What is the relationship between Saint Seiya’s Gold Saint Mu and the zodiacal sign of Aries? Let’s first look at the building blocks of Aries to create some background. This is a cardinal (initiatory), masculine (yang, or outward), fire (energizing) sign ruled by the planet Mars and is synonymous with the beginning of spring. Mars is considered the lesser malefic, which means that this is an influence which brings more challenge and can be either constructive, or destructive, depending on the expression. Mars denotes separation. Think cutting and burning, which can represent fighting and violence, but also bravery and courage. Aries is also the exaltation of the Sun, so Solar themes are also important: vitality, visibility and action.
How then is Mu characteristic of his zodiacal placement since he is the bearer of the gold cloth of Aries? Many often equate Aries as impulsive and brash, the fighting warrior of the zodiac and in some cases that is true, but no sign, or individual for that matter should be labeled by stereotypes. Mu, is a calming presence, a healer in fact who can repair armor (clothes) by returning them to their rightful state of equilibrium. He is basically a blacksmith, as much as a warrior, and those skills in metallurgy fall under the dominion of Martian influence as well. To forge swords, or armor, one has to use the powers of great heat and violent action to shape metals. This is a constructive application of Aries and Mars and is what gave the Bronze Saints a fighting chance at the very beginning of the Twelve Zodiac Temple Arc.
Much like the spring and the sign of Aries, Mu’s skills are about the visible return of life. This is a time to refresh, start over and get to work. This is a new beginning where we see the promise that began back in the winter starting to appear. Trees begin to bud and grass starts shooting out of the ground literally as we witness the promise of eternal youth by having yet another chance to start again. And speaking of youth, Mu looks very fresh faced compared to the other Gold Saints. He embodies that notion of eternal youth, but also possesses a maturity that is based in experience, which he passes to the Bronze Saints. Much like the mythologist Joseph Campbell, who had the Sun, Mercury, Mars and Jupiter in Aries who even when in advanced age still had that youthful spark, Mu is a wise intellectual who forges passion with vitality into his work which is then given back to those who were in desperate need of assistance. Truly an honorable martyr (another word derived from Mars).