How to Spot an Aries
Aries are courageous and bold people who can often come off as aggressive, charging through life’s every moment headfirst without being weighed down by worry. Aries is the first sign to lead the zodiac, and that’s exactly how Aries views themselves: the first to lead. For those born under the sign of the Ram, roughly between March 21 to April 20, reaching the finish line comes as naturally as breathing, granting Aries a competitive edge in all aspects of life but especially in business, politics, and athletics. Unsurprisingly, Aries is ruled by the planet Mars, represented by the Greco-Roman god of war. Just as fearlessly as Mars is said to have ruled the battlefield, so does Aries. Wearing inner-strength on their sleeve is the Aries trademark. Aries has reserves of self-discipline and focus so intense they almost match Scorpio, who shares a planetary ruler with Aries. Sheer force is Aries’ most powerful, constructive trait, and one that comes in handy when taking charge. Aries is skilled at accomplishing the lion’s share of thorny challenges sensitive signs simply can’t manage, another gift of Mars.
Aries has an almost supernatural magnetism that motivates groups in the face of insurmountable odds. No wonder feminist crusaders Emma Watson and Gloria Steinem both claim the Aries sign. Those born under Aries are pioneers who often become powerful tastemakers (hello, James Franco, Lady Gaga, and Rooney Mara), the first to rock the hottest trends of the moment with confidence—and also the first to ditch them without apology as soon as they grow cold. These folks catch a heady buzz from the excitement of initiation, bursting at the seams with dynamism and energy at fresh possibilities, but Aries doesn’t waste time with anything once it has faded from relevance. A tremendous factor shaping zesty and vigorous nature of Aries is their elemental triplicity—fire. Triplicity determines the element of nature that most influences a sign’s characteristics, classifying each as an earth, air, water, or fire sign. Aries’ sibling fire signs are Leo and Sagittarius, who both thrive alongside Aries as stellar friends and karmically compatible mates. Air signs (Aquarius, Gemini, Libra) intermingle with Aries harmoniously, fanning the fire element’s flames and giving Aries life. As a fire sign, Aries burns bright and intensely for anything action-oriented and exciting, like physical activities and extreme sport. Thinking of going skydiving for the first time? Call an Aries. You won’t be able to back out of jumping because your best Aries bud will probably push you. (No, really.) Every outing is an opportunity to compete, so don’t be surprised when Aries dive-bombs ahead of you to reach the ground first. Expect to eat their dust once you hit the ground—Aries gets bored easily, bolting from the scene to their next adventure, sometimes before the last one is even over.
Aries is a Cardinal sign, which means they belong to a group of four signs—a “quadruplicity”—who occur at the beginning of their season, such as Aries in early spring, Cancer in early summer, Libra in early fall, and Capricorn in early winter. Cardinal signs are the enterprising go-getters of the zodiac, the initiators who carry the will to birth new ideas and concepts of living. These signs find bliss in launching things in motion, and Aries personifies this quality more than any other Cardinal sign. Making things happen is what gets an Aries’ blood pumping, motivating Rams with forceful enthusiasm and urgency that can spill over into violent impatience.
Spotting an Aries native is as straightforward and obvious as their posture; Rams tend to lead their gait with their heads tipped slightly forward, always held high. Physically, Aries’ most prominent traits are their lustrous, thick mane, strong build, and statuesque bone structure. This sign is also prone to blushing and flushing easily during times of emotional turmoil, high stress, or simply when the room’s too hot. Aries has no poker face. Aries’ natural brow game is mythical with sharply edged, alert arches and fullness, framing inquisitive, sparkling eyes. Red undertones are common in their complexions as well as in their hair as a fiery copper, strawberry, or auburn cast. Their mouths often form an aggressive “M” at their cupid’s bow mismatched with a juicy bottom lip curling into a full pout. And yes, Aries is usually blessed with a resting bitch face that could turn you to stone. These big personalities can wrestle any beast with gusto—and will usually win.
Aries is a sign of youth and early spring, which credits them with matchless fighting stamina. These are independent creatures whose eyes are always sharply focused on their own interests at all times. Aries’ keen sense of what they can selfishly gain above anyone else can be interpreted as domineering or arrogant, making this sign occasionally unpopular but always successful. In classic Aries fashion, they couldn’t care less about their critics. Yawn. Aries’ viewpoint is that a true leader can’t truly lead without intense focus and an iron spine. And that everyone else needs to grow a thicker skin and adapt to their regime. Comfort zones for an Aries are found, paradoxically, in life’s frontier. As the zodiac’s pioneer sign, new and unexplored terrains are paradise, and these signs are often drawn to avant-garde designers, artists, and technology. Aries’ egotistical edge and sharp, mechanical mind makes them prime candidates for a career stomping with the innovative giants of Silicon Valley, or even blazing new paths in medical science. Aries keeps to the sunny side of life, providing an eternally optimistic view of whatever endeavor they’re involved in. Ambitious and creative, Aries has a talent for attracting money by following their passions into a career, ultimately lucrative either financially or for the soul. Make no mistake, Aries is one of the hardest-working signs of the zodiac, but all work and no play make Aries restless, temperamental, and destructive (think: pent-up, misdirected energy rivaling a Border Collie in a 500-square-foot apartment). Don’t fence these fiery Rams in— Aries isn’t ever afraid to lock horns with anyone standing in the way of their freedom.
A dedicated exercise regimen is an absolute must for this sign’s sanity because of their extreme physicality. Kickboxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, or rock climbing, are just a few high-level physical sports Aries rules. Aries looks best in fiery reds ranging from burnt orangey ochres to tough tomato hues, like the vast range of colors found in their personal crystal, carnelian. One and nine are Aries’ luckiest numbers. Florence, Italy, Marseilles, France, and Krakow, Poland are ultimate travel destinations that Aries will feel an undeniable connection to since Aries rules those cities and countries (yes, that’s a thing!). Aries is ruled by the head, including the skull, face, and brain, which means people with their Sun in Aries need to be extra vigilant in guarding against head injuries, concussions, migraines, chronic headaches, and strokes. This also contributes to Aries’ hot-headedness; it’s critical for these folks to remember to take a deep breath before flying off the handle and becoming ill-tempered or verbally abusive. Remember to wear your helmet.