Aquarius Decan 1 is ruled by Venus. The fixed stars are a focused, bold, aspirational and quirky bunch that reside in the Arrow, the Eagle, the Goat, the Microscope and the Toucan. The sun aligns with these stars approximately from January 20 – 29. The first star in this decan is Sagitta the arrow, said to be the weapon which slew the eagle Aquilla that ate from the liver of Prometheus. Uranus is the modern ruler of Aquarius, and its attributes as a planet have more in common with the myth of Prometheus than it does with that of the God Uranus.
Prometheus was the hero known for stealing fire from the gods, which in turn enabled civilisation to occur. His great hubris was punished however and the gods tied him to a rock. Each day Aquilla, Zeus’s eagle would peck away at his liver, which would grow back infinitum to be eaten away all over again. Decan 1 Aquarians can get consumed by an idea and they have an insatiable appetite for acquiring wisdom. The rock symbolises the connection to Aquarius’s traditional ruler Saturn. Decan 1 Aquarius seems to represent the quest for scientific knowledge and advancement, but also can over reach itself.
Since Aquilla the Eagle is the largest star in this decan and Sagitta slew it, it’s almost as if Aquarians can shoot themselves in the foot on occasion. Aquarius can be the lone genius whose best intentions to improve the conditions of humanity can sometimes result in ruin. Frankenstein is a good example. Aquarians can be great humanitarians, but are often accused of lacking compassion. This is because of their tendency to keep such a distance from those they are trying to “upgrade”. Tying Decan 1 Aquarians to Prometheus’s rock is probably the only way to keep this space cadet on planet earth and keep them in touch with reality. Decan 1 Aquarians will often find their “rocks” in relationships, but they will often blame their partners for tying them down and cramping their style.
1º04’ Aquarius ~ Sham in Sagitta the arrow..*
1º47’ Aquarius ~ Altair in the heart of Aquilla the eagle.
3º46 Aquarius ~ Gieda Prima in Capricorn’s horns.
4º43’ Aquarius ~ Oculus in Capricorn’s eye.
5º38’ Aquarius ~ Alpha Microscopium in the Microscope.
9º40’ Aquarius ~ Alpha Tucana in the Toucan.
* Star positions for the year 2000.
Sagitta as the arrow, is a weapon that is fired from a distance and the eagle too observes from a great height, swooping down onto its prey only at the very last minute. They are quick to swoop down onto a novel idea too, their fast processing mind can rustle up an article or prototype at a moments notice. These boffins respond well to tight deadlines and working under pressure. Decan 1 Aquarians can too often shut them selves up in their ivory towers creating great utopias but fail to conduct research at ground level. This can get them in to trouble in relationships because they can fall in love far too quickly, jumping in at the deep end while ignoring practical considerations. They then suffer terribly when their big dreams are shattered. On the positive side, Altair is brave, bold and daring precisely because the high perspective does not allow it to get bogged down or distracted by irrelevant, domestic drudgery.
Decan 1 Aquarians are visionaries, they are forever chasing new horizons, and as they hover above the clouds their mind is always open and free to wonder and catch an innovative idea from the ether. Gieda Prima in Capricorn’s horns work in this decan like antennae picking up insights brewing in the collective consciousness.
This is a futuristic decan at the cutting edge of change. Oculus the eye of the goat here too has foresight and like the Eagle, this goat from it’s mountaintop can also see far into the distance. The goats influence on tropical Aquarius here is pure ambition and great focus, however it can be so intent on pursing it’s goals it can suffer from tunnel vision. Decan 1 Aquarians can find it quite difficult to live in the here and now. The inclusion of Alpha Microscopium in the microscope here is interesting because again this is about focusing on one issue very intently. This time the “distance” is created by the machine that places a barrier between the observer and it’s subject. This is the famous Aquarian detachment, hiding behind a lens. It also fits well with the rather nutty professor feel about this area of the sky.
At the end of the decan we have Alpha Tucana in the comical looking Toucan who gives Decan 1 it’s kooky and sometimes garish appearance. Toucans toss objects such as berries in the air and jest around with each other playing “catch”. It’s a behaviour that earned them the title of the joker of the forest. Toucans can actually pitch and are said to never miss their target, which takes us back to the focused aim of Sagitta the arrow again. Toucans use their long sharp beaks to duel with each other much like a fencer. The word bicker comes from beak. Decan 1 Aquarians enjoy a good verbal fencing match, their political rants can be entertaining but they sometimes go too far with the vitriol. Toucans are known to be one of the noisiest birds in the forest…
Sun: Wolfgang Mozart, Anita Pallenberg, Benny Hill, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Christian Dior, Germaine Greer, Joan Of Arc, John Belushi, Lewis Carroll, Lord Byron, Maria Von Trap, Michael Hutchence, Phil Collins, Peter Thatchell, Neil Diamond, Oprah Winfrey, Paul Newman, Rutger Hauer, John Hurt, Sam Cooke, Steven Marriot, Vic Reeves.
Moon: Larry Hagman, John Lennon, John Dee, Kate Bush, Joan Crawford, Jeff Buckley, Henry Ford, Gene Wilder, Denzel Washington, Enrico Caruso, Vivien Leigh, Russell Crowe, Charles Manson, Cary Grant, Bruce Willis, Adam Ant, Anita Pallinberg, Robin & Maurice Gibb, Melanie Brown, MC Hammer, Prince Edward of Wessex.
Ascendant: William Shatner, Willem Defoe, Tammy Wynette, Sarah Aldrete, Roy Roger, Roseanne Barr, Nina Simone, Michael York, Kirk Douglas, Henry Winkler, Fay Weldon, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Evel Knievel, David Bowie, Carl Jung, Billie Ray Cyrus, Billie Holiday, Alicia Silverstone, Benny Hill.
HOROSCOPES: Aquarius Horoscope 2014
TRAITS: Decan 1 - Decan 2 - Decan 3