Aries , (Latin: “Ram”) in astronomy, zodiacal constellation in the northern sky lying between Pisces and Taurus, at about 3 hours right ascension and 20° north declination. Aries Aries, illumination from a Book of Hours, Italian, c. 1475; in the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York City (MS. G.14) Courtesy of the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, the Glazier Collection Aries contains no very bright stars; the brightest star, Hamal (Arabic for “sheep”), has a magnitude of 2.0.
The first point of Aries, or vernal equinox, is an intersection of the celestial equator with the apparent annual pathway of the Sun and the point in the sky from which celestial longitude and right ascension are measured. The vernal equinox no longer lies in Aries but has been moved into Pisces by the precession of the equinoxes.
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Aries is a Latin word for ‘Ram’, it is the first astrological zodiac sign which originates from the constellation named Aries. Hamal is the brightest star of this constellation. People born in the duration of 20th March to 19th April fall under this zodiac. The color of Aries is considered Red. Red is the color of Mars, and iron is a robust and long-lasting metal. With such a great legacy of valiant and brave iconography, it's no surprise that persons born under the sign of Aries are bold and ambitious.
Aries symbol signifies the head of the Ram which states the strength and boldness of the Aries natives. Aries was known as God of War in Greek mythology.
The fall planet of Aries is Saturn. The zodiac element of Aries is Fire. The detriment planet of Aries is Venus. The ram's horns have also been interpreted as a profusion, symbolizing prosperity, which is associated with the springtime, when nature is reviving. Aries people are known for being full of energy and for guiding others into a new era. They enjoy the occasional battle, and they worship the god of warfare, who is known for being forceful. Because of their self-assurance, they are exceedingly autonomous, and, like the ram, they occasionally run in a flock. They are confident and strong, and they follow the ram's impulses to advance at all costs. Zodiacal sign of Aries is an abstraction from the physical constellation of Aries.
It represents the first twelfth of the full circle, or the longitude traversed by the Sun in about 30.4 days, starting from the moment of vernal equinox – the beginning of spring. It occupies the first 30 degrees of the zodiacal circle. The name of the sign is based on the fact that the beginning of the sign of Aries was in the same place as the projection of the constellation of Aries, when the zodiac system was developed in Babylonia, some 2,500 years ago, during the “Age of Aries”. Due to the precession of Equinox, the projection of the constellation shifted, while the sign of Aries was left behind to start at the first day of spring.
Constellation of Aries, like any other constellation, was imagined into the night sky in order to tell a tale.
It was named by a ram, an important actor of one of the myths ancient Greeks have told. The constellation of Aries doesn’t represent a ram to every culture. The Chinese see the constellation as twin inspectors and at Marshall Islands, it is a porpoise. The Myth Of Aries The ram with the Golden Fleece was conceived in an unusual way. Poseidon, the god of the sea, turned a nymph into a sheep, so he would distance her from many suitors she had. In order to have sexual relations with her, he had to turn himself into a ram and as a result, the nymph gave birth to a ram with the Golden Fleece. Not only did this ram have a Golden Fleece, but it could also fly and he is most famous for his help to a mother of two children, a boy and a girl, Prixes and Hele.
They were the children of Nephilim and Asthmas who got divorced for Asthmas’ second wife, Ion. In order to justify the separation, he accused his first wife, the mother of his children Nephilim for insanity. When her son was wrongly accused of rape and she realized that both of her children’s lives were in danger, Nephilim gave them to a ram hoping he would fly them away from their stepmother. While flying through the narrow passage between Europe and Asia, Hele fell of the ram taking one of his horns with her.
It is said that the god of sea Poseidon purposefully saved her in order to rape her (although this was referred to as “sacrifice to gods”) and she gave birth to his son afterwards. Prixes arrived safe to his destination and as a sign of gratitude, sacrificed the same ram to Zeus and gave his golden fleece to his father in law, who locked it away and assigned a dragon to keep it safe.
The Connection Between The Myth And The Aries Zodiac Sign This is a myth that shows a deep connection to the sign and the constellation of Aries with all sorts of stories we could apply to the time we live in. When you see a planet in the sign of Aries, you can imagine a story about a girl who wasn’t saved, fell to her death or was saved only to be sexually abused.
You can imagine a story about someone born out of a possessive relationship, where their father distanced their mother from her opportunities in order to have her for himself. You can see a father who pretended to be something he is not, only to have them as a child. There is also a very “popular” story about the crazy ex-wife and the evil stepmother. The key story here, however, is the one about betrayal. Although there are several endings to the myth, mostly the sign of Aries is in relation to the male child that was saved, only to destroy the ram after that.
This can also be a friend, a son of a friend, any male figure that might have lost his sister in the same way Prixes did or simply anyone that was saved.
The positive side to this myth, which manifests in case of an extremely strong position of the sign of Aries and its ruler in someone’s chart, is oriented to the moments when a ram with Golden Fleece was born, the fact that he had Golden Fleece, was fearless and able to fly. Mostly, from an optimistic perspective, the story of Aries is the story of avoiding certain death and being saved by an unbelievable, strong, rich person. This gives additional explanation to the need of Aries to be the hero who saved the day. BRITANNICA QUIZ Constellations of the Zodiac and Their Signs Quiz Is a lion the symbol for Libra or Leo? What constellation does a crab represent? Take this quiz to find out.
In astrology, Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, considered as governing the period from about March 21 to about April 19. Its representation as a ram is identified with the Egyptian god Amon and, in Greek mythology, with the ram with the golden fleece, on the back of which Prixes, the son of King Asthmas, safely fled Thessaly to Colchis, where he sacrificed the ram to Zeus, who placed it in the heavens as the constellation. The ram’s golden fleece was recovered by Jason, leader of the Argonauts.
Aries constellation is located in the northern hemisphere. Its name means “the ram” in Latin. The symbol for the constellation is ♈ and it represents a ram’s horns. The constellation Aries is usually associated with the story of the Golden Fleece in Greek mythology. Like other zodiac constellations, Aries was first catalogued by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy in his Almagest in the 2nd century. Aries contains the bright stars Hamal and Sheraton and is home to several notable deep sky objects, among them the unbarred spiral galaxy NGC 772 and the dwarf irregular galaxy NGC 1156.