Aries Personality Traits & Characteristics

Aries, the Ram, leads off the zodiac with their fiery and forceful energy. You'll probably recognize these Aries qualities in Rams you know.

Updated November 16, 2023
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Hard-charging Aries is fiery, strong, passionate, and forceful. You know that friend who may be a little hot-headed but is always there with words of motivation? Probably an Aries. The strength of the Aries personality comes from its placement as the first sign of the zodiac. In fact, Aries's placement as number one is the reason for their strongest personality traits.

Aries Overview

Here are the deets about Sun sign Aries. 

Aries dates: March 21-April 19

Element: Fire

Aspect: Mutable

Planetary ruler: Mars

Symbol: The Ram ♈

Color(s): Red

Most compatible signs: Gemini & Aquarius

Love language: Physical touch

Aries's Traits 

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Picture a ram with its head down, barrelling forward and butting obstacles aside. Yup. That's Aries. They are generally strong individuals emotionally, mentally, and often physically, and Aries's strongest traits and characteristics allow them to move forward, face new challenges, and go where others dare not go. They are motivators who have a natural self-confidence that can attract and inspire others. However, if these strong Aries traits are taken to the extreme, they can become Aries's weaknesses.

Aries's Positive Traits

Aries's strongest traits give them the ability to move forward, face new challenges, and go where others dare not go. 

  • Daring
  • Adventurous
  • Dynamic & charismatic
  • Courageous & independent
  • Ability to overcome challenges
  • Honest
  • Powerful sense of justice
  • Leadership
  • Charm
  • Passion
  • Enthusiasm
  • Romantic

Aries's Negative Traits 

Being the first sign of the zodiac, you could think of negative Aries traits as being like an aggressive child who knows no boundaries or limits. It often takes age and experience to grow into the higher expression of Aries. 

  • Reckless
  • Headstrong
  • Aggressive
  • Antagonistic & argumentative
  • Hot-tempered
  • Demanding
  • Bullying
  • Egotistical
  • Impatient & impulsive
  • Insensitive

8 Key Aries Traits

Aries rush in where angels fear to tread. That doesn't mean Aries are necessarily foolish, but they can be a skosh reckless in their enthusiasm to try new things and get stuff done. If you're an Aries sun, chances are you have these characteristics in some form or another. 

Charismatic & Motivational

Aries has the ability to move mountains — and to make others believe they can, too. Strong-willed Aries does what it takes to move that mountain and expects others to equal or exceed their own drive. Fortunately, Aries leads by example and backs all their actions up with words to help everyone feel inspired. 

Financially Savvy

Aries typically don't have any problem bringing in money. A strong entrepreneurial spirit and powerful work ethic help Aries to begin building wealth early, and their competitive spirit stokes the flame to keep up with the Joneses throughout their lives.

Competitive

If you've got a pal who always tries to beat you at everything, they might be an Aries. Aries simply needs to be the best. All the time. Their take-no-prisoners attitude towards competition often lands them at the top of the heap, but should you happen to best them, watch out. An Aries tantrum after they lose can be frightful to behold. 

Independent

Because they are a cardinal sign, Rams boldly go where no one has gone before, and they often do it alone. While Aries likes companionship as much as the next person, when they're in pursuit of their latest passion, they're perfectly fine going it alone. And if you are with them on the journey, make sure you don't hold them back, or you'll be out so fast it'll make your head spin.

Impatient

Aries fall in love with their plans, and they are single-minded in their focus to get stuff done. So, no matter how helpful and supportive you think you're being, if an Aries perceives you're getting in their way or slowing them down, they will show their impatience quickly and not very kindly. Aries want things done, and they want it now. And they'll do anything they can to keep you from getting in their way. 

Powerful Leaders

Aries often feel they're pulling everyone else behind them — probably because they are the leading sign of the zodiac. As they mature, however, this turns into a sense of responsibility to support others and help them achieve in the same way Aries wants to achieve. This makes mature Aries influential leaders. If you need someone to lead a project and get it done, Aries might be your person. 

Hot-Tempered & Antagonistic

Aries are hot-tempered for three reasons: first, they're fire signs, so their passions burn bright. Second, they are cardinal signs, which means they have lots of initiating energy that causes them to rush right in — often without thinking. Third, their ruling planet is Mars, the warrior planet, so they'd rather fight than acquiesce. Aries's natural instinct is to blow their tops before they calm down for a rational conversation. 

Forthright

If you don't want to know the truth, don't ask an Aries. Rams will tell you the truth, and they value hearing it from others, too. Honesty is essential to Aries, so you can trust they'll always keep it real with you. 

Physical Characteristics of Aries

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When trying to spot the distinguishing physical characteristics of Aries, you should begin with the body part that Aries rules: the head. Aries's head is usually quite prominent, either because the Aries walks with their head slightly forward or because the structure of the face is finely formed and distinctive. They tend to have thick hair and eyebrows.

Many Aries enjoy very robust health; the physical body of Aries is powerful, even muscular, and they have incredible recuperative powers. 

Aries Relationship Traits

Aries are fun, passionate, and spontaneous partners. They crave excitement in relationships and love a little drama. In relationships, Aries:

  • Get bored easily unless both partners can keep the spark alive
  • Are physical, passionate lovers
  • Prefer to do the pursuing and are very assertive
  • May jump in quickly and tire of the relationship just as fast
  • Love to do and try new things together
  • Need a lot of independence
  • Can be hot-headed and even aggressive when they don't get what they want 
  • Will let you know exactly where you stand

Aries Career Traits

As natural-born leaders and motivators, Aries have what it takes to be successful in a number of careers and fields:

  • Entrepreneur
  • Law enforcement 
  • Military 
  • Coaching
  • Athletics
  • Sales
  • Influencer
  • Talent agent
  • Adventure guide

Eminent Aries

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These well-known Aries display some or all of the personality traits common to the Ram.

  • Robert Downey Jr. (4/4/65)
  • Kristen Stewart (4/9/90)
  • Maria Sharapova (4/19/87)
  • Charlemagne (4/2/747)
  • Mariah Carey (3/27/69)
  • Celine Dion (3/30/68)
  • Elton John (3/25/47)
  • Eddie Murphy (4/3/61)

Getting to Know Aries

Aries may be hard-charging, but they're also honest and passionate in all that they do. Their leadership abilities and charisma help them rise to the very top of their fields where they can inspire others to reach the same heights. 

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