Aries (March 21-April 19)

Character Traits of the
Astrological Sun Sign
Aries

Aries starts off the Zodiac, and self-motivation and initiative is the hallmark of this sun sign. Aries people often take a bit of a bad rap from some astrologers who accuse them of being selfish and vain, but the truth is that Aries is more often self-seeking than self-absorbed. Other signs have bought into the "self-sacrifice" mantra of the Puritans (and to some degree New-Age movement), but the Aries can see that in order to achieve enlightenment the first step is to know thyself. The second step is to love thyself. Aries seems to innately know that you can't help others if you are miserable yourself, so they have less trouble staying on their personal path than many of the other signs. Their challenge may be to see past their own immediate interests and empathize with others. The Ram is a leader in the "lead, follow or get out of the way" template. They don't mind if someone else is apparently in charge, provided they (the Aries) are the real power behind the throne. They tend to be a bit blunt in speech and manner and it is the rare Aries that is truly shy. Aries Elton John has been criticized for his flamboyant personality, costumes and direct opinions, but no one disputes he is a one of a kind personality with a huge talent. In a sign noted for independence it is often difficult to tie an Aries down. If you have trouble getting your Aries partner to settle down, learn how to sing "If you love someone, set them free", because chances are you are always going to have to give them some space of their own. This sign does not like to be stifled.