Aries: March 21 - April 19

Aries Characteristics

What are the most common Aries characteristics? Those born with the Sun in Aries tend to be very physical, competitive, combative, guileless, and dominate. The Aries zodiac sign is defined by the planet Mars, the element of fire, and the symbol of the ram.

If you know an Aries person, you know they have an abundance of physical energy, along with confidence and a lust for life. On the other hand, you also know the ram can charge into situations rashly without pausing to consider the complexity of the circumstances or the feelings of other people involved.


Those born under the sign of the Ram have a strong connection with their bodies. Most of them love competitive sports. Aries sports figures include Kareem Abdul Jabber, tennis player Jennifer Cipriati and Coach John Madden. Even Aries humor tends to involve the body for pratfalls or comically altered physical appearances. Eddie Murphy, Charlie Chaplin, and Amy Sedaris are a few Aries comedians who exemplify the Aries physical emphasis.


Aries people see themselves as knights in shining armor or powerful warriors. Give them a dragon to slay or a cause to fight for and they are in their element. Whether their battlefield takes place in a sports arena or corporate boardroom, whether it involves political activism or fierce protection of a loved one, they are happiest when engaged in action.

Business rams tend to prefer the role of entrepreneur to employee. Aries salesmen are ones whose offices have a poster boasting "I eat stress for breakfast". Even in films and television, Aries tend to portray fighters: Russell Crowe, Lucy Lawless, Steven Seagal, Jackie Chan, Jennifer Garner and Sarah Michelle Gellar embody this kind of Aries energy.


Aries who do not find socially acceptable outlets for their martial energy, may gain a reputation for combativeness. The Aries temper can manifest as anything from verbal sniping to physical outbursts. Famous rams Russell Crowe, Star Jones, Alec Baldwin, Shannen Doherty and Rosie O'Donnell, and Robert Downey, Jr. have all provided public examples of this ram trait.

Famous military Aries leaders include Colin Powell and Otto von Bismarck.


Aries characteristics are not subtle. Most of them prefer to communicate with what they consider forthright honesty, although others may experience their statements as arrogant or rude and thoughtless. Gossip blogger Perez Hilton has often demonstrated the Aries tendency to express themselves hastily and without concern for the consequences.

In some instances, though, the Aries characteristic to bravely admit uncomfortable truths can lead the way out of denial and dishonesty. Betty Ford's public acknowledgement of her addiction to painkillers, at a time when such issues were swept under the carpet, resulted in the founding of a recovery center with her name and a new openness about a problem formerly considered shameful.


When Aries characters find the appropriate channel for their boundless energy and willingness to charge beyond boundaries, they can inspire and lead large groups of people. Thomas Jefferson, framer of the Declaration of Independence, and Booker T. Washington, author of Up From Slavery, both serve as examples of this kind of Aries strength.