries is good at starting projects and getting things going, they have very little staying power, and so generally get bored with projects before they finish.
Choleric, fiery, hot and dry are just a bunch of ways of saying that Aries is hot headed and has a lot of energy. Energy is certainly the keyword when it comes to Aries, while he is generally running around having fun, Aries can be hard at work using another fire keyword, creativity. This Sign being ruled by the planet Mars has a lot to do with it too. While the power of this planet is an invasive one, not one to give into compromise, there is a lot of energy in the planet and sign. Mars gives courage, fearlessness, ambition, and leadership to Aries, but can also give him the less desirable traits for aggression, violence, and unnecessary assertiveness. Aside from Mars, the exaltation of Sol in this sign gives an overabundance of the solar qualities of leadership, creativity, direction, and that Arian independence, unfortunately this can lead to selfishness or self-centeredness and Aries is usually reported as being a “me me me” sign. Due to the combined influences of Mars and Sol, clarity is necessary for Aries and the less obstacles involved in something, the more interested Aries is going to be.
There are some influences that are granted to the sign due to its association with rams, lambs, and sheep. There is an association between Aries and resurrection and this is generally seen to manifest itself with the resurrection of the self and this is shown in two distinct ways. The first way is through the association of Aries and the season of spring. Everything died during the autumn and is revived during the spring. This is also played in that when a sheep is sheered, the fleece always grows back.
Anatomically, Aries has associations with the head and face, and thus is connected to all illnesses and conditions that take place in this part of the body. That includes headaches, toothaches, acne and all blemishes on the face, scarring, burns, moles, marks, and boils. Signs are also associated with certain places or types of ground. Aries is associated with sandy and hilly ground or in construction zones, it is also associated with the places where small cattle feed and go. In the house it is associated with the walls, roof, and all places associated with heat including fireplaces and furnaces.
The stars in a constellation have an influence over what the constellation can mean, as particular parts of the constellation may be under the influence of a particular star in that area. Before there are constellations, there are stars, and the stars are the building blocks of what the zodiac sign can come to mean. In his work Tetrabiblos, Claudius Ptolemy assigned the stars in the head of the ram as being of the nature of Mars and Saturn, the stars in the mouth are of the natures of Mercury and Saturn, the stars in the feet are likened to Mars, and the stars in the tail are likened to Venus.
There are really only two noteworthy stars in Aries; the first being the second magnitude star – and alpha star of the whole constellation – Sharatan. The name derives itself from the word for “Two Signals” and is related to the horns of the ram. Due to the association between the star and the horns, there is a certain violent undertone which is said to bestow anger and violent eruptions from the natives. The second star of worth is Hamal located in the head/neck of the ram. This star has an interesting history as the Greeks worshiped this star during one of their festivals where they sacrificed a ram to the sun moving into Aries. This star is reported to be unfortunate as it is associated with violence, danger, and injuries to the head.
Dignities and Degree Influences
Aries is ruled by Mars due to the Square aspect performed between the cusp of this sign and the cusp between the Cancer/Leo cusp which best signifies the relationship between the planets involved. Sol is exalted in this sign as the day begins to overtake the night in length after the spring equinox. Venus is in detriment in this Sign, as it opposes her sign of domicile of Libra and Saturn is in Fall or Depression as the length of darkness lessens. Sol is also lord of the fire triplicity by day, and Jupiter is lord by night.
0° Aries: Face of Mars, Term of Jupiter, Masculine
1° Aries: Face of Mars, Term of Jupiter, Masculine
2° Aries: Face of Mars, Term of Jupiter, Masculine, Dark
3° Aries: Face of Mars, Term of Jupiter, Masculine
4° Aries: Face of Mars, Term of Jupiter, Masculine
5° Aries: Face of Mars, Term of Jupiter, Masculine, Deep
6° Aries: Face of Mars, Term of Venus, Masculine
7° Aries: Face of Mars, Term of Venus, Masculine, Light
8° Aries: Face of Mars, Term of Venus, Feminine
9° Aries: Face of Mars, Term of Venus, Masculine
10° Aries: Face of Sol, Term of Venus, Masculine, Deep
11° Aries: Face of Sol, Term of Venus, Masculine
12° Aries: Face of Sol, Term of Mercury, Masculine
13° Aries: Face of Sol, Term of Mercury, Masculine
14° Aries: Face of Sol, Term of Mercury, Masculine
15° Aries: Face of Sol, Term of Mercury, Feminine, Dark, Deep
16° Aries: Face of Sol, Term of Mercury, Feminine
17° Aries: Face of Sol, Term of Mercury, Feminine
18° Aries: Face of Sol, Term of Mercury, Feminine, Increasing Fortune
19° Aries: Face of Sol, Term of Mercury, Feminine, Light
20° Aries: Face of Venus, Term of Mars, Feminine
21° Aries: Face of Venus, Term of Mars, Feminine
22° Aries: Face of Venus, Term of Mars, Masculine, Deep
23° Aries: Face of Venus, Term of Mars, Masculine, Void
24° Aries: Face of Venus, Term of Mars, Masculine
25° Aries: Face of Venus, Term of Saturn, Masculine
26° Aries: Face of Venus, Term of Saturn, Masculine
27° Aries: Face of Venus, Term of Saturn, Masculine
28° Aries: Face of Venus, Term of Saturn, Masculine, Light, Deep
29° Aries: Face of Venus, Term of Saturn, Masculine, Void
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