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 month begins with lots of antiscion activity. (Chart below.) Mercury, in the first decan of Pisces, joins the exact (on March 2) Jupiter Uranus opposition, reflecting Mars and Uranus by contra-antiscia and Jupiter by antiscia. The Moon enters the picture at this time, which is also when the Sun conjoins Neptune. 

I recently spoke with Chris Flisher about these and other configurations on his program, Turning of the Wheel. Check it out if it's of interest to you... (It is also available on iTunes.) 

The Sun begins to move onto the cardinal axis on the 19th; though its ingress into Aries occurs at 3:29am PDT / 6:29am EDT on March 20th.

Aries ingress [equinox] charts for Washington DC

On the calamities of the year. . . 

Note Neptune rising on the local Ascendant. Deception? Disillusionment, confusion, leaks, drugs, oil, oceans...... And the partile (exact) conjunction of the Moon applying to out of sect Saturn (by 4 minutes arc) in the tenth house of government and those in command. Domicile ruler of the Ascendant and Midheaven, Jupiter, is retrograde in Libra in the eighth house. Bound lord (and exaltation lord) of the Ascendant, Venus, is also retrograde, combust, and in detriment in Aries.

Excerpts from Reinhold Ebertin's The Combination of Stellar Influences:

Principle:  An impressionable person.
Psychological Correspondence:
+  Impressionability, sensitiveness, a sympathetic or compassionate and innate understanding of other people.
-  A lack of resistance and stamina, the inability to maintain one's place or position in the world, the inclination to be influenced by others, moodiness. 
C  The inability to gain success in life, the tendency to lay oneself open to exploitation by other people thus serving as a willing tool for the achievement of other people's selfish purposes, the act of deceiving or cheating others.
Biological Correspondence:  Illusions or deceptions of the senses. - "Skin crawling."
Sociological Correspondence:  Insincere people, liars, crooks. - Sensitives, mediums. 
Probable Manifestations: 
+  Becoming dominated by or subjected to the influence of other people, the inclination to make strange or peculiar contacts with other people. 
-  An abuse or betrayal of confidence, falsehood, deceit, the experience of disappointment and disillusionment.

Neptune in House I:  Hypersensitiveness, confusion, a person without aims or objectives, insane and mad ideas. 

Principle: Self-control. 
Psychological Correspondence:  
+  The control of the feelings, self-control, thoughtfulness, the feeling of selfhood, a sense of duty, care and attention, circumspection or considerateness, conscientiousness. 
-  Uncommunicativeness, feelings of inferiority, changes of mood, melancholy, self-will, anxiety, lack of self-confidence, mirthlessness, the fear of being compromised or exposed by indiscreet action. 
C  Self-control, abstemiousness, thrift, selfishness, the tendency to grumble or to find fault. 
Sociological Correspondence:  Inhibited, lonely and sad people. The lonely woman or mother. 
Probable Manifestations: 
+  The tendency or inclination to build upon the tradition of the family or vocation, inherited or assigned positions, difficult advancement in life, often alone in life. 
-  Disadvantages or worries through the family, psychical depressions, estrangement or separation from the wife or mother, isolation. 

From my perspective, one of the best possible manifestations of Neptune rising here in the US is that we might expect to see [and/or participate in making] arts, artists, musicians, etc., front and center this next year. (Please let it not be ALL ABOUT OIL. Ugh.) 

And finally,
from the 8th century Persian astrologer, Masha'Allah's work: On the Revolution of the Years of the World

Chapter 37: On the calamities of the year

Know that the year will be made severe. if there were malefics in the part of the upper circle, and in the northern part, and especially if Mars committed his own disposition to Saturn: because Saturn signifies grave things, and long-lasting ones, concerning the appearance of detriment in the earth, and the weakness of the king, and the taking away of faith and religion; and robberies will be multiplied, and contentions, and especially if one of the malefics were in the Midheaven. 

And in addition, look at the Moon: because if she committed her own disposition to Saturn from the lower part of the subterranean circle, it signifies tribulation and detriment and the changing of the kingdom. And if the Moon pushed her light to Saturn, and were with him [in the same sign] or in the square aspect or in the opposition, it will be that much worse. 

And look likewise at the Sun just as you have looked at the Moon: because if he were received, it signifies the fitness of evil.

And know that the benefics signify the loosening of evil, and its taking away, if they were strong in their place, having good testimony. And if they were direct, they signify good and fitness. . .

Looks like quite a year ahead. I'm tired already.   :-\ 

To use the list of monthly 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.

In addition to the books I reference 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. 


1, 2   Mercury Mars (c)

1   Moon Sun/Neptune (c)

1   Moon Node 

1   Moon Mercury (c)

1, 2   Mercury Jupiter

1, 2 Mercury Uranus (c) 

4, 5, 6, 7   Mars Node

5   Moon Pluto (c)

6   Moon (0 CANCER) 

6   Moon Saturn (c) 

6, 7, 8   Sun VenusRx (c)

6, 7   Mercury Venus (c) 

10   Moon Mars 

11   Moon Jupiter (c)

11   Moon Uranus 

12   Moon Venus 

13   Moon (0 LIBRA) 

13   Mercury (0 ARIES)

13   Moon Mercury 

13   Moon Sun/Chiron 

14   Moon Neptune 

15   Moon Node 

15, 16   Sun/Chiron Mercury (c)

18   Moon Pluto

19, 20, 21   Sun (0 ARIES) 

20   Moon (0 CAPRICORN) 

20   Moon Saturn 

22, 23   Mercury Neptune (c)

24   Moon Mars (c)

24, 25 Sun Chiron (c)

24, 25, 26, 27   VenusRx Chiron (c) 

25   Moon Mercury/Uranus (c)

26   Moon Jupiter 

26   Moon Sun (c) 

27   Moon VenusRx (c) 

27   Moon (0 ARIES) 

27   Moon Chiron (c) 

28   Moon Neptune (c) 

29   Moon Node 

29, 30 Node Mercury 

31 -(into April)   Venus (0 ARIES) 

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