Aries, the Ram, is the first sign of the Fire triplicity and the first sign of the tropical zodiac. Traditionally arising at the beginning of spring, Aries is the sign of new beginnings.
The key phrase for Aries is "I am". It is a sign of raw, unbridled energy, with little real direction combined with a potent desire for power.
Aries is ruled by the planet Mars and is the exaltation of the Sun. Combining the fiery energy of the Sun and the indomitable power of Mars, Ariens have a tremendous psychological drive to prove themselves and to be first at all costs. They become accomplished only by learning to think before taking action. Their impulsiveness and inability to listen to others tends to involve them in difficulties. They are likely to be impatient and do not always finish what they set out to do.
It is the karmic responsibility of the Aries type to come to terms and learn that they are not the centre of the universe, but part of larger social orders. Aries personalities without maturity are usually childish and demanding in their behaviour. The vital life force of their celestial rhythm can either be used to inspire others, or it can be turned inward towards selfishness. As a result, they often fail to evolve as individuals and are destined for an early reincarnation.
Ariens are capable of becoming highly competitive, seeking fame and recognition. Because of these desires, they can become overly aggressive and prone to use force, rather than diplomacy and reason in dealing with others. If they do not use their energies creatively, they expect others to provide them with constant stimulation and they thus can become idle and apathetic. The solar energy of Aries needs physical expression otherwise Aries types may become depressed and overweight.
Aries Rules the Head
The head, taken as a whole, is ruled by Aries. The signs have an internal, external and structural relationship. Internally, Aries rules the brain and nerve centres, carotid arteries; externally the cranium, jaw and facial bones.
Externally, the rulerships are more complicated and other parts of the head and face are ruled by Taurus and Scorpio and all of the planets rule various other parts.
For example, the Sun rules the right eye in the male, the left eye in the female, while the Moon rules the left eye in the male and right eye in the female.
Aries is subject to all kinds of head complaints – sinusitis, headaches, tooth and gum afflictions, baldness and are prone to accident or injuries to the head and face. As a sign of this celestial association, many Aries individuals are born with a birth mark on their head or face.
The emblem for Aries is the Ram, a determined fighter and a powerful adversary, with a strong urge to express himself over the widest possible field of endeavour. Is the grass greener on the other side of the hill? Of course it is, isn't it, Aries?
Shades of Aries
Aries rules the colours red and white. Aries people also respond well to the cooling rays of indigo, as this colour tends to quell their exuberant fires.
Aries Birthstone The birthstone for Aries is the diamond, which when viewed under a prism reveals an intense indigo color. Remember only to wear these stones if you want to bring their influence into your life. More about Gemstones and Astrology.
Flowers and Herbs Red poppy, geranium, honeysuckle, hollyhocks, thistle, ginger, clove and pennyroyal.
Brain and nerve foods like bulghur wheat, oats and barley are beneficial. For protein, fish, but little or no meat is recommended to keep that fiery temperament in check. Avoid heavily spiced foods and stimulants like liquor and red wine. Eat plenty of fresh salads, especially lettuce, tomatoes and spinach; and cooling juices like wheat grass, grape and apple, to control a tendency towards acidosis due to hypermetabolic activity. Tissue acids contribute to muscle spasms, tension and pain. You are also prone to potassium deficiency, giving importance to fresh fruits and vegetables. Plenty of water is essential to maintain the Aries hot/cold balance.
Susceptible Areas: Thighs
brain disorders, headaches, stroke/apoplexy and sunstroke, heatstroke;
ear disorders, eye troubles, baldness;
facial blemishes, pimples, herpes;
aphasia; meningitis, cerebral congestion or anaemia, fainting;
loss of identity, Alzheimer's disease, aphasia, dyslexia, speech impediments, general ill-health.