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The Hamburg School is known for its accurate prognoses. The Hamburg School’s continuing emphasis on various techniques can probably be traced back to the fact that Witte himself was a technical surveyor. However, its approach also shows a deep spiritual connection. The horoscope is considered to be creative plan for each individual life which is understood as being one in a long cycle of incarnations. The Hamburg School’s view is that astrology is a ‘welcome orientation guide’ on the way to perfection because it helps us get to know what our inner potential is.
— https://www.astro.com/astrowiki/en/Uranian_Astrology
 

Certain factors and stories (themes and/or archetypes) emerge as events — or in our consciousness, at specific times in our lives. In any given moment there are several themes and processes unfolding simultaneously. Sometimes themes overlap and combine to create a wildly potent (sometimes recurring) motif. At other times a moment acts as a trigger for the literal or symbolic (exterior or interior) manifestation of an important issue, event, feeling, transition, or just time in your life. Through examining midpoints, planetary pictures, and antiscia, and a myriad of timing techniques which accompany these methods, we can get a good idea of what is up for you — and how you might work with it.

Midpoints conduct energy. They are focal or funnel points for planetary significations. There are direct and indirect midpoints, the latter slightly less intense. Antiscia falls under this designation as antiscions are simply midpoints around the four cardinal points (Equinoxes and Solstices). The cardinal points are sometimes simply called the Aries Point (and they are literally the sun's nodes). Actually, to be more precise, zero Aries is the ascending node of the sun while zero Libra marks the descending node, which puts the Solstice points at 'the bendings' (or square to) the sun's nodes. [This is something that deserves deeper examination later.]

Planetary pictures vary. Completed planetary pictures are like closed circuits; they speak to major themes in a person's life. And these are periodically triggered, usually in significant and highly dramatic ways. There are also incomplete pictures (a.k.a. Lots) which seek a transit or other direction (or another person's planetary energy) to set off their significations. When this happens (and we can time these things) we have a say in how we respond, i.e., how we channel the energy. While transits and directions are fated (timing is predetermined), how and with whom we relate —and how we react— can be altered through intention, practice, mindfulness, distance and space, and other forms of remediation. 

This system also utilizes TNPs (transNeptunian planets) for nuanced delineation. 
See how Alfred Witte, the creator of the system, discovered them in this article
 

celestial sky antiscia .jpg
 

Planetary Pictures or 'Lots' always create an isosceles trapezoid shape in the chart

The midpoint at the center is a significant axis

 
 


Those signs reflecting each other across the Solstices (Antiscia) and equinoxes (Contra-antiscia)

these create midpoints focused on the cardinal axis
( = World expression)

employing the dark feminine? Miley Cyrus

I personally find Miley Cyrus' expressions to be pretty tacky, grasping, and quite predictable. Of course part of this is due to her age, she is only 20 after all. That- and she's sprouted out of our crassly materialistic, plastic gummy bear culture. Normally I just ignore things like this, but something about it, a few particular elements have really crept under my skin. So, with astro files in hand, I thought I'd see about shedding some light on why the pinging, the relentless pinging. http://www.mileycyrustongue.com/

UPDATE: per Frank Clifford, Miley Cyrus' official birth time is now known.
New chart:

Cyrus was born with the Sun in Sagittarius - the sign of the centaur, half man and half animal, shortly before sunset, making hers a diurnal chart, and so the more positive and productive planets for her are those in the day sect: Jupiter and Saturn. With the Sun in a fire sign we know immediately it has strength, due to it being in its own triplicity. The trigon lords for fire are Sun and Jupiter, Saturn is a participating ruler. With fire we know that a measure of success and honors is important to the person (Su/Ju). The Sun is also in the Egyptian bounds (aka 'terms') of Jupiter, as is Venus and Saturn. When posited in the bounds of a benefic such as Jupiter, the ancients believed it 'magnified the fortune of the native.' Moon, Mercury, and Mars are posited in the bounds of Saturn. 

Configured by sign with the Sun is the north node of the moon, Rahu, a notoriously individualistic and eccentric creature in Indian astrology. Rahu is the head of the dragon [or serpent], its tail, the south node of the moon, is Ketu. And these are the lunar eclipse points. Somewhat different from the modern psychological western approach to astrology (that the north node is where you are headed and is most certainly good for you), Rahu is known more for its dark side in India - having an insatiable, exaggerative, hypnotic, and illusory quality. Beyond this wide configuration with the Sun however, the nodes are not conjunct or square (at the bendings) anything else in the chart. So we'll move on.

The Moon is in Scorpio, the sign of its fall -opposite its exaltation. The Lot of Fortune resides at 23 Taurus, at the Ascendant, as she was born during a very dark waning moon. (And is awfully close to the notorious fixed star, Algol.) Mars, known as "Nergal" to the Babylonians, is the planet rising first, leading the way. Mars unrestrained and on its own can be a bit too fierce or aggressive, especially in a daytime chart as it is here. For time immemorial Mars has been associated with war, destruction, the plague, and so on. It's also how we direct our will and shows how and what we have passion for, and is sometimes (especially per Uranian perspective) reflective of our work. Mars is in Cancer here, a sign ruled by the Moon, and so associated with the body, feelings, family, nourishment, and shifting tides (it changes). Cancer is the sign of Mars' fall.

Theo Wargo/WireImage 

Theo Wargo/WireImage 

With the Moon in Scorpio the two are making a nifty exchange, seeing one another from the other's domicile. This is a reception, usually a helpful connection, though with both planets in their fall (and contrary to sect) their benefit to each other is altered. As Tom Callanan notes on Skyscript: it is "like two drunks helping each other home." As it's a trine aspect, it is an easy unimpeded help; a maximum assist. And Mars, at its worst with the Moon, can be a degradation of the body or feminine form, or dis-ease for the body generally, or just a load of anger. Consider her ease of expression with regards to raunchy tongue poses and twerking (from Wikipedia): "Twerking is a type of dancing in which an individual, usually a female, dances to music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low squatting stance."


One thing I always take note of when examining a chart is where the Moon has been and where it is headed - its separating and applying aspects. In this case we see the Moon has separated from a conjunction with Pluto, then a square from Chiron - with my traditional hat on, I forgo the aspects with Pluto and Chiron, as they are transpersonal bodies and are invisible to the naked eye, and instead note the Moon is visibly separating in a square aspect from Saturn. And its next visible application is with Mercury. Firmicus Maternus, a 4th century astrologer, writes about the Moon's translation of light from Saturn to Mercury:

 

"But if the Moon had little light, then either it impedes the sound of the voice or deafens the ears. But it also debilitates the bodies of those who have it thus with wretched weariness; it makes persons suffering from melancholy, jaundiced, splenetic [bad-tempered; spiteful], consumptives [wasting], those suffering from dropsy, [or] lung disease..."

He goes on, but I think you get the picture. 

 

Saturn has a few faces in astrology. It is the father, sometimes the king, or a worker of the land, or the people. At other times, a dark figure or criminal. Most often it is associated with older men, gives a serious approach, and is connected with the ripening of karma (or fate). It can also be indicative of illness, or makes bodies slender and with angular features. 
 

Another biggie on my list: I look for planetary stations. And voila, Mercury! - and Mars. 

Cyrus has a heliacal rise Mercury. It is about to station direct - within a week of her birth to be exact (what we call phasis). And this happens to show up with some frequency in the charts of those special souls who have something to communicate to the world - either vocally, or technically (see Bill Gates and Steve Jobs charts), or to SELL us something. Mercury is the great "merkerter" after all. Here Mercury is in the sign of the Scorpion, a water sign where Venus and Mars rule by triplicity (highlighting passions, love and strife) and is retrograding back to a conjunction with Pluto. It has a fierce bite.  

Mercury connects to Mars when the sun culminates -
note: Moon Pluto

Speaking of fierce, the other planet close to its station, Mars, turned direct about five days before her birth (also a phasis). Essentially what this means is the two planets, that also happen to be in closest aspect in her chart (another on the A-list in my sequence of delineation), are nearly standing still in their fervent watery embrace. And it is on this day that their kiss - or excessively sexualized message (Mercury), as Sinead O'Connor warns - perfects. This perfection occurs at about noon, when the sun culminates - which is, in fact, another way to look at a chart without a known birth time: the rising or culminating chart for the sun on the day in question. 
 

A key to understanding all the passion, fusion, creativity, love/hate, and muse-seeking sides to water, as mentioned above, is in the element's two primary trigon lords, Venus and Mars (the Moon is a participating ruler). In Cyrus' chart we see all of her nocturnal planets (Venus, Mars, Moon) in the yin/feminine signs (earth/water), and all of her daytime sect planets (Sun, Jupiter, Saturn) in their own triplicity as well (fire/air). This gives her a kind of comfort in her skin, not that it makes observers comfortable in their own. 
 

winter solstice 2013 

Venus stationing retrograde

Her Venus is posited in the 'traditionally' lusty sign, Capricorn - and I'm willing to make a very predictable prediction: there will be more Cyrus controversy in the news in the coming months. Venus begins her infrequent retrograde cycle soon, stationing Rx on the solstice, Dec. 21, @ 28'58 Capricorn, and turns direct on Jan. 31 @ 13'33 Capricorn. This is one degrees from Cyrus' Venus. 

Cyrus' Venus is configured with Uranus - a defiant oddball at worst - and at best a refined, striking, and original beauty, a grace hard to surpass (think of Elizabeth Taylor). However Taylor unlike Cyrus had Venus in Aries contra-antiscion her Pisces Sun and dispositing to her Pisces Mars. Pisces being the exaltation sign of Venus elevated its position in Aries, for Taylor, to something pretty remarkable, though it was still in detriment, and in the sign of Mars, associated with cutting and separations, and so not without difficulty (visible in her relationships). Cyrus on the other hand has Venus dispositing to Saturn in Aquarius where Saturn has strength, but its offering to Venus is indirect and without reception. Nor is there an aspect between them. To me it feels a little like the old patriarch pulling the lipstick and powder puff strings from behind the curtain, calculated and measured. It feels stiff.

Venus is also configured with Jupiter in a square aspect. This dominating square from Jupiter in Libra to Venus in Capricorn, the sign of Jupiter's fall, may help explain how abundance explodes [or implodes] into a pretty tasteless and materialistic excess. 'The business of beauty.' Though Venus does benefit in the exchange. Saturn too, ruler of the ninth and tenth houses of travel and profession, is greatly helped receiving this blessing-filled trine from the great benefic (Ju) posited in the sign of the reaper's (Sa) exaltation: Libra. 

Of special note: the planetary periods for Venus and Jupiter have been activated this year while Cyrus is 20 years of age; Venus = 8 years and Jupiter = 12 years (8+12=20). And this activation is even more potent as the planets are in aspect. The time for a tacky boom is now, apparently. 

 

Sun in Sagittarius is contra-antiscion Mars in Cancer
Pluto is in a distant (under 2 degree) antiscion to the Midheaven  

SYMMETRY

Contra-antiscia:  Sun Mars

Her latest work:  Wrecking Ball  

Previous work:  We Can't Stop


Sun|Mars from Ebertin's
The Combination of Stellar Influences 
the will
activity
ambition
determination
courage to fight
the power of attainment
the desire to be in the limelight
inclination to quarrel
hastiness
soldier..

And it seems she will stop at nothing...
 

Updated chart with twelfth-parts is quite illuminating! Look where Venus and Mars' t-p fall. 

For those interested in the twelfth-parts (dodecatemoria) - See the Venus Mars positions right at the Ascendant(!) in Mars' bounds. This reiterates an animalistic, lusty nature; sexuality up front and center; and not necessarily great for health, or for the wellness those things signified by Venus (love and relating, and aesthetics). Jupiter's position @ its fall with natal Venus, again, the "bu$iness of beauty." 

Free software: Morinus
 

The Power of Antiscia Video Lecture

The complete multi-media presentation of the talk I gave at the United Astrology Conference (UAC) 2012 is available. Please contact me if you'd like to access the video. 

Please contact  me for the password to view this video lecture.


Please contact me for the password to view this video lecture.

Antisica in action:

On the day I gave the talk (my first public lecture on antiscia) the transiting Sun and transiting Mercury were actually in precise antiscion to both my natal Sun and Mercury! -- and so pulled my Sun Mercury into the cardinal axis. As I didn't schedule the time, it was a surprise to learn. 

In the talk I outline what antiscia is - as well as why and how to use it. I offer a historical context, and give directions for calculating antiscia, in addition to applying it to many modern musicians, comics, and politician charts. Example charts begin at the 41 minute mark.

 

Whitney Houston, Big Voices, and Some Simple Antiscia

The power of antiscia can be seen in a natal chart very simply and strikingly sometimes. I've been finding a particular antiscia signature with some frequency in the charts of musicians, and singers specifically: Mercury antiscia to Jupiter. A big or great voice

Here, on the 360 degree dial, is the natal chart for the late, and very vocally talented, Whitney Houston.

(Note: The 360 degree dial does not change the placement of planets in a chart, or their relation to each other or to the angles, but instead emphasizes their connection to the cardinal axis (the solstice and equinox points falling at 0 CANCER/CAPRICORN and 0 ARIES/LIBRA). The dial makes for a quick and easy way to see antiscia and contra-antiscia (terms used for planets falling evenly around the cardinal points). Since everything on earth is dependent upon and affected by seasonal changes, the cardinal axis is a point we all share and is therefore important and relevant for everyone. It is a point through which we connect to the world.)

In Whitney Houston's chart Mercury sits at 10'15 VIRGO and that is the exact mirror or shadow point (antiscia) to Jupiter placed at 19'29 ARIES. 

We also find here the antiscia of Jupiter to Pluto, which ought to add even greater power and influence. At its best Jupiter|Pluto is regenerative, providing an ability to transform and develop something, to build something up and make it better; at its worst it can lead to excess, or great accumulation and wastefulness.  

A third powerful signature we find in her chart by contra-antiscia (planets falling symmetrically around the Aries/Libra axis, or equinoc­tial points) is Sun to Neptune. This illuminates her mystique and appeal, but is likely also indicative of the trouble and addictive situations she faced. 

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To reiterate this theme of great voices, and the antiscia of Mercury|Jupiter on the cardinal axis, here are the charts for two other phenomenal vocalists, Sinead O'Connor and Gillian Welch. 

Both charts have Mercury contra-antiscia to Jupiter. Also, Jupiter is in a superior position (earlier in zodiacal degree) to Mercury and, in these two charts, is connected by a sign-based square. 

In Sinead O'Connor's chart Mercury is located at about 26 SCORPIO while Jupiter sits at 04 LEO.

In Gillian Welch's chart Mercury is 03 SCO and Jupiter is 27 LEO. These places are regarded by some ancient astrologers as the "hearing" or "commanding/obeying" signs. Read more about this on SevenStars blog

A nice thing about antiscia, and midpoints generally, is that you can examine a chart that does not have a birth time and still gather quite a bit of information about a person or situation (as revealed with the two charts above). Though remember to disregard the angles of the chart, and also do not put much emphasis on the Moon due to its speed. 

I do of course advocate using charts with good birth data. Nothing can replace the depth and structure and sound foundational story one finds through examining a chart in its traditional form, like the one below.


* If you are confused by the chart above not having house cusps, please understand that I use and encourage everyone to try whole sign houses. I still use the angles and see them as incredibly strong points in the chart, especially when planets are advancing toward them or are retreating, having just passed them by, but I prefer whole sign houses for topical purposes. A whole sign house system is elegant, simple, powerful, and makes the most sense to me theoretically.