Fortune Favors the Brave – Aries

Aries gets a bad rap.

I have noticed that many online memes and descriptions of Aries tend to characterize this sign quality as some type of angry, hot tempered, rage beast. This superficial caricature is so prevalent that I wonder if this will convince people to be apprehensive when encountering anyone with a preponderance of this sign.

I think a more appropriate keyword applies to Aries: bold.

This is not as simple as it sounds. Think of how many times we shy away from being ourselves or speaking our truth because of the fear of being rejected. How many projects or businesses are never started because we don’t believe it will be successful. How many promotions aren’t pursued. How many horrible jobs are endured because the uncertainty of the job market is a much scarier alternative. How many times we suppress our feelings because we aren’t sure how the other person will respond. How long we delay our dreams due to the inherent risk in making them a reality.

Fear can be crippling.

The thing is, life isn’t without risk. Everything we do contains varying levels of uncertainty and yet Aries excels in this territory. Much of this is a product or reflection of the season from which this sign aligns. The newness of Spring bursting forth is imbued into Aries’ DNA. It is direct and to the point. It understands the necessity of immediacy. There is no second guessing. No analysis paralysis. It has a natural instinct, intuition and attraction for areas of life that are uncharted. BasIcally, Aries wants to be first to do anything.

Consider the following list of figureheads:

Lady GaGa
Leonardo da Vinci
Thomas Jefferson
Vincent Van Gogh
Rene Descartes
Elton John
Quentin Tarantino
Sam Walton
Harry Houdini
Maya Angelou

This is one heckuva line up.

Every pioneer on this list displays/displayed a boldness to blaze a trail chasing something despite the uncertainty of its success. Do you think Lady Gaga or Elton John care how people will react to their music or image? And despite years of obscurity, was Van Gogh going to change the style of art he was developing just to fit in?

As crazy as it sounds, even the success of Star Trek was largely dependent upon a core Aries theme: “To boldly go where no man has gone before.” This is why the chart (below) for the release of this saga had an Aries rising. This theme became the show’s most immediately recognizable identity. This is also why its strongest expression was found in the leading roles of two Aries Suns, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. Their portrayals made this show legend. Not only were both of their Suns aligned by trine aspect to the ruler (Mars) of Star Trek’s chart, but both of their Mercury-Uranus-North Node conjunctions were also aligned by conjunction with Star Trek’s Ascendant. Yes, there is much to be said about Uranus and Jupiter and futuristic exploration, but the reality is that none of these things are possible if we aren’t bold enough to take the first step.

“Boldly Go…”

Life is is like this.

Boldly going into the unknown requires courage. Maya Angelou famously said, “Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” Most of us have this quality somewhere in our chart(s). Hone in on it. Develop it. Strengthen it. Because every one of us has something unique to create/contribute that will be an equivalent reflection of our unique alignment. Being afraid of how that will be received is not going to do us any favors…and it will deny everyone else our brilliance as well.

So be bold.

End Notes

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