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...  

Chart for the Sun's ingress into Capricorn:

SOLSTICE // Capricorn Ingress
Long-standing signatures: Uranus Neptune + Jupiter Neptune
Venus on cardinal axis @ 15 fixed (15AQU49)

Saturn advancing on the Ascendant for Washington, DC (again)

Basic antiscia interpretations for the SOLSTICE (from Ebertin's Combination of Stellar Influences) : 

Jupiter Neptune = Sun
A lack of self-control, irresponsibility, speculation, a squandering of physical strength. - The act of deceiving or the misfortune of being deceived. 

Uranus Neptune = Sun
Lack of vitality, a sensitive physique, impressionability. - Unconsciousness, illness, lifelessness or impassiveness. (Epilepsy).

I first wrote about the long-standing Uranus Neptune contra-antiscia back in May 2015. (And it may be noteworthy that Donald Trump announced his campaign for the presidency the month after, on June 16, 2015.) Read Ed Tamplin's take on this.

This is from May 2015:

Things are about to get (even more) weird... 

URANUS NEPTUNE = cardinal axis. This pair will move into within a half degree contra-antiscion at the end of this month, and will remain in exact contra-antiscia for the rest of this season (spring, in the northern hemisphere) and for much the summer (as well as spring, fall and winter of 2016). That means Uranus, the planet of tension, excitement, innovation, and all things electrifying, is moving into the exact shadow point of Neptune, a planet of fantasy, impressionability, reception, and sometimes dissolution or chaos.

From my perspective, (at its best) this has METAPHYSICS, intensified discourse about death or alternate states of consciousness, shadow work, and the 'underworld' (or otherworld) written all over it. And that could be a very good thing. 

This planetary pair will be active for everyone since it is happening on the cardinal axis, i.e., symmetrical to the Aries point. But it may be even more pronounced or meaningful for you if you have personal planets on the cardinal axis or in antiscia. 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

Here are some excerpts on the UR NE pair from The Combination of Stellar Influences, by Reinhold Ebertin, and Alfred Witte's Rules for Planetary Pictures:

  • The elimination of the waking consciousness
  • + The development and growth of the sub-conscious powers or forces, inner vision, inner illumination and enlightenment, inspiration, idealism, an interest in spiritual subjects, religious problems, mysticism, art. 
  • - Lacking control of the waking consciousness leads to want of clearness. Instability, lack of emotional balance, nervous sensitiveness, wrong ideas, one-sidedness. 
  • Mystics, people engaged in psychical research, mediums. 


  • Suddenly incapacitated. Unconsciousness. Checkmated. Transition into the beyond. Crisis. Dead persons. Revolution. Psychic. 
  • - Aries point: Metaphysics. Occultism. Funerals. Cemeteries.  


"religious problems"?... hmmm

Maybe moral problems...  And with all the fake news and misinformation this year, I'd say there has definitely been a kind of consciousness eliminated. Lies, misleading, and totally abhorrent rhetoric prevailed. Naivety, disillusionment, and a desire to 'return' to a time that's never existed have been strong themes; as well as a powerful need for a kind of revolution, at whatever cost apparently. 

Also of note, another planetary pair mentioned above makes its way onto the cardinal axis for a lot of the month: Jupiter Neptune (due to Jupiter meeting up with Uranus in opposition). It's pretty interesting how similar these arrangements are to another long-standing combination that occurred on the cardinal axis during Occupy Wall Street. These planets together speak to fraud and speculation, banks and bankruptcy, legal issues and corruption, even a 'degradation in systems of justice' (as quoted from Michael Munkasey's book on Midpoints).

These planets (Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune) remain in antiscia and contra-antiscia signatures for longer than normal due to recent and coming stations (moving in and out of retrograde motion). 

In addition to the books I referenced above, an online resource for planetary pairs and midpoints is this one by John Sandbach. Or you can simply apply your basic astrological understanding of the planets. Think of the pairs and combinations as conjunctions; and remember you can consider their shared or reflected dignity and reception. 

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

  • All connections are within 30 minutes of arc or less.
  • Dates showing one planet indicate its ingress onto the cardinal axis (meaning it's at zero cardinal and ought to feature prominently that day).
  • Those with a (c) indicate contra-antiscia: symmetrical arrangement around the Aries/Libra axis, aka: equal rising signs.


171831 (into January)  Uranus Neptune (c)

1   Moon (0 CAP) 

1   Moon Mercury 

The first Mercury Saturn reflection (Sun Saturn conjunction) 

2   Moon Saturn 

2   Moon Sun

2   Mercury (0 CAP)

4, 5, 6   Sun Pluto

6   Moon|Neptune Uranus (c)

6   Moon Jupiter 

8   Moon (0 ARI)

9   Moon|Uranus Neptune (c) 

9   Moon Node 

10   Moon Mars (c) 

Moon joins the party - on the day Mercury stations RX near Pl

10, 11   Sun Mercury

10, 11, 12   Mercury Saturn

11   Moon Venus (c)

13   Moon Pluto (c)

13   Moon Mercury (c)

14   Moon (0 CAN) 

14   Moon Sun (c)

14   Moon Saturn (c)

1824, 2531  Jupiter Neptune

19   Moon Uranus

Mercury returns to reflect Saturn amongst JU NE, MO PL, UR NE

19   Moon Jupiter (c)  

20, 21   Sun (0 CAP)  *Solstice

20   Moon (0 LIB) 

22   Moon Neptune 

22   Moon Node 

23   Moon Mars 

24   Moon Venus 

26, 27, 28   MercuryRx Saturn

26   Moon Pluto 

New Moon is antiscia Saturn, et al

27   Moon Mercury 

27   Moon Sun 

28   Moon (0 CAP) 

28, 29, 30   Sun Saturn

29   Moon Saturn 

29, 30, 31   Mars Jupiter

30, 31   Mars|Neptune Uranus (c)

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New Year, 2017
Mars joins Neptune, so combines energies with Jupiter (antiscia) and Uranus (contra-antiscia), the latter is notoriously crunchy
Moon on the cardinal axis, 15 Fixed