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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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.
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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.
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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.
Aquarius Decan 1 ~ Fixed Stars
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”