What are the Personality Characteristics Associated with the Astrological Sign Aries?

Sheri Cyprus

In astrology, Aries refers to those born 21 March through 20 April, and is the first sign of the Zodiac. These natives like to be first at everything they set their minds to. A Cardinal Fire sign, these people are seldom afraid to take strong action to get what they want. The ultimate challenge for Aries is to learn to channel their energies to become less reckless and impulsive in order to let their true talents shine.

Thomas Jefferson, an Aries.
Thomas Jefferson, an Aries.

Aries, like Scorpio, is ruled by Mars, the planet associated with activity and powerful energy. When these individuals control their powerful energy, they can often easily achieve their goals. If their powerful energy is not controlled, people with this personality have the potential to impulsively scatter that energy in too many, sometimes destructive, directions.

Aries is the ram, the first sign of the Zodiac.
Aries is the ram, the first sign of the Zodiac.

The symbol for this sign is the Ram and like the Ram, they charge through life, often taking charge in the process. Many of these people make good leaders such as community leaders, teachers, coaches, or sales managers. Politics are another possibility for the trail-blazing, confident Aries. Deep down, these people may sometimes feel insecure, yet their brave spirit often helps spur them on.

Aries people are intelligent and always ready for a challenge, however some can be easily bored. Some seem to carry a sense of loneliness about them even though they may project outwardly that they are the life of the party. These people can be very romantic and intense in their relationships.

Red is the color associated with this sign, and it is quite characteristic of these people to like bright, fire-engine red. The metal for the sign is iron. Aries rules the head and face. Keywords for the personality are headfirst, enthusiasm, curiosity, and pioneering.

The other fire signs, Leo and Sagittarius, are most compatible with Aries, while another person with the same sign may also be compatible. There is a like-minded fiery energy shared by these signs. Taurus, Gemini, Aquarius, and Pisces can also make good matches, depending on other aspects in their charts. Scorpio and Virgo often have a neutral compatibility.

Cancer, Capricorn, and Libra are the least compatible with this sign. Cancer is often too sensitive and emotional, and Capricorn is the astrological tortoise to the Aries' hare. Libra may be on a totally different track and may not be animated and exciting enough. Famous people born in this sign include Thomas Jefferson, Eddie Murphy, Gloria Steinem, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Robert Downey Jr.

Some Aries people seem to carry a sense of loneliness about them.
Some Aries people seem to carry a sense of loneliness about them.

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@7: Incorrect. Adolf Hitler was a Taurus! Signed by an Aries


Notable Aries are Adolf Hitler, Alan Sugar and Brian Clough. Three dictators who never minced their words, says a lot about Aries.



Interesting connection, but I think that the self-appelation "aryan" was a title which comes from the PIE term for "ruler," whereas "aries" is tied directly to the animal ram.


I wonder if the term "aries" is related to "aryan." They both go back to Proto-Indo-European, correct? The Europeans ran through their enemies like a ram.


The zodiac points out the important fact that people are different and complement each other well. If we were all to rely on our own individual intrinsic strength and qualities, we would never be getting the job done fully. It is important to work as a team and put everyone in a position which will be most conducive to their strengths. A ram will often be a leader, but needs good counselors to help him.


This warlike sign is indicative of a strong personality which does not pay attention to minor details that may get in its way. The ram can be belligerent and ignorant of barriers which a more cunning schemer would notice. When paired with smart and detail-oriented people, the Aries will make a way for itself, though on its own it might not get far.

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