Aries represents the beginning of creation. It begins the cycle around the great wheel of life. Aries is called the Light of Life Itself. It is the “searchlight” seeking that which can be used for divine expression.
Through Aries, initiating conditions will stream into our solar system. Aries provides our solar system with electric fire and the dynamic nature of God, whose qualities grant a fostering and nourishing heat, as well as a fire that burns and destroys.
Aries initiates the cycle of manifestation. All souls, as individual entities emerge as mental entities in the sign Aries. It is the place where the initial idea to institute activity takes form. It is the birthplace of ideas, and a true idea is in reality a spiritual impulse taking form~ subjective and objective. There originates the response of the soul to the highest aspect because there appears the “will to incarnate.”
Aries, therefore, starts the process of the “most ancient initiation” which all humanity has already undergone and will undergo. The first great cosmic initiation is initiation into incarnation~ the initiation of individualization. Aries is the creator of those activities, conditions and processes which lead to the manifestation of soul through the medium of form, and later of those higher creative undertakings which lead in due time to the manifestation of spirit through the soul. The soul words of Aries are, “I come forth and from the plane of mind, I rule.”
The Act of Identification involves what has been called a “moment of opening-up,” during which the initiate sees that which lies within the cosmic intent. Man’s work is only now beginning to assume importance. He learns to overcome desire through experiment with and experience of every kind of desire and selfish impulse. Thus gradually, and with infinite pain, the human soul learns to function first as a member of the human family, and, secondly as a spiritual entity, the divine soul.
This sign is also dual. In Aries we have the duality which is attached to the bringing together of spirit and matter in the great creative activity of manifestation at the beginning of the evolutionary cycle. Thus the human being and God are brought to their destined expression and manifestation.
Aries, Scorpio and Pisces are the three death signs. These signs bring about “three needed and determined deaths” in the human cycle. Energies pouring through them initiate a crystallizing process and the eventful destruction of form. Aries, which at different points along the Path of Life forces the soul on to the burning ground and subjects it to a purifying process during incarnation. Through the lesser fire of mind, the” jungles of experience are set on fire and then the Path stands clear and unobstructed vision is achieved.” Death by fire or burning in Aries releases the disciple into the world soul. The three deaths release the soul into the centers of Humanity.
Through the process of initiation in Aries an ability to implement ideas into action develops. An idea’s stimulation before it externalizes into form. The ensuring of an idea’s ‘birth’ into consciousness; the direction of mind is revealed. The ‘knowing’ of how a new idea needs to be expressed is enabled and man is able to connect with, motivate, and lead others based upon a ‘right’ understanding of what underlies Human activity. The undertaking of ‘right’ action now occurs, allowing ideas to connect to Human consciousness. Man works with intuitively based response as ideas are penetrated into form. The words of Aries are, “Let form again be sought.”
The planets play a vital role in this conditioning of our Soul and three planets have an important relationship with Aries. Mars is the guardian of Aries on the exoteric or personality level, while Mercury guards the planet on the esoteric or soul level and Uranus is the guardian on the hierarchical or conscious level.
Through the fiery processes of war and strife, brought to the individual through the influence of the planetary ruler, Mars, the God of War, a needed purification takes place. Mars in Aries gives, above all, the ready willingness to fight~ be it for one’s desires, one’s personal will, or one’s ideals.
Mars is the primary energy providing the motivating, driving force. It is related to the ‘vital body’ and brings life-force energy into physical existence. The planet rules not only the physical body but the entire form vehicle, which we call the personality. Mars in Aries greatly stimulates the idealism of the personality and its tendencies towards fiery devotion. Mars in Aries can stimulate the personality into becoming an energetic ally of the soul~ a ready fighter for the promotion of soul-inspired ideals.
The effect of Mars is, therefore, largely mass effect and group results, producing great struggles but leading to great revelation. In Aries, it is the final revelation of the nature of knowledge and the purpose of incarnation.
Mercury represents the illuminating principle which releases the mind, directs the way of man through life and enables him to be aware of the divine Plan which underlies all his fiery experience. The influence of Mercury, as it relates Aries to our Earth, establishes in time and space a unique situation, for it incites to trial efforts or initiates a series of beginnings in order to relate opposing forces and produce certain planned and definite effects upon our planet, thus influencing the kingdoms in nature or an individual soul-in-form. Being the Messenger of the Gods, Mercury illumines the mind and mediates between the soul and the personality.
Uranus relates spirit and matter and brings together electric fire and fire by friction, thus producing manifestation. It leads the soul to the burning ground during the final stages of the Path, when the fire of Aries produce the flaming heat of the final burning ground.