The zodiac has always fascinated me, but I had never fully understood what each constellation signified.
Recently, I have been reading through the Evolution of Goddess by Emma Mildon as a part of my path of self-discovery. One of the sections in her book, Time By The Stars, has piqued my interest in the formation of the zodiac constellations.
The Aries Constellation
Aries is Latin for ram. The Aries constellation is one of the three fire signs within the sphere of the zodiac.
Signs and Qualities of the Zodiac
The zodiac is divided into four elements: air, water, fire, and earth. There are three qualities within each sign of the zodiac: cardinal, fixed, and mutable. Aries is considered to be the fixed quality of the fire element. It is regarded as the time of “war, fire, and the ram” and “the age of the warrior”.
The Time of Aries
The age of Aries was roughly between 2006 BC to 6 BC. This was during the time or King David, King Solomon, and the birth of Christ. It was also the time of great philosophers such as Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle.
The Arian age was a time of empirical growth and expansion. Religion shifted from polytheism to monotheism. Cultures intermingled as empires obtained new territories. This was an age of blood and war. An age of power and wealth.
Aries and Mars
Aries is said to be ruled by Mars. Zodiacs ruled by Mars are said to be active, curious, possessive, and adventurous.
The most significant Aries influence at the time can be seen by the expansion of empires. This was the Helladic period in Greece and the time of Agamemnon (notably the battle of Troy). Rome transformed from a small town to an established city. The first dynasty in China arose (the Xia dynasty). The Terra Cotta Army was sculpted and placed in the burial mounds alongside their emperor. This was the time of King David, the rise of Jerusalem, and the building of Solomon’s temple. The Arian age ended around the time of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.
The Formation of the Aries Constellation
There are many different myths about the formation of the Aries constellation.
Zeus and the Golden Fleece
In ancient times, King Athamus ruled Boetia. His second wife, Ino, was a jealous and resentful woman who scorned Athamus’s children from his first marriage.
Ino devised a plot in an attempt to kill Athamus’s children, Phrixus (son) and Helle (daughter). She cast a famine across the land.
King Athamus suffered alongside his people. He consulted an oracle about how to end the famine. Ino found out and falsified the oracle’s letter to the king. She told her husband that the oracle said to sacrific his eldest son, Phrixus.
The king, thinking of his people, went to sacrifice Phrixus. Phrixus’s mother prayed to Zeus who answered by sending a ram with golden fleece to save Phrixus and take him to Colchis where would remain safely away from Ino and her schemes.
Phrixus sacrificed the ram to Zeus, but saved the golden fleece and gave it as a present to King Aeetes of Colchis. The fleece would later be stolen by Jason and his band of Argonauts.
Finding The Aries Constellation Among The Stars
You can find the Aries constellation between the constellations of Pisces and Taurus.
The Aries constellation is easiest to spot in the night sky during the months of December. The constellation consists of four stars: Hamal, Sheratan, Mesarthim, & 41 Arietis. The brightest star is a red giant named Hamal with the blue-white star, Sheratan as the second brightest.
Aries: A Time of Initiative & Prosperity
The Age of Aries signified the time of war, fire, and the ram. The iron age was in full swing. Bronze shields and armor were replace with the new durable metal. Battering rams and catapults were introduced. Cities toppled and people were killed in the thousands.
Subsequently, the people of the era were hardened warriors such as David and his Elite Warriors (2 Samuel Chapter 23). The ascension of King David over the twelve tribes of Israel and his expansion of the Israelite territories was well known. King David’s rule heralded in the beginning of the age of Aries with blood and war.
With empirical expansion also come great wealth. This could be seen by the wealth and prosperity of Solomon’s reign. He built the temple of God (Solomon’s temple) and the palace of Jerusalem.
Babylon grew from a small town to a bustling city. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon are still known as one of the seven world wonders to this day. In the architecture of the rising empires, the ram is seen as a spiritual animal used for sacrifice.
Egyptians worshiped Amun-ra as a sphinx with a ram’s head. Ancient Pharaoh’s would refer to themselves as the “sons of Amun”. Amun refers to fertility and Ra refers to the sun. Amun-ra is one of the oldest gods in recorded history and was often referred to as the King of gods or the god of kings.
In nearly all cultures, the Aries constellation is related to empirical expansion through war. Great leaders of the time were intuitive and adventurous. Alexander the Great of Greece overthrew King Darius of Persia and conquered the Archaemenid Empire. Men died by the thousands. Heroes were made into legends and songs were written about the great warriors of the time.
The age of Aries was the time when the seven original world wonders were built.
The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, The Colossus of Rhodes in the Grecian Isles , The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus in Turkey, The Statue of Zeus at Olympia and the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus.
The time of Aries is a time of intuitive thinking and large initiatives. It was a time when men yearned for more. For bigger palaces. Phenomenal wealth. Ardent displays of power.
My encounter with Aries was when I realized I needed to get out of credit card debt and stop living paycheck to paycheck. I decided to take the next step in my career in order to provide a strong foundation for my future and the future of my family.
Aries Inspires New Initiatives Leading To Financial Prosperity
Aries signifies your initiative to create a lasting future for yourself. The time of Aries is a time of wealth, when debt no longer has control of your life. You know what you want and with determination strive to reach your aspirations. What does Aries mean to you? What happened when you encountered Aries and started to prepare for your own future? Tell me in the comments below. I would love to hear your story. Or maybe you have started to feel the age of Aries in your life but don’t know where to start.
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