Aries – The Ram – March 21 to April 20

“Aries – sign of rebirth and renewal –
is a starter and a pioneer.
With her passion and drive
and her zest for life,
she’s creative and honest
and rarely succumbs to fear.”
— by Silvestra Silvermoon

Goddess Symbolism

Due to the spiral shape of his horns the ram is one of the Goddess’s special animals.

Even during the Paleolithic, as far back as 20,000 years ago, the spiral was understood to be a sacred shape. It is particularly associated with snakes and water, but can be found all across the animal world, including snails and, of course, the horns of the male sheep. The spiral is also the shape of our galaxy.

The ram’s spiralled horns are associated with the Eye Goddess, whose all-seeing eyes they often represent.

The ram is also closely linked to the ancient Bird and Snake Goddess.

The Bird Goddess is Mistress of the Upper Waters. Her celestial milk is the rain that nourishes and sustains the Earth. She is the Birth Giver who laid the Universal Egg, but She is also the Goddess of Death for in Her vulture form She assists the passage of the UnBorn back to Her womb.

The Snake Goddess is Mistress of the Lower Waters. She is the primordial Creatrix of the Universe, the Regeneratrix who heals and renews all life. Even today we still associate the symbol of the curled snake with healing.

Spirals, coils and meanders (which are sytlised spirals) are symbolic of the Bird and Snake Goddess. They represent the labyrinth, the passageway that leads from the visible world to the invisible. It is the spiralled labyrinth that leads to the regenerating Womb of the Goddess and restores that what is dead back to life.

The spiral represents the immortal, continuous dynamic life energy of the universe. It is the energy of transformation. It symbolises regeneration, renewal and rebirth.

The ram with his spiral-shaped horns is therefore a sign of renewal and regeneration. It is the sign at the cusp of spring when the Earth awakens from Her long slumber and new growth and life sprits up everywhere.

According to Geraldine Thorsten in “God Herself – The Feminine Roots of Astrology” once upon a time when modern western astrology was born, Aries wasn’t the first sign of the zodiac starting at the spring equinox, but was actually the last sign. I believe this to be true, as to my mind the ram’s spiral-shaped horns represent the process of rebirth rather than the actual birth itself. It would therefore make more sense to have it as the sign just before the onset of spring. However, we don’t know what Aries’ traits might have been before the change, whether they were the same or different, and so we will have to stick with what we know today.

Aries’ Characteristics / Traits

Aries is the sign of youth. With its youthful exuberance and innocent excitement it’s the most childlike sign of the zodiac:

Instead of spending a long time contemplating the pros and cons of doing something, Aries tend to just give whatever it is a try. If they succeed, then that’s fantastic and if they fail, then they’ve learned something for the next venture.

Aries are full of life and love being in the thick of it. They’re do-ers and go-getters. They know what they want and try their best to make it a reality. They’re not held back by fear and caution and love to experience all life has to offer.  Aries are freedom-loving and independent. There’s rarely a dull moment with an Aries, who’s always bursting with new ideas. Aries are “exciting whirlwinds” who might not make it to the end of every project, but they are honest and fair.

In summary Aries women (and men) are:

– enthusiastic
– vital
– positive
– idealistic
– inspiring
– viabrant
– exciting

– dynamic
– energetic
– driven
– active
– ambitious

– fiery
– passionate
– willful
– instinctive

– starters / taking the initiative
– pioneering
– adventurous

– bold
– courageous
– assertive
– risk-taking

– independent
– autonomous

– fair
– honest

Aries is a cardinal Fire sign that is ruled by Pele, the Goddess of Drive, Passion and Courage.

Accordingly, the colour that is associated with Aries is red, the colour of life blood, rebirth and passion.

Within the body Aries is associated with the head.

Aries qualities are most prominent when the Sun, the Moon or the Ascendant (Rising Sign) are in the sign of the Ram.

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