Aries Zodiac Sign

Stefan Stenudd

Stefan Stenudd

About Me

I'm a Swedish writer and astrologer, as well as an historian of ideas, researching the thought patterns in creation myths. Here's my personal website:


Aries
Aries



OTHER DIVINATION

Tarot Meaning
Tarot Meaning

Try the old Tarot deck of cards with a free online divination. How to use the Tarot and what each card means.


I Ching Online
I Ching Online

Try the ancient Chinese divination online for free. The 64 hexagrams of I Ching, The Book of Change, and what they mean in divination.


Books by Stefan Stenudd:

Tarot Unfolded, by Stefan Stenudd.

Tarot Unfolded

This book presents an imaginative method of reading the divination cards, which is the most appropriate for the Tarot, since it consists of symbolic images. Several spreads are introduced, as well as the meanings of all the 78 cards and their pictures. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.


Cosmos of the Ancients, by Stefan Stenudd.

Cosmos of the Ancients

All the philosophers of Ancient Greece and what they thought about cosmology, myth, religion and the gods. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.


Life Energy Encyclopedia, by Stefan Stenudd.

Life Energy Encyclopedia

Qi (chi), prana, pneuma, spiritus, and all the other life force concepts around the world explained and compared. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.



The Aries Symbol

The Aries symbol.

Its meaning and origin


The above image is the established symbol (also called glyph) for the Zodiac sign Aries, the Ram. It's a simplified image of the ram's horns. Both the Zodiac sign and its symbol have been along for ages.



     The Zodiac division of the ecliptic into twelve parts, each assigned a Zodiac sign, is probably of Babylonian (Mesopotamia) origin. They were very early with astrology, mapping the sky and noting planetary movements thousands of years ago. The Zodiac very much like the one we know today, might have emerged in Mesopotamia around 1000 BC, but Babylonian astrology is probably far older than that.

     Already the Babylonians connected the Zodiac sign to the ram - bu tnot at first. Early Babylonian astrology called the sign and its constellation the Agrarian worker, probably because of its start at the Spring equinox.

     Contrary to some other constellations, that of Aries hardly suggests the shape of the animal from which it got its name. The reason for the name and symbol of the Zodiac sign Aries might instead be related to some Babylonian mythological mix-up. See the image below of the constellation Aries.

The Aries Constellation.


     As you can see, there's really not much suggesting the shape of a ram. This hasn't stopped artists in the past from suggesting the image of the ram to be implied by the stars of the Aries constellation.

     Below is an antique illustration of the same constellation, where the figure of the ram has been added. It's from a 17th century book: Firmamentum sobiescianum, by Johannes Hevelius, 1690.

The Aries constellation, 1690.


     Below is an ink version of the symbol for Aries, which I did a number of years back in an experiment of using Japanese ink calligraphy (shodo) for old European astrology symbols. I've used these pictures on my astrology websites, mainly for fun and for the odd graphic effect, and I've seen them copied all over the Internet. I'm fine with that, although I think it wouldn't hurt if the source was mentioned. Well, what to do?

     Anyway, here's that ink again, this time in the original black and white (click on the image to see a bigger version):


The Aries symbol in ink, by Stefan Stenudd.


Aries the Sign

As for the picture commonly used to represent the Aries Zodiac sign, it's been an image of a ram for as long as that has been its name - probably longer than the symbol described above has existed. Below is one typical example, where the stars of the constellation Aries have also been marked. It's an illustration from Poeticon astronomicon, a 1482 book by Hyginus.

Aries, illustration from a 1482 edition of a book by Hyginus.


     For the header of this website, I played a little with the Aries symbol - using the photo of a real ram together with the symbol for Aries. It shows quite clearly how the symbol is shaped to represent the horns. I also added some fire, the element of Aries and a relevant image of Aries energy.

The Aries Zodiac sign and the Ram.


Zodiac Sign Symbols

Here are the symbols (glyphs) of all the twelve Zodiac signs, and links to pages telling more about each Zodiac sign symbol.

Aries symbol (glyph).Aries symbol
Taurus symbol (glyph).Taurus symbol
Gemini symbol (glyph).Gemini symbol
Cancer symbol (glyph).Cancer symbol
Leo symbol (glyph).Leo symbol
Virgo symbol (glyph).Virgo symbol
Libra symbol (glyph).Libra symbol
Scorpio symbol (glyph).Scorpio symbol
Sagittarius symbol (glyph).Sagittarius symbol
Capricorn symbol (glyph).Capricorn symbol
Aquarius symbol (glyph).Aquarius symbol
Pisces symbol (glyph).Pisces symbol

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My Astrology Book

Your Health in Your Horoscope, by Stefan Stenudd.

Your Health in Your Horoscope

This book explains what your horoscope says about your health, according to the old tradition of medical astrology. You learn what the Zodiac signs, the planets, and the other ingredients of the horoscope reveal about many health issues and different types of illnesses. Also, celebrity horoscope charts are used to show how a health reading is made. Click the image to see the book (and Kindle ebook) at Amazon.