Everything You've Ever Needed To Know About Aries Zodiac Signs

They're the fiery leaders of the zodiac.

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Each year, Aries season begins between approximately March 21 and April 19. If your birthday falls between these dates, that makes you an Aries! As the fiery, energetic, and assertive first sign of the zodiac, Aries are an unstoppable force that have the power to bring passion, action, and courage to any situation. Better buckle up when there's an Aries in the driver's seat, because you'll be in for a wild, unpredictable ride.

"Aries is the untamed wildfire of the zodiac whose energy resembles the flame of a newly lit match: While it burns fast and bright, the spark, energy, and creativity of Aries can burn out just as quickly as it is ignited [if they don't pace themselves]," Aries-born astrologer Alexandria Lettman tells Bustle. "Aries is bold, opinionated, magnetizing, aggressively passionate, and does everything with a sense of urgency — but nothing can compare to the tremendous amount of self-love and optimism that Aries energy carries."

Even if Aries isn’t a big influence in your astrological birth chart, here’s everything you must know about the Aries zodiac sign traits, and why its fierce and fiery energy is a force to be reckoned with.

Aries Zodiac Sign Facts

  • Aries Season Dates: March 21 to April 19
  • Aries Element: Fire
  • Aries Modality: Cardinal
  • Aries Symbol: The ram ♈️
  • Aries Ruling Planet: Mars
  • Aries Ruling House: First house of beginnings and identity
  • Aries Twelfth House Sign: Pisces
  • Aries Birthstone: Diamond

Aries Personality Traits

Aries is symbolized by the headstrong ram, which makes sense given their assertive-to-the-point-of-foolhardy nature. Aries' ruling planet in astrology is Mars, the warrior planet, which explains why this sign tends to be so fearless and competitive. Aries is a cardinal sign, which speaks to why they can bring so much excitement and energy to new beginnings. And it's no surprise to learn that Aries' element in astrology is fire, given their hot tempers and blazing reserves of energy.

As the first sign of the zodiac, leadership is a major Aries theme. They have a natural confidence and come off as highly energetic to others, even when they’re feeling sluggish. Aries radiate bravery and independence and will either intimidate people with their ultra-spirited opinions, or draw others in with their powerful presence. These fireballs aren't afraid to carry the torch and be in charge, and they excel when it comes to channeling passions into action.

The natural boldness of Aries energy helps to bring out the fiercest and most forward version of everyone around them. Aries people are kickass at taking initiative and getting things done. They tend to be impatient and action-oriented, so they don't spend much time worrying about the consequences of their actions or stressing about what other people think. Instead, they speak their minds openly and act on a whim, which is part of what makes them exciting to be around. But it could benefit Aries to bite their tongues every once in a while, as not everyone can handle their upfront attitude and spitfire style of doing things — especially sensitive water signs or slow-moving earth signs.

Aries are likely to stumble over the fine line between assertiveness and aggression when their emotional sparks turn into an explosion. They are uninhibited with their emotions, and when they feel something, they aren’t afraid to show it. If an Aries has something on their mind, they’d rather deal with it immediately rather than let it fester. Being so straightforward with their feelings allows the people around them to appreciate their realness.

Aries Compatibility

Aries' romantic traits all speak to their fiery and fast-paced nature: they're courageous, zealous, confident, and unafraid to make the first move. Aries can be some of the best lovers and friends of the zodiac: They'll be your biggest cheerleader and bravest defender all wrapped up into one red-hot package.

Aries Compatibility In Friendship

Aries are active and expressive, meaning a friendship with them will be full of fun activities, laughter, and high-energy adventures. They have a natural ability to attract many acquaintances due to their attractive energy and enthusiasm, so hanging out in group settings is equally as important as letting certain people in on a more personal level. Sociable air signs Gemini and Aquarius are very compatible in friendship with Aries, as they are spontaneous and creative enough to keep up with Aries people’s fast-changing hobbies and interests.

Aries Compatibility In Love

To make a relationship work, Aries need a romantic partner with thick skin who can roll with their spontaneity and hot temper. Aries are likely to seek out relationships where they can offer up their honest opinions in an unfiltered way and take the lead with setting plans. Philosophical Sagittarians are most likely to let Aries take the reins and appreciate the excitement that they bring to the table. This fiery duo would be a great match as Sagittarians would enjoy being treated by someone so fiercely loyal, and Aries would admire Sagittarians freedom seeking and future-oriented energy.

Aries Compatibility In Bed

Aries are wildly passionate and value attraction and sexual chemistry in their partnerships. In the bedroom, Aries people need lovers who can keep up with them and introduce them to new sex positions to keep things exciting. While their impulsivity in love can cause them to pick a fight, they’re also fans of hot and steamy make-up sex, making fire signs Leo and Sagittarius a perfect match for them in the bedroom. In the heat of passion, both Leo and Sagittarius are equally as unrestrained as Aries, allowing them to release their pent-up tensions and keep each other satisfied.

Aries At Work

There’s no doubt that Aries are incredibly hard-working. However, they are prone to jumping right out of the gate with an abundance of ideas before they have the stamina to see them through to the end. Nevertheless, when an Aries has found a project that they’re passionate about, they’re able to adopt a serious mindset and work in short bursts to reach their goals without taking (as many) creative detours.

Aries work better as a team leader rather than team member and often achieve the comfortable material and financial life that they aspire to have. They have a great balance between spending and saving, allowing them to indulge in the fruits of their labor and work harder to acquire more. Entrepreneurship and other careers in management, the sports industry, or emergency services will highlight Aries’ talents and keep them on their toes.

Additional reporting by Alexandria Lettman.

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