Reflections / Shadows / Symmetries  =  Antiscia

Planets in antiscia and contra-antiscia reflect each other across the cardinal axis. This axis is formed by the four seasonal turning points: the zero degree entry point of each cardinal sign. The cardinal axis is essentially the node of the Sun and is a point we all share. It is the intersection of two Great Circles: the ecliptic, which is the sun's path (i.e., the tropical zodiac), and the earth's equator. Planets connect in antiscia when they reflect or mirror one another across this axis. Like a planetary statement made by two planets in aspect or conjunction, planets in antiscia make a terrestrial (or mundane) statement: a statement for the world which is relevant for everyone. Therefore planets in antiscia can provide insight into the energy of the day, as well as help to enrich your natal and dynamic chart delineations. More on antiscia here...   

The longstanding URANUS NEPTUNE contra-antiscia is exact as of July 4th. But it remains with just minutes of one degree orb for the entire month of July. On the 4th however we also see Mercury Mars in antiscia (hopefully this does not speak to a bunch of blown off fingers here in the US).  :-O

Also of note, at the start of the month Mars is at the bendings (exactly square the nodes). 

For help with interpretation of the pairs listed below please refer to a book like The Combination of Stellar Influences by Reinhold Ebertin, or Alfred Witte's Rules For Planetary Pictures. There is also a nice online resource for planetary pairs and midpoints by John Sandbach.

To use the list of antiscia below, simply blend the meanings of planets in combination. 

  • Bold dates indicate a particular planetary expression is exact (within 10 minutes of arc).
  • Dates showing one planet indicate its ingress onto the cardinal axis (meaning it's at zero cardinal or fifteen degrees fixed (the midpoint), and ought to feature prominently that day).
  • Those with a (c) indicate contra-antiscia - the symmetrical arrangement around the Aries/Libra axis.

Lunar conjunctions (not antiscia) are bracketed [ ] - this is for a quick and easy reference!


1-{into Aug}  Uranus Neptune (c)  *within ONE MINUTE of arc until July 17, then within 9 minutes of arc

1   Moon  (0 CAP)   2:11a

1   Moon Mercury (c)   night 

1, 2   Sun Mercury 

2   [Moon Pluto]

3   Moon Saturn   morning

4   Mercury Mars 

5   [Moon Neptune] = Moon Uranus  (c)  midnight

6   [Moon Chiron]

7  Moon N.Node   very early morning

7   Moon  (0 ARI)   9:37a

7   [Moon S.Node] 

8   Mercury  (0 CAN)   11:52a

8   [Moon Uranus] + Moon Neptune (c)  evening

9   Moon Venus   evening

9   Moon Jupiter   midnight

12   Moon Sun    noon 

15   Moon Pluto (c)   night  

12   Moon Mars   midnight

13   Moon Mercury   morning

13   Moon  (0 CAN)   11:14p

14-15   [Moon Mercury-Mars] 

15  *New Moon 23°14' Cancer

16   Moon Saturn (c)   morning

18   [Moon Jupiter] 

18   [Moon Venus] 

19   Moon Uranus   noon

23   Moon N.Node (c)   night

21   Moon  (0 LIB)   6:23a

21   [Moon N.Node] 

22   Moon Chiron   very early morning

22   Moon Neptune   midnight

23   Moon Venus (c)   evening

23, 24, 25   Sun-Mercury Saturn (c)

24   Moon Jupiter (c)   early morning

25   Moon Mercury (c)   evening 

25   Moon Sun (c)   midnight 

26   [Moon Saturn] 

26   Moon Mars (c)   night

27   Moon Pluto   noon 

28   Moon  (0 CAP)   11:47a

29   [Moon Pluto]

30   Moon Saturn   evening

31  *Full Moon 7°56' Leo/Aqu

Planetary pairs are active for everyone as they occur on the cardinal axis, i.e., symmetrical to the Aries point. If you have personal planets on the cardinal axis, or in antiscia, they may be even more pronounced and meaningful for you. For directions on how to find these points in a chart, please see the Description page; or you can contact me for a mentoring session or consultation

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