How are you all surviving Aries season?
As an opal October baby, you might be wondering why I’m blogging about Aries season and it’s high time I made a confession… my rising sign is Aries.
Quick recap for the fellow astrology novices reading this post. Western Astrology focuses heavily on the ‘star sign’ but actually we all have a full star chart which details the positioning of the constellation on the very moment of our birth – down to the hour. We actually have a moon sign, sun sign, rising sign. It’s generally said that your rising sign is how you come across to others, your sun sign is how you lead your life and your moon sign is your deepest desires/core values. If you wanted to check yours I’d recommend Astro Style’s free generator.
Anyway, back to the matter at hand – being a rising Aries is bloody tough. Especially when first impressions count.
Often misunderstood as overwhelming and aggressive, rising Aries folk can be social Marmite. Once when I was reading my friend’s palm, she told me “People generally tell me that when they first meet me, they think they’re not going to like me”
“I bet you’re a rising Aries, like me.” I explained.
We flipped open my ipad, text her mum to ask what time she was born and popped the details into Astro Style. Low and behold, she was a rising Aries too.
Unlike my friend however, I’m the type of person who finds it hard to get beyond the first barrier. When people told her they thought they weren’t going to get along with her, she later proved them wrong. I never seem to get that far. I can’t prove people wrong. So here’s a little something I’ve been working on to help when it comes to important work meetings and networking – where first impressions really count!
Working with your Aries assets
Once upon a time I worked in an agency where I was jokingly nicknamed ‘Judgy Jess’ because I had plenty of opinions. Whilst no one seemed to mean it in a serious way, I do think that over time it broke me (which sounds really dramatic because I do still like my old coworkers). I started to shy away from talking about feminist issues, I felt like I had to choose my words very carefully when critiquing something and my whole demeanour dulled down.
I lost the dynamic, go-getting, Aries rising side because it’s very easy to see the negatives. Never met someone with a rising Aries sign? Let Astrostyle give you some insight: “A great competitor, but a poor cooperator — you must learn how to lose more gracefully… You are blunt and direct, but at times unfeeling and tactless, especially if anyone offers you any resistance. You fight for your beliefs, but your tendency to act first and think later often causes you much grief.”
However, it’s not all doom and gloom…
When I first told my current boss that I was part Aries his reaction was something akin to ‘What!? Are you sure? No that’s not you, Aries are pig-headed and brash.‘ (Shout out to Rik cause I know he reads my blog). You might not think this sounds like a good thing, but it is. He didn’t see the neggy aspects, so I must have learnt to tame my rising Aries traits and work with the good stuff.
If you can tame your wild Aries acending side, you could be bloody unstoppable.
We’re not trapped under the stars
Once you become aware of your rising sign, you start to understand why certain people react to you in the way they do. Alas, I do really feel the need to point out – you still have influence and choice.
The reason I call myself an astrology novice is because I don’t plan my every move by the stars and I’m certainly not going to start excusing myself for being aggro just because zomg I’m SUCH a rising Aries.
If you’re a fellow rising Aries and you’ve got this far, I’ve got some news for you. You can’t always change someone’s perception of you, but you don’t have to carry it with you. As long as you personally know you’re not doing anything to harm someone, there’s no point in getting so caught up in winning someone over the first time you meet them.
Keep your astrology assets in mind and know that if someone fobs you off upon first meeting you – heck, that’s their own loss!