The first signs of the Zodiac are related to our concept of self-identification. These signs are called personal signs, the individuals come face to face with their own Self, with the creative power within themselves accordingly to the sign element. Aries are blessed with fire. Fire relates to our inner impulse (will) and it is also ego. Therefore Aries trusts and very well in his/her hunches. The cardinal fire energy of the sign relates to its dynamism, movement, motivation and optimism, strengh, honesty and courage, self-confidence and assertiveness to go ahead, to create a dynamic life.
Because of this, Aries are often intelligent, bright and sucessful individuals. The dangers in Aries are those of a misuse of overidentification with the ego, being self-centeredness, pride and arrogance, and those of a misuse of the will aspect, such as agressive or manipulative behavior, and forcing one will's over another. Ideally an Aries is a self-reliant, independent, dynamic individual, very inventive, bright but still friendly, inspiring, balanced, diplomatic and helpful. The qualities of Libra form a balancing pair.
Compared to other fire signs, the fire in Aries burns like a recently lit bonfire (a strong, young and all motivated new beginning, willing to spread around), while the fire of a Leo is more of a mature powerful shining bonfire (the beauty, the stability of that warm), and the fire of a Sagittarius, the hot coal in a bonfire (the controlled heat, burning inside, gently warm with a relentlessly persistence). The fire of Aries is particularly strong as we move into the late degrees of the sign, even exerting an influence in the early degrees of the next sign.
Are you an Aries? Do you have natal planets in Aries? Would you like to share your own experiences?
In the next article, we will see how the other personal signs work, Taurus, Gemini, and Cancer, the personal identification with the elements of earth (practicality, groundness), air (ideas, relating, communication) and water (bondage, emotions, inner world).
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