Aries: All About This Zodiac Sign’s Personality Traits, Compatibility and More

Aries is the pioneer and trailblazer of the horoscope wheel. Aries energy helps us initiate, fight for our beliefs and fearlessly put ourselves out there.

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The Aries Personality


Aries Traits At a Glance:

Symbol: The Ram
Element: Fire
Quality: Cardinal
Ruling Planet: Mars, the planet of war and energy
Body Part: Head, face
Good Day: Energetic, encouraging, unstoppable, bold, devoted, heroic, caring
Bad Day: Proud, self-centered, impulsive, bossy, stubborn, reckless, jealous
Favorite Things: Competitive games, new clothes, road trips (in fast red cars), debating, expressing themselves through stunning verbal and physical feats
What They Hate: Sharing their toys, being ignored, cramped spaces, losing, the word “no”
Secret Wish: To be number one
How to Spot Them: High foreheads, focused or manic energy, aggressive stance
Keywords: Willpower, Initiative, Determination, Passion, Beginnings, Self-Belief, Innocence


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What Is Aries’ Symbol? The Ram

Aries Zodiac Sign Symbol

The Aries horoscope symbol is the Ram, which is a sheep with large curving horns. The Aries zodiac sign symbol is depicted as a simple icon meant to resemble the head of the Ram. Stubbornness is one of the main Aries traits. Thus, the Aries symbol of the Ram expresses this zodiac sign’s determination and unstoppable drive.


What Is Aries’ Element and Modality? The Cardinal Fire Sign

Aries Element: Fire

Aries is one of the three zodiac signs grouped under the fire element. The other two fire signs are Leo and Sagittarius. Since Aries is the first fire sign in the zodiac cycle, it’s like the match that lights the blaze. The Aries personality is to be a trailblazer and trendsetter. Under the influence of an Aries planetary transit, we all become more pioneering and innovative, leaping without looking or putting our bold ideas out there.

Aries Modality: Aries is a Cardinal Sign

The zodiac signs are grouped into three “qualities” or “triplicities”: cardinal, mutable and fixed signs. Aries is one of the four cardinal signs. These signs start every season—Aries kicks off spring, Cancer starts summer, Libra begins fall and Capricorn is the first winter sign. Thus, they are the leaders and “idea people” of the zodiac. These signs prize originality and like to be first in everything they do. They’re the trendsetters and trendspotters, the ones who get the party started and the crowd hyped. Count on them to initiate a winning idea or plan.


What is Aries’ Ruling Planet? Mars

Aries is ruled by warrior planet and energy activator Mars. The masculine force is ruled by this “yang” planet. On a positive note, Aries cycles can fill us with unstoppable life-force energy. The negative manifestation is that we can become argumentative, confrontational and aggressive. Mars is the mythological god of war, and was often worshipped by the ancient Romans. He’s often shown with battle attire, fully equipped with shield and sword and ready for action!


Aries love and compatibility

In love and relationships, Aries is an independent sign that adores romance but also needs plenty of breathing room. Aries tends to be a one-on-one person in relationships. This sign enjoys having ample solo time with a partner and loves to be the center of their mate’s attention.

Simply put: Aries need to have a starring role in their love interest’s life. Dating an Aries is like an audition. You’ll need to give a great performance if you want to keep their attention! The Aries wedding is likely to be a lavish, show-stopping affair that can feel more like a theater production. That’s if this indie-spirited sign makes it to the altar (which might happen more than once)!

For Aries, an exciting and adventurous sex life is also crucial. The Aries ruling planet is lusty Mars, which gives this sign strong sexual energy and a powerful sex drive. There are many reasons an Aries might cheat in a relationship, but pure physical desire is a top contender. Breakups can be especially hard for Aries. Once an Aries commits to a relationship, they do so with their whole hearts. But, in their fearless style, they eventually bounce back and fall in love again.

Aries compatibility

While we believe that any two zodiac signs can be compatible in love and friendship, there are certain sign combinations that just flow together easily.

Most compatible signs for Aries:
For Aries, the most compatible signs for romantic relationships, work and friendship tend to be the three fire signs (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius), who understand their need for independence and passion. Aries are also compatible with the three air signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius), who have similar attitudes and value adventure, freedom and open conversation.

The downside is that these zodiac signs may be so similar to Aries, that it’s hard for a relationship to gain traction. Since both people in this match love their freedom, it can be hard for Aries to establish long-term commitments with fire and air signs.

Least compatible signs for Aries:
Aries may find their least compatible signs for love, work and friendship to be the water and earth signs. Certainly there are many examples of solid relationships between Aries and these signs. However, there are key differences in their emotional styles, values and approach to life that can cause conflict or challenges.

The water signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces) tend to be more internal and private than fire sign Aries. The Aries trait of direct communication style can hurt the sensitive water sign’s feelings and cause them to withdraw. Water signs can also be jealous and insecure, which can interfere with the Aries need for freedom. Aries may also find incompatible traits between themselves and the three earth signs (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn), who tend to be traditional and structured.

At first, the dependable earth sign style can feel like a welcome anchor to Aries, the ground beneath their ever-moving feet. But over time, independent Aries may feel suffocated by the earth signs’ need to plan, which can also create power struggles. Both of them will want to control the agenda and compromise can be tough.

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Aries in career and money

The Aries career path should focus on one thing: this fearless sign was born to lead. This sign loves a challenge! Aries find the most success when they’re in charge. When Aries believes in a project or mission, they champion it 100 percent. When it comes to money, Aries can spend it as fast as they make it. (This fire sign can burn through cash!).

When it comes to money, Aries may earn a lot of it, but a part of them never feels totally secure. (They may not show this face to the world, of course.) Aries will work long hours for money, and generally feels more at ease when they have another person to help share expenses.

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Aries in a family: Aries parents and Aries kids

For independent Aries, family can be a mixed bag. This sign likes their freedom, and they like things their way. Adapting to the different personalities and demands in a household can be a challenge for the Aries personality.

As a parent, the Aries mom or Aries dad can be a bit competitive. They may push their kids to achieve. Aries parents can be excellent role models and teachers. If one of their children happens to be interested in what Aries is, they’ll happily teach their expertise. Remember that Aries is also the baby of the zodiac. They may secretly not like to compete for attention and priority with little ones!

The Aries kid shows leadership traits early on. This child can be headstrong, active and outspoken.

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Aries taste and style: fashion, decor and wellness.

Aries Style + Home Decor

Hello, head turner! The Aries style is daring and experimental. This trendsetting zodiac sign is not afraid to wear bold colors, huge statement pieces and anything that stands out. Many a fashion icon is born under this sign, including Sarah Jessica Parker and Marc Jacobs. Aries home decor is similarly bold.

Aries Health + Wellness

When it comes to Aries health and wellness, these people enjoy a challenge. The Aries fitness routine should include goals and avoid boring routines. It’s tough for this active sign to slow down but an Aries meditation or one focused on the fire element could assist.


Famous Aries & Aries Celebrities:

Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Marvin Gaye, Keira Knightley, Victoria Beckham, Sarah Jessica Parker, Al Gore, Heath Ledger, Rosie O’Donnell, Gloria Steinem, Marc Jacobs, Emma Watson, Tyler Oakley, Kourtney Kardashian, Big Sean, Kristen Stewart, Pharrell Williams, Jamie-Lynn Spears, Vivienne Westwood, Tommy Hilfiger, Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, William Wordsworth, Jessie J, Brendan Urie, Robert Downey Jr., Peyton Manning, Thomas Jefferson, John Tyler

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

AstroTwins

Identical twin sisters Ophira and Tali Edut, known as The AstroTwins, are the founders of Astrostyle.com and the authors of multiple bestselling astrology books. Their horoscopes reach millions here and through their resident astrologer column at ELLE Magazine.