10 Things to Know About Aries Rising – Soulful Astrology

Aries. The first sign of the zodiac, the first cardinal sign of leadership, and the first sign to introduce us to astrology.

It’s no surprise then that Aries are the leaders and go-getters of the zodiac. This dynamic and headstrong sign is the first to jump in and let everyone know what they’re made of. They are the ones to stand up first, fearless and bold, trailblazing their way through life and letting no one stand in their way.

In short, we love our Aries people!

The North Node has just gone into Aries and will stay there for the next two years so everyone is feeling Aries energy to some degree. And when Aries energy gets going, you can bet that things are going to heat up.

Direct, confident and impulsive, Aries energy is unmistakeable. And when it comes to the Rising Sign, Aries energy becomes even more prominent.

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What is the Rising Sign?

The Rising Sign is the image you show to the world. It represents the filter through which everything processes – your thoughts, perceptions, appearance, and outlook. In Esoteric Astrology, the Rising Sign takes things to a much deeper level. It represents the soul purpose and why we came to this world in the first place.

The Rising Sign is the immediate impression people have of you. When you meet someone for the first time, it’s your Rising Sign that comes through first. Usually, only the people closest to you get to know your Moon Sign and the more people get to know you, the more your Sun Sign shines through.

So with Aries Rising, the first thing we notice about them is a powerful Aries energy!

10 Things to Know About Aries Rising

So what are some of the main qualities of an Aries Rising person?


Aries is ruled by Mars, the planet of war and energy. Mars also rules Scorpio but the way this energy filters through the two signs is very different. Aries is much more ‘in your face’ while Scorpio is more subtle in its expression of this energy.

Imagine you’re sitting in a cafe and you see two people sitting across from you. One is an Aries Rising and the other is a Scorpio Rising. The Aries Rising sits proud and confident and has a ‘Don’t mess with me’ vibe. The Scorpio Rising person also has a ‘Don’t mess with me’ vibe, but they are sitting back, watchful and observant. 

This is how Mars filters through both signs. Aries is more ‘what you see is what you get’ while Scorpio is more ‘I’m watching to see if you see me and then we’ll see if what you see is what you get.”

Aries Rising is headstrong! They know what they want and they aren’t afraid to get it. There is a certain type of confidence that oozes from Aries Rising people and it’s one of the first things you notice about them.

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If you’re headstrong then you’re going to possess a certain degree of stubbornness too. Aries Rising has got a stubborn streak. “It’s my way or the high way!” is a common motto for this sign. This isn’t to say that Aries Rising isn’t willing to listen to other people’s views or see things from other perspectives. It’s just that all they can see in that moment is their own. They may rush headlong into something – or someone! – so this sign can sometimes find itself having a few ‘Oops!’ moments.


One of the most notable features of Aries Rising is their courage. Mars is a planet that encompasses fearlessness and this is enshrined in the energy of Aries. Aries Rising are bold. They don’t care who is watching, nor do they care who opposes them. Aries Rising will stand up for what they believe in and they will stand up for others too.


With courage and determination comes passion. The passion of an Aries Rising shows in their face, their voice, their gesticulations. Whether they’re talking about their favourite food or expressing their political views or convincing you why their creative work is the one for you, Aries Rising never fails to convey the passion in their expression. Passion just oozes from them.


Aries is the first cardinal sign of the zodiac. The others are Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. Cardinal signs are leaders. They have an idea and they make it happen. They may have very different methods in the way they do it, but this sign feels most comfortable in leadership roles and isn’t afraid to manifest its ideas into reality.

Aries Rising is the type to shout “Go!” when everyone else is holding back.They are wonderful leaders and have the ability to inspire passion and confidence in others. If this sign gets an idea in their head, they will make it happen – woe betide anyone in their way! Sometimes this sign needs to take a step back and think before leaping in though – otherwise they may find themselves in a situation that proves tricky to get out of!



This sign is not afraid to speak its mind. This is where Aries opposite sign Libra can learn the most from Aries. Aries and Libra are both cardinal signs but Libra’s strength is in its diplomacy while Aries strength is in its assertiveness. Being assertive comes naturally to Aries. This Rising Sign has the ability to command respect naturally and has no problem going after what it wants.


Aries Rising gives off the impression of being impatient. This sign is always quick to jump in headfirst and has little patience for those who do not! The mature Aries Rising has learned that patience is a virtue, but for many Aries Rising, it’s all go go go! This sign has little patience teaching someone how to use the latest technological gadget, for example; or woe betide anyone who tries to jump in front of them in a queue. Woe betide anyone who moves too slowly in a queue. Aries Rising does not hide its impatience with others!

People-pleaser Opposites

In the zodiac, Libra is the ultimate people-pleaser. This charming and diplomatic sign is a master at keeping the peace and maintaining balance. 

However, this sometimes leads Libra to trying to please everyone which can be catastrophic in the end and even lead to unintentional two-faced behaviour. Aries is the opposite in this sense. This Rising Sign has no interest in pleasing people and will make it very clear that this is how they feel. So if you find yourself at the brunt of a straight-talking Aries Rising, don’t take it personally. This is just how they are!


Aries Rising can come across as an intimidating sign at times. This is often unintentional. It’s just that Aries Rising is such a bold, confident sign that sometimes it can intimidate other signs! This is also in part because with Mars as their ruler, Aries Rising gives off a warrior vibe, much like Mars’ other sign, Scorpio Rising. Because of their blunt and often abrupt nature, people can be a little wary of Aries Rising. However, it is often the case that when you get to know them, you come to realise that this is just the way they are.

Defends the Underdog

Aries Rising has a habit of championing the underdog. If they see someone who is having trouble in a social setting, Aries Rising will approach them and try to make them feel included. If Aries Rising sees something unjust going on in society, they will stand up and speak out. If they believe someone is being conned by another, they will be the voice for that person. This is one of the most noble qualities of the Aries Rising sign. When they are at their best, this sign becomes a true champion for those who are struggling or suffering.

Aries Rising Leads the Way!

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and the one that shouts, “I am!” to the world. This sign is known as the ‘baby’ of the zodiac and for all their stubbornness and whims, this is a deeply loveable sign because everyone feels on some level that Aries Rising has a big heart and it’s in the right place. 

For Aries Rising, the challenge is to find a balance between “I” and “us” which is what their opposite Libra Rising is trying to find too. These two cardinal signs may be opposites but in some ways they are very similar. Both need to find a balance between the self and the collective. And both, when they find this balance, become true champions of this world, effective positive change in the lives of those around them. 

For our noble, bighearted leaders Aries Rising, we wish them all the best as they trailblaze through life!

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