Altair Star – The Flying Eagle

Altair is at 01°47′ Aquarius with an orb of 2°40′
Fixed Star Altair Star Astrology

Aquila Constellation [Stellarium]

The Sun joins Altair on January 22

Fixed star Altair, Alpha Aquilae, is a 0.8 magnitude a pale yellow star in the neck of the Eagle, Aquila Constellation. The traditional name Altair is an abbreviation of the Arabic phrase النسر الطائر (an-nasr aṭ-ṭā’ir) which means the flying eagle.


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Altair Star Astrology

Fixed star Altair is of the nature of Mars and Jupiter. It confers a bold, confident, valiant, unyielding, ambitious and liberal nature, great and sudden but ephemeral wealth, and a position of command, makes its natives guilty of bloodshed, and gives danger from reptiles. [1]

Altair, the name of Shaykh Ilderim’s horse in Ben Hur, has the nature of Venus but in the Middle Ages was said to portend danger from reptiles. This probably comes from the basic Martian character of the constellation and the fact that in those days poisoning of an enemy was considered a feminine characteristic. [2]

Altair, in the Eagle, also called the Flying Eagle, has a Mars character with a blend of Mercury and Jupiter. Tied with benefic stellar bodies, Altair is credited with bestowing hardiness, courage and generosity, especially if on the Ascendant. Altair is good for advancement of lawyers and military men. [3]

Altair, α Aquilae, is a Mars-Jupiter type as one would expect for the star whose name means Eagle. Even traditionalists usually like this one; there is no controversy raised when we note that it usually does show up good respect from one’s fellow beings, so long as it is well placed. If it is not, the owner of the chart may be one of those who drops things upon others from a great height. He can be sure he will not go on forever doing that. [4]

Altair rules seven inches below the bend of the left knee in the human body. [5]

Constellation Aquila has a similar influence to that of Mars and Jupiter. It is said to give great imagination, strong passions, indomitable will, a dominating character, influence over others, clairvoyance, a keen penetrating mind and ability for chemical research. It has always been associated with the sign Scorpio. [1]

Aquila or the Eagle portends changes in the weather and is indicative of those with a penetrating mind and clairvoyance. Ptolemy says that its stars are of the nature of Mars and Jupiter, but the brightest stars have the spectra of Mars and Venus. [2]

Altair Star, Alpha Aquilae

Altair Star, Alpha Aquilae []

Altair Star Conjunctions

Ascendant conjunct Altair: Altair is credited with bestowing hardiness, courage and generosity, especially if on the Ascendant. [3]

Midheaven conjunct Altair: Near the Midheaven and in good aspect, Altair promises rise in life and honors. The native tries with sincere conviction to reach out for his aims with utmost will-power. He will avoid nothing in order to achieve them. [3]

Sun conjunct Altair: 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. [1]

Similar to the Sun at Albireo. These persons are basically uncomfortable with themselves because of contradictory energy involved here. The contradiction is in their continuous behavioral patterns. They do not wish to express themselves through the ego. These natives wish to be humanistic human beings and wish to love everyone equally. They want to belong to groups and organizations that are involved in helping humanity such as orphanages, the poor and deprived, and groups organized to feed the hungry around the world. This is the typical person who would join a group such as the Salvation Army, for example. Those financially able to do so, would join groups in other parts of the world involved in these things.

There is a problem here, however, in that once they begin active participation in these groups, they wish to receive recognition for their work. The conflict in their behavior pattern manifests when they make demands that their ego be satisfied through praise and admiration from others. If their ego is not totally satisfied, they begin holding back their dedication to the humanitarian group they are involved with. Their ego simply gets in the way; they turn their interests to the financial aspect of their work rather than the humanitarian. The humanistic approach to others is lost as their ego gets in the way. Their real objective is to receive praise from others for what they do and when they do not receive it, they become hostile – a strange turn of events which goes on for a lifetime. [5]

Moon conjunct Altair: Interest in a strange or ancient discovery, disappointment and loss over property and gain, some profit and preferment, friends become enemies, trouble through companies or public affairs, difficulties through or misfortune to children. [1]

Moon conjunct Mercury conjunct Altair: If Mercury and Moon are positioned here, this will make people as bold as brass and foolhardy in order to assert themselves. [3]

Mercury conjunct Altair: Many difficulties, misfortunes, and strange experiences. Disappointment on long journeys, bad for partnership, loss of a relative under strange circumstances. [1]

Venus conjunct Altair: Unfavorable for love affairs. Strange and peculiar attractions, bad for children and gain, losses through friends. [1]

Mars conjunct Altair: Sharp mind, trouble through friends, society and companies but eventual gain. [1]

Similar to Mars at the fixed star Albireo. This creates a “mad man” type of disposition. They are brutal, changeable and very odd in the way they think. They respond and react abruptly and irrationally. They enjoy being involved with groups that administer punishment outside of the law. They imagine that others are invading their privacy, and to them, the rights of other people are not considered. If they dislike certain persons they would find a way to get rid of them. Individuals with this configuration are not recognized as irrational human beings, in spite of these behavior patterns. These are the persons who would burn the house down of a family they do not wish to have living near them. The point is essentially the non-acceptance or certain people because of cultural or ideological differences. They would instigate others to take action to remove them by whatever means necessary.

Jupiter conjunct Altair: Real or pretended religious zeal, hypocrisy, trouble through legal and church matters, and with relatives, disappointment over inheritance. [1]

Saturn conjunct Altair: Sorrow and disappointment, mental disturbance necessitating asylum or hospital treatment and probably death there, separation from family or parents, danger of accident involving inability to work or lifelong affliction. [1]

This is the depressed individual in society. They do not wish to relate to their society in any way. They do not wish to associate with any group, or any individual and prefer to remain alone. Even as children, these persons were very difficult to raise by their parents. They would refuse to participate in any functions, preferring to stay to themselves, thus causing a great deal of difficulty for their parents. In later years, they move completely out of society and become the true hermits. [5]

Uranus conjunct Altair: Cautions, spiritual, sensitive, sympathetic though sometimes abrupt, just, idealistic, interested in occultism but skeptical in religion reverence for early memories, disappointments throughout life, good mind, considerable gain, faithful literary friends of a Gemini type, some domestic affliction, natural death at a very advanced age. [1]

Similar to Uranus at the fixed star Albireo. This is a strange configuration. These individuals have a difficult time relating to the world. They generally try to find a way to isolate themselves. They choose just a few friends for a lifetime and their entire life revolves around just those few people. They relate only to their little group and avoid talking to others outside of their group. Business dealings and entertainment remains with just their small group for the entire lifetime. This group remains small in number, rarely consisting of over five individuals. They become dependant on one another with a result that a great problem arises as they begin passing on. With only one or two to relate to they turn into hermits and take on projects to remain occupied. Many invent something that provides them with support for the rest of their lives. They avoid the public, preferring to remain to themselves when they find themselves alone.

Neptune conjunct Altair: Over-sensitive, distasteful environment, high ideals, mystic, drifts without personal effort, secret enemies and trouble through occultism, domestic disharmony, sudden and unexpected death. [1]


1. Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.29, 135.
2. Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.27.
3. Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1971, p.73.
4. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, 1988, p.175.
5. The Fixed Star Health and Behavior Imbalance, Ted George and Barbara Parker, 1985, p.135.

* All fixed star positions are for the year 2000. Add one degree per 72 years to correct for precession.

13 thoughts on “Altair Star – The Flying Eagle

  1. Aquila degrees and al shaheen falcon degrees they not accept manager up to them specially in this time …. and they not accept good thanks that’s wrong because they see them self bad …. and also they have a lot problems with families because they know they too much conspiracies from families against them when they was young ….

    Any peoples come from outside the home he think he lie because peoples unfortunately they not know behind out of picture …. and also they’re easy victims of bad speak behind them …. because this they want live alone …. I speak about people who have in birth chart conjunction between Jupiter and mercury in al shaheen degrees …. but believe me they know more than peoples know …. and they scare from thiefs stolen information from them because this they not trust anyone easy ….

    Problems with them is heaters ….

    And they never accept any deals good or bad from behind …. because they believe the back side is make him look like stupid ….

    Sorry for long comment …. Thank you for great information …. and you and serbian
    Astrology Nicole best in my opinion ….

    God bless ….

    • Hi Marco, with all the fixed stars it is advised to combine the influence of the Sun and the Moon for the Lunar Nodes.

  2. With Altair conjunct my Midheaven, do you think that means I will be successful in my career? And with the Mars, Asc Jupiter minor grand trine?

    • With MC “Altair promises rise in life and honors.” So even ignoring the other positive aspects in your chart you have nothing to worry about.

      • Only just seen this comment! Thanks Jamie! My careers really important to me, so to know this gives me much hope and positivity! Thank you for enlightening me on my MC star! ⭐️😀 I think we all worry – will we be successful in our careers! Especially when we’ve gone off the beaten path and haven’t chose a “safe” option for out career.

  3. I have this Jupiter conjunct Altair in the 3rd house. Jupiter is combusted. It rules the ASC (in Sagittarius).

    I have had many bitter disappointments with church members and leaders. Overall, I’ve been disappointed in religion. I’m still very spiritual and I fuel the belief in something Greater than myself but organized religion just isn’t meant for me. I think this is clearly confirmed by my exiled Sun in Aquarius ruling the 9th house in Leo.

  4. I have been studying my Pluto placement recently. He is transiting a later degree of my 9th house in current sign of Capricorn. This is close to my Midheaven. I have also just discovered the fixed star Altair very close in 1 degree Aquarius. I have within the last few years found myself an “empty nester” and decided to go back to college where I am changing careers (makes sense considering.) What will be the effects when Pluto makes it to the cusp of my 10th house and within a degree or two from this fixed star? I estimate this to be about the time when I complete my educational goal and move on into my new profession (which is teaching by the way.) Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

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