Why Antiscia?

Planets in antiscia are relevant for everyone. 

If you would like to read a thorough description of antiscia outlining its historical roots and relevance, I recommend Deborah Houlding's article. But simply put: antiscia, like shadows, are points reflected symmetrically around the cardinal axis. The cardinal axis is made up of the zero-degree point of each of the four cardinal signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. These points mark the start of the seasons at the summer and winter solstice and the spring and fall equinox. Because antiscia are reflections across the cardinal axis - an axis which marks the turning of the seasons - and because all living things respond to, interact with, and depend upon these seasonal shifts - it is an axis or point we all share, and so planets in antiscia are thought to be felt or experienced by all. 





In addition to the monthly list of antiscia I post on this blog, I will periodically delineate planetary pairs. But even without my delineations you can use the list by considering what the two planets in connection mean. 

For instance, what does Venus with Saturn represent? Love, beauty, and affection meets a need for structure, discipline, and practicality. Saturn cools Venus down, it constricts or focuses Venus' significations. How might this play out in world events or for us personally? Is it time to consider getting more serious about something we love, make a stronger commitment? Or is it indicative of a cooling off period, a time to separate or say goodbye to something we had previously been attached to? How much do we need? What's really important? If Venus wants to create something of beauty or enjoy something, Saturn prefers it also have real world merit. 

Working proactively with planetary antiscia combinations can be a good way to harness the energy of the day, and it can also be a great way to learn, both about astrology and life in general.

If you find you need help with planetary pairs and keywords you can always refer to a book. Some good ones include:

Combinations of Stellar Influences by Reinhold Ebertin

Rules for Planetary Pictures by Alfred Witte 

Horoscope Symbols by Robert Hand  



Feel free to leave a comment or contact me if you have questions.