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 21 – 30. The first star in this decan is Sagitta the arrow, said to be the weapon that slew the eagle Aquila.
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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.
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 civilisation 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 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. Aquila the Eagle is the largest star in this decan and Sagitta slew it, therefore Aquarians are prone to shoot themselves in the foot on occasion. Aquarius decan 1 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 the promethean Aquarians to a rock is probably the only way to keep these space cadets on planet earth and 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.
Decan 1 Aquarians are visionaries and are forever chasing new horizons. As they hover above the clouds, their mind is free to catch an innovative idea from the ether. Capricorn’s horns work like antennae, picking up insights brewing in the collective consciousness.
The Cutting Edge Of Change
This is a futuristic decan at the cutting edge of change. The goat and the Eagle here have foresight and 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 its goals it can suffer from tunnel vision.
Aquarian decan 1 can find it quite difficult to live in the here and now. The microscope here is interesting because this is more about focusing on one issue very intently. This time, the “distance” is created by the machine, the process places a barrier between the observer and its subject. This demonstrates the famous Aquarian detachment, hiding behind a lens. It also adds to the nutty-professor feel to this decan.
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.
Aquarius decan 1 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. Aquarius decan 1 can too often shut themselves away in their ivory towers.
There they can create great utopias but often fail to conduct research at ground level. This disconnection with the earth can get them into 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 their high perspective does not allow them to get bogged down or distracted by irrelevant, domestic drudgery.
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 been the perpetrator of harsh behaviour. 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 symbolise 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.” ~ teachmetarot.com Being born into this decan gives you the tools to fight deftly with intellect. Swords generally represent swift and decisive thinking.
Aquarius Decan 1 Fixed Stars Meanings *
Tarazed 0º is a bright orange star found in the back of the Eagle this and the pale orange star Alshain 2º flanks the main star of the eagle Altair. Robson says “No astrological influence was suggested for this constellation by the ancients, but it seems to have been associated with the ideas of passion, love and friendship” . We all know Aquarians in general love their friends. Robson goes on to say “It has also been said to give a love of swimming, and to be connected with certain sex irregularities, catamite-pedophilia associations, involving young boys and older men..”
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Aquarius Decan 1 Planets & Angles
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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.”  “TO BE A BOLD AND DETERMINED INDIVIDUAL. TO BE RECKLESS OR A DAREDEVIL; TO HAVE A HIGH REGARD FOR INDEPENDENT AND DECISIVE ACTION.”  GIEDI PRIMA 3º “PECULIAR EVENTS, UNEXPECTED LOSSES AND GAINS, SOMETIMES GREAT GOOD FORTUNE.”  DAHIB 4º “RESERVED, SUSPICIOUS AND MISTRUSTFUL, LOSS THROUGH FRIENDS, RESPONSIBLE PUBLIC POSITION OF TRUST AND AUTHORITY.” 
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 favoured.
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” 
Sun Aquarius 1 Example: 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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Outer Planets Aquarius Decan 1*
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Jupiter Transit & Natal Aquarius 1*
ALTAIR 2º ~ “Real or pretended religious zeal, hypocrisy, trouble through legal and church matters, and with relatives, disappointment over inheritance.”  “To have the courage of one’s convictions, success through bold action. A focus on the military” GIEDI PRIMA 3º “Government position, preferment in law or Church, marriage abroad, favorable for gain and inheritance.”  DAHIB 4º “Hypocrisy, dishonesty, high legal or ecclesiastical preferment but danger of reversal, domestic disharmony.” 
This is not a conventionally successful placement for Jupiter, not in a material sense that is. Instead, it goes off-piste in search of the wild, the wacky and the mysterious. This transit for some will have them diving headfirst into a conspiracy or two. Some of the subjects born with this placement are the prime subjects of some conspiracy theories as if to prove a point.