Aries: The Way of the Warrior
Most cultures around the world have a warrior tradition. The way of the warrior is seen as a respected path to glory, honor and self-discipline. In astrology, the sign Aries exemplifies the archetype of Warrior and has much to teach us about his ways.
When you act, make your action a clear one. Don’t pussyfoot around. Don’t muddy the waters with unclear actions, unfinished motions. When you act, follow through immediately—it gives your actions force and power. To take an action is to create momentum. Let the momentum unroll its force and the action is supported. To make one action and pretend another is to undermine one’s own force of personality and would never be done by a Warrior.
Draw The Line, Then Hold To It
Aries excels at boundaries. The Warrior cares about territory and will respond with anger and affront when lines are crossed. You can count on the Aries part of you to know where the lines are. The Warrior will hold others responsible for crossing his line and will have respect for the lines of others—if they are held strongly. A Warrior always knows another Warrior and knows when the enemy is weak. Aries is naturally combative and may sometimes enjoy pushing the boundaries of others, simply to test them.
If you give your word, the Warrior would have you stand by it. If you commit to a course of action, then damnit, follow through! This is difficult for Aries, which tends to act in short bursts of energy and actually has a hard time sustaining beyond the initial burst. But inside the Aries heart, there is pressure to hold to the principle of a thing once you’ve begun it. It is the Warrior’s way to learn to channel aggression into guided action.
Aries loves honesty and directness, for two reasons. One is that it is natural to Aries to be transparent and having to pretend is a lot of work. The other is that because the Aries heart is not naturally duplicitous it doesn’t expect others to be that way either. Aries has a naïve streak and feels affronted and surprised when deceived by others—even when it happens over and over again.
Cultivate Your Honor
The life of a warrior can be a lonely one. As a Warrior, your relationship with yourself is the most intimate one you are likely to experience and being able to look at yourself in the mirror with dignity is crucial. Knowing that you lived according to your principles matters greatly and is the source of self-esteem. A code of honor is a covenant with yourself—when you promise to live by a code and then break that promise, what is broken is your connection with yourself and the ability to stand up proudly as an individual. To break such a code is to de-individuate. “Cultivate your honor,” says the Warrior, “because at the end of the day, it’s all you have.”
A Caution For Overzealous Warriors
The downfall of the Warrior is that he needs a war. When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. It is the nature of Aries to be attracted to strife and conflict, perhaps even to create conflict where there is none. Don’t let your Warrior nature make life harder than it has to be.
The Gift of Force
This simple-natured sign represents your forceful side, your ability to know what you want and to pursue it. Force has a bad rap these days, but force is what you need to hold your own integrity and be an individual apart from other individuals. When others push on you, you have to be able to push back. The key here is “to be able to” push back. When you can trust that you’ll be able to defend yourself if needed, you can let go of the need to force your will on others. Individuals with true strength and self-esteem do not have to be fierce in order to establish selfhood and pursue desires. To satisfy the Aries part of yourself is to become the best, most ethical Warrior you can, and thus to increase effectiveness, self-esteem and honor.
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