Aries (Latin for Ram) is one of the constellations of the zodiac. It lies between Pisces to the west and Taurus to the east.
The first Sign of the Zodiac which also rules the first House, the House of Self.
The spring equinox, March 21, is the beginning of the new zodiacal year and Aries, the first sign, is therefore that of new beginnings.
Aries is ruled by the Planet Mars. In ancient times Mars was the God of War.
In the Zodiac Aries is opposite Libra.
The Astrological Symbol of Aries is the Ram. They indeed "ram" their way through life by sheer energy and force of will and accomplish many things by their boldness and courage.
They welcome challenges and will not be diverted from their purpose except by their own impatience, which will surface if they don't get quick results.
What an Aries is Like:
They are bold, aggressive and courageous, impulsive and compulsive, strongly independent and physically able to be competitive.
They initiate a lot of projects and have a lot of friends.
They get bored easily and get enthused about new and different things in a flash.
They enjoy any type of physical activity which gives them a perfect outlet for their natural aggression.
They also realize that they are different and apart from the rest of humanity.
They enter prematurely into situations which can prove regrettable.
Very often they begin a project or a course of actions but all too often fail at the end, leaving things dangling.
They seek complements to themselves in their relationships and, because of innate insecurity they require individuals who will stimulate them into action and provide emotional security.
Aries' independence is a symptom of physical energy and vitality and may even become intellectualized later in life.
Arians want to be first, they are eternal contestants and competitors and most of all want the glory of winning.
Arians walk ahead of their comrades, do everything first, and have the first and last word in discussions and arguments.
They must be aware of self - centeredness which makes them arrogant with delusions of persecution in its extreme form.
In their personal relationships Arians are frank, direct and candid, and make enthusiastic and generous friends.
They are liable to have a high sex drive and make passionate and fastidious lovers.
They are good champions of lost causes and last-ditch resistance and love animals.
They can easily be irritated by slowness or moderation in their companions and, though themselves easily irritated by slowness or moderation in their companions, ride roughshod over the sensitivities of others.
When including fainter stars, visible to the naked eye, the area resembles the head of a ram, having a general herbivore head shape and a spiral horn.
In Greek mythology, this is believed to represent the ram which carried Athamas's son Phrixus and daughter Helle to Colchis to escape their stepmother Ino. Helle fell off into the sea which later became the Hellespont. On reaching safety, Phrixis sacrificed the ram and hung its fleece in the Grove of Ares, where it turned to gold and later became the quest of Jason and the Argonauts. It appears that Babylonians, Greeks, Persians and Egyptians all agreed on the name of the Ram for this constellation.
The main area of the sky constituting the sign of Aries, containing part of Pisces, the Pleiades, and the constellation of Andromeda, may be the origin of the myth of the girdle of Hippolyte, which forms part of The Twelve Labours of Hercules.