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Your stubborn independence often leads to loneliness, particularly in short-tempered Arians. The need to lead, to explore, to pioneer, often translates to impatience in relationships. At first, a new relationship will be supercharged, fiery, passionate in every way. But as it begins to settle and mature, you are likely to get bored, and begin looking for that excitement elsewhere. Thisconstant relationship "exploring" may be fun at first, but the bouncing around could ultimately get very depressing, as you later find yourself without the long-term companionship others enjoy.

Your ideal partnerships are with the other two fire signs, Leo and Sagittarius—you have a great deal in common with both. Aries and Libra is an excellent match of opposites, however—it mates Mars with Venus, and many secondary Arian character traits are primary with Libra, and vice-versa.

Those partnerships you should avoid are with Pisces (too sentimental for you), Gemini (too much bickering), and Virgo (too fussy for you).

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You are well-suited for a career in the military and/or politics. There are more Arians in the armed services than any other sign (this has been proven statistically). Part of it is your affinity for metal, but your ambition and hard work also tends to be rewarded with more power in the military structure, and there is certainly a love of directness there, and a lack of tact. Metal also influences other career choices: many Arians are mechanics, surgeons, butchers, and drivers of any type of vehicle.

Needless to say, there is a long list of powerful military and/or political leaders in this sign, including the dictator Adolf Hitler, Soviet revolutionary president Nikolai Lenin, the formidable rulers Charlemagne and Otto von Bismarck, the great president and revolutionary thinker Thomas Jefferson, and the boisterous, power-monger-ing senator Joseph McCarthy. But leaders of othervarieties also show up, including the demanding conductors Arturo Toscanini and Leopold Stokowski and billionaire industrialist J.P. Morgan.

Financially speaking, although you can't be bothered with most details, money is an exception. This is due to your strong need to be independent—if you're in debt, you're in a sort of financial prison, and will therefore feel confined and depressed until you're back in the black; then you can dash around with the best of them.

Since you relish a challenge, you are prone to financial recklessness. You have a tendency to move from job to job, either from boredom or an inability to compromise and work harmoniously with others. As long as you use your sense of independence, leadership, and ambition constructively, you will be financially rewarded. Just be careful not to flaunt it too much on showy things, or to invest in get-rich-quick schemes. Money fuels your sense of freedom, so try to be responsible with it.

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In clothing, movement is essential to you, so comfort takes precedence over fashion. You have an athletic physique, so you like to show it off with simple duds—shorts, T-shirts, warm-up suits, loose-fitting tops—anything that won't confine your motion, really.

Your favorite color is definitely red, the color of Mars and fire. Shades of red, brown, and yellow also appear, but nothing beats red for you.

You like your cars fast and sporty. A vehicle that defines the same athletic characteristics of your body is the preferred choice. It must feel good to drive, handle with agility, and accelerate with gusto. A red Corvette, Porsche, or 300-ZX is quite common with Aries drivers.

As for food, you prefer meat. It's red, it's substantial, and it's usually cooked over a flame (barbecuing appeals to all fire signs). Other reds also figure into your diet, such as spicy, peppered foods like curries and chiles (fire again) and tomato-based foods like spaghetti. Even with desserts, red fruits appear: cherry, strawberry and raspberry-flavored cakes, yogurt, and ice cream, as well as apple pie. Your ideal beverage, of course, is red wine.

You don't spend a lot of time at home, since you're always jetting from this activity or that, but the way your home looks is quite important to you. Its design and decor will reflect your strong independent streak, so you won't display a middling, run-of-the-mill taste, or calm, pastoral colors and images. You prefer strong, bold lines—in furniture and layout. Frilliness and gentility are nowhere to be seen. Your most likely motif is modern, perhaps even futuristic, with lots of high-tech touches like big-screen TVs, computers, and other gadgets. (In fact, you always appreciate a new toy as a gift.)

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You are the most naturally athletic of any sign in the zodiac. Your body is your vehicle of life, and you tend to it well. Excellence in sports, which others struggle to achieve, comes rather easily to you, as if you were born to it. You are most effective in individual sports, such as track and field or tennis, and your independent spirit only furthers your drive for success. There is a particular affinity for metal in this sign, so an individual sport that combines with that—such as shooting, fencing, bicyciing, or race-car driving, is ideal.

Since Aries is a sign of such vitality and youth, health problems are fortunately uncommon. If anything, they occur not by chance but by your own doing, such as overexertion, overwork, or frustration from being in a situation where your strengths are not being employed. Headaches from an overtaxed system are the most frequent maladies (having sprung from the head of Zeus, thisshould come as no surprise!). When you are laid up, you feel utterly useless and depressed, because your primary vehicle is out of order. But in general, good health is certainly one quality you can boast of—yet another reason for you to be envied.

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Most trouble spots in Arians' lives involve reckless actions. Aries is a fire sign—highly impetuous and combustible. You often leap before you look. In dangerous situations, you are the first to risk your life, but you must be careful not to misjudge your chances. In relationships, romantic and otherwise, you are prone to get angry at small provocations. In particular, you tend to be resistant to criticism, becoming defensive when your weaknesses are pointed out. Fortunately, however, your anger is short-lived; once the fire is put out, it will not reignite.

You sometimes arouse envy in others because of your leadership position, your tendency to show off, and your impatience with others. You believe that when something needs to be done, it should be done right away, in a certain way, and you can't understand why anyone should be slow or difficult about it. You'll end up doing the job yourself if you feel others aren't holding uptheir end.

Your natural aggressiveness is both commendable and dangerous, depending on how you direct it, of course. Allans are the war-starters of the zodiac if other astrological factors are negatively influenced. It's best to keep this in check by channeling your fighting spirit into business or sports-related competition—you can win those battles and hopefully make yourself and those around you happier as well.

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Not surprisingly, then, if you are an Aries, you are a natural leader. Your energy and enthusiasm are boundless, as is your physical courage. Pioneers are rampant in this category, as are politicians. You care little about the past, preferring to seek new avenues into the future, so you will always throw yourself head and body into new projects, which makes you an ideal leader inbusiness and community. You rarely allow yourself to be found in a subservient role, such as a secretary or laborer. Instead, you will go out of your way to head your own business, even if it's a small one.

You are also known for your directness. Issues are generally black and white to you, and once you decide on something, you stick to it, proclaiming the strength of your position in no uncertain terms. This straight-to-the-point approach can be quite effective in situations like strategy meetings, where much time is lost in idle discussion, but an Arian's bluntness can often be upsetting to others, or even offensive. Tact and diplomacy are not in your nature, so smoothing over someone's hurt feelings is awkward for you.

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The signs of the Zodiac begin with Aries, perhaps because in Greek astrology, Aries was represented by the war goddess Pallas Athene, who was not born but sprang from the head of Zeus as a fully-formed adult. Consequently, Aries is closely associated with both the head and war.

In other ancient cultures, the symbol for Aries was a rooster, indicating both aggressiveness and braggadocio; but eventually it came to be represented by a ram, indicating aggressiveness and stubbornness.


Aries' planetary ruler is Mars (the god of war in Roman mythology; in Greek mythology, his name is Ares). Its influence can be found in your absolute fearlessness, even ferocity, your preference for red, and your lucky day of the week— Tuesday (in French: mardi, named after Mars). Mars also represents energy, ambition, and action, as well as some negative traits such as audacity andthoughtlessness.

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Although astrology is not considered an academic science, many of its supporters are in fact scientists and professors themselves. Most have come to believe in it for two reasons: it has steadfastly stood the test of time—even grown in popularity over the centuries—and its analyses and predictions have proven so uncannily accurate that it has quelled the skepticism of the most ardent disbelievers.

When ancient Egyptians studied the stars and planets, they understood that there was more to be learned from them than just the cold data of astronomy. They perceived that as celestial dies orbit, they have a profound effect on each other. And since there is no life on any of the other planets in our solar system, we can confine our study to their effects on the earth, and specifically, the most highly-evolved creature on earth, man.

Your astrological profile, then, is quite complex: the fundamental qualities of your personality are formed by the positions of the sun, moon, and planets at the time and place of your birth; the changeable aspects of your personality, as well as the events of your life, are influenced by the changing positions of these heavenly bodies every minute of every day. Because the sun is easily the dominant celestial body (every planet, of course, orbits around it), it has the greatest influence over you; thus people of the same sun sign have many similar qualities. But each person on earth is a unique individual; astrologically, this is because those celestial bodies are always moving, changing positions relative to individuals on earth.

For example, your sun sign may be Taurus. But there are millions of Taureans on earth, and they are obviously not all the same type of person. If, however, we were to compare the fundamental qualities of each, we would find a great deal of similarities. The differences are accounted for first by each individual's time and place of birth (within the month of Taurus), and second by the effects of all those bodies up there moving around from day to day.

So if you were born, say, on May 12,1961 in San Francisco, you would share many of the same personality traits as a person born on April 29, 1947 in Paris, but a great deal of specifics would vary, due to the differences of time and place. These differences would then be compounded by your own reactions to the moving planets, leading to two fundamentally similar, yet specifically different, individuals. This is why it's so much fun to have your own horoscope charted, because it's done to such fine detail that it can be yours and yours only.

Naturally, then, this book cannot hope to provide you with an exact astrological profile—that is only possible in a private session with an astrologer who will take the time to draw up your chart and analyze it. Instead, we'll focus on the most important determiner—the sun sign. We'll also point out the effects of the smaller factors— the moon and the planets—and along the way, have some fun with it all.

One last note: If you were born on a day that falls on the borderline of two signs, your astrological profile probably reflects qualities of both. You'll want to study each sign that applies to you to get the full picture.

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You probably don't believe astrology is a science. That's okay. Still, you read your horoscope in the paper every day. Why? Because it's fun, and quite often, it's right.

It's also fun to learn about yourself, as well as your friends and loved ones, to understand why we all do what we do. If the planets can help shed some light on us all, help us reach our goals, become successful, and find the right mate, why not explore them? Human beings have been using a study of the planets as a guide to study themselves ever since the dawn of man, and while other methods have long died out, astrology continues to thrive. Hmmm ... there must be something to this....

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