In Energy Astrology terms, Aries is connected with the Kidney Meridian, and so with the positive qualities of Courage, Assuredness, Sexual Assuredness and Spirt into Spirit, but also with the limiting issue of Fear.
The following extract below is from my Chapter on Aries from my book Energy Astrology: Volume 1 – Introduction, which is available via Amazon (weblink).
OK, hands up, who out there in reader land consider the idea of climbing a mountain… scary?
And even worse, who finds the idea of climbing it with the merest of safety equipment, indeed, climbing it with just your bare hands… utterly terrifying?
If that is the case… I would put money on the fact you don’t have a lot of planets in Aries in your Astrological natal chart.
Because if I were to ask that question of a true-blooded, full-on Aries, their reply would probably be:
“Hang on… don’t rush me… I’m thinking about it… I am free tomorrow afternoon… which mountain range are we heading out too?”
In fact, an Uber-Aries wouldn’t even need time to think about it… they’d be off… act now, think later.
Aries has the reputation of being the daredevil, stunt man, and fearless explorer of the Zodiac.
And the reason for this is because Aries has a unique and unusual relationship to that thing which would paralyze other Zodiac signs.
And that thing is… Fear.
It’s also the reason why you don’t mess with an Aries, because they’re not afraid of you, no matter how big you may think you are.
Let me explain.
The German astrologer Reinhold Ebertin originally made the connection between Aries and the Kidney meridian, and this link allows us to make a further link, drawing upon the work of the kinesiologist, John Diamond, because in his energy system/approach the Kidney meridian is linked to the positive quality of Sexual Assuredness, and the negative quality of Sexual Unassuredness.
But this is one of the two times in this book when I am not going to follow-up on John Diamond’s findings to the letter.
Because a) I feel the Traditional Chinese Medicine classification for the negative Kidney quality of Fear is much more useful to an understanding of Aries, and b) I also believe that it’s not just Sexual Assuredness which is the key, but Assuredness in general.
The Dictionary definition of Assuredness is usually something like:
Made certain, exhibiting confidence and authority.
Which does point to the fact that they have a direct and unique relationship to Self-confidence and Fear.
And having said that… if I may… throwing in the Elemental Archetype for Aries from Energy Astrology… Spirit into Spirit.
With Aries, we are dealing with an energy/individual that is very much newborn.
The newborn baby… the rebellious individual with original thinking… Aphrodite arising newborn from the waves off the coast of Cyprus in the Mediterranean… all are images which resonate with Aries.
Because in many ways, Aries approaches the world around them as if they were a newborn baby, in both a positive and a negative sense.
Newborn babies are only born with two fears which are pre-programmed into them by Evolution: a) the fear of falling, and b) the fear of loud noises, for various reasons, These two fears are programmed into all babies… no exceptions.
Even Arnold Schwarzenegger was afraid of being dropped when a baby.
All other fears a baby picks up from its family and environment and society.
It’s not born with those fears.
So, as a baby-mind, Aries is more resistant to fears than other people.
And when I say it’s a baby-mind, I don’t mean that in a derogatory way, but it’s a Mind which is fresh and clean, and isn’t carrying prior conditioning, and is only really afraid of falling and loud noises.
And what does a newborn baby do, apart from eating, sleeping, occasionally crying, and pooping?
Well, it starts to explore the world around it, and it starts to test the world it starts to test itself against the limitations of the world around it.
Behavioral scientists have discovered that all babies run mini-experiments, designed to work out what kind of world + soceity + culture + family they have been born into, but to do that it needs Aries energy.
Every small child is a mini Aries adventurer, pitting itself against the world into which it has been born, challenging itself to crawl further, stand taller, smile brighter, finding out what it can and cannot do.
And through this active growth process, of trial and error, of testing itself against the external world, the baby/small child comes to define itself, define its unique personality, and this is true for all the Zodiac signs, for every human individual who has ever lived.
But with an Aries, that process doesn’t end at childhood, that process continues on into adult life. They are continually on the look-out for new challenges through which to test and define themselves.
In fact, in a strange way, they need constant challenges, the adrenaline rush, the constant doing, as a way to convince themselves that they are still alive, that they still exist. Whereas the other personality Zodiac signs, define their basic personality during childhood and then leave it at that for the rest of their life (on average), an Aries continues to test themselves throughout their entire life. If I put myself in this challenging situation, in this difficult environment, what will happen, how will I perform, what will I do?
Aries is not an individual who wants to live their life, sitting at home, on the sofa, watching TV. No, this Sign would be too bored, they would literally be bored to death, they want action and motion, they want to be in the Documentary Channel series, with themselves as the star performer, and the odd thing is, they wouldn’t care if no one else ever watched the programme after it was complete, because for them the fun was in the making, in going on the adventure. They really don’t care what others think, and for this reason, they can come across as quite self-centered, even selfish, because it is all about them and their own personal adventure.
For them, life is about action and active participation, and this very much defines their relationship to the world around them, which is seen as an adventure playground. Even other people can be seen as a resource to help them to be successful on their adventure, their solo quest (which really winds up many of the other Zodiac signs, who hate being seen as little more than a resource for someone else’s selfish adventure. However, for Aries, it’s nothing personal, just the way things are).
For the majority of the Zodiac signs, if they see a far off mountain, that has never before been climbed in the whole history of the world, they will think to themselves… What a beautiful mountain!
A Capricorn might think… If I climb that mountain, then I will be famous, and it will help to further my career!
But an Aries will think… If I climb and conquer that mountain, then I will prove to myself… once again… that I am Number 1, and still successful… that I have still got what it takes!
In a sense, Aries isn’t concerned with what others think or want, it’s not about them seeking adulation or emotional payback… what they do is always for themselves… whenever they conquer a mountain, whenever they go out on a limb, they are doing it for themselves, and social prestige means very little to them (in fact, having to worry about other people, that would be seen as a hindrance, something holding them back from achieving all they might be).
OK, they may make a survival documentary or three, but they are always itching to get back into the jungle, to test and prove themselves in a new environment over again. They’re not ones to stick around for the press launch of their new Documentary series… and they’re not very active on social-media either.
They are always pushing their individual boundaries and limits in whatever field they are personally engaged in… whether sport or painting… science or making money.
Once again, the positive emotion which Aries is searching for is Assuredness (i.e. a state of mind in which one is free from doubt), and the negative emotions which they are trying to banish and kill-off is Doubt and Fear.
Which sounds kind of odd, until you remember the mantra of an Aries from Susan Jeffers’ famous book title Feel the fear… and do it anyway!
Whenever they climb and conquer that far-off mountain, they re-instate and re-confirm their Assuredness, and they kill-off Fear once again… because they did it anyway.
Something a very wise Aries told me (4 Planets Aries)… is that the energy difference between Fear and Excitement is very close on the spectrum, and so it is possible to switch one type of energy into another.
And if you read Geoff Thompsons’ book Fear – The Friend of Exceptional People, you will see a whole host of characters… boxers, martial arts masters, special forces… who have found the way to literally turn Fear on its head and use it to their advantage, to help focus and motivate them.
You will also see this reflected in Ant Middleton’s book, The Fear Bubble: Harness Fear and Live Without Limits, where he explains how his time in the SAS helped him to understand and better surf his own fears in active service and combat.
However, I have a feeling that this type of switching only comes easily to fully functional Aries types, or people with a good and solid connection with their own inner Aries, and that the rest of the Zodiac signs don’t even know that switch exists, let alone where to find it.
OK… OK… I can hear someone complaining from the back row… “If Aries are so good at dealing with Fear, why is it a handicap and an issue… ?”
Good question… definitely needs answering…
The thing is, an Aries still feels the Fear and even though they are the best Zodiac sign at overcoming it so that it doesn’t hold them back. It is still present in their psyche, and it still distorts their energy system, and that’s the problem for an Aries… the lurking Fear is always present at the back of their mind… and pushes them into ever new adventures/actions to prove to themselves who is the master.
In a sense, an average Aries is a slave to their Fear because they are always having to overcome it… that is their greatest weakness… they can never take a holiday from their inner, lurking Fear… (and it is often impossible to get an average Aries to admit they have any Fears at all… “Me, afraid of what exactly? If I was afraid, how could I do all the scary things I do? Don’t talk so ridiculous!” … especially as they pack the climbing ropes into the Land Rover, about to embark on their next climbing trip to a remote region of the Andes).
Which is easy to achieve when you are young, fit and healthy… but as you age… the body weakens… Fear will start to get the upper hand… unless the Aries can learn how to transmute it… which is difficult for your average Aries to do… because it requires that you stop rushing around out there… and go within.
If an Aries wants to grow spiritually, at some stage, they must close their eyes, and venture back into the Universal sea of consciousness from which they emerged… and so face and conquer a different type of Fear entirely.
The Astrological Glyph which the Ancient Astrologers associated with the Sign of Aries was the Ram. For people in pre-history, Rams were a symbol of fertility and power, assertiveness and aggression. I found this advice from a website on rearing farm animals: “The best way to raise nonaggressive rams is to LEAVE THEM ALONE! Do not try to make friends with them, do not scratch or rub or push on their heads, do not tease them, do not treat them roughly, and do not play with them. LEAVE THEM ALONE!” Which gives a massive pointer to the true nature of Aries. They are loners, individuals, and don’t rub them up the wrong way. Farmers and goat-herders, back in pre-history, would have known this well and passed the knowledge on to the Ancient Astrologers.
Note: Once again, this and other information can be found in Energy Astrology – Volume 1 – Introduction, and the rest of the Energy Astrology book series.
In addition… The following Audio Essences & Earth Energy Skills MP3s contain energies that are useful and also aligned with Aries, and so beneficial to anyone working with Aries or to resolve Arien issues:
Crystal Quality for Courage
Crystal Quality for Assuredness
Crystal Quality for Sexual Assuredness
Crystal Quality for Spirit into Spirit
Fear Crystal Antidote
Working with the following Planets in Aries helps to also target and focus the energies, and so refine your ability to work with those specific Arien energies – click on the weblink below to access the MP3 for that particular Audio Essence:
Sun in Aries – Ability to feel and express your core and Soul energy, ability to step outside your Comfort Zone and your Tribe and Social Group, and be a unique individual and go off in a new direction, ablity to identify, know and achieve your life purpose. Your style and expression of Inner Father.
Moon in Aries – Ability to nurture yourself, be in your Physical Body, access, stabilize and feel safe within your Comfort Zone, and be a part of a Group or Tribe. Your style and expression of Inner Mother and Inner Child.
Mercury in Aries – Ability to effectively communicate your thoughts, ideas and mind, express your personal style and personality, understand, fit in, navigate and function well in the World.
Venus in Aries – Ability to understand and feel your sense of Self, to achieve and maintain inner harmony, experience and maintain positive self-worth and self-value, and to be attractive and magnetic, both externally and internally, to what you want, need and desire, the ability to be in the flow.
Mars in Aries – Ability to assert yourself, motivate yourself, defend yourself when needed, get your needs met, and fight for your wants, needs, desires when required.
Jupiter in Aries – Ability to expand and find meaning and purpose in your life, to see and understand the greater pattern and picture of your life, and so motivate yourself from an understanding of your bigger and deeper purpose.
Saturn in Aries – Ability to remain grounded and focused in your life, and cope effectively with the obstacles and challenges you may face, ability to see what is really going on and cope, ability to stay the course, no matter the hardships, to be disciplined and patient when needed.
Chiron in Aries – Ability to understand your faults and limitations, and the nature of your own psychic wound, and through accepting it, gain insight, forgiveness and true Soul healing.
Uranus in Aries – Ability to see the bigger Universal picture, ability to see behind the curtain of life, if only for a moment, ability to deal with psychic lightning strikes.
Neptune in Aries – Ability to feel the bigger Universal energies, ability to be touched and embraced by unconditional love and bliss, ability to understand what is real and what is illusion and deception, and the ability to see into and understand dreams and multiple dimensions.
Pluto in Aries – Ability to let go of the past, and be reborn into the ever-changing moment, ability to deal with psychic earthquakes,
Midheaven in Aries – Ability to know who you are, and understand your place in the World, and how you fit in, ability to see and understand where you are going in your life.
Imum Coeli in Aries – Ability to look into your fears and uncertainties, and cope, and turn weaknesses into strengths, ability to understand what grounds you, where your roots lie.
South Node in Aries – Ability to draw upon your old and existing skills and talents, what has given you purpose and meaning in the past, and use them as foundations for new growth.
North Node in Aries – Ability to develop new skills and talents, especially ones that give new meaning and purpose to your life.
(c) Brian Parsons / Samarpan Alchemy 2021.