Before Aries is born there is a need to separate itself from the sign of Pisces the sign of the great mother. This is explained through the myth of Marduk a favourite story of mine beautifully illustrating the force of creativity, new birth and the fight to exist independently. The figure of Marduk is linked with the Martial nature of Aries, describing a journey that has a more combative nature. The main feature of the story involves a fight of some kind and this is often the theme of the individual with planets in Aries, it involves life, and taking actions that require strength, acting independently, but also reflects the impulse towards life. It is also one of the great stories of creation, beginning the foundation of life and the forceful energetic-force of the spirit.
Marduk engages in a dragon fight with his mother Tiamat. Tiamat is the saltwater ocean, a personification of the previous sign of Pisces a state of pre-birth, and she comes in the form of a sea that is both life giving a source of all spiritual nourishment, but she is also the death devouring and destructive energy of everything created. The story is linked with the ancient image of the watery womb of Pisces, Neptune and the 12th house as representative of state that one could stay locked up in forever, one that is soon divided by the life affirming separation of birth into a separate identity. In the battle with Marduk described as the strongest and boldest with Tiamat he shoots flaming arrows into her throat destroying her. Out of Tiamat’s body a vault is created that makes heaven and earth, and the world is born. The individual becomes aware of the world outside the womb of the mother. The Rams are born with tough horns for this purpose and birth itself represents the violent, forceful, and pulsating energy of this act.
Aries is the first outward sign motion of a separate stream and hence the Aries individual is very aware of him-or herself as a human entity surging through life. His strong currents stimulate and refresh all who come into contact with them. But his strength can also be the rushing, destructive force of water, which has burst through the dam. It is therefore up to the individual Aries to control his life’s waters by being aware of their flow and thus properly direct his stream. We see that the glyph for this sign is a fountain gushing forth water (consciousness) in an upward and outward direction. By Alan Oken
The Aries sword of power is reflected in the Tarot by the Ace of Swords a card symbolizing of great victory, where the strength needed for the fray lies in the individual’s own hands. Usually the swords are reflected in the element of air, but it feels much more Arian in interpretation. The Ace of Swords is usually interpreted as a crack of light emerging through the darkness reminding us of birth, as well as the first step of breaking through the darkness into light. The card signifies a new day has dawned, and also like the zodiacal sign of Aries it indicates the very beginnings of a project; the basis of something emerging, new thoughts and ideas beginning to form. It is symbolic of new directions, new ideologies, new adventures, new avenues in which to the individual is headed. Aries is the very first outlines of anything; the energy of pure intention and the vitality of the newborn it heard through its urgent cry. The sign of the Ram is dynamic, the knight in shining armor, attracted to idealistic causes, fighting on the behalf of others. Aries hates to see injustice done as much as Libra and there is sensitivity towards the underdog, sometimes seeing society as the adversity as well as authority, big businesses, the government or the father.
The zodiac sign of Aries often likes to take the lead first and let others follow; they have executive ability, thriving on challenge, self-starters, using intelligence and strength to overcome obstacles. However, too many frustrations can lead to violence, pushiness, and rudeness. The individual believes in being true to their vision, living with passion, but is sometimes a magnet for stress, challenging situations and trouble.
All great mythological figures have had to go through such great battles. The energy of Aries rules the sharp intellect, the individual is passionate in their convictions, and is represented by a burst of raw energy, the eruption of a new order coming into being. The Ancient astrologers belied that the Earth has a birthday and that when it was born “Aries was placed at the midheaven, and because the midheaven, as it were, the vortex of the world, Aries was therefore held to be the first of all signs, the one which appeared like the head of the world at the beginning of the light.” Anything new breaking through always threatens the old order and clashes with authority
Aries is about potentiality, and this usually involves conflict, war and the use of brute strength to put an idea into place. Aries sets alight the world and they like to be ahead of the crowd, always insisting on the right to exist as an independent entity. The novel type, running through obstacles, filled with celestial heat, championing for the underdog, slaying the dragon, and this is a sign is not easily influenced by others. Aries is the sign most likely to give something a first run, the initial energy of anything begins in the sign of Aries. It can also rule, a one track mind, single mindedness, independent thinking, honest, but such new ideas stirring the mind into action, into life begins to create a force urgent to be born, on the everyday level this means quarrelling, arguing and debate, standing up for one’s rights. For one to assert their mental autonomy as well as original and trailblazing ideas there is usually some force.
Aires needs to be number 1 and in relationships they also like to be the one and only. The phrase back to square one “having to start all over again” has the beginnings of Aries in mind, and Mars also rules over Scorpio and is reminiscent of a clean slate. In fact, the dawn of every new day is a chance for everybody to start over again, to do their best to meet new challenges and to overcome obstacles. This is the true spirit of Aries, ever fresh and hopeful a springtime mind-set of all the wonderful new beginnings, so one must never lose spirit, and Aries teaches us to leave the past behind, starting anew in a spirit of freshness, it's where we can regain our spark, a newly found energy.
The sign follows the motto first come, first served. Perhaps the sign even follows the first commandment. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. When we use the term first hand it means something new, or from the original source and this is Aries. Also Aries and Mars rule over battle, war and the army, and to paraphrase the Army, “Being all that you can be,” sums up the sign of Aries rather well.