Misunderstood Zodiac Signs: Aries

 

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“Ram” – Andy Warhol, Lunar Arian

 

It is often said that Aries is the youngest sign, that it is the child of the zodiac, that its energy is reckless, thoughtless, maybe brave at the best of time. Most Aries natives do not seem to ever take the time to explain themselves, further contributing to the popularity of the more simplistic explanations.

Aries is the beginning and the birth of a child. If we push a little bit further, Mars, the ruler of Aries, also rules over sex and aggression. For that reason, Arians are often credited for sowing the seeds. It is often not acknowledged that the Aries energy is also the energy that sustains the pregnancy. The shaky first steps to get a project off the ground is where Arians show up, filled with enthusiasm and pure fire. No one seems to acknowledge either that the pregnancy of a child, both literally and in any figurative sense, consists of pain, uncertainty, and loneliness. You might have a partner or a supportive friend but it is your child and yours alone. The potential miscarriage of such seed is your responsibility and you acutely bear its burden every single day. When Arians are unable to carry through this “pregnancy” period is when one sees Arians at their most depressive points. In fact, many Arians spend years and years in this depressive period until they can put themselves together and get back up again.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou, Aries Sun, Jupiter, Uranus.

The birthing of a child is even more uncertain and traumatic. There might be unexpected complications and one is never quite sure what the end results might look like. Yet we all have to welcome this newborn, so fragile and vulnerable, as pure joy and happiness, after the messy process that brings it to life. Every Aries placement appreciates the novelty of adventures and the unexpected that often Arians spend time in the incubating period, ready to push their creations out into the world. Once it has set out to do something, Arians are known to push through all the challenges until it reaches its final destination. Those birthing moments are their heights; so are raw joy and sadness. They are less interested once things become refined, processed, and complicated. Muddy water isn’t Aries’ favorite; one is never 99% percent pregnant, and a child is either born or dead, kicking and crying or gone. No explanation needed. It is no surprise most Aries appreciate honesty and a no-BS approach.

“Ideas are cheap. Ideas are easy. Ideas are common. Everybody has ideas. Ideas are highly, highly overvalued. Execution is all that matters.” – Casey Neistat, Aries Sun, Venus, Mars

Once the child was born, they are off to a new adventure because it is Taureans’ task to nurture and sustain. The rest of the world might be frustrated with Aries’ ability to move on so quickly, to drop things off when it all just starts, but the Arian mind has been sustaining the pregnancy, the prepping of the final birth, the anticipation and the uncertainty of whether the birthing even happens at all that it does not feel the need to excuse itself once the act is done. It has seen what it sets out to do accomplished. What’s left to say, anyway? Once an Aries native perceives that the journey is done (as opposed to Capricorn’s sense of accomplishment) the ball is completely dropped and there is no returning. Aries is a personal sign, it does not compare what it sees with how it is perceived by societal standards nor does it care for others’ approval. The Sun is exalted in Aries, it does not dim its light for your petty concerns. The free will is raw and powerful and, one might argue, sometimes unchecked.

A very common criticism of Arians is their inability to finish things. The Aries challenge has never been to finish things; not everything needs to be finished just for the sake of being finished. One must know whether a battle is worth the fight and Arians are always looking out for the signs to keep going or to stop. The true challenge for Aries natives is sustaining the novelty of adventures every day in everything they do. They are the children of the zodiac, after all; there is always a lot to learn and new heights to reach. The ultimate enemy of the Aries energy isn’t the lack of stamina or discipline but rather stagnation and complacency. And every Aries native knows this fact deep in their bones as they are the first ones to tell others to “snap out of it,” to “put yourself out there and take the hit” because one must have faith that the world has yet to be conquered and we have yet to know it all.

“If I make a fool of myself, who cares? I’m not frightened by anyone’s perception of me.” – Angelina Jolie, Lunar Arian

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Moon in Aries

 

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“Life should be lived on the edge. You have to exercise rebellion: to refuse to tape yourself to rules, to refuse your own success, to refuse to repeat yourself, to see every day, every year, every idea as a true challenge – and then you are going to live your life on a tightrope.” -Philippe Petit

Childhood and Emotional Responses

The moon is at home in Cancer and Aries is ten signs away from Cancer. Lunar Arians thus carry traits that are related to 10th house matters. Often, they were born to parents who are inexperienced in raising kids, or hard-lined disciplinarians who do not allow any room for mushy emotions. Sometimes, the parents might argue a lot, or they were born to single mothers who work three jobs and are constantly in motion. In these households, one is expected to be responsible for one’s own emotions. No excuse. Moon in Aries natives thus learn to deal with their own emotions. What upset them, what make them mad, angry, or sad are their own problems and they very much see other people’s problems the same way.

One’s moon sign does not only reflect one’s upbringing, but also one’s emotional nature. An Aries moon native is often very driven and is interested in having control over his/her environment. Their emotional responses are the combination of how they react to their parents and their own needs. So as driven, demanding individuals with parents who are either young, or always in motion, or always arguing, they learn very quickly to take care of their own problem via quickly identifying challenges and solutions and delving in to resolve problems before they become something more serious.

When there is a problem, an Aries moon will be on fire and everyone needs to get out of the way. There is a sense of urgency and immediacy with these individuals. They are not interested in hearing anyone’s explanation, because they were raised in environments where they have to look out for themselves first and foremost. The problem with this approach is they easily gloss over details, or they could have found a much better solution by listening to others. Aries moons do best when someone challenges their solutions by having an open discussion or debate with them; these natives will gladly admit that they are wrong once convinced that other people are having their interests in mind.

Career

Aries is ruled by Mars. In their careers, as with all other aspects of their lives, Lunar Arians like to win, to stay on top of the game, to be the best at what they do, and to make big statements. They often work well in environments that allow personal freedom, flexibility, and opportunities for them to take an ownership of their work. Many Aries moons are interested in many different topics or subjects; they tend to try them all until they find something they really enjoy, and even then, they do not have a desire to keep up with one career for long. Once a challenge is conquered, they are out looking for the next big thing.

Relationship

Aries moons often have very volatile relationships with their parents, especially during their teenage years. They usually leave home as early as they can. If the moon is in 4th house or the native has Cancer/Taurus placements, they might stay near their parents but still have their own place. The independence to do what they want, when they want is very important to them. After they move out, their relationships with their family members also improve exponentially.

In friendships, Aries moons like to support and protect their friends. Although they are not willing to nurture and hold others’ hands, they will be very energetic when it comes to organizing events, throwing parties, or aiding someone during crisis. Like all fire moons, Aries moons enjoy companionship with those they admire.

In love, an Aries moon wants to find someone who can keep up with him/her, while also seeing this native as the best. If you want to keep an Aries moon lover, throw them a challenge, give them a chance to be your knight in shining armor (FYI, this applies to both men and women). Also, remember to never tell an Aries moon what to do; explain, debate, argue but avoid dictating or caging them and they will give you the world.

Anger

Aries moons like it rough. They are so blunt and playful that at times it seems like nothing will get to them. Often these behaviors are just a cover-up for their sensitive hearts. As demanding individuals, they are easily agitated; however, it is a lot harder to anger them. The Aries moon’s reputation of easily flaring up and letting go is actually just how they behave on a daily basis.

An Aries moon is truly angry when someone put her down, cage her in, try to control or dictate her every movement. The Aries moon natives will get quiet and the ones that have angered them will receive a dead stare. Depending on the native’s mars, this person will approach anger differently; regardless, the Aries moon at this point has been set on a tunnel-vision journey to prove to those who dare to question their fiery hearts.