The New Moon January 23 is at 2º Aquarius 41’. It is on the bold and brave fixed star Altair in Aquila the Eagle. The new moon is heavily aspected with Moon square Jupiter/Lilith and moon sextile Uranus/Ceres. If that wasn’t enough, the moon is also conjunct Asteroid Scylla, the hideous sea monster with four eyes, six long necks with revolting heads and sporting a girdle of yelping doggy-heads. This is an action-packed moon with three sets of seed moment conjunctions and the swirling sea of Neptune all raining down on Saturn. The Mercury trine Mars speeds it all up and makes it frantic, which fast-paced Altair rather relishes!
The myth of Scylla and Charybdis has come to mean having to choose between two difficult situations. If you look at the new moon in the chart it does indeed look like it is caught between a rock (Saturn) and a hard-on.. (Jupiter conjunct Lilith ). It looks like various sets of groups and collectives are getting together to attack Saturn. I say attack because Altair is a military star. Possibly we could see a few completely unrelated people or ideas suddenly come together and there is a realization. A sudden surge of courage to face the bully erupts out of nowhere. Bravery seems to be the theme or at least a great many people at once realising their power.
New Moon Aspects
The closest aspect is Moon square Jupiter. I wrote: “This aspect knows no restraint and can over-react, over-reach and promise the world when it has no idea if it can deliver. Moon square Jupiter is a gambler and risk taker, 90% of the time luck does swing their way, but when they do fail, they fail spectacularly.” This gambling aspect seems to fit quite well with having to navigate between two dangerous situations. This may be describing a situation where one has to have nerves of steel and keep a poker face while staring in the face of the Scylla in your life.
The next aspect is Moon sextile Uranus. I wrote: “ a Venusian, artistic aspect and flowers an original and eccentric mind that thinks outside the box. These people are innovators and inventors. They usually have an instinct for what is about to happen and are hip to new trends…Uranus combined with the Moon is quite an activist when it comes to improving domestic conditions.” Again this kind of energy is just what we need if we want to improve the conditions of the whole of humanity living on planets earth. She is our home.
I have not looked at Moon sextile Ceres in detail, which is yet another aspect of this Moon, but this to me it would certainly be a flowering of ecological energy and care of mother earth. I did study Sun sextile Ceres however (Sun and Moon are conjunct) I wrote: “Ceres of course has that sad tinge of sorrow, loss and separation, but with the sextile the subject is consciously steering away from the dark days and trying to use the experience to make the world a better place.”
New Moon on Altair
I love how all these aspects do support the new moon being on the fixed star Altair. This is a very hectic moon and requires the weight of the noble Eagle to carry this agenda through. Negotiating the hazardous waters between Scylla and Charybdis is no mean feat as Charybdis is a treacherous whirlpool. Some of the key words I came up with for Altair were brave, valiant, daring and unyielding. This star has the gift of strategy, which is prefect to negotiate itself through this immensely risky situation. Because this situation takes more than just a sense of “Gung Ho”, it also takes some fancy footwork and a cunning plan…
For this moon then, plant your most daring seeds, but be prepared to have the courage of your convinctions. You will certainly be asked to put your money where your mouth is. If you make bold promises you will be expected to keep to them or risk been branded a fake and a charlatan. Altair is a star that attracts a lot of criticism, mostly undeservedly so and mainly due to envy of it’s awes-inspiring presence. However, there are times when the puffed-up, overblown posturing wears a bit thin and one will be asked to jump on ones steed and go show us the money.
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