The Aries Child
Astrology is a very practical tool in raising children. It provides information that eliminates judgment and criticism of a child (and parent) and can inspire communication between the generations. The knowledge of astrology enables us to enhance a child’s potential and to understand their specific behaviors. We can allow them to be who they are and not what we, society, or schools expect them to be.
During this Aries month, observant parents and teachers may be witnesses to interesting behavior. Children (including teens) may be more assertive, angry, rambunctious, and self-centered. They may assume more risks, initiate ideas, complete nothing, boldly state their desires, and demand to be first at all times. The sports-oriented child will have no patience for mental pursuits, whereas the more studious child will plunge even deeper into reflective thought.
A leader, always wanting to be first, impatient, a risk-taker with aspirations to be a firefighter no matter what gender, the Aries child is often quite a handful. The fiery and fast nature of these children can exhaust parents, teachers, or others who care for them. Planned activities need to be timed in short segments with no expectation for completion. The sign of Aries is about initiating things, coming up with ideas, being at the beginning of everything, but rarely is it about following through. The Aries personality seldom finishes a project. That aspect is left for the steadier signs of the zodiac: Taurus (which zodiacally follows Aries), Virgo, and Capricorn.
Like the animal associated with this first zodiacal sign, the Aries child can sometimes act just like a battering ram, bravely charging ahead here and there, with no thought of risk. Taking chances is Aries’ theme; being impulsive and confident is the way the Aries child lives life, and this will continue through adulthood. Simply being in motion is an Aries activity. This is a consideration when choosing a school for the Aries child, who above all needs independence, freedom of movement, new and interesting intellectual challenges, and a very patient and understanding teacher. The Aries child is faster than most other children and therefore often displays impatience with those who are slower. One solution to this is to allow the Aries child to be a leader, initiate games, answer lots of questions, and work independently. Discussing the fact that people learn at different paces is helpful for school-age Aries children. This instills in them a sense of consideration, understanding, and patience.
Understanding that one learns from mistakes is a vital tool for Aries children and will encourage them to continue in their leadership roles. Aries children can be very compassionate, but only if they are taught to be understanding of others.
Anger may show itself boldly and explosively in the Aries child and then disappear almost immediately. Teaching and modeling communication skills in terms of the use of feeling words is an important skill, especially for the impulsive and highly verbal Aries child. Parents must help Aries children recognize if they are being inconsiderate of other people’s feelings. They need to learn how to express themselves in ways that do not hurt themselves or others and in ways that are directed toward the situation at hand and not toward another person. Sports and other competitive games provide very active outlets for their fiery energies and give them opportunities to participate in teamwork, an especially important learning tool for being a leader.
The following are famous and notable Aries whose lives can be models for the Aries child: actor Charlie Chaplin, composer Johann Sebastian Bach, singer Aretha Franklin, artist Leonardo da Vinci, writer Hans Christian Anderson, myth scholar Joseph Campbell, philosopher Rene Descartes, psychologist B. F. Skinner, President and statesman Thomas Jefferson, airplane builder Wilbur Wright, and humanistic astrologer Dane Rudyar.