Ruled by Mars, Aries is a cardinal fire sign. To visualise the energy, it is the bushfire that roars up the hill.

A long time ago, Aries was the warrior. I’m writing this from the western world luxury of peaceful Australia, so Aries/Mars represent the soldier and sports men and women. Forging your way to number one implies competition. Aries is the energy that loves competition and trophies. This is not to say that all soldiers feel that way, while almost all of them would have a strong Aries/Mars in their horoscope, many would be driven also by a sense of duty and service.

Aries is the fiery temper, do it my way, kind of energy. Quick to ignite and equally as quick to subside. Consequently, it’s not always a position of sustained leadership. An Aries person can be so consumed with the climb he/she fails to pause and consider what life at the top might be like. Let’s not be too quick to judge them though, they are the trailblazing adventurous spirit that every community needs. They would benefit from be-friending a few slow Capricorns and tedious Virgos to help them along the way.

So, if you’re busy forging your way ahead you will naturally set yourself apart from the crowd. This type of behaviour can manifest in rebellious and disruptive actions designed to make everyone notice you. Think back to the fire for a moment – we all watch the fire, but the fire doesn’t watch us. The fire doesn’t care where it burns or what it destroys in its path. Okay, so that’s a little extreme, but if you have come across an extreme Aries you will understand. Most people, however, have their Aries energy modified by other elements in their horoscope and the environment in which they were raised.

Sticking with the fire metaphor, Aries folks offer an attractive warmth that most of us find hard to resist. Sure, we get burnt occasionally, but then we head on back for another dose of excitement or perhaps just the indulgent laziness of letting someone else be in charge.

Regardless of how you feel about people with Sun or Moon in Aries, it must be remembered that they can be as fragile as the rest of us. Water and earth are both used to put out fire. So if you’ve had an altercation with an Aries lately, let the flames die down a little and bravely head back in to see if the matter can be resolved. Remember, they are the team leader, sports coach, captain, vice president, person-in-charge, so you will have to deal with them at some point.

Their dynamism is precious and they have energy to burn, when they learn respect for the people around them, they become the perfect combination of inspiration, assertion and accomplishment.