Originally posted on Astrogeek’s Skywatch
Helios– The trouble with dreams is they never come true….
The Astronomy– Altjira is a binary Cubewano (no name for the partner as of yet). Other than that we really don’t know a whole heck of a lot about him.
The Myth– Altjira was a god of the Australian aborigine people, the central god who created the earth and Dream-Time. He created everything humans might need (and a whole lot that we didn’t) and then retired to the heavens to leave us to our own devices. Oh and for some reason he had the feet of an emu, not sure what that’s about.
The Astrology– The consensus with this one is that Altjira seems to represent a blind spot in the chart, something missing or glossed over. Most astrologers seem to regard this as a point of indifference or ennui, but im not too sure that’s the case. I have him conjunct my Moon/Mercury combo, and I have a hard time detaching myself from global issuses and problems. He is described as otiose, meaning impotent or powerless, which doesn’t sit well with me either. Again, remember he did create the world, so he is very powerful, and i assume cares deeply about what happens here.
I have also come across a lot of material linking Altjira to the hermetic idea of “As Above, So Below”; or the idea of the global balance, a natural order to life. Mark Andrew Holmes adds “Astrologically, Altjira seems to indicate cold, indifferent, withdrawn, distant, non-involved, uncaring, focused on the big picture and unaware or indifferent to the suffering involved; oblivious to reality (Jonathan Dunn); creation, dreaming, envisioning, imagining, having to do with indigenous and prehistoric tribes and knowledge, making vision reality, operating on a non-material level, the supernatural, spirits or ghosts, psychic phenomena, deception, swindling, faking the spiritual in one form or another (Linda Berry).”
To find out where he shows up in your chart, go to astro.com, put in your birth details and in the extended options, all the way at the bottom of the next page, there will be a menu of additional objects. Under that is a blank space where you can enter the number 148780, for Altjira. Once you have it entered, generate the chart! Where does Altjira affect your life? Let us know in the comments below!