Hans Christian Andersen, the beloved Danish author of fairy tales, was born on April 2nd, 1805, making him an Aries. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and is symbolized by the ram. This is fitting considering the assertiveness, drive, and enthusiasm that has characterized Aries people throughout the ages.
From a young age, it was clear that Hans Christian Andersen was a determined and headstrong character. Born in Odense, Denmark, the second of five children and an illegitimate son at that, he used the story of his birth as the ultimate propelling force behind his life’s work. He was a bright, ambitious child but poverty and ill health often kept him from having a proper education and, like many Aries people, he was unafraid when it came to pushing boundaries. He often confronted authority in hopes of providing better opportunities for himself and, eventually, his family.
He strived to become something, and, despite his lack of formal education, he made a name for himself as a playwright and poet. It was his extraordinary ability to perceive the world, see what was hidden to others, and present it to the world that truly set him apart. He often used mythical, supernatural, and fantastical elements in his work to convey higher social truths. This is the Arian spirit personified: a brave and fiery zodiac sign, with an innate sense of conviction and destiny.
His determination and ambition were reflected in his writing, which often discussed rebellion, non-conformity, and women’s rights – three topics of unheard of discussion in Andersen’s era. His unique experiences growing up surrounded him gave him a unique insight into the world, which he then used to create some of the most beloved children’s stories in history.
The combination of his Arian heart with his innate ability to recognize something greater in the world around him contributed to his literary success. And, ultimately, it is the combination of the Arian spirit and the artist’s eye that enabled Andersen to create some of the most beloved fairy tales of all time, which feature such classic characters as The Little Mermaid, the Believe-It-Or-Notians, and of course, The Ugly Duckling.
Perhaps the most famous of Andersen’s works, The Ugly Duckling, can be seen as a reflection of the author himself. After enduring ridicule and exclusion, and after a long journey of trials and tribulations, with a healthy dose of positive thinking and the belief in his destiny, The Ugly Duckling is eventually welcomed graciously into the flock. This is true of Hans Christian Andersen as well; although he experienced free adversity throughout his life, his will to succeed and his belief in his dreams ultimately led him to success.
Hans Christian Andersen, born on April 2nd with the zodiac sign Aries, is a testament to how far one can go with drive, ambition, and an artistic eye. His quintessential Arian strengths – determination, passion, and spirit – combined with his artist’s eye for truth, gave the world some of its most beloved fairy tales. Despite the many trials he faced throughout his life, he was able to continue fighting for what he believed in and ultimately left his mark on the world.