Aries Myths

Aries - The Ram

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac.

Ruled by: Mars

Mars represents life, initiation, passion, and creative energy.

The Egyptians .The Egyptians associated the Ram as Amun. Whose name means hidden one. This also represents the creative spirit that resides within the seed of the human race.

Greek myth. Associated Amun with Jupiter, and also with Jesus Christ.

The Myth begins with twin brothers Phrixus and Helle, whose lives are in danger by their uncles and step mother. They are taken to safety on a sacred Ram provided by Zeus. Through the journey Helle dies in a drowning accident while Phrixus arrives safely. Phrixus sacrifices the ram, and hangs up the fleece in a sacred grove guarded by a dragon; the fleece then turns to gold.

Jason has been well educated by the wise Centaur Chiron and has learnt the art of war and is prepared for this challenge.

Jason and the Argonauts go through such pain in order to retrieve the Golden Fleece and bring it home, so that Jason can then reclaim his right to the throne. They are guided and helped along their journey by the Goddess Athena, Poseidon, Hera, and also Medea who is a Priestess and Sorceress, and becomes Jason's love and companion.

On Jason's return home, his uncle, thorough a prophecy is told to be aware of a man who had one sandal. Jason helps an old woman cross a stream, and loses a sandal, not realising that she was the Goddess Hera in disguise. So when the two confronted one another, his Uncle lets him pass. When he returns home he takes his rightful place as heir too the thrown, and so over turns the old order. He settles down with Medea and they have children.

Mean while Jason begins to long for excitement and falls for the daughter of king Corinth. This is his down fall. Medea becomes angry and takes her revenge, she use her power to Jason's downfall and kills the new bride and their children. She also renders Jason impotent Jason finds despair and loneliness, because he has over stepped his mark.

The story behind Aries is the frustrating conflicts they with authority figures, usually the father, but it could be any thing that seems to lay difficulties or obstacles across the Aries path. The journey through life is the quest, which allow the opportunity to confront limiting issues and so become a strong person. Jason's King and uncle were unfair, and sent Jason on a journey that they thought would be no return. But Jason was meant to retrieve the Golden Fleece. Jason was courageous though his journey, though it may not have been completed without the help of the gods, and Medea whom he settles down with and regains his throne.

Jason ties of what he has and wants more? This is his down fall. In this way Jason becomes the tyrant, like his uncle and the king.

This is why so many Aries tend to come up with obstacles and limitations in their life as Jason does in the Greek myth. Zeus is a great helper, but also the women who he meets may also offer help.

Medea supported and used her power so that Jason was successful. But Jason was not satisfied, and rejected Medea, and so rejected the female within himself and loses his polarity.

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