Each month, our resident astrologer shares her horoscope wisdom so you can better prepare for the weeks ahead. But do you truly know your sign and how it impacts everything in your life, from relationships to career and even parenting? Do you know how to deal with your S.O.'s temperamental sign, your mother's authoritative sign, or your best friend's Type-A sign? In this series, we explore the personality of each zodiac sign so you can shed a little light your own personality traits and those of the ones you love. These insights will help you be the best version of yourself in all aspects of your life, from how to handle conflict with your partner to how to take better care of yourself.
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Oh, Aries. There’s no sign quite as fearless as you. You’re the zodiac’s warrior, ready to charge into battle for the things you love. As the first sign of the zodiac, you’re usually first on the playing field too. Your season is from March 20 to April 15, aligning with the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Aries is a fire sign (along with Leo and Sagittarius), meaning you’re confident, and—let’s face it—a little bossy. Add to that your status as one of the four cardinal signs (along with Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn), and you’re quite literally born to lead. Cardinal signs like being in charge, and the other zodiac signs feel comfortable following the trends you set. Your patron planet is go-getter Mars, giving you a seemingly endless storehouse of energy upon which to draw. How can you put that energy to good use in your career, your relationships, and your spiritual journey? Let’s see what the stars have to say.
Aries and Personality
At your best, you’re a masterclass in confidence. You don’t just believe you’re the best in the room—you know it, and so does everyone else. That swagger? You owe it to your original ideas. Like the adage goes, they’re often imitated but never duplicated. Above all else, you’re willing to stand up for what and who you believe it, no matter what. For better or for worse, backing down isn’t an option for you. Luckily, you’re a fierce opponent. For you, there’s no sweeter feeling than a win.
That said, you sometimes take things too far in pursuit of victory. You can take the Aries out the fight, but you can’t take the fight out of the Aries! Remember that there are other methods of succeeding besides total conquest. In your quest to be the first to do everything, you can rush into things without thinking. The more you learn to strategize and plan ahead, the better off you’ll be. For a more balanced approach, take a page out of your opposing zodiac sign’s book and give Libra-style diplomacy a try!
Aries and Career
Traditionally, Aries is the zodiac’s fighter. You’ll excel in any career where you can engage in healthy competition or debate. You’ll find them in historically competitive fields like medicine and law, as well as military service. On the other hand, lots of Aries people end up becoming their own bosses, allowing their original idea and unflappable spirit to buoy them far ahead of the competition. Aries is also associated with the body, so they make excellent physical therapists, coaches, or personal trainers.
For Aries, it isn’t the specific job that matters. It’s the ability to live by your own set of rules. As long as you’re calling the shots, you’ll be happy. You’re great at starting projects—you just have to bring that same enthusiasm to the rest of the party. If there was to be a problem here, it would be your “my way or the highway” approach. It’s good to have a strong personal brand, but at the same time, you can’t do everyone’s job. Get a strong team in place to support your in your goals, and you’ll go twice as far as you would otherwise.
Aries and Wellness
Aries is usually more interested in accomplishing a tangible goal than on achieving enlightenment, but that can actually be an asset. Your best approach to spirituality isn’t esoteric. It’s one that allows you to see progress in your everyday life. Because Aries people are so goal-oriented, they can get major results from manifesting. You’re far too restless to meditate, but exercise can get you into a trance-like state. Also, giving your spiritual practice a physical foundation, like a home altar or yoga asanas, can help you feel more connected.
Because you work at such a nonstop pace, you need a nutrition plan that can help you keep up without burning out. Eating protein-filled snacks, like yogurt or nuts, can give you steady energy throughout the day. Or try adding these three energy-boosting minerals to your routine! Just avoid too much sugar, or else you’re likely to crash.
Aries and Relationships
While your fellow fire signs (Leo and Sagittarius) might understand you best, you’re most compatible with air sign people, especially Gemini and Aquarius. A relationship with another fire sign will be nothing short of explosive, but you might wear each other out. On the other hand, air signs have a certain nonchalance and roll-with-the-punches attitude that is exactly what you need in order to develop a lasting connection. Plus, their whip-smart intellect will keep you on your toes! Relationships with sensitive water signs can be tough to maintain, and slow-and-steady earth signs clash with your breakneck pace.
In a relationship, you’re the alpha partner. It’s not that you’re looking for someone submissive; it’s just that you know what you want out of life, and you need a partner who’s on board. When someone gets into a relationship with you, it’s a package deal they’re really getting into a relationship with your dreams too. Most people do this happily because passion is your trademark in all areas of your life, including the bedroom. If they think you’re too intense, that’s their loss.
Aries and Friendships
In social settings, you’re the first to break the ice. You aren’t afraid to bust a move on the dance floor, buy someone a drink, or introduce yourself to a stranger if it means the awkward silence will be over. Honestly, you can be so outgoing that some people can find it intimidating! Not to mention your status as de facto leader and trendsetter of any group you’re in. Aries is the zodiac’s diva, and as such, you know how to command attention and respect.
You’re the extrovert’s extrovert, meaning you really do thrive in the presence of other people. Still, make sure you’re paying attention to the people around you and not just putting on a show. Make it a point to ask the people you’re with at least one question while you’re out and about. Not only will it help them open up to you—it’ll also help you slow down and really be present. You love to move quickly, but life’s best when you find people and experiences that make you want to slow down and savor them.
Aries and Parenting
Aries parents make excellent coaches, encouraging their children to live up to their potential on the field, on stage, and in the classroom. They have high expectations for their children, being high achievers themselves. If this is you, remember not to mix up your goals and learning styles with theirs. Everyone has their own way of doing things; it might just take a little longer for some than for others. Luckily, these kids do tend to be better, faster, and stronger thanks to their Aries parent’s extra push.
As an Aries parent, the best thing you can do is teach your child confidence. They can learn and benefit so much from your self-assurance, especially during those tough early puberty years. Aries people are amazing motivators, so your children will grow to love your pep talks and can-do spirit. You’ll be their cheerleader, reminding them that nothing is impossible with enough determination. The moral of the story? You did it, and so can they.
Next up: What you need to know when dealing with a Pisces.