Aries reigns in as the first sign of the zodiac and Aries individuals like to initiate and dive headfirst into whatever it is they’re passionate about, thanks to their planetary ruler, Mars. They are a cardinal fire sign, like to be on the move and travel a zillion miles an hour due to their impassioned and empowered nature. It can be quite hard to keep up with Aries. They are inclined to be bold, take risks and boast confidence and sheer energy to start any kind of project or phase in life. These are what Aries are all about. The Aries archetype is also about the passion and innocence of youth. This fiery Aries energy can be inspiring, energetic, ferocious and a little intimidating. If you’re interested in learning all about Aries and how they fare in love and with other zodiac signs, read on.

Aries’ ruler planet Mars is about heat, drama and intensity. This means that the Aries energy craves excitement over romance, passion over harmony. Since Aries are so independent, they usually need a partner who will allow them to be their boldest, most fiery selves. Aries/Mars energy is also fiercely protective of loved ones and is all about advocating for those they care about. To summarise, you really want an Aries in your team, whether as a friend or a partner.

If you want a direct friend to tell it like it is, look no further than your closest Aries comrade, as they’ll have no problem giving you their two-cents. They’re also great friends to have if you’re looking for excitement and adventure. They are quite spontaneous, so just make sure you’re ready to go and can keep up with their non-stop energy. These people make friends easily, though it’s not uncommon for them to lose touch or bounce around friend groups, as they like to keep things interesting and experience new things. Even if the Aries have the occasional spat (Aries can have a bit of a temper), they can also get over it easily as they’re typically loyal and value their friendships. They do, however, expect that loyalty to be returned to them.

As in love and romance, independence is a keyword for Aries in matters of career and money. Aries folks aren’t known for taking orders well, preferring to be their own bosses. Aries can also make excellent leaders. Heading a team of people, they encourage risk-taking, pioneering vision, and fearlessness. An ideal career for this sign is anything that allows them to use their fiery fuel to fight for a cause they believe in and/or something that involves athleticism or physicality. Aries is equally well-suited to freelancing or independent contracting, as the DIY life fits the sign’s autonomous temperament. The challenge for Aries is staying committed. This fire sign loves to start projects but not necessarily finish them. Over the course of their careers, Aries folks will need to figure out what truly makes their inner light shine and how they can best keep it burning.

Granted, there are no absolutes when it comes to astrological compatibility, Aries can make it work with anyone who shares their passionate energy. That being said, Aries who typically crave partners and friends who will appreciate their indie nature and who also have full, busy lives of their own.

Generally, the most compatible signs for Aries for friendship and romantic relationships are Libra (sometimes, opposites attract), Sagittarius and Leo (fellow fire signs will speak their same passionate language).

Aries can tend to butt heads against Cancers, as these water signs tend to take things personally—a danger when you’re dating or befriending a fierce Aries. An Aries- Capricorn match can also sometimes be tough, as the Aries does not want to be restricted or restrained. Above all, Aries like a challenge and need the space and freedom to be themselves.

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