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!
Your sun sign: Aries.
Your 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.
Your quality: Cardinal. The unstoppable forces of the universe, 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.
Your 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.
Your symbol: The ram. The ram’s horns symbolize virility and aggression, as well as the “head-on” approach that Aries take to problem solving.
Key phrase: “I am.”
Your one-word mantra: “Slow.” (Read every zodiac sign’s mantra here.)
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.
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.
Best careers: 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.
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.
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.
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.
Secret traits no one realizes: 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.