Aquarius Decan 1 ~ Jan 20 to 30 (0º-10º)

Aquarius Decan 1 ~ Fixed Stars

Aquarius 0º 56′ ~ Tarazed in Aquilla the Eagle 2.8 *
Aquarius 1º 04′  ~ Sham in Sagitta the Arrow 4.4
Aquarius 1º 15′  ~ Albireo in Cygnus the Swan 3.2
Aquarius 1º 47′ ~ Altair in the heart of Aquila the eagle 0.7
Aquarius 2º 25′ ~ Alshain in the back of Altair the Eagle 3.9
Aquarius 3º 46′ ~ Giedi Prima in the horns of Capricornus the Goat 4.6
Aquarius 3º 50′  ~ Giedi Secunda in the horns of Capricornus the Goat 3.8
Aquarius 4º 03′ ~ Dabih in the head of Capricornus the Goat 3.2
Aquarius 4º 43′ ~ Oculus in Capricorn’s eye 5.2
Aquarius 5º 38′  ~ Alpha Microscopium in the Microscope 5.0
Aquarius 9º 40′  ~ Alpha Tucana in the Toucan 2.9
* Magnitude & Star positions for the year 2000.

Aquarius Decan 1 ~ General Meaning

Aquarius Decan 1 is ruled by Venus and Saturn (Aquarius triplicity). The fixed stars are a focused, bold, aspirational, metaphysical 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 that slew the eagle Aquila.

5 Of Swords This same eagle ate from the liver of Prometheus and Uranus is the modern ruler of Aquarius! However, Uranus’s astrological meaning has far more in common with the myth of Prometheus than it has to the Uranus myth. Prometheus was the hero known for stealing fire from the gods, which in turn enabled civilization to occur.

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Prometheus’ great hubris was punished however when the gods tied Prometheus to a rock. Each day Aquila, Zeus’s eagle would peck away at his liver, which grew back ad infinitum to be eaten away all over again. This myth is reflected by the fact Decan 1 Aquarians do become consumed by an idea and they have an insatiable appetite for acquiring wisdom. The rock in the myth symbolizes the connection to Aquarius’s traditional ruler Saturn.

The tarot card associated with this decan is the five of swords. Its Tarot meaning is not that pleasant, and it is seen as being self-serving or as someone who profits from the anguish of others. Karmically we have to look at this card as this decan having suffered abuse from ruthless actions or even of having to be the perpetrator of harsh behavior. Altair’s Eagle in this decan is a predator so it is not surprising there can be a sharp edge to this decan. “The Five of Swords can sometimes symbolize the overcoming of inner demons and negative mindsets.  The battle fought for personal freedom would not have come quickly or easily….This battle may have been a personal challenge for you and one that others believed you could not succeed in.” ~ Being born into this decan gives you the tools to fight deftly with intellect. Swords generally represent swift and decisive thinking.

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Altair 2º “Public honor, notoriety, favors from superiors, many friends and some envious ones who cause trouble through writings, some ill-health and losses, danger of bites from venomous animals.” [3] “To be a bold and determined individual. To be reckless or a daredevil; to have a high regard for independent and decisive action.” [7] Giedi Prima 3º “Peculiar events, unexpected losses and gains, sometimes great good fortune.” [5] Dahib 4º “Reserved, suspicious and mistrustful, loss through friends, responsible public position of trust and authority.” [6]

The sun is traditionally in its detriment in Aquarius, but it is strengthened if within orb of the brighter stars here. Even so, it’s not an easy ride to the fortunes promised above. The subject will always feel somewhat of an outsider, so it would probably be best for them to make a virtue of their eccentricities. The less shameful they are of their weirdness, the more likely they are to find success. A bold, brassy approach is favored. People will either love them or hate them, but these subjects are more likely to be shot down if they show weakness. In time, these folk learn to operate from behind a protective Saturnian armour so that the slings and arrow no longer harm them. Austin Coppock calls this decan the ‘Mark of Exile’ and the Picatrix says it is a face of “misery, poverty and a slave who deals with crumbs” Karmically this suggests that many lifetimes in poverty and toil have chiseled this stone into a diamond. Now it time for the soul to shine, but the challenge now is not to fall back into the expectation of struggle etched into the memory from previous lifetimes. Coppock says “They are always pulled to towards the frontier, to discover what stands outside the known. They need the freedom to innovate and room to explore what others have neglected” [8]

SUN AQUARIUS 1 EXAMPLES: Lord Byron, Grigori Rasputin, Lewis Carroll, Virginia Woolf, Anton Chekov, Buzz Aldrin, Wolfgang Mozart, Maria Von Trap, Michael Hutchence, Placido Domingo, Neil Diamond, Phil Collins, Sam Cooke, Steven Marriot, Eddie Van Halen, Alicia Keys, Paul Newman, Rutger Hauer, John Hurt, Natasha Kinski, Tom Selleck, Linda Blair, Geena Davis, Bridget Fonda, John Belushi, Misha Barton, Elijah Wood, Vic Reeves, Benny Hill, Germaine Greer, Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis, Ellen DeGeneres, Joan Of Arc, Anita Pallenberg, Sharon Tate, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Christian Dior, Jackson Pollock, Roger Vadim, Peter Thatchell, Jose Mourinho.

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30 thoughts on “Aquarius Decan 1 ~ Jan 20 to 30 (0º-10º)

  1. My dad was decan 2 but this is SO like him! He was a scientist, a radar engineer (horns/antennae)loved flipping and catching things like a toucan, and shooting tin cans in the back garden. He was compassionate but detached, as you say, and often said he’d have been a good surgeon but a lousy doctor. Sun/Venus at 14 degrees 🙂

    1. Oh and he was a fighter pilot, had microscopes and telescopes, loved astronomy and sparked my interest in astrology by teaching me the signs of the zodiac when I was tiny.

    2. Thanks Rachel, I’ll be doing decan 2 in the next few days so we can compare.
      I’m curious to see how these develop myself because I want to see if there’s a difference between early Decans and late ones in the same signs. This is my own decan, I knew about Altair, but not the microscope and the Toucan which is on my Venus. It just happened that I decided to do this in my birthday week and I am going to post them as part of the weekly horoscopes from now on.

    3. Happy birthday, I adore Aquarians, such good conversations! Just realised this nearly full moon is right on my NN in 4th this morning, hence the dad stuff I guess…
      Venus on the Toucan eh?

    4. this is also my 12 year old son’s decan….and it does fit him, except he does not prefer to rouse others in conversations as much….he’s got this diplomacy to him…but, he does like to ruffle feathers now and then, get a rise, especially, it seems, if he has an intuitive sense that it would really rock said person’s foundation somehow-ie, someone espousing something conventional and/or ignorant.

      Anyway, aquarians rock-and as parent to one, i have to say it’s quite the ride….i don’t think i’ve caught my breath yet! I’m scorpio several times over, and that’s working out great as a parent/child team….

      The trick for him, is continually realizing that he cannot form his beliefs or foundation upon anything that ANY of the other kids are doing. I mean, seriously….so, he’s attempting to solidify some ideas and strategies, and he just cannot do it based on the current variables or criteria ‘out there’.

      He’s getting quite competent at it though-thanks to several different schools and a whole lot of home schooling. lol.

    5. Happy Birthday, fellow Aquarian! Thanks for doing this. So the kooky Toucan is on our Venus (I also have Venus at 9 you may remember). Too funny. Enjoy your Solar Return!

  2. I was eager to learn more about the microscope as it is in aspect to my Jupiter, never mind

  3. several different schools=none of them are truly visionary in any sense of the word…..BUT, very good learning for him, so early on. He’s got ‘institution’ down to a tee.

  4. I am not an aquarian but I do have IC a 5 aqua 30 and jup at 5 aqua 57, and my jupiter is the point of a yod with pluto sextile merc this explains sooooooo much, sheesh I drive myself nuts trying to get to the bottom of something so as a philosopher i am able to magnify and simplify it to the nth degree, nutty professor is bang on, I just about drove myself insane with it and eccentric you betcha! Thanks for confirming I am in fact a nut case I can rest easy knowing i was born that way hahahahaha!

  5. Belated Happy birthday Marina. I seem to recall that we share the same birth date.

    Your article is Slap bang, spot on – that’s me in every sense of 1st decan (24th Jan ’52). I love being an Aquarian, I just wish I could be more grounded. The only thing I didn’t find in the article was the speed with which one thinks moves and speaks, or has that to do with Uranus Mercury aspects?

    1. Good point! It takes one to know one doesn’t it? I have added the quick thinking. I sped over that myself. I also though it worth looking at some celebs too. Pleased to see a good few of my heros here. William Shatner, Mozart, Germaine Greer, Joan Of Arc and Carl Jung:).

  6. My natal Jupiter 2AQU30′ (Altair, Gieda Prima) and my progressed Saturn 0AQU55′ (Sham). Currently prog’d Saturn forms a Yod with my prog’d Moon at the Aries point and my natal/prog’d Uranus. Uranus is the progressed final dispositor of all my progressed planets, and it is conjunct Regulus. Ironically LEO-AQU is currently intercepted in my 2nd/8th houses, but my prog’d Sun is 20CAP (the “Power” decanate ruled by the Sun itself in Aleister Crowley’s ‘Thoth’in my prog’d Ist house.

    My prog’d Mercury conjuncts Alpha Microscopium which sextiles my natal Mars.

  7. sun placed here often makes for real beauty, high spirits and a loyal, generous mates, ready for a perfect life but our unsuspecting native is taken advantage of! by everyone it seems and you can’t tell them! they dig their heels in and rebel against you, society and all reason.

  8. “Decan 1 Aquarians can get consumed by an idea and they have an insatiable appetite for acquiring wisdom.”

    My Aquarius Moon (conjunct Kaali) is here. It squares my Jupiter-Mercury-Neptune in Scorpio (on the cusp of the 2nd/3rd) so I think those squares make me a little less distant and a little more compassionate. Wisdom is precious to me. In a few months, my progressed IC will move from Capricorn and into Aquarius, where it will join my recently progressed Moon in Aquarius. I’ve wondered what types of changes to expect, what with all this Aquarian energy. More myself maybe???

    I’ve always been out of step with the way others think – when I was a kid I remember being concerned with overpopulation, social injustice and political hypocrisy, and of thinking how short-sighted and impractical our dependence on automobiles was (and is), especially combined with the fact that so many of us are forced to live so far away from necessary conveniences. I used to imagine little self-contained communities of the future, where no one had to drive but instead could walk most places or ride safe, affordable public transportation.

    As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become a strong supporter of other utopian ideals, such as universal health care – HR676 here in the US, not to be confused with the Affordable Care Act set to go into effect. Our world is reaching a point where more of us -myself included- are becoming more profoundly aware of how difficult it’s always been for many of us. The lines that used to separate us have blurred, which is a good thing.

    Joan of Arc is one of my heroes too, Marina.:)

  9. reminds me of some people I know with sun and rising here. verbal fencing but in a funny way, never resort to sarcasm or rudeness, joker of the forest that’s who they are 🙂

  10. Alpha Microscopium in the Microscope
    The best description of me really ha ha

  11. I still wonder in awe why in the world would I have to be born with my Sun and Moon on this Decanate… it feels like a burden sometimes. It is crazy. LOL

  12. Mad professor? Oh yes! I have an Aquarius decan 2 ascendant, and it influences everything in my world. Nice to see that my hero Carl Jung had the same! Thanks so much for the awesome information, Marina!

  13. I have Saturn on Prima Giedi and my Moon is at 7 07′ Aquarius. The last part to describe Saturn on Prima Giedi is pretty accurate:
    “Genius but kept down by circumstances, peculiar and occult early environment, birth amidst strange conditions while mother is travelling, many narrow escapes, associated with the stage, rarely marries. [Robson*, p.168.]”

  14. Marina, you are the dearest and most special of all the Aquarius Decan 1’s that I know.

    Thank you for creating the ‘Good Ship Darkstar’, and for your great wisdom and sometimes delightfully bawdy sense of humor. You have enriched my life, and many more in cyberspace, I believe. Good luck, and of course,

    (And many more. Subtle Dr. Who reference implied there.)

  15. Wow, it is your birthday Marina, Make a wish!! I have a 4 degree Aqu Asc, Jupiter at 2 degree, Saturn 24 Cap with a 2 Leo sun. Worked in super high tech for decades. A mad scientist..yrs and I worked with them as well. Staying in my body in hard, viewing is easy if well rested. The transits to this area is hard. Not real cheery over the 2020 transits of Pluto/Saturn/Jupiter/Mars to this area. There is a term for it but I can’t find anyone writing about it as of yet. Would love to know your feelings about this Marina, love your site and your work!

    The Stars were surely twinkling with some extra special magic the day you were born!
    Thank YOU for sharing this profound wisdom of the ages with us all!
    Much Love & Blessings!

  17. Hi Marina,

    My natal sun is Aquarius 19 degrees 45 minutes (Feb.9, 1955). Yet, this Decan 1 description fits like a glove.. Having always “known” I’m an outsider, it wasn’t until I removed myself from the professional world of medicine, that I became fully conscious of, and embraced my eccentricities. (My ex kept accusing me of being bipolar in custody battles so I went and saw a shrink who, in her report, described me as NOT mentally ill, but “eccentric”. How about that!)
    And although I am by inclination someone who leans toward being kind and gentle, the “bold and brassy” approach is what gets results. Kindness brings on the sharks.
    Any thoughts as to why Decan 1 fits so well?

  18. Interesting about Altair. My boyfriend has his sun at 0 Cap conjunct Altair and he has always had problems with spiders and spider bites just as Altair suggests (danger of venomous animal bites). I guess they’re subconsciously attracted to his flesh lol.

  19. again —- great article … I really like the manner in which you open and then pour out the stories to us…. wonderful Marina ! and of course …… have a great year … Let the Games Begin !

  20. The entire paragraph for Aqua Ascendant is probably the greatest explanation I’ve heard of our nature, astrologically speaking. ESPECIALLY, concerning relationships. I think I’m always going to feel like a domineering, bachelorette. Even if we do get married, that innate feeling of freedom and being independent never leaves us. This is so great!

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