Saturday, March 21, 2009

Welcoming Spring and Celebrating Aries

Spring began officially yesterday, March 20, as the sun moved into the zodiacal sign of Aries. This is the beginning of the astrological year, so Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac.

As such, Aries is considered the "baby" of all the signs. It's the one that represents individualism and ego. People born under this sign are sometimes thought to be self-centered, just as the infant thinks himself the center of the universe, as he or she indeed is. Personally, I don't think people born under the sign of Aries are any more infantile or self-centered than other signs, but maybe I'm biased since this is my sun sign. Aries isn't the only one who likes to be the center of attention, right, Leo? Hm, maybe that's why my cousin Beverly and I didn't get along as children. (She's a Leo.)

Aries's 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, look out 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, Nikita Khrushev, Eugene McCarthy, Andrew Mellon, J. P. Morgan, Gloria Swanson, Vincent Van Gogh, Werner Von Braun and Tennessee Williams.

Is there an Aries in your life?


PS Apologies to my Pisces friends for missing your sign last month. I'll try to do better next year.

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David Cranmer said...

I agree that Aries are not self-centered individuals but I'm bias. I was born March 27th.

pattinase (abbott) said...

My son is an Aries and he is one of the least egocentric people I know. Maybe the least.

Teresa said...

My twin daughters are both Aries. I agree about the putting the head down and running with things. They are also less sensitive to other people's feelings than the rest of the family who are all Gemini, but they are definitely NOT totally self-centered. I think it's more being focused on the goal and forgetting everything else.

Linda, what happens for someone born on March 20? That's my mom's birthday, and she is technically a Pisces, but she seems to have a lot of the Aries traits. I don't know what time she was born, because I was not even a twinkle in my daddy's eye yet.

Linda McLaughlin said...

Happy Birthday, David!

Thanks for the confirmation on Aries not being inherently self-centered.

Teresa, I think you're right about Aries being focused on the goal which to some people might seem self-centered. Re your mom, it really could depend on exactly what time of day she was born, or it could be that her sun is in Pisces, but a lot of other planets, most likely Mercury, Venus and/or Mars are in Aries. Email me with as much as you know and I'll take a look at it.

Barbara Martin said...

My oldest brother is an Aries, and one of my friends is an Aries. I find when they're upset they tend to blow up just like volcanoes. And then you can't get a word in edgewise.

I'm a Leo and we are known to get along with Aries. Every relationship has its glitches.

debra said...

April 16th here. Happy birthday to all.

Linda McLaughlin said...

You're right, Barbara, Aries does have a temper, but they don't usually hold a grudge.

Happy upcoming birthday, Debra!

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