“When I had set sail thence the wind took me first to Ismarus, which is the city of the Cicons. There I sacked the town and put the people to the sword. We took their wives and also much booty, which we divided equitably amongst us, so that none might have reason to complain. “
Primus inter pares. Aries is the first among equals. The Prince, leader of the flock. Bearing the glorious horns of the Ram, Aries is here to awaken us to our potential. He will sound the horn and awake the asleep. The first rays of Spring awaken the sleeping seed.
Aries is the newborn child who is here to cry out her individuality and uniquness to the world. First sprouts of the young life, full of life force. The purpose of Aries is to manifest itself, therefore its character can sometimes be too self centered and unhearing of others’ needs and desires. Aries is holding the sword of action, taking initiative, starting projects and calling others into action. The Ram blesses brand new beginnings.
Aries is the sign of the First House. We begin our journey of life at the First House, at the Ascendant, where we are born. The Journey of Odysseus begins at Illion, where the previous cycle ended with the sack of Troy. As soon as he sets sail, the wind takes him to Ismarus in Thrace. He is now at the beginning, at the First House, his first test.
Who are you ?
The First House is our persona. In this place we act out who we think we are, we go for what we think we want. Here is our name, our image, our day to day relationship with the world. Who we are, how we define ourselves, determines our relationship with the world. The masks we wear, our costume, attire and what we hold in our hand determines how we act and how the world reacts to us.
In Thrace, Odysseus is still Odysseus the conquerer, the great warrior, triumphant at Troy. He is not troubled yet. His crew is full. In here, Odysseus acts our his persona of a warrior. He aimessly slashes and burns, murders folk. High pitched misogyny is expressed as his shiny persona. Because this is who he is before the initiation of twelve steps. Hi relationship with the world is based on war, death and loot. This is what his past dictates on him and he has no other choice but to play out this persona.
It is easy to fall to hubris when we are so focused on our own magnificance. Loneliness of the First House leads us to apathy.
In an natal chart, the sign placement of the First House shows us the native’s relationship with the world. Planets in the First House are those we carry on ourselves. Someone with Mars in the First House may be walking around with a sword and percieving the world as a battleground. Another person with the Goddess of Love in the First House will carry sweetness and joy wherever she walks. The themes and powers of the First House planets come to us autumatically, we are born with them. It is up to us how we use these qualities. Mercury joys in the First House where we express ourselves without hindrance of limitations.