Sun in Aries ~ I am and I do.

The first sign of the zodiac, Aries is a leader and symbol of unlimited power and individuality and as an Aries your quest is to discover and glorify the vitality of  life, by winning, by being first and to cultivate a sense of the exuberance of life, asserting yourself in the world through the single pointed focus of energy towards ever new experience, and to redeem that which everyone else has either abandoned, or else, has calcified in the stifling values of the collective.

Headstrong and impulsive, a sign of fresh starts and new beginnings, as an Aries you takes risks and give orders delighting in the challenge and your capacity to initiate an impulse, pioneer a task and direct your enthusiasm and energy. You act first and can  often act on a whim without regard for protocol, timing, or the wishes or opinions of others.  Finishing things off however is not a strong point, for you starting is the adventure, be it physical, spiritual or intellectual. There is a profound need to pit yourself against life and to experience you own potency and power through struggle, visible achievement and 'locking horns' with whatever stands in your way.

Your fiery inner drive makes you the motivating force in any relationship. You tend to have so much physical energy that you can awaken all sorts of feelings in your partner, even feelings that have long been dormant.  As an Aries you can assume authority quickly, but must resist the impulse to 'ram' ahead, pushing whoever is there out of the way. It is natural for the Arians to assume authority and responsibility. They can be inspired forces within a group. There is a joyousness and enthusiasm about Aries making them an inspiration to others. Ideas and creative projects seem to flow from them in a never-ending stream. They are full of energy and never lack courage.

Being the first sign of the Zodiac, you can be self-concerned, with a need to be noticed, though you're not necessarily always individualistic. strongly held feelings promote a self-assertive approach; you have a desire to lead for its own sake, regardless of your qualification for doing so. You are energetic, impatient, impulsive: your rashness occasionally can lead to conflict. A headstrong attitude can predominate, often resulting from insufficient prior thoughtfulness. Nevertheless, you have a capacity for great intellectual activity. Intellectually and physically you are frequently enterprising and bold: 'who dares wins' should often be your motto. Challenges are seen by you as a chance to assert yourself over an enemy: winning, and a sense of achievement, are powerful incentives. They feed your extremely strong sense of your own individuality, to the extent that you can preoccupied by our own rightness and oblivious to others and your environment.

Yours is an audacious, crusading spirit that thrives on innovation and renewal. Enthusiastic, one pointed, always impatient and often impetuous you are spontaneous, upfront and uncompromisingly honest. Energetic and spirited Aries are incapable of artifice or pretence.

 A classic myth that describes the arian quest is that of Jason and the Golden Fleece, describing the naive enthusiasm, unthinking courage and wilfulness associated with this sign. Jason, an archetypal solar hero, embarks on a quest to capture the Golden Fleece in order to regain his share of his fathers kingdom from his usurping uncle. Jason builds a ship (the Argo) fills it with heroes (argonauts) and embarks on his heroic adventure.  Overcoming many challenges and conquering many strange creatures he enlists the help of Medea whose sorcery subdues the dragon guarding the fleece. Here the fleece is gained through the intervention of the feminine, which achieves what the ego can not. This myth also hints at one of the flaws of Aries, for Jason's downfall results from his rejection of the feminine, when he dumps Medea, thereby inciting its spiteful aspect.

Here the idea is not to think in terms of precise correspondences but more in term so of overlaps and associations that broaden your understanding, with this in mind Aries myths abound amongst the many Arthurian stories.  Also Robin Hood might easily have been an Aries and there are also commonalities with the first of Hercules labours.  If the Tarot speaks to you think King of Wands,  aspects of the Fool, the Magician.   

Finally, we need to give consideration to the shadow qualities or hidden flaws of Aries.  These traits you will probably be able to identify in others, just as others will no doubt erroneously see them in you, but because they can't possibly relate to you consider their inclusion here entirely academic! One of Aries flaws comes from their conviction that they are special in some way and that it is their birthright to be rescued and provided for.  Another is their unmercifully fussiness, even to the point often needing to redo even things that are done for them, and because Aries tends to see everything symbolically apparently  small things can cause them to mount a crusade against and all that is wrong with the world and unleash no amount of fiery temper.

Goethe might have been referring to Aries when he said…

 "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic and power in it. Begin it now."

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