Aries, the Ram. Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac, marking the beginning of the astrological year and representing those born between March 21 and April 19.
King Athamas of Boeotia married the nymph Nephele at Hera's command. She was a nymph made from a cloud in Hera's image to trap the centaur, Ixion. The couple had two children; a son named Phrixus and a daughter named Helle. After a while, Athamas grew tired of Nephele and left her.
Athamas then remarried, and his second wife was Ino, the daughter of Cadmus. She also gave him children -- two sons named Learches and Melicertes. Nephele was angry and asked Hera to assist in avenging Athamas' desertion. While this was going on, Zeus asked Ino and Athamas to care for Dionysus, as he wanted to keep him a secret from Hera. Hera eventually punished them for this by making them go mad. Ino was terribly jealous of Athamas and Nephele's children and plotted their deaths.
Ino tricked Athamas into attempting to sacrifice Phrixus, but he was saved by Heracles who sent a golden ram (Aries) to carry him to Colchis. Helle grabbed hold of the winged ram, but fell to her death between the Mediterranean and Black Sea when she lost her hold. The strait, to this day, is named after her -- the Hellespont (Dardanelles).
Upon reaching Colchis, Phrixus sacrificed the golden ram to Zeus, who in turn placed the ram's image among the stars in honor of it's heroism as the constellation of Aries.
The Aries zodiac is the first of the 12 astrological signs. Those born under this sign are considered to be natural leaders. They are confident and always ready for action. Aries people are also known for their fiery temperaments and impulsive nature. Aries is a sun sign and traits of those born under the sign include leadership and assertiveness.
While Aries can be impatient and quick to anger, they are also fiercely loyal and protective of those they care about. When it comes to relationships, Aries will always put their partner first. They are passionate and romantic, but can also be jealous and possessive.
Aries is a Cardinal Fire sign, which means that those born under this sign are natural leaders with a strong sense of purpose. Aries is also ruled by the planet Mars, which is the planet of energy, action, and desire.
If you were born between March 21st and April 19th, your zodiac sign is Aries. Whether you are looking for love, romantic compatibility, career guidance, or general insight into your life path, Aries has something to offer everyone. So if you're an Aries, embrace your natural qualities and enjoy all the adventure that comes with this dynamic zodiac sign!
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