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Although astrology itself originates in Babylon, it is the Egyptians who are credited with first associating the ram with the Aries constellation and zodiac sign. The exact reason that ram has come to symbolize the sign of Aries remains elusive. Although the correlations between this headstrong and charging symbol of the ram and the characteristics of the zodiac sign are obvious.
In Greek mythology, the Aries ram is known for rescuing the twins Phrixus and Helle. Phrixus and Helle were the children of King Athamas and the goddess Nephele. Their stepmother was about to have them executed when a ram of golden fleece swept down from above and rescued them. Helle eventually fell from the ram and drown, but Phrixus lived and sacrificed the Ram to Zeus. The ram became the constellation of Aries, and his "golden fleece" became the impossible quest of Jason and the Argonauts.
The Aries glyph clearly represents the curled horns of the great ram as well.