Aquarius Decan 2 ~ Feb 1 to 10


Aquarius Decan 2 is ruled by Mercury (Gemini triplicity). The fixed stars reside in the goat, the crane, the swan, the southern fish and the dolphin. The Sun aligns with these stars from approximately January 30 until February 10. This is a gentle breed of water bearer, things are a little mellower here, but it doesn’t mean this section is any less eccentric than Aquarius Decan 1.

There is still the famous Aquarian rebelliousness; only here it is masked in a milder manner. In Aquarius decan 2 we find the brooding and sometimes insolent Aquarians. These are the folk who dig their fixed-sign heels in real deep if you try to push them.

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Aquarius Decan 2 Fixed Stars

Aquarius 11º 43′ ~ Albali in the left hand of Aquarius the Water Bearer 3.8 *
Aquarius 12º 44′  ~ Armus in the heart of Capricornus the Goat 4.9
Aquarius 13º 51′  ~ Dorsum on the back of Capricornus the Goat 4.2
Aquarius 15º 54′  ~ Alnair in Grus the Crane 2.2
Aquarius 16º 16′ ~ Delta Cygnus in Cygnus the Swan 2.9
Aquarius 16º 20′ ~ Rotanev in the head of Delphinius the Dolphin 3.7
Aquarius 17º 15′ ~ Iota Pisces Australis in the Southern Fish 4.3
Aquarius 17º 23′ ~ Sualocin in the head of Delphinus the Dolphin 3.9
Aquarius 18º 07′ ~ Delta Delphinius in the Dolphin 4.5

* Magnitude  & Star positions for the year 2000.

This they are able too while beaming an arresting electric grin at you. This is the Uranian smile that zaps you into rapidly backing off from the pushing. Willpower is very strong here and we get great success from this decan mainly because they are too darn stubborn to be swayed from pursuing their goals.

This section is influenced by the actual water bearer itself with Albali in the left hand of Aquarius, this star in Arabic means “The good fortune of the swallower”, curiously named because this star appears to absorb the light of some of the stars in Capricorn’s horns nearby. Maybe this gives this decan the ability to restructure and modernize someone else’s work.

Stately Ducks & Professional Cranes

These are the ice kings and queens of the zodiac, if you dump them there will be no drama, no yelling or unbecoming sobbing. How uncouth! These subjects will simply glide away without a fuss or ruffled feather. It literally is water off the ducks back for these aquatic birds. Their valuable self-respect has to remain intact no matter what.

However, don’t think for one minute you have got away with it, these subjects have a way of getting revenge similar to fellow fixed sign Scorpio, and just like Scorpio, this punishment is served stone cold! Because of decan 2’s cool-as-a-cucumber demeanour and elevated heads, they are sometimes accused of being snobs.

Yes, they are aspirational like Aquarius decan 1, but their sensitive feelings keep them human and make them more sympathetic than your typical Aquarian. This could be due to the presence of the constellation of the southern fish, which also houses the mystical and imaginative star Fomalhaut. The water bearer in the sky stands upon this fish and the water from Aquarius’s urn pours into his open mouth.

Sensitive & Sympathetic

According to Staal, “The fish drinks the waters of the flood to save the world.” Aquarius’s humanitarian, saviour-like qualities come through strongly in this decan due to Fomalhaut’s influence even if the star no longer resides here. Some of the natives like Barack Obama or Jim Morrison carry a messianic-like quality about them. Remember the symbol of Christianity is also the fish.

Apart from Armus, most of the stars here are shy and placid, The Dolphin, Crane, Fish and Swan are all animals that spend time in or on water. Even Capricorn has a fish’s tail, so this decan really does form a bridge between air and water.

Aquarians aren’t noted for their sensitivity, but I beg to differ when it comes to Aquarius decan 2. Their soppy side is kept hidden though, and they will tend to bottle up their feelings. The Swan is a bittersweet bird with its lovely white feathers cloaking a jet black skin.

Both the Swan and the Crane share long, regal necks, so there is something very stately about them. Aquarius decan 2 are proud and hold their head high through the most traumatic of situations.

The tarot card associated with this decan is the six of swords which is about moving on and finding a safe harbour. Karmically this suggests that you are moving away from more turbulent lifetimes to one that is more stable.

There is also a feeling of being protected “The Figure steering the boat in the Six of Swords is often symbolic of a Spirit Guide or Guardian Angel who stays close to you during times of trouble, comforting and guiding you through dark times.” ~ teachmetarot. 

This card may also indicate that this life is one of many travels where you are searching for your spiritual home because you are not quite rooted in that which was your place of birth. It is interesting that this card features water when there are so many aquatic and riverside animals associated with this decan of Aquarius.

Aquarius Decan 2 ~ Fixed Stars *

Albali 11º in the left hand of Aquarius. “The stars in the shoulders of Aquarius operate like Saturn and Mercury; those in the left hand and in the face do the same”. So these people are incredibly studious and have a real patience for close, detailed work. Albali is “indicative of danger and can cause persecution and even death, but also said to give good fortune.” A star of extremes then..

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Aquarius Decan 2 Planets & Angles

Sun Aquarius 2

The Sun has no dignity in this decan and in detriment in Aquarius. Unfortunately, there are no powerful stars here to boost the ego either. What I take this to mean is that early in life these folk have difficulty owning their sovereignty. The Sun here feels uncomfortable being accepted in the cut and thrust of “regular” society. Their lack of self-confidence means that they find it very hard to “wheel and deal” when confronted with arrogant boardroom “players”.

Often these folk come across like overly trusting, naive children unless they have other more earthy and ruthless configurations in their chart. As Sun in Aquarius 2 matures and gain wisdom, they learn to find their ‘people’ and begin to feel accepted. They blossom once others value their unique approach to life and give them positive feedback to be their kooky, sensitive, dreamy self in all its glory.Sun Aquarius 2 can be surprisingly shy, but also coyly “come hither”. These folk are quietly alluring, peeping at you with an inviting twinkle in their eye. These folk are the unexpectedly super-sexy, magnetic Aquarians, in a sign not really noted for its sex appeal (Compared to those notorious fiery or earthy signs.)

Sun Aquarius 2 Examples: Charles Dickens, James Joyce, Franklin D Roosevelt, Eva Braun, Placido Domingo, Bob Marley, Justin Timberlake, Johnny Lydon, Natalie Cole, Lisa Marie-Presley, Shakira, Holly Johnson, Bobby Brown, Derek Jarman, Vanessa Redgrave, Clark Gable, James Dean, Farah Fawcett, Eddie Izzard, Charlotte Rampling, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Franz Shubert, Gertrude Stein.


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1. The 36 Decans. Austin Coppock. p. 236 & p.237

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