Aries time brings the time of year that's good for learning about courage and decisiveness.
The Sun leaves Pisces and enters Aries around March 21 each year. This shift brings not only the equinox and a new season (spring in the northern hemisphere and autumn in the southern) but a new astrological year. As a result, it offers us exciting and powerful opportunities for new beginnings—of all kinds and on all planes.
For thousands of years, astrologers have honored the Sun's entry into Aries as a special, powerful time of year. As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries represents the start of a new astrological cycle and therefore a new year.
When the Sun travels through Aries, it brings a bold, energetic, and decisive energy that asks us to exhibit bravery as we start something new. We move away from Pisces's watery sensitivity to the Ram's fiery sense of self, will to express energy, and desire to lead.
Like the zodiac's other cardinal signs—Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn—Aries inspires us to take action, often by initiating new projects. As with astrology's other fire signs—Leo and Sagittarius—Aries insists that we feel our passion and find our courage so we can pioneer in some way and undergo some form of renewal.
Aries is associated with aggression, risk, and competition. Handling these urges constructively means channeling them into worthy activities. For some, that might mean sports, while for others it might mean starting a new company or group or leading efforts to help society's underdogs.
For all of us, Aries brings renewed courage to think new thoughts, feel new feelings, and find new ways of doing things. It also brings a refreshing emphasis on the individual and the importance of discovering—and living—our true identity.
Aries is ruled by Mars, a planet named for the ancient Roman god of war. Also known as "the red planet," Mars takes its color from deposits of iron oxide on the planet's surface; these facts remind us of Aries's association with the color red and the metal iron.
Aries also is linked with fire, a substance symbolizing passion and physical desire as well as inspiration and spiritual energy. In addition, Mars indicates the Ram's association with masculine energy, warlike behavior, and a strong will; when harnessed for constructive ends, these qualities are essential to preserving our individuality and ensuring our protection.
As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries is associated with the head. When out of balance, Aries can become hotheaded, but when in harmony this sign allows reason to direct its powerful energies to worthwhile pursuits. This symbolism also points to Aries's talent for beginnings: whenever necessary, the Ram can simply start over by "taking it from the top."
In nature, Aries is linked with hawthorns as well as sweet peas and honeysuckles. Most striking are daffodils, which carry an association with Aries both because of their vibrant color and because their peak blooming period coincides with the Aries time of year in the northern hemisphere.
Every year, during Aries time, fiery impulses charge through us. Aries wants us to discover our individuality and live our essential (soulful) identity.
Did you know that every zodiac sign has a special phrase?
For Aries, the phrase is "I am."
Every one of us has this "I am" energy somewhere in our birth charts. Where it is tells us the area of life in which we need to focus this determined, willful vibration to create the best expression possible of Aries as we understand it.
Doing so teaches us about our inner spark - the Divine fire within that seeks to serve by expressing the most noble parts of our personalities and potential.
Tune in even more to the Aries zodiac sign with the Aries Meditation.
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