What Animal & Symbol is Aries and What's its true Meaning?
The zodiac cycle begins with the Aries. And it would be an understatement to say that it is the most mysterious and intriguing of zodiac signs. The Aries zodiac sign is considered to be the infant phase in the Karmic cycle. But the sign is represented by an animal known for its fierce temper and strong will. A lot of intrigue surrounds the animal with which the zodiac cycle begins. Eager to learn more about the Aries symbol in astrology? Here is all you need to know about the symbol of Aries and the spiritual meaning of this animal!
What animal is Aries?
The zodiac symbol of the Aries is the Ram. However, the associations change if you are looking for the spirit animal. Many fierce and strong animals are known as the spirit animals of the Aries zodiac sign. The cheetah, the hawk, the wolf, are all animals that are often associated with the fierce spirit of this zodiac sign. But if you ask me, I think the spirit that best represents the Aries is a dragon.
With its fierceness, protective nature, majestic and mysterious power, all make it the perfect representation of the Aries spirit. If we delve on the subject further, even the Ram is a very accurate depiction of this zodiac. And that is a subject that we will dig deeper into as this blog proceeds.
The Aries animal spirit
To be able to best understand the Aries animal spirit, we need to first understand the characteristics associated with the zodiac sign. Let's start with the positives.
The people born under the Aries zodiac are passionate beings. They cannot invest themselves in a venture that they are not passionate about. They crave attention which makes them want to be the best in whatever they do. They are often thought of as selfish and narcissistic. The truth, however, is that they tend to be insecure about themselves. But that doesn't mean that they are cowards. If anyone stands to threaten the loved ones of an Aries, they turn into the dragons that I was referring to earlier.
At the same time, we cannot ignore their negative side. Their tendency to be too stubborn to acknowledge any opinion that stands against their own. Or their quick temper which is the talk of legends. All of this is represented in the Ram, which is not only a symbol of this zodiac but also represents the Aries spirit in its essence.
The spiritual meaning of the Ram is associated with the Greek mythological about the Golden Ram. The Golden Ram was the son of the Greek God Poseidon and the Princess of Bisaltia, Theophane. However, the main story of the Golden Ram begins in Boeotia, where Prince Phrixus and Princess Helle, were under the threat of being killed by their stepmother, Ino. The brother and sister escaped the Kingdom on the back of the Golden Ram. When the rescue journey ended in Colchis, the Golden Ram told Prince Phrixus that he had to sacrifice the Golden Ram to honour the God Poseidon. And it was because of the sacrifice that Phrixus came in possession of the Golden Fleece. Poseidon will ensure that the Golden Ram is remembered, for the Crius Chrysomallus is turned into the Aries constellation forever.
The meaning of the Aries Zodiac Sign
The Aries zodiac sign is associated with the constellation that the Sun is in from March 21st to April 21st. People born during this time are said to have been born under the Aries sun sign. Aries is ruled by the planet Mars, which also signifies the Roman God of war. However, in the astrological context, Mars is also seen as the planet of desire, energy and action. All of this can be seen in the impulsiveness and courageous personality of the people born under this zodiac. Both of the qualities, originally associated with the ruling planet, Mars.
Modern astrology sees the 12 zodiac signs as a karmic cycle. With each zodiac associated with a stage in a human being's life. The Aries zodiac, being the first of the 12 is symbolic of the infant stage. The essence of this symbolism is the child-like wonder and creativity that is characteristic of the people of this zodiac. Their desire to be seen, to be loved. And their innocent capacity to love everyone and to forgive easily. Very few Aries can hold a grudge for very long. This too is a direct result of their infant-like innocence of not being able to stay angry at someone for long. All in all, the Aries zodiac stands for beginnings. Beginning that is associated with hope, wonder, optimism and new energy. That is the spiritual meaning of Aries.
The Aries Zodiac Sign Element
All zodiac signs have been associated with one of the 4 elements known to man: fire, water, air and earth. The Aries zodiac falls under the Fire elemental group along with Leo and Sagittarius.
While the astrological significance of these elements requires us to delve into a very deep and thorough aspect of the astrological studies. We can, however, understand it in terms of the influence it has on the personalities of the people born under this zodiac. In a lot of ways, it is the associated element that brings about some similarity among the zodiac signs.
For example, the Fire sign zodiacs are known to be spontaneous, assertive and reactive. They tend to be leaders and are not easy to subjugate. Their tendency to self-sabotage is also derived from their inability to back down. They are easy to take slight and tend to be honest human beings through and through. They are forward-looking human beings and plan action keeping in mind the goals for the future. Which is why you would always see the Fire signs supporting at least one cause at a time. They happen to be revolutionaries and are active participants in changing the world for the better. Their passion is like the fire that is the elemental representation of this zodiac sign.
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For nearly 15 years now, I have been writing about the mysteries of the zodiac signs, their characteristics and personality traits, their compatibility, their relationships and their passionate loves, with all the beauty but also all the complexity this can entail.