Aries: The Cardinal Fire Sign

Aries: The Cardinal Fire Sign

A glimpse at Aries, the First Sign of the Zodiac
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(A note: Because I am generally writing on the sign itself—and, in doing so, I feel I should avoid gender-specific pronouns and the confusing singular “their”—I will be referring to the signs as “it.” I hope this will not cause confusion for readers.)

Characteristics: active, aggressive, assertive, athletic, brash, brave, careless, combative, confident, dynamic, lively, optimistic, passionate, perseverant, quick-tempered, self-centered, strong

Dates: March 21st – April 19th

Symbol: The Ram

Ruling Planet: Mars

Natural House: The First House

Body Parts: The Head and Face

Aries fits perfectly in its position as the first sign of the zodiac. Having the most active quality (cardinal) and the fastest element (fire), it has an inborn desire to lead in everything it does. The symbol of Aries is the Ram, an animal that will not hesitate to bump its immense, crushing horns against the feeble crown of your head. People with their Sun in Aries were born within the first month after the Spring Equinox, when all plant and animal life revive after the frigid, desolate months of winter. At that point, warm weather comes back with a vengeance.

Aries is ruled by the planet Mars, named for the god of war. Aggression, assertiveness, and combativeness are a few of its biggest traits. Yes, aggressiveness is sometimes considered a negative trait, but we all have to be a little aggressive once in a while. People with a strong Aries emphasis in their charts find it easy to take risks, stand up to their enemies, and fight to the death. You don’t want to mess with them (unless you have a lot of Aries or fire in your chart, yourself; if so, I’ll grab some popcorn and enjoy the show). Aries isn’t necessarily like Taurus—or other fixed signs—that won’t budge or change their mind out of pure stubbornness. It just won’t let you boss it around or tell it what to do.

Like the First House, of which this sign is the natural ruler, Aries is all about the Self. Aries is all about “what’s in it for me,” about what something or someone else has to do with it. Its opposite sign, Libra, is concerned about what it has to do with others; how Libra’s actions affect other people. That’s why Libra is so peace- and compromise-oriented; it puts others before itself. On the other hand, Aries’s main concern is what is best for itself. If the other person does or says something that Aries doesn’t agree with, it will tell them so without hesitation. If Aries doesn’t agree with its spouse about where to move, or how to handle their joint finances, Aries will tell him/her so. If Aries doesn’t agree with its professor on an issue, it will speak up about its point of view. And unless a compromise satisfies it, Aries will not agree to it. Yes, this comes off to others as a very selfish attitude; however, to avoid being a shaggy overused doormat, one should sometimes make use of the self-oriented Aries way of thinking.

Aries’s speed, assertiveness and strength give it an abundance of energy to burn. Its vitality, if used constructively, can make it a natural athlete, leader, and go-getter. It takes practically nothing to get it started in whatever venture it decides to take on. However, a key weakness of Aries is a lack of focus. It often gets passionate about a project in the beginning, only to leave that project unfinished as soon as it comes up with a newer, enticing conquest; this can be true in romance, careers, friends, or any other aspect of life. Aries craves novelty and despises boredom, and as soon as it gets used to something (or someone), it can move on to something new without taking too much time to make a decision. This is a sign that goes with its gut.

With spirit (fire) comes optimism. Because Aries doesn’t have a tendency to ruminate over tough situations, and because it is always eager to go to the next thing, it can bounce back from those situations pretty quickly and easily. It dislikes anything that will get it down emotionally and prefers to look at the positives, paying attention to the here and now instead of dwelling on the past or over-worrying about the future. Such an attitude makes Aries popular among its peers and a welcome guest at parties. People of this sign may be leaders of their group or clique, the first ones on the dance floor, the confident flirts, the ones taking on even the most risqué or intense games. They may be the people who get in fights after drinking too much. One must keep in mind, nonetheless, that not every person with their sun in Aries has all of these qualities. This is just a peek at the kinds of personality traits Aries has in its purest form.

You may be wondering about Aries’s body parts at the top of the page. Aries rules the head and, in general, the face. People with a planet(s) in Aries, or another strong Aries placement in the natal chart, may have something noticeable about their face, such as a scar or a noticeable birthmark. Those with Aries planets and/or Aries on the cusps of certain houses (more on Houses in later articles) are usually more prone to head, brain and face injuries and blemishes than are others. Migraines, eyesight issues, sinus issues, and acne are a few of the problems that can crop up for someone with an Aries-dominant chart. Aries-heavy people should be careful while doing things such as driving, playing sports or doing another similar high-action activity, and arguing. There is a tendency for Aries to overdo it (speed-/aggression-wise) in any of these activities, and it may end up regretting doing so.

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So, Kylie Jenner Had a Baby And Now I Want One Too

I felt something I don’t think I’ve ever felt before: baby fever.
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I have never watched the Kardashians. Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought that the birth of a child I did not know would be even remotely important to me. However, as I watched the birth of the child of Kylie Kristen Jenner through the video released on her Instagram, I felt something I don’t think I’ve ever felt before: baby fever.

There were many things not featured in the video such as the morning sickness, pain, and even the pain of the birth itself as the screen went black during the screen of her bearing the child. It showed all the beautiful things, all the happy things, and every joyous moment of her pregnancy. As I watched I felt the one thing I’ve never felt before in all my life: baby fever.

She cradled her enlarged baby that held a child and I put my hand on my own. I did not know exactly what I was feeling during the entirety of the video whether it was happiness, sadness, or joy, but in reality, I feel like it was a sense of jealousy. The moment of her listening to the small heartbeat and watching the sonogram as while basking in the glow of its light, sitting in darkness.

I never bought into the pregnancy. I thought it was the internet doing what the internet does, which is hype up something out of absolutely nothing. When the family portrait of Kylie covering her stomach came out and began trending on Twitter, I still felt as though the entire thing was nothing more than an elaborate hoax. Perhaps it was even Kylie messing with all of us, playing into our assumptions and humoring us. The inner detective in me even thought that maybe she would now have to get pregnant to live up to all this hype.

Nevertheless, I waited and watched quietly, only to be shocked on the fourth of February when a video was released on Instagram entitled “To Our Daughter.” Again, I opened this thinking it was nothing more than a hoax, something made out of completely nothing.

I continued to watch, shocked at my own jealousy and never thinking that 2018 would be the year of the Jenner baby or the year that I desired my own. I finally began to recognize the feeling I was experiencing throughout the entirety of the 12-minute video to be a mixture of both of jealousy and the warm, squishy adoration of feeling.

In conclusion, Kylie’s bun in the oven at 20-years-old made me long for my empty oven to be occupied as well. The photos, the ultrasounds, and the tiny shoes were all things I wanted in my own life. In conclusion, congratulations, Kylie Jenner...and season 14 of "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" will be on my DVR every single week for the rest of the year.

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Why It's So Wrong That Yet Another Black Artist Is Being Overlooked

Why not Tyler?
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Every year Forbes magazine recognizes “the brightest entrepreneurs, innovators, and game-changers under the age of 30 who are transforming business as usual and changing the world.” At the age of 26, the musician, fashion designer and icon, festival founder, and entrepreneur among many other things, Tyler, The Creator, is not one of the names you will find on this honorable list.

Despite his international fanbase that supports his clothing brand, multiple shows, music festival, partnerships with mainstream brands, and many other side projects, Tyler is still considered an underground artist who is not given credit where it is well deserved.

As I was rocked side to side under flashing lights, crashing into bodies of the thousands of people who came from near and far just to attend Tyler’s music festival, it hit me how influential of an artist he really is.

While most artists have a medium that their work is known in and they simply dabble in other forms of art on the side, Tyler’s talent faces very little restraint as he is a giant in multiple platforms. If anyone in the popular music genre is changing the game, it would have to be Tyler, The Creator, who is a prime example of how all forms of art are connected.

Although 30 under 30 is just a list, this title holds more significance in my mind than that because of the treatment of artists like Tyler, and by that, I mean black artists. While the more recent Grammy letdowns with SZA’s CNTRL and Beyoncé’s Lemonade would probably come to mind first, black artists have been underappreciated for as long as our history dates back. Although black culture has provided us with most of our musical developments that we have today, the recognition for past and current black artists is shown rather in appropriation than appreciation.

Just like how white people popularized rock n’ roll after being birthed from overlooked black artists, often in today’s society artists of varying demographics get praised for qualities that black artists are condemned for having. Maybe this list is in fact just a list, but the meaning of its recognition is something a whole lot deeper.

Tyler, The Creator was first brought into his public spotlight when he started his own record label and alternative hip-hop group in 2007 called OFWGKTA (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All). Initially meaning to be just a magazine to showcase underground self-producing artists like himself, Tyler’s project went a long way, quickly transforming into a group of some of the most influential artists of pop music that wrote, produced, recorded, designed, and filmed a majority of their content on their own.

I could easily classify my entire middle school experience as a whole with a pair of socks with donuts on them thanks to this group because shortly after its formation they were all anyone my age seemed to ever talk about. Nowadays creativity in the popular music genre is so rare that the praise for artists who classify themselves to be singer-songwriters like Katy Perry and Taylor Swift is immense even though they rely on a team of songwriters and image shaping managers to give them that title, yet somehow his creativity is still overlooked.

Not only does Tyler create his music on his own, but also the environment for it to be listened to. Since 2012, Tyler has hosted a music festival called Camp Flog Gnaw where I saw him perform for the first time. At the festival, I met people that flew into the country for the sole purpose of seeing him perform and saw many concert-goers being interviewed by big-name reporters like Vogue and Billboard to report on their experiences.

This festival features some of the biggest names in today’s music, including two artists that were recognized on Forbes most recent music category of 30 Under 30, Migos and Playboi Carti. Unlike other music festivals I have been to, Tyler’s was easy to navigate my way through as one of the applications he has designed for smartphones is dedicated to helping festival goers coordinate the times and locations for sets, food services, and merch stores.

As I followed the application’s directions to get from place to place, I found myself passing many eye-catching installations like a 40-foot minion wearing overalls covered in patches designed by Tyler himself. Although Tyler has been recorded making statements about not caring about fashion, he has has a huge part in the direction that street fashion has gone over the past decade with his ahead of the curve eye for what is “hip.”

Having made over a quarter-million on his Odd Future socks, I think it is justified when Tyler wrote in a song “Oh you wearin' Vans and Supreme this season? Stop lyin' to yourself . . . me the reason.” What started out as a pop-up shop in Los Angeles has transformed into an empire in the fashion industry with a permanent store in the most famous street in LA for fashion (Fairfax), lines of shoes with both Converse and Vans that have consistently sold out on every release date, and recognition from and collaborations with high end fashion names. To be so influential in an industry that you don’t even care about says a lot about how innovative and looked up to you are.

It is hard to classify exactly who Tyler’s fanbase is because it ranges so wide, but this just goes to show how versatile his art is. To be able to reach out to people of all ages- children with his cartoon, teens with his music and fashion, adults with his TV show, and older people with his online series- is a quality that showcases the true reach of the influence Tyler’s art has.

With all that he has done within his career, every aspect of his work has showcased the qualities of what Forbes claims to look for in its candidates for 30 Under 30. It is not hard to access the work Tyler has done thanks to his app that allows access to videos, photos, clothing, music, articles, tour dates, other events, and pretty much anything he likes, so what Forbes does not see in him I do not know.

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