ARIES♈ is considered the first sign of the Zodiac. This goes back to the 7th century when the beginning of the year was in March. In Greek mythology, the god of war was named Ares.
The origin of the ram symbol actually goes further back than the Greeks…to the Egyptians. To the Egyptians, the sign of ARIES♈ was associated with the god Amon-Ra who had a ram for a head. ARIES♈ also has an association to the golden ram in Greek mythology. The brightest star in the constellation, ARIES♈ is Hamal, which means the “rams head” in Arabic. The word “Aries” is also Latin for “ram”. I think why many shun Astrology or think its based on superstition is because the symbols used are indeed based from mythology….. but the actually workings of Astrology is based on observation and correlation. There is a big difference.