One of the most elemental parts of understanding astrology is knowing the 12 archetypes not only intellectually, but with every part of the being. The mythology, the ruling planet, astrology texts, experience, and intuitive sense all combine to bring them to life. It's important to keep in mind that when embodied, the pure characteristics get colored by all the other parts of the map, and everyone will be a unique expression of the sign. So the archetypes aren't really meant to be a mold. Everyone is influenced by all the signs since one sector of the 12 parts of the chart will be ruled by each sign.
Aries is thrust. The force that moves us into life. Just ask a woman who has given birth. Just ask a seed that has sprouted and cracked the earth. Just ask a ram who has met another ram on the mountainside. You'll get an idea of the strength and power of Aries. It's life's kick start and it means business. All about me. Aggression and male sexuality. Every muscle primed for action. Always pushing and thrusting against resistance to build even more strength. Facing conflict. Batting things out of the way, leaving the pack. Seeking the self. Wanting autonomy. And moving into all experience with unrestrained enthusiasm, after conquest and victory. The champion. The Ace.
No wonder Aries is often associated with things not quite civilized and even could be called selfish!!
Such as it is.
Aries is the personification of the young man full of vitality, keeping it up, pursuing the targets of his desires, and getting them.
The ram is the symbol of Aries and the planet Mars, its ruler. Wherever we find Mars in the chart we will have access to this force. It's where we initiate and go after what we want, and have unusual strength. The head represents this energy and Aries goes ahead. Sometimes, if they are not running off, it seems that they are here to agitate. But when push comes to shove, Aries can handle almost anything and is the cosmic EMT, warrior in defense of the state, and the one to make us get up and live. And we all have someplace in our charts where we can do this.
There are a million things to say about the sign of Aries, but I'll leave that to you. In my experience the insights from people unschooled in astrology have been as profound as those who are highly educated. I'm in for a treat. I'm an Aries rising, after all. But fear not. I'm harmless.