Gifts: Determination. Drive. Virility. Nimbly navigating insurmountable obstacles. Perseverance. Sure-footedness. Archetypal masculine energy.
Challenges: Stubbornness. Martyrdom (sacrificial lamb). Fear-based audacity.
Ram is similar to Goat with its gifts of determination, sure-footedness, and overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles. While Goat is more independent and lives in a loose group, Ram is male sheep and lives in a tight group, relying on the mutual support of a strong community.
Ram is an excellent ally to work with for facing and releasing fear. Ram easily navigates what others perceive as insurmountable obstacles. For Ram, the fear of failure doesn’t compute. It just doesn’t understand such a fear. Ram wouldn’t dream of not trying, of staying at the bottom of the mountain, or of giving up anywhere along the way.
When I think of Ram, I hear in my head a cheer that I saw at pep rallies in high school. As the cheerleaders moved across the stage to form a human pyramid, they chanted: “We’re goin’ to the top, to the top, to the top. We’re goin’ to the top, straight to the top!” This is Ram’s mentality and mantra. This is Ram’s reason for being.
If you don’t accept the full power of Ram, you run the risk of falling into martyrdom, sacrificing yourself and your desires out of an underlying belief that you aren’t as worthy as others. “Big dreams are for other people.” Yes, big dreams are for other people, and they are for you. If you want them. With Ram as your spirit animal, there is nothing stopping you from reaching the top—except your own choices, beliefs, and determination.
Even though Ram is a male sheep, it is no sacrificial lamb. Ram’s natural inclination is to push onward and upward. It doesn’t give up just because someone else says it can’t be done.
Flexibility can be a challenge for Ram. You may be stubborn about following your own path, not readily accepting input from others. You have adaptability to navigate obstacles, and yet may lack patience for people who don’t posses your drive or determination.
Watch out that this ambitious drive isn’t actually the fear of missing out masquerading as determination. Ram is naturally ambitious. But the fear of missing out can manifest as audacity and determination—moving forward to avoid missing out, to have it/do it/be it right now. Ram’s true power of drive and determination is not based on fear. It is based on sure-footedness, a profound sense of Self, and a sincere desire to overcome obstacles.
With Ram, you don’t avoid obstacles. You move right over them. You may even seek them out, like skiers going down a slalom course. Ram’s goal is to reach the top, but it enjoys the challenge of getting there. You don’t take the express elevator to the top. You relish the challenge of making it to the top against the odds.