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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ANTISICA July/2013

Planets in antiscia and contra-antiscia reflect one another across the cardinal axis. The cardinal axis (sometimes called the Aries Point) is essentially the node of the Sun and is a point we all share. It is the intersection of two Great Circles: the ecliptic (the sun's path = our zodiac) and the earth's equator. A planetary pair is formed when planets connect across the cardinal axis; similar to planetary pairs formed by planets in aspect or in conjunction, planets in antiscia are making a terrestrial statement. Planetary pairs provide insight into the energy of the day, as well as enriching natal and dynamic chart delineation. More on antiscia here...    

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

  • Bold dates indicate a particular planetary expression is exact (within 10 minutes of arc).
  • Dates showing only one planet indicate its ingress into a cardinal sign (meaning: it is sitting directly on the cardinal axis and ought to feature prominently that day).
  • Those with a (c) indicate contra-antiscia - a symmetrical arrangement around the Aries/Libra axis.
  • The date[s] the planetary pair is formed is listed on the left - and the date & time of its perfection is on the right.    

Not a whole lot going on per antiscia this month. However, there is a potent grand trine occurring in WATER on July 15, 16, 17 which happens along with a Uranus station (retrograde @ 12'31 Aries). The Moon comes to (and activates) this triangular matrix between Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune on July 16 at 4:00pm (PDT) ~ deep breath for a deep dive. There is also an extraordinary grand sextile happening later in the month! Charts below.

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Day of month + Planet/Planetary Pair + Day/Time @ exact (PDT)

July 2013

10, 11  Venus Node  (c)  11 – 01:44

12, 13  Mars (0 CAN)

17, 18  Venus Saturn  (c)  18 – 03:52


Moon joins Saturn @ 4'52 Scorpio - activating the grand trine configuration between Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune. 

Moon activating grand trine in Washington DC. 

The chart above is set for Washington DC. Note when the Moon comes to Saturn in Scorpio, in the eleventh whole sign house from the Ascendant, the Moon is very near its deepest point of debilitation (03 Scorpio) and the out of sect malefic Mars (meaning the more difficult hard working planet in a daytime chart) is also debilitated (in Cancer) and is setting on the Descendant. There we also find an exalted Jupiter (thankfully) and retrograde Mercury (of interest). Pluto in Capricorn is rising. Neptune in Pisces in the third house is connected by trine to both Saturn and Jupiter. And the Lot of fortune is positioned in the fourth whole sign house with a stationing retrograde Uranus. Venus in Leo "sees" (aspects by strong sextile) the Midheaven in Libra, a place where Venus has dignity; that's nice.
Will be interesting to see what manifests. 

Addendum: There is a march planned for Tuesday (a day ruled by Mars) July 16 in Tallahassee Florida to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin. 

"...Phillip Agnew, executive director of Dream Defenders, a coalition of young people of color in Florida formed after Martin’s death. They have called for a "Takeover Tuesday" protest in Florida’s capital of Tallahassee on July 16. "I think we need to look at the environment that created a situation that grew a George Zimmerman and snuffed out a Trayvon Martin," Agnew says. "The fact is, our society programs people to be afraid of young people — young people of color specifically."

Later in July: 


A very rare and spectacular grand sextile! 

This grand sextile on July 29 is made up of the Moon, Jupiter, Mars (+ Mercury), Venus, Saturn, Pluto, and Neptune and has offshoots to both the Sun and Uranus  - which means every planet is in attendance. It's party time, for better or worse. Though at least this time around both the Sun and Moon are dignified (Sun rules Leo and Moon is exalted in Taurus - unlike the chart above with a highly debilitated Moon). The fixed square also shares more sympathy than some as they're connected by antiscia (by sign), the square to a void Uranus is where we find  potential for disruption and upset.