As we approach the Spring Equinox and the Sun enters Aries, it reminds us that this is a time of new birth and growth. Some of us may carry inherently the Aries signature more than others, but we all have it somewhere in our internal make up.
That’s because Aries represents our ability to move freely and without restraint. This energy is present in every physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual movement we make, and exhibits our capability to express our personal will. Aries energy is present every time we take an action, think a thought, express an emotion, and create–and show it to the world as an external manifestation of ourselves.
“Every action needs to be prompted by a motive.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci
It behooves us all to be aware that not only do we have the right to exercise choice as part of our personal will, we also have the obligation to tie that choice that leads to movement—again, be it physical, mental, emotional or spiritual—into alignment with something of greater consequence.
Ergo, we enter the territory of freedom. No sign is more related to the desire to be free than that of Aries. Ruled by the planet Mars, Aries seeks action meaning became more sophisticated over the course of time.
Those who carry a lot of fire in their energetic makeup may perhaps act quickly, jump to conclusions, fight readily, etc. However, the high side meaning of the Aries archetype, ruled by the planet Mars–the warrior, conqueror, hunter, athlete, leader, etc.–is to defend and protect those weaker and more vulnerable.
Originally depicted as Ares, the Greek god of war, he was brutish and prone to being overtaken with an uncontrollable, overwhelming blood lust. He could be cruel and uncaring, driven by the desire to win at all costs.
Totally representative of the physical–of brawn over brains—it was Ares upon whom the Greeks prevailed to help them when they went to war. They were concerned with ensuring they would not face defeat or, worse yet, see their people conquered and ruled by foreigners.
As time progressed, and the great Greek civilization gave way to the power of Rome, Ares morphed into Mars and transformed from the brute overcome by the desire to kill, maim, or slaughter into a more rational figure who might actually have peace as his goal.
Modern western astrology takes its archetypal meaning from a combination of the two, but the Roman Mars is more civilized and less solely reactive than the Greek Ares.
What Does This Mean?
That there’s a higher end and a lower end use of this energy. High end use, as noted, is about exhibiting one’s personal will in order to defend and protect those weaker and more vulnerable.
Low side Mars energy can be the gal with a chip on her shoulder who says (as we do in New York, lol) “what you lookin’ at?” while simultaneously raising her first in a defensive gesture as if to say “come any closer and I’ll punch you in the face!”
Sadly, this is the kind of behavior emanating from presidential candidates these days, and we see shades of this more primitive Ares archetype in people like Donald Trump, currently running for president in the U.S. His Mars placement, right on his Leo Ascendant, makes him feel he has the right to say whatever he wants, but often one can tell that his uber-sensitive inner child is always on guard against an attack.
So what does he do? That’s easy! He attacks first. Because Mars on the Ascendant, in his case at least, seems to translate into his belief that the best defense is a good offense.
So how do we make the best use of our individual Mars’ energy? We act when it’s prudent to do so and we do not react haphazardly.
Let me explain: The Mars archetype is connected to the hunter and warrior because the nature of this archetype is both instinctive and instinctual. Those with a preponderance of Aries energy can move quickly and thereby avert a catastrophe or disaster. That is why this archetype is present in many of our modern day heroes who serve as firefighters and police who—leaving aside the issue of whether or not they misuse or abuse their positions of authority—are capable of running through the door of a burning building, grabbing a baby from her crib, and dashing out to safety.
This is obvious also with our athletes. Anyone who can achieve great feats of a physical nature is to be applauded because this is a high use of their natal energy. But when it slips over into the territory of aggression, uber-sexuality, or violence (not unheard of, particularly in the realm of sports professionals) we fall back into the ancient Ares archetype, which smacks too much of living on the more primitive level of the past…
Aries energy is with us all the time. For some of us, we may find we move too quickly and need to cultivate restraint. Others find they hesitate too long and do not act quickly enough and an opportunity passes by.
Take a look at your own reaction times. What can help you slow down if necessary or speed up if appropriate? This is not a bad thing to contemplate in this day and age and especially this month until the Sun progresses on April 19 into the calmer, slower sign of Taurus the bull.