Your Astrology Guide: The Motivational Aries
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The energy of the Zodiac is one that influences us everyday. The sky and its powerful citizens change every four minutes. So wild, right?! And to think that these transitions and relationships do not affect us in some way is denying our own magic, and the impact of cosmic energy. Astrology is truly a science and a deeply historic understanding of the ways in which we connect to the cosmos. There are numerous facets to the planets, astro signs, houses, etc.
To begin, let’s break down the Sun Signs: the sign in which you were born under, depending on your date of birth. Your Sun Sign represents your overall personality. It is important to note that your Sun Sign is only one small piece of your astrological identity. Many times, people do not identify strongly with their Sun Sign. You may have at points read horoscopes or small descriptions of their your sign and said, “That is DEFINITELY not me.” Which is totally valid! That is only one small piece of you. But this sign does still impact you in some way, and is important to have an understanding of, nonetheless.
Next, each astrological sign is associated with one of the four basic elements: fire, water, air and earth. The elements serve as a connector of these cosmo beings to the beauty around us. It is important to think of the different aspects of each element, and their true nature to grasp an understanding of how they come out in our personality, as well as the way in which we relate to the world around us.
Earth: The element of stability. Earth is the most tangible and palpable element. It holds the ability to grow, hold and nourish. As humans, we look to earth and to soil as a means of grounding, of rooting, and of finding our footing. The element of earth is dependable, reliable, and is deeply connected to the senses. This element is associated with the direction of North. The signs associated with Earth in the Zodiac are: Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.
Air: The element of intellect. Air is the element of communication; we use breathe and air to communicate and to voice our thoughts, our needs, our wants and our desires. Air is not tangible, yet it is boldly and fiercely felt. Air is the element of logic, or deep knowledge and of a versatile fluidity in our understanding of ourselves and of the world around us. Air is associated with the direction of East. The signs associated with Air in the Zodiac are: Gemini, Libra and Aquarius.
Water: The element of emotion. Water is the element of depth, of passion and of emotional expression. Water is fluid in its nature, and in its fullest and most healthiest state is in constant motion. We use water to cleanse, to rejuvenate and revive. Water holds an infinite depth, which is why it is the element of feeling. Water is associated with the direction of West. The signs associated with Water in the Zodiac are: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces.
Fire: The element of passion. The element of fire provides warmth, security, and is the greatest tool of transformation. We are drawn to the brightness and vitality of fire, and the sense of protection it provides to us. Fire fiercely and unapologetically burns brightly, and ignites our motivation and drive. Fire is associated with the direction of South. The signs associated with Fire in the Zodiac are: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.
Each sign is also associated and ruled by a certain planet. The planets of the Solar System rule and have influence over various parts of our lives. We have personal planets, which are the planets that are shifting and moving through the signs more frequently, these planets being: Mercury, Venus, Mars and the Moon. There are then Societal Planets, which are moving less frequently, and we often see affect generations rather than individuals, and these plants include: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto (is considered a planet, especially in Astrology).
Lastly, it is important to know that each Astrological sign has an opposite sign in accordance to the astrological wheel. When signs are opposite, it shows that they share very similar qualities, yet they embody them differently. Opposing signs function on the same wavelength, yet just as polar points. As they say, opposites attract. Signs that are opposite of one another share similarities, and their differences function well together. Within astrology, it is important to take into consideration the opposing elements of opposite signs, and how they relate to one another. For example, Aries’ opposing sign is Libra. Fire (Aries) is fueled and grows by the element of Air (Libra). Really exploring the relationship between elements will aid in understanding the relationships between certain signs.
Now, let us begin with the first sign of the wonderful and wild Zodiac.
Aries: I AM
Birthdays that land under this sign: March 21-April 21
Ruling Planet: Mars
Opposite Sign: Libra
Body Part: Head
Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac, and the force that ignites the magic of the cycling change that is the cosmos. The placement of each sign often shows its maturity through the Zodiac wheel. Aries is the place of beginnings. Being a fierce fire sign, people under this sign hold the motivation for getting projects started, and hold the momentum to put ideas in to action. Arians are associated with leadership, strength, determination, and are self-starters. They are pioneering spirits, and use their assertive nature to blaze trails of independence and accomplishment. The planet of Mars rules Aries, which is the planet of desire, energy and action.
In relation to our Sun Sign, we all also have what is called a Rising Sign (often referred to as our Ascendant). This is the way in which we project our personality in our everyday life. Your Rising Sign is determined in your natal chart by what constellation the sun was rising in on the day you were born. The Rising Sign is an incredibly vital part of the natal chart because it is how we are related to in the environments, conversations and relationships we find ourselves in. Aries on the ascendant creates what is called “a natural chart” due to the signs being naturally in tune with the seasons, thus creating less friction between placements. If you are an Aries Rising individual, the qualities and attributes of Aries connect to you for these are behaviors you inhibit as you relate to your everyday life.
What Arians are asked to learn in this realm is how to cooperate, how to conserve their energy, as well as the art of completion. With all of the energy they hold, it is often hard for them to relax fully. They hold so much energy to get projects off of the ground, but it is up to other people to keep the momentum going, for Arians will lose interest very easily, and often quickly. Wherever Aries is placed within your natal chart, is where you, as your spirit, begin to operate. It is your starting space. Aries is a masculine sign, and is celebrated for her positivity, assertiveness and fierce energy. However, the Arian human must also learn how to get in tune with the feminine aspects of the spirit: being receptive, and take the intentional time to listen and learn from those around her.
Aries is associated with the season of Spring Time: the moment that a seed’s fruition bursts through the dirt. This young and vital fire sign serves as a beautiful reminder of where life begins. Arians show us that all processes have a starting point. Being associated with the Ram, this sign embodies the fact that in order to get to where we want to be, we must using our driving force as the energy to run in to all that we desire. Aries on the constant search for their next adventure, and are true igniters of exploration, transformation and discovery.
Next week, we will explore the sensual and sensory sign of Taurus.