Everything You Need to Know About the Aries Personality

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Aries are the superheroes of the zodiac. They are bold, fast and independent, taking problems and head-butting them into the ether. As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries coincides with spring. They are the season of life after death, the loud alarm that wakes you up in the morning, the Technicolor of Oz after black-and-white Kansas. Aries is the life force that says, “Not today, Satan!” and charges into battle. The ego on these rams can be hard to roll with sometimes, but they are as quick to make up as they are to fight. You’ve got to love them! 

What’s Aries’ Sun Sign?


What’s Aries’ Element?

Fire. The fire signs—Aries, Leo and Sagittarius—are creative and physically active. Fire is the principle of the will at work, the life force that inspires us to get up and keep going in spite of any resistance. People born under this element tend to be action-oriented, decisive and optimistic. Working on a project? You want a fire sign in your corner. 

What’s Aries’s Modality?

Cardinal. The party starters of the zodiac, the cardinal signs—Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn—are active and physical, tending to work through challenges or process information in a kinesthetic way. They are natural doers and leaders, and they make things happen.

What’s Aries’s ruling planet?

Mars. Mars is the planet of war, desire, aggression and competition. Sounds scary, but think of him as the mitochondria among the organelles of our solar system. Mars is our hot blood when it’s go time. Mars is go time. He inspires the kind of work that fulfills our deepest passions. Mars is our mission.

What’s Aries’ symbol?

The ram. The ram’s horns symbolize virility and aggression, as well as the “head-on” approach that Aries take to problem solving.

Aries’ Key Phrase

“I am.”

Aries’ One-Word Mantra

Aries Celebs

Aries are often written off as impulsive or impatient which is why it might surprise you that intense method actors Heath Ledger and Gary Oldman are Aries, as well as rigorous auteurs Francis Ford Coppola and Quentin Tarantino. This is just the tip of the iceberg because let’s be real, Aries are iconic! This can be seen most obvioulsy in the broad spectrum of Aries divas and crooners like Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Elton John, Al Green, Lady Gaga, Jessie J, Pharrell Williams and Susan Boyle; Sex and the City’s own Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon are both Aries (and so is SJP’s hubby Matthew Broderick!); there’s also ‘90s golden girls Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mandy Moore and Amanda Bynes; timeless sweethearts Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain and Kristen Stewart; and the bitingly hilarious Eddie Murphy, Alec Baldwin and Christopher Walken. Aries are known for their speed but that doesn’t mean they aren’t in it for the long haul.

What Are Aries’s Best Traits?

Aries are entrepreneurial, independent and creative. They have the nerve to get things started and can be inspiring leaders. Their crackling energy is infectious, and they are children at heart, buzzing with the force of life itself. If you’re stuck at the corner of “I’m too scared” and “I didn’t go to school for this,” it’s Aries energy that breaks you out of indecision paralysis.

What Are Aries’ Worst Traits?

The negative sides of Aries can translate into selfishness, impatience and a quick temper. While they are talented at ideation and making decisions, they can become easily frustrated or bored, leading them to abandon things just as quickly. They require a lot of independence and can become irritable if others try to control them. They like to be their own boss—but that doesn’t mean they always hold themselves accountable. 

What Are the Best Careers for Aries?

Aries are natural leaders and tend to be the entrepreneurs of the zodiac. They excel in business, innovation, deal-making, entertainment, sports and medicine. One caveat: They are better at starting new projects than sustaining existing ones, so they need a lot of freedom at work to apply their creativity to new areas.

How Is Aries as a Friend?

Aries friends come amped to support your endeavors. They can be quite competitive with others, but they are all about celebrating their friends—they just expect the same in return, of course. In conflict, they are direct, which can be hard to take, but they move on from an argument super quickly. You can have it out with an Aries and be back to your old texting rhythms in no time at all.

How Is Aries as a Parent?

Aries are children at heart, so they tend to understand better than others exactly where their kids are coming from. Aries parents have boundless energy to play, and they may end up as exhausted at the end of the day as their kids are. These are not hands-off types, and they get very involved with homework and extracurriculars, even if they had no interest in those activities when they were young. Though their patience is easily tested, their whole head and heart are in the game.

How Is Aries as a Partner?

A ram in love is a ram inspired to collaborate. It’s a must to share at least a few interests and hobbies, and the partnership always has to be moving toward something for them to stay engaged and motivated. They fall hard and fast, and their sudden infatuations can burn out quickly. Aries are incredibly physical signs, and their relationships are usually characterized by white-hot sexual chemistry. 

What Are Aries’ Hidden Traits?

The stereotype of an Aries is a headstrong, independent, type-A personality, but they are actually among the mushiest, most romantic signs in the zodiac. Aries will fall in love so ardently and be completely unashamed of how much their beloved means to them. Expect grand gestures and thoughtful little notes—and of course lots of travel, sex and adventure.

Aries at a Glance in 2022

If there’s one thing an Aries knows how to do, it’s make friends. But with Saturn moving through their friendship zone since 2020, the social butterflies of the zodiac have had to be a bit more selective about who they let into their sphere. For some rams, this influence has been isolating or lonely. But the positive side of a less crowded social calendar is that when every weekend isn’t spent at a wedding, Bachelorette or birthday party, there’s more time to spend on personal projects and self care. The final third of the year is defined by the extended transit of Aries’ ruling planet Mars moving through their communication sector for seven months (August 20, 2022-March 25, 2023). This transit is for rearranging schedules, reimagining routines and spending more time with close friends and family who usually aren’t a priority. By early 2023, both their public and private social connections should start flourishing again.

2022 has also been a huge confidence boost for Aries with luck planet Jupiter moving through their sign since early May. As Jupiter moves back into their unconscious sector from late October through the end of the year, it’s important that Aries focuses on rest, retreat and appreciating the much needed alone time while it lasts. Money-wise, this year has been all over the place for Aries with both disruption planet Uranus and eclipses in their financial zones. With every sudden windfall, there’s been an expense or debt that needs to be covered with that same boon.

Despite the ups and downs, this has generally been a year of gaining more financial independence for Aries—relying less on usual forms of outside support and building more personal wealth.