Thursday, March 20, 2008

Happy Birthday, Aries

Finally, we get around to my sun sign. :D

Today is the first day of spring, also known as the Vernal Equinox, and the day the sun enters Aries. Since Aries is the first sign, it's known as the baby of the Zodiac, which some astrologers take to mean Aries thinks he's the center of the universe. I don't like to take the "infant" analogy very far, though Aries Nikita Khrushchev did bang his shoe on a table at the U.N. when he wanted attention! However, I don't think people born under this sign are any more infantile or self-centered than other signs, but maybe I'm biased.

Aries' symbol is the Ram, its ruler is Mars, and it's a cardinal fire sign, so there's often nothing subtle about Aries, and women born under this sign are no exception. Consider Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. It's also interesting that the actresses who played Xena and Buffy the Vampire Slayer are both Aries. People born under the sign do kind of tend to go after what they want in a single-minded, head down, "damn the torpedoes" kind of way. It's a good thing the Ram has strong horns. Aries people can be headstrong, impulsive, and hot-tempered, but also warm-hearted, generous and idealistic.

Compatible signs include the other fire signs, Leo and Sagittarius, and the air signs of Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. I married an Aquarian and it's a pretty good match. His rational calm keeps me from racing off the edge of a cliff, while my need to get out and go keeps him from falling into too much of a rut!

Famous people born under the sign of Aries include Otto Von Bismark, Marlon Brando, Charlie Chaplin, Russell Crowe, Sarah Michelle Geller, Harry Houdini, Thomas Jefferson, Ahley Judd, Lucy Lawless, Clare Booth Luce, Eugene McCarthy, Andrew Mellon, J. P. Morgan, Gloria Swanson, Vincent Van Gogh, Werner Von Braun and Tennessee Williams.

Linda / Lyndi


Beth said...

My mom's birthday is tomorrow. No wonder my sister the Leo gets along better with her than I (a Taurus) do. And she just adores my DH because he is a Sag. But, she married a Capricorn 41 years ago. Do rising signs count?

Anonymous said...

I don't fully understand the signs, their personalities or relationship qualities. I wish I did though. I find discussions about it fascinating. If I did understand, I'd use it in my personal relationships and I'd use it to help create characters.

Rhonda said...

I've also heard that Aries is a good sign under which to begin projects.

Linda McLaughlin said...


Rising signs absolutely matter, as do moon signs. I have Scorpio rising so I got along well with my Taurus mother and my Scorpio father and grandmother.


Linda McLaughlin said...


I really recommend picking up a copy of Linda Goodman's Sun Signs. It's a great introduction to astrology and her writing is so entertaining and funny. If nothing else, you'll enjoy reading it and it may help you with characterization.

Rhonda, yes, Aries would be a good sign under which to begin projects. Also when the moon is in Aries, which happens once a month instead of once a year. Much better. ;)


Barrie said...

My dh is an Aries. I'm a Leo. What kind of combo is this? :)

Linda McLaughlin said...


In theory, an Aries-Leo combo is one of the best possible match-ups, esp. for a romantic relationship.

I'm speaking in generalities here, of course, and individual charts can mitigate "conventional wisdom". But yeah, that should be a great combo.


Sandy Levin said...

I once had a boyfriend who was an Aries - it was a pretty good match, but it didn't work out. Now I'm married to a Leo (on the cusp) Aug 22. I'm Scorpio. We've been married for almost 25 years, so there's got to be some good there :-)

Linda McLaughlin said...


Leos are great, aren't they?

There are so many levels to astrology that it's really not good to generalize based on sun signs, though it's fun to do so. I take sun sign astrology with a grain of salt.