Aries is one of the 12 Zodiac signs in astrology, and this is the very first sign of the Zodiac. Each Zodiac sign has its own energy, and this shows how the energy is expressed for different planets, bodies, and other positions. You're likely most familiar with your Sun sign, and an Aries Sun is independent and pioneering in some way.
Aries Astrology & Your Natal Chart
Wherever Aries is present in your natal chart, this is an area full of energy, enthusiasm, and drive. If you have any natal planets in Aries, you can feel the Aries energy strong personally with whatever that planet rules.
Aries is a fire sign, along with Leo and Sagittarius, and the fire signs are full of energy and excitement. Aries is also a cardinal sign, along with Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn, and the cardinal signs are the signs of action. Aries connects with the 1st house of the self, and is ruled by assertive Mars.
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Aries in Astrology: Energy
Aries is the most energetic sign in astrology. This is because it's ruled by the planet of energy, Mars, and is a fire sign (full of energy) and a cardinal sign (active). Aries has great difficulty being still, and gets bored pretty easily. You can see this with whatever is ruled by any natal Aries planets or bodies.
Aries in Astrology: Enthusiasm and Excitement
Aries in astrology is enthusiastic and excited. This sign has so much energy and it's constantly excited about what it can do. Since it's the first Zodiac sign, it's the baby, and its enthusiasm is pure and innocent.
Aries in Astrology: Drive and Motivation
With Aries being so high energy, enthusiastic, and excited, it's also the sign of drive and motivation. This is thanks to Mars being its planetary ruler. Aries is driven to take action, motivated to get going, and doesn't like to sit around and let motivation pass it by.
Aries in Astrology: Pioneering and Independent
Since Aries is the very first Zodiac sign, that makes it pioneering. Aries is willing to go down new roads that no one else has gone down before, and blaze a new trail for everyone else. This makes Aries highly independent, and wants to do its own thing.
Aries in Astrology: Positive
Aries is a positive sign thanks to being a fire sign. The first signs (including Leo and Sagittarius) are positive signs, always wanting to look at the bright side and not be too serious. Aries wants to see the good in everything and everyone.
Aries in Astrology: Assertive
Aries in astrology is an assertive sign. This is part of Aries being an independent pioneering, driven and enthusiastic and positive. It needs to be assertive with all of that. On the flip side, this can become aggression thanks to being ruled by Mars, one of the rulers of war, so Aries can have a temper and snap fairly easily.
Aries in Astrology: Leader
Aries is one of the signs that leads in astrology. This is thanks to Aries being a cardinal sign, who are the leaders in astrology, and thanks to Aries being the first sign. As a pioneer, Aries is willing to take the lead, to show the way. Aries may not explain it very well though, and doesn't want to wait around for others to catch up, so it's more, lead by example, instead of being a nurturing and attentive leader.
Aries in Astrology: Impatient and Impulsive
Aries is highly impatient and impulsive thanks to all of this energy. Aries won't wait for anyone, it needs to GO-GO-GO! Aries doesn't want to wait to think things through, and can be quite impulsive as a result. We can get burned because of this, so a lesson for Aries is learning patience and the importance of doing your homework.
Where Your Aries Energy is Found
If you have any natal planets in Aries, the way those planets express themselves is via Aries, so they are energetic, enthusiastic, and independent. The more Aries planets you have, the more Aries-like you can be.
Even if you have no natal planets in Aries, you will have at least one natal house with Aries. The house that falls in Aries (has Aries on the house cusp) can show areas of life where you take an energetic, independent approach. If you have no Aries house cusps, Aries is intercepted (contained) in the house that falls in Pisces, and your Aries energy can manifest subconsciously with whatever that house rules.
Transit Planets in Aries
When the transit (moving) planets are in Aries, this can give all of us some Aries energy to play with. The transit Sun is in Aries roughly every year from late March to mid April, and this is Aries Season, which brings greater enthusiasm and excitement for us all.
Transit Mercury in Aries can make us more enthusiastic in communication; transit Venus in Aries can make us more enthusiastic in love; transit Mars in Aries doubles the energy since Mars rules Aries, transit Ceres in Aries helps us take the initiative with our resources and support; and transit Jupiter in Aries makes us extra independent and brings opportunities for utilizing energy and drive to our benefit.
Transit Saturn in Aries can bring out issues we have with Aries, so issues around being independent, taking initiative, using energy, and being enthusiastic. Any issues around that, we can struggle with, and Saturn can prompt us to work it out. This is coming soon with transit Saturn moving to Aries in 2026.
Transit Uranus was recently in Aries, and helped us to be extra independent and take charge with change in our lives. Transit Neptune is moving to Aries in a few years, and we'll be more in charge with our spiritual lives. Transit Chiron is currently in Aries, and we're more take charge with our healing and growth.
Transit Pluto won't be in Aries for a looooong time, but when it is, we'll be more take charge with transformations and power.
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Strong Aries Energy in Astrology
When multiple planets are in Aries in your natal chart, this can give you strong Aries energy in your life and personality. You can be energetic, enthusiastic, and positive. This can be the case if you have an Aries stellium (3+ planets in one Zodiac sign), or if you have 2 of your primary triad (Sun, Moon, Rising) in Aries.
You can also feel that you have strong Aries energy if your natal Mars is strong, which is the planet that rules Aries. This can be the case if your natal Mars is conjunct your natal Sun, Moon, or Ascendant, or your 1st house ruler, or if your natal Mars is a singleton (only planet in an element, modality, or house type).
When multiple transit planets are in Aries, this gives all of us a strong dose of Aries energy all at once. We're all energetic and enthusiastic and ready for action. How we end up feeling this personally is usually focused on the house in your natal chart the Aries energy occurs in.
Suggested Reading: The Aries Sun sign page