July 30, 2022

Recently I’ve been geeking out over a lesser-known type of aspect, which is quite different from the Ptolemaic ‘ray-based’ aspects you are used to hearing me talk about. Antsicia is not a new concept and was well documented by ancient astrologers. Bonus points for working out how it fits in with the Thema Mundi!


Antiscia is calculated in reference to the solsticial axis. Planets (or other relevant points in a chart) are said to be in antiscion to one another when they mirror each other’s placement with reference to this. These placements are equidistant from the celestial equator and share equal light in terms of their timing in the solar seasons. 



What I mean by that is, in Leo season, there will be a day when the sun is the same distance by degree from 0 degrees of Cancer, as there will be on a certain day during Taurus season, and therefore these days will also be equal in terms of their daylight hours. These points are in antiscion. 


As above, so below. 


Antiscia, which means shadow or reflex in Greek, connects signs that have a same-same-but-different kind of vibe. They connect signs of different qualities, genders, and temperaments. These signs share a kind of affinity, sympathy or kinship. When placements are in antiscion, they function similarly to conjunction, where the planetary energies are imported and shared; it gives the placements involved a kind of active dynamism because of the juxtaposed qualities. 

When we talk about shared light in astrology, we are talking about power. Therefore, antiscia are about shared power. Just what that power depends, of course, on what placements are involved.


Food for thought:


What do Cancer and Gemini have in common? 

What about Taurus and Leo?

Aries and Virgo? 

Libra and Pisces? 

Scorpio and Aquarius?

What about Sagittarius and Capricorn? 


Have you got antiscia in your natal chart?

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