10 Brutal Truths About An Aries Man, For Better Or Worse

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Those born between March 20 and April 20 belong to the Sun sign of Aries. Aries is the first zodiac sign in astrology and is known as the Ram.

This Fire sign, ruled by Mars, the planet of desire and aggression, is also a Cardinal sign, placing great importance on structure and challenge. Aries men, in particular, are natural leaders and “agitators,” setting plans in motion.

Aries Man: Overview

The Aries man is not only a competitive and ambitious leader, he’s also gifted with a child-like interest in learning and trying new things. He’s energetic and bold, and more than excited to lead the way on an adventure.

This go-getter is optimistic, but cares deeply for those close to him; in fact, he becomes selfless, putting others before himself. That’s doubly true for his relationships, where he may not be entirely romantic, but brings excitement and passion to the partnership.

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This adventurous element is countered with his tendency to be emotionally unavailable and self-righteous. Still, in everything he does in life, it’s the thrill of the chase that keeps the Aries man going.

Aries Man: Love and Relationships

Those dating an Aries man should know that this zodiac sign is energetic and driven. He’s not one to hide his true feelings; rather, he will pursue his romantic interest with persistence, never wavering in his efforts.

On the other hand, Aries men can also become caught up in their emotions, unable to express their desire for someone.

The Aries man can be selfish when he eventually falls in love, wanting the complete devotion from his partner. Indeed, an Aries man in love is a man who surprises his partner with small gestures of affection, but becomes irritable when things don’t go his way. They don’t call Aries a head-butting Ram for nothing!

Once in a relationship, don’t be surprised if Aries prefers to do things on his own; this independent zodiac sign is too full of energy to feel held back by others, even his romantic partner. An ideal mate is someone who can follow him in his endeavors, and support his ideas.

When it comes to Aries compatibility, fellow Fire signs Leo and Sagittarius are a perfect match for this fiery man. A relationship with either sign is one based on excitement, passion and unending adventures, all of which drive Aries forward.

But Aries is also compatible with Air signs Gemini and Libra, both signs that bring out the passion center to his heart, as well as his curiosity.

Aries Man: Sexuality

In bed, Aries uses that fire with his sexual partner. The Aries man is confident, and prefers an experience that is passionate and robust. He doesn’t involve emotion in sex, instead needing stimulation on a physical level.

He’s demanding of his partner, wanting to remain in control throughout, and wants sex to be an adventure all its own. His libido is sky-high, and he’s determined to give his sexual partner the experience of a lifetime.

Despite his bravado, Aries can become bored easily, so his lover needs to make sure they can deliver, trying new things and matching his enthusiasm. He can also become insecure if his sexual partner isn’t as amazed as he is with his performance.

Aries Man: Personality Traits

Aries men are complicated, spontaneous, extroverted, passionate, and beautiful creatures. Other Aries personality traits include being competitive, aggressive, impatient, brutally honest, and prone to impulsivity. Despite these shortcomings, he’s simply unforgettable.

The Aries male is tough, and shows time and time again that he’s a true leader. He’s bold in the face of adversity, and isn’t afraid to march forth into the unknown. His competitive nature means he’s ready for any and all challenges that may come his way, striving for success.

His ambition and hard-working attitude propel him forward, allowing him to accomplish anything he sets his mind to. The Aries man’s determination is inspiring to others as well, and his enthusiasm uplifts, especially in a professional setting.

When he wants to have fun and take risks, Aries is most likely to partake in outdoor activities like hiking, sports like martial arts, and loves taking trips to new places.

However, because he pushes forward with such vigor, he’s prone to burnout. Aries can also be incredibly stubborn if he doesn’t get his way, and doesn’t like being told what to do or that he’s wrong.

This makes him appear selfish, especially when he doesn’t receive the praise he so desperately lives off of. That can also fuel Aries’ short temper, a quality of his ruling planet, Mars.

Aries Man: Career

Aries is a go-getter, seeking to accomplish his goals without hesitation. The sky’s the limit for this sign of the Zodiac, proving his leadership skills in anything he does.

Because he dreams big, the Aries man is perfect for a career as a businessman, professional athlete, doctor, lawyer, or even the owner of his own company.

But though they are hard workers, Aries can start to lose interest in the projects they strove to create in the first place. Their energy wears off and they become frustrated with things not coming to fruition fast enough.

He must remember that, as a leader, he can delegate duties to others without taking the brunt of responsibility himself.

Aries Man: Family

Because Aries men hold themselves to such high standards, they expect the same from their children. Early on in life, he challenges his kids to rise to the occasion, taking on anything life throws their way. He wants his family to be as independent, driven and strong as he is.

Unfortunately, these qualities can also manifest as a dad who is bossy and controlling, becoming somewhat intimidating in his approach to parenting. That’s why it’s important that he has a co-parent who can balance out his parenting style.

Aries Man: Friendships

Much like Aries women, Aries men make loyal and fun friends, especially if he considers you to be part of his close circle. He’s always up for an adventure, involving his friends in the excitement.

Because he has a truly magnetic personality, he’s easily able to make new friends; however, he becomes bored easily, meaning he may have short friendships with many individuals, and long-term friendships with his closest allies.

As a friend, he’s generous and will always tell it like it is. If you want the honest truth, having an Aries as your friend is a huge benefit; however, those more sensitive may find his bluntness off-putting and there could be hurt feelings.

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10 Fun Facts About Aries Men

1. He’s never boring in a relationship.

Aries men are always doing something and don’t know how to stay still. So, being in a romantic relationship with them is fun!

But remember that just because he's always down for whatever, it doesn't mean you'll be the same way. Having that open line of communication is key to keeping things fresh and comfortable.

2. He needs to know when he's doing a good job.

Aries men tend to be a bit more on the egotistical side, so when they do something right, they like to hear about it. This can come to a fault when they want to be recognized, especially when you're the kind of person who is the total opposite of that.

But a good way to balance the two is to make sure you say "thank you" when he goes out of his way, and show him you love him in other ways. Aries men are full of passion, so consider this a great thing. Just pay a bit more attention to him.

3. Aries men get antsy fairly quickly.

If they are sitting around the house binge-watching Netflix with you, they will get irritated, fast. After you watch a few hours of TV, get your sneakers on and head outside to give him relief. Go for a hike, smell the air and get some dirt under your fingernails. Live a little, away from the glowing rectangles.

4. Always be prepared for a spontaneous adventure.

Aries men love to be outside, experiencing life to the fullest. That means you should be down for that adventure, too. He’s spontaneous and has a passion for hanging out with the people he loves most, so make sure you're inviting other people along for the ride.

5. He’s loyal to the right partner.

When he loves you, he's in it for the long haul. He thinks about the long-term, so his romantic partner must be ready for that dedication. Casual dating is fun, but when they are ready, they want to spend the rest of their life with someone special.

6. Aries men keep a tight-knit circle of friends.

This makes it hard to get into his inner circle. And because Aries men are passionate about keeping the people they love closely involved in their lives, they also tend to be protective.

7. He’s a hard worker.

Aries men are workaholics. And because they work so hard to be the best, they need that recognition. This means he will stay at work looking for those things, so expect longer hours and lots of stress about doing well.

8. He's a huge risk-taker.

Aries men don't have time to fool around with things they aren't passionate about, and are determined to lead a life well-lived. He loves adventures, visiting new countries, even skydiving! He’s impulsive and up for anything, and he wants those he cares about to come along for the ride.

9. But Aries needs space to breathe and be himself.

All this passion can be exhausting for anyone, so Aries men need some space to think, decompress, and gather themselves again. It's hard being so enthusiastic all the time, so anyone who hangs around Aries will appreciate the recharge.

10. Aries is incredibly impatient.

Patience is not his forte, especially if he isn’t getting time to decompress. They want what they want, when they want it. It’s as simple as that.

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Famous Aries Men

Since they are so ambitious, confident and independent, it comes as no surprise that these famous Aries men are so successful.

Paul Rudd: April 6, 1969

Ewan McGregor: March 31, 1971

Eddie Murphy: April 3, 1961

Steven Tyler: March 26, 1948

Matthew Broderick: March 21, 1962

Robert Downey, Jr.: April 4, 1965

Dennis Quaid: April 9, 1954

Elton John: March 25, 1947

David Oyelowo: April 1, 1976

Zach Braff: April 6, 1975

What is an Aries man’s weakness?

Though this sign is driven and confident in his abilities, he has a few weaknesses that come as a result of such a strong personality. Those with this sign tend to be moody, quick to anger, impatient, spontaneous, and even aggressive.

How do you keep an Aries man interested?

Aries is a complex creature, so the best way to keep him interested is to match his level of energy. Be intrigued by his ideas and thirst for adventure, show your appreciation by supporting him in his endeavors, stimulate him with good conversation, and always be honest and true to yourself.

Is an Aries man faithful?

Aries is loyal to those he deeply cares about, but if he has doubts about the romantic relationship, it makes it likely that he could cheat. As long as he’s devoted to his partner, it’s not easy for him to stray; however, this zodiac sign is better suited for polyamory because they always want something new and fun.

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