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.
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.
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.
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…. (Continued In eBook).
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The tarot card associated with this decan is the 5 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.” ~ teachmetarot.com Being born into this decan gives you the tools to fight deftly with intellect. Swords generally represent swift and decisive thinking… (Continues in eBook).
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.
Ascendant Aquarius 1
Aquila rising: “He that is born on earth in the hour of its rising, will grow up bent on spoil and plunder, won even with bloodshed; he will draw no line between peace and war….Yet, should perchance his aggressiveness be enlisted in a righteous cause, depravity will turn into virtue, and he will succeed in bringing wars to a conclusion and enriching his country with glorious triumphs.”  Altair 2º “Tied up with benefic stellar bodies, Altair is credited with bestowing hardiness, courage and generosity, especially if on the Ascendant.”  (As Heliacal rising star) To use boldness and bravery as the guiding principles of one’s life, to value this type of action above all else. To seek inspiration and to have the ability to soar to places others have not been.
The ascendant gives the purest expression of the decan’s energy since no planets will colour its expression. The ascendant is also the relationship axis, so the influences above will play out mostly in how the subject relates to others. With Aquarius decan 1 the detachment will be most notable in relationships. Although these folk may be very popular and appear to have many friends, they are actually quite reclusive. They also might find it very difficult to live with someone and be the eternal bachelor or bachelorette. Their partners often become their pet “project” and it is hard for these folks not to become the svengali in a relationship. Since this decan is so individualistic, they may find it difficult to make the necessary compromises to make romantic attachments work. Their boldness, predatory and swooping nature can scare off more timid individuals. The women, in particular, may find it hard to find a suitable dashing and manly mate. Eagle ladies need 100% Alpha, otherwise, her lover is found increasingly disappointing and boring.
ASCENDANT AQUARIUS 1 EXAMPLES: Carl Jung, Edward VIII of UK, Thomas Jefferson, Condoleezza Rice, Harry Houdini, David Bowie, Gustav Holst, William Shatner, Kirk Douglas, Willem Defoe, Charlotte Rampling, Alicia Silverstone, Matt Damon, Hilary Duff, Kim Basinger, Roseanne Barr, Benny Hill, Michael York, Henry Winkler, Nicki Minaj, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Tammy Wynette, Billie Ray Cyrus, Sarah Aldrete, Karla Faye Tucker, Adolf Eichmann, Fay Weldon, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Marguerite Of Navarre, Eric Cantona, Evel Knievel, Wayne Gretzky, Frankie Dettori, Houston/Brown Davison Chart.
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Sun Aquarius 1
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 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”