Richard Smoot

​Trained and formerly licensed as a social worker, Richard has studied and practiced astrology since 1971. Currently Richard is the Operations Manager and Assistant Treasurer for ISAR. He is the publisher of the ISAR International Astrologer; co-chair and co-author of ISAR’s Consulting Skills Program; an OPA group leader; and serves on NCGR’s Board of Examiners. Richard’s emphasis in his client work is to develop and use client-centered consulting techniques with astrology to empower clients in determining their life. 

richard@richardjsmoot.com

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Aries

 

Questions

  1. Why are Sun Signs or the Sun’s position in the natal horoscope important and what can that tell us?
    The Sun is and has been the source for all life, vitality, and energy since the birth of the earth. In its physical form, the Sun provides warmth, food generation for plants, a state in which humans can survive and thrive. The Sun is literally, “what makes the earth go around.” Symbolically, the Sun is “the giver of Life” and is the strength that unites the activity and action of our whole of our solar system. The Sun is “the beginning”; the essence of humanities self-expression, will and determination. The house that The Sun is in is the house that “lights up” and shines brightness showing the quintessence of the spirit. The Sun is all about the personality, personal identity and basic drive for significance. Look to the house where the sign Leo is positioned. That house will be the area of life that the Sun will provide its power, strength, attitude and “being-ness.”
  2. What is the essence of the Sign of Aries?
    The sign of Aries represents the beginning of an annual cycle. Aries is “beginning energy” that is required to burst into life. Aries, in the tropical zodiac, is the first sign to represent the season of spring; the leaving of the infertile period of winter and begin the re-birth and growing of all Nature. Each sign of the zodiac brings its own style and energy type. Aries personal style is to burst out and forward; to get things started and to stimulate growth, inspiration and inquisitiveness. Combining both the cardinal mode and fire element with Aries ruler, Mars, is a potent, strong and pioneering style. Aries is the drive to take the lead and to shape things. It is quite true that Aries is labeled as “I am.” Being “first”, Aries knows no equal. Just think of the energy required for a plant to push itself through the earth, or the chick to struggle to break its own shell to be born.
  3. What is the best and strongest quality of the sign of Aries?
    Aries pioneering spirit is near the top of the best qualities for an Aries as well as humor. Generally an Aries is extremely loyal and protective. You might wonder, why protective? Remember, the ruling planet for Aries is Mars. Regardless of the sign Mars is in, Mars does not fight wars for the simple love of fighting and battle. Mars fights in protection of someone, some ideal or some principle or value. Mars stands guard and is ready for immediate action. Confident, individualist, and a “do it now” attitude is common for most Aries and they express those qualities freely. Aries is the energy of beginnings, so Aries is learning about themselves, the ego and what this world is all about through the lens of an infant just after birth.
  4. What is the weakness of the sign of Aries?
    Ask any Aries and the answer is NONE! Setting aside the playfulness of that response allows the explanation of the weaker sides of an Aries or “when an Aries goes bad.” The weaknesses can mount quickly. Just ask any other sign. Immediate action can lead to impulsiveness and not thinking about the consequence of their actions. The “I am” principle can lead to arrogance and a “Ram” like quality of forcing their ways and words on others. This “me first” attitude is a strong part of pure Aries energy; the Aries is here to learn about themselves and how the rest of the world relates to them. It is that attitude which can leave them isolated, alone and quite insecure. Yes, an Aries can be quite insecure if nobody follows them. They are a General with no Army. Charging forward without respect to any other influence can (and often is) to Aries detriment.
    Since Aries is all about initiation, an Aries can easily become distracted and not complete their original task. It’s easy for an Aries to become overloaded and lose priorities. This may be seen by others as unreliable. This lack of empathy or unwillingness to play nice in the sandbox can be a weakness for an Aries. The way out is for the Aries to understand the value and worth of all the other signs. These will gain the respect of others that an Aries can be a good team player.
    Ask any Aries and the answer is NONE! Setting aside the playfulness of that response allows the explanation of the weaker sides of an Aries or “when an Aries goes bad.” The weaknesses can mount quickly. Just ask any other sign. Immediate action can lead to impulsiveness and not thinking about the consequence of their actions. The “I am” principle can lead to arrogance and a “Ram” like quality of forcing their ways and words on others. This “me first” attitude is a strong part of pure Aries energy; the Aries is here to learn about themselves and how the rest of the world relates to them. It is that attitude which can leave them isolated, alone and quite insecure. Yes, an Aries can be quite insecure if nobody follows them. They are a General with no Army. Charging forward without respect to any other influence can (and often is) to Aries detriment. Since Aries is all about initiation, an Aries can easily become distracted and not complete their original task. It’s easy for an Aries to become overloaded and lose priorities. This may be seen by others as unreliable. This lack of empathy or unwillingness to play nice in the sandbox can be a weakness for an Aries. The way out is for the Aries to understand the value and worth of all the other signs. These will gain the respect of others that an Aries can be a good team player.
  5. What have you learned from your Sign?
    Over the years, being an Aries has taught me a great deal about the cardinal, fire and Mars combination. While I have seen the world from this perspective, I’ve grown into a much more respectful, empathic, forgiving and patient Aries. I have grown to appreciate my Aries “style” and that its energy holds a necessary place among the zodiac and an appreciation of all the styles of all the other signs. Without all the twelve styles and perspectives, there would not be a cohesive and integrated sense of being, community, or culture. While I still see the world as it is related to and affects me, I have learned that my “Aries-ness” is calmer, more thoughtful, and understanding as a team-player.
  6. What is the Sign(s) you deal the best with and what is the most difficult sign for you and why?
    Are you trying to tell me that there are other signs? To answer this question without an impulsive Aries glib humor, fire signs are often the “best friends”. Their passion is infectious; however, I shy away from the uncontrolled brashness or ego of other Aries who take themselves as “too important.” Cardinal signs are also quite compatible. I like the Capricorn energy, yet for this Aries a Capricorn’s demands and expectations are all too often hard to live up to or please. The signs on either side of Aries (Pisces and Taurus) are also easy to get along with since the energy is passed through one sign to the next. These signs often teach me great lessons. 
    I have found a personal challenge with the signs that form a 150 degree angle; Scorpio and Virgo. Why? These two signs are neither cardinal nor fire and do not share element or mode. In Scorpio, Mars is the ruling planet as well as Aries, so this “competitive” rulership can bring uneasiness to the Aries person that they may be thwarted by control.  In Virgo, the uneasiness about feeling they will be attacked by criticism. Both control and criticism put out the fire.
  7. What have you learned from other signs?
    My favorite book on Zodiac signs is “Once upon a Zodiac: A Piscean Fantasy” by Sharon Naccarato (1973.) It is a humorous book which perfectly explains the energies of each zodiac sign and how they flow. I have learned all my lessons from all of the signs. Each sign brings its set of strengths and weakness from which I’m grateful to have learned. Each sign is unique, yet every sign has a connectedness with all the signs. As a result, I believe that the essence of the universe is to fill a void and to have all represented with none in an upper or lower position.
  8. What can other signs learn from the sign of Aries?
    Other signs can learn the value of taking risks and to boldly go where perhaps no sign has gone before. There is a gift of self-direction inherent in Aries along with self-assertiveness. These two characteristics of an Aries can bring quick and inventive ideas or solutions. Personal and original creativity come natural and can be modeled in an Aries individual. Other signs can take advantage of these Aries qualities for the benefit of a group, project or themselves and wherever they have Aries in their chart. Pay attention the house that Aries is on the house cusp or where zero Aries is located. This is where you where you have your “beginning point” and drives your chart.