Aquarius Decan 1 is ruled by Venus and Saturn. 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 civilisation to occur.
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Prometheus’s 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 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.