Aries Zodiac Sign: Dates, Personality Traits, and More

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Take Life Head-On: A Complete Guide to the Aries Zodiac Sign

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Pioneers of the zodiac, Aries individuals, symbolized by the bold Ram, charge headfirst into life with fiery passion and unwavering determination. These fiery individuals are known for their courage, independence, and love of a good challenge. What is an Aries’s personality? With whom is Aries compatible (or challenged)? Learn all about the Aries Zodiac Sign.

The Aries Zodiac Sign at a Glance
DatesMarch 20-April 19
CompatibilityMost compatible with Leo and Sagittarius
Personality TraitsPassionate, Competitive, Bold, Independent, Impulsive
SymbolRam ♈

What are the Aries Dates? 

Aries is the first sign in the zodiac. If you’re born between approximately March 20 and April 19, then you’re an Aries. You are the pioneers of the Zodiac. In 2024, the exact Aries dates are March 20 to April 19. 

The dates shift slightly each year due to the zodiac’s position. Many sources will simply use the averages and not change them, but we have the flexibility to update the online charts to reflect annual shifts accurately. Our dates are provided by Celeste, the Almanac’s longtime astrologer.

The Zodiac Sign of Aries spans 0 to 30 degrees of celestial longitude.

Aries Signs

Aries is a fire sign symbolized by the bold and courageous ram. Ruled by the planet Mars, the embodiment of war and passion, Aries individuals are known for their pioneering spirit, unwavering determination, and competitive nature. Their fiery energy fuels their adventurous spirit, leading them to charge headfirst into new experiences and challenges. Like the Ram that represents them, Aries possess a strong sense of self-confidence and a relentless drive to achieve their goals.

Aries Personality

Able to jump into almost anything with gusto and bravado, you travel in your chosen direction with determination and force. You will not be deterred. Your fiery personality walks a straight line toward your desires.

You love being the first one to read a book, try a different restaurant, or uncover a new healing cure. You give all comers a look. You are quick to pounce upon novel ideas and have a difficult time having to wait to begin something new. You know that the early bird gets the worm, and you can follow through after the initial burst.

You have extraordinary courage and will often run right into places where angels fear to tread. This can sometimes get you into trouble. You love challenges and have a truly competitive spirit.

At times, others may feel that you want to run them over. This is not true. You love to spar, and you want whoever you deal with to push back. Because of this, you do best working for yourself or around other strong people.

Your ability to jump into things can sometimes lead you astray. Learning to take a few breaths and think for a bit before acting can bring you lasting success.

You can’t be bothered to hold grudges, and others generally know where you are coming from. Subtlety is not your strong suit. Direct and bold, you tell it like it is.

Sometimes, Aries don’t quite grow into themselves until they reach adulthood. If you are or know of an Aries child who doesn’t really act this way, give him or her time. Once the stresses of growing up are behind him/her, they will sparkle and shine.

Aries Personality Traits

  • Strengths: Pioneering and Independent, Passionate and Energetic, Courageous and Bold, Direct and Honest, Competitive and Driven
  • Weaknesses: Impulsive and Hasty, Impatient and Short-Tempered, Stubborn and Inflexible, Self-Centered and Arrogant, Restless and Easily Bored
  • Aries Likes: Challenges and Competition, New Experiences and Adventures, Being First and Leading the Way, Direct and Honest Communication, Physical Activity and Sports
  • Aries Dislikes: Routine and Boredom, Waiting and Inactivity, Being Told What To Do, Indecision and Lack of Direction, Criticism and Disapproval

Aries Astronomy

Aries, the Ram, is a prominent constellation best viewed in the northern hemisphere during winter and early spring. Its name translates to “ram” in Latin, and its symbol resembles a pair of curved horns. Though not the largest constellation, it holds historical significance, being amongst the 48 constellations documented by Ptolemy in the 2nd century AD and remaining one of the 88 recognized constellations today. 

While not boasting a multitude of bright stars, Aries features Hamal, its brightest star, and Sheratan, both visible to the naked eye. Additionally, the constellation houses several intriguing deep-sky objects, including the spiral galaxy NGC 772 and the dwarf irregular galaxy NGC 1156, accessible with telescopes.

Aries Compatibility

Best matches for Aries:

Leo: You want the same things in life and go about getting them in much the same way. However, you are just different enough to own your own place.

Sagittarius: This one can match your energy and even take you to places you might not have gone.

Good matches for Aries:

Aquarius: You love the way that this one thinks and his/her ability to get along with all others.

Gemini: Conversations flow here, and ideas abound. Just make sure somebody remembers to pay the bills.

Famous Aries

Throughout history, there have been numerous Aries of note! Some of these Aries include:

  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Elton John
  • Lady Gaga
  • Emma Watson
  • Celine Dion

Learn More About Each Zodiac Sign

Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra | Scorpio | Sagittarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces

Are you an Aries? Do you know an Aries? Did this profile sound like the Aries in your life?

About The Author

Celeste Longacre

Celeste is The Old Farmer's Almanac astrologer. She has also been growing virtually all of her family’s vegetables for the entire year for over 30 years. Read More from Celeste Longacre

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