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.

If you'd like to learn more about antiscia, or about your chart or astrology generally, I offer student-directed mentorship and consultation services. 

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.  


Sun|Mars comes to Venus|Saturn Wanna Fight and Break Up?

This morning the Sun aligns with Mars on the cardinal axis and meets up with the already present Venus Saturn combination that began yesterday. While Venus Saturn emphasizes a more practical tone to our creative endeavors or ways of loving, it can also cause separation from the things or people we love - even if it's just in our mind. With Sun Mars moving into the picture, representing many things including using our will and vitality to pursue some aim, the need to be active is paramount otherwise there may be a tendency toward more aggressive expressions. To me this has a Big Fight and Break Up written all over it, in some form or manifestation, likely not literally. 

There are however other ways to look at and work with these combined planetary pairs, and we shouldn't miss the opportunity to make them work for us! 

The duty and discipline inherent in Venus Saturn melds well with Sun Mars if you channel the urge for work and activity into a project or some commitment that you feel passionate about. It's also got a nice feel of follow through - the drive is there to carry out some important task, if it's something you value enough.   


Prompted by the recent new moon in Virgo occurring last Sunday (which was conjunct my list-making & technique obsessed Mars), I have set a new project in motion: to track planetary antiscia. As I simultaneously write up the list of monthly antiscia for the Washington State Astrological Association blog, I thought it could be useful and possibly entertaining to provide a little more info here. 

If you would like to read a very thorough description of antiscia, I recommend Deborah Houlding's article. But simply put: antiscia are reflections like shadow points arranged 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 summer and winter solstice and the spring and fall equinox. Because these are reflections around the Cardinal axis - the points of the turning of the seasons - and all living things are dependent on and interacting with the seasonal shifts - it's an axis or point we all share.  And so, planets in antiscia are thought to be felt by all. 

In addition to the list, I will periodically delineate planetary pairs, speculating what particular planets in combination might bring about. But even without my delineations you can use this 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. 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 and 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 Saturn typically prefers it can be used in a practical way or has real world merit. 

You can work proactively with these daily combinations - not only can it be a good way to harness the energy, but it can be a great way to learn (both about astrology and life in general). 

Below is the list of antiscia for September:

1st, 2nd - Venus|Saturn  

2nd – Sun|Mars *

5th, 6th, 7th – Sun|Saturn

10th – Venus|Pluto *

11th, 12th - Venus|Uranus

11th – Mercury|Mars *

14th – Venus

15th – Mars|Chiron *

16th – Mercury|Saturn

17th, 18th - Sun|Pluto *

18th – Sun|Venus

19th, 20th, 21st – Sun|Uranus

20th, 21st – Mars|Neptune *

20th, 21st - Mercury|Venus

22nd – Mercury|Pluto *

22nd, 23rd – Sun

23rd, 24th - Mercury|Uranus

24th – Venus|Node *

24th – Sun|Mercury

25th – Mercury

Bold dates indicate when planetary combinations are strongest. The dates with an asterisk* are combinations that fall symmetrically around the 15 degree Fixed point (more easily visible on the 90 degree dial). Planets listed alone are those coming to 0 degrees Cardinal, or 15 Fixed, so their planetary meaning takes on heightened importance for the day. 

Here is the chart for the first antiscia of the month, Venus|Saturn: