What Does It Mean in Astrology?
Aries is a sign associated with new beginnings, pioneering initiatives, and launching projects and ventures that will take some time to develop -- after the quiescence of Pisces ... with its dreamy emphasis on planning and creative incubation.
Aries, therefore, is concerned with leadership, self-assertion, independent action ... and moving life forward again, full steam ahead.
What does this mean to your personality?
And how does this apply to real life?
What Is a Rising Sign?
And what does it mean to have Aries Rising?
The Ascendant is also called the "Rising Sign" of a person's chart. Astrologers use the two terms interchangeably. It is literally the sign that was rising on the Eastern horizon of the sky at the time you were born in the place where you were born. This is why it is essential to have both a birthplace and a birth time in order to cast a completely valid Natal Chart.
All twelve signs of the Zodiac rotate across the sky in the course of a day. Therefore the sign that is ascending -- literally "rising" -- on the eastern horizon changes every two hours. And your Rising Sign ... or Ascendant Sign ... depends on the exact time you were born!
If you have Aries Rising in your Natal Chart, you have an aggressive, spontaneous approach to life. Your disposition is frank and outgoing. You are probably considered outspoken. You are also impulsive, and while tact is not one of your virtues, no one will ever call you dishonest or malicious.
What Is a Sun Sign?
And what does it mean to have the Sun in Aries?
The Sun represents your ego, your self-image. The sign it occupied in the Zodiac when you were born is your Sun Sign. The traits of that sign will help define the basic qualities of your character.
The Zodiac sign the Sun occupies in the sky at any given time will focus you and your interests on certain "generic matters" ... again defined by the sign itself. During this time, you will blend the characteristics of your Natal Sun Sign with the interests of the current Sun Sign -- and your personal focus will center more noticeably around the general concerns of the current Sun Sign.
Aries energy is assertive and forceful, passionate, self-assured and concerned with winning. As a Star-Citizen of this sign, your personality shows all these traits and attitudes. You are energetic and direct, persistent ... and self-centered.
What is a Moon Sign?
And what does it mean to have the Moon in Aries?
In Astrology, the Moon represents your emotions, your inner self, your instincts, habits, and reactions. The sign it occupied when you were born is your Moon Sign in your horoscope. Your Moon Sign describes character traits, feelings, and personal responses that are very familiar to you.
In fact, it's common for people to relate to their Moon Sign qualities far more than their Sun Sign characteristics when finally they learn, through research, by having their Natal Chart interpreted, or simply by accident what their Moon Sign IS ... and what it describes in their personality.
If you have the Moon in Aries, the inner, feeling part of your personality is assertive, enthusiastic, energetic and candid. When you care about something, you are focused, persistent and aggressive. You want what you want NOW!
What is a Mercury Sign?
What does it mean to have Mercury in Aries?
In Astrology, Mercury represents your conscious, rational mind; your intellectual self; your ability to study, learn, analyze, communicate and work with information; your capacity to form ideas and opinions; the way you deal with facts; and the way you process data.
It shows the kinds of things that interest you ... and what you do with what you know. When you consider that the way you think is absolutely crucial to the way you shape and work with reality, Mercury gives vital information about the perspective through which you engage the world. It is literally the symbol for your intellectual view of life.
The intellectual side of your personality is energetic, direct, aggressive, persistent, and self-centered. Your mind is competitive, impatient, willful, and likes to win. There is nothing shy about you, or your willingness to say exactly what's on your mind.
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