I have referenced using the Antiscions when working with Synastry and Composite charts. But exactly what is the Antiscion? How is it found? What does it mean?
Antiscion: The antiscion (pl. antiscia) is known as the mirror point or the shadow of a planet. The o Capricorn/0 Cancer axis being the line of reference for formulations. Antiscia are also known as the Solstice Points. Especially if you work with Horary, know them by both names, it will be a considerable help for you.
There are charts available out there that will help you pinpoint your Antiscions, and there are many programs that automatically generate them. I would strongly urge you learn to do these by hand (and then in the mind) as you will have a much better grasp of them and will not need to rely on outside sources. That sounded like my 4th grade teacher explaining why we don’t use calculators until we know the math.
The thing to remember is that the signs mirror each other in Latitude.
So, a Libra planet Antiscion will be found in Pisces… and Pisces planet Antiscion will be found in Libra. The degrees work in the same mirroring way…a vice versa.
1 degree = 29 degrees
2 degrees = 28 degrees
and so on…. the minutes are the same formulation
01 degree = 59 degrees
02 degrees = 58 degrees
That is where the charts come in handy! There is an easy way to do this in the head.
Take 30 degrees and convert it to make the math easier. So now we have 29 degrees and 60 minutes. From that, subtract the degrees and minutes of your planet. The answer will give you the degrees for the Antiscion… now you just have to find the corresponding sign.
Example: The Moon is at 23Gemini23…. so we take the 29.60 and subtract 23.23 and get 06.37. The mirror to Gemini is Cancer so the Antiscion is 6Cancer37.
Now what do we do with this new knowledge?
“…therefore let a Planet be in the tenth degree of Taurus, he casts his Antiscion to the 20th degree of Leo; that is, he gives virtue to any Planet that shall be there placed, or casts any Aspect unto that point; and the Learned do hold an Antiscion to be equivalent to a sextile or trine Aspect, especially if they were Fortunate Planets; and a Contrantiscion to be of the nature of a square or opposition.”
“those which are of the same virtue and are equally distant from the first degree of the two tropical signs Cancer and Capricorn and in which degrees where the Sun is, the days and nights are of equal length. For example, when the Sun is in the tenth degree of Taurus he is as far distant from the first degree of Cancer as when in the twentieth degree of Leo. Therefore when the Sun is in the tenth of Taurus, he has his antiscion to the twentieth of Leo, that is he gives virtue or influence to any star or planet that at that time either is in the same degree by conjunction or casts any aspect to it.”
The consensus amongst Astrologers is that the Antiscion is where we find hidden motives, agendas, resources for the planet. In transits and Horary, look for the motivations here also. Also, Lilly seems quite generous in giving any aspect consideration, most Astrologers have concluded that conjuncts are of the only importance. The orb to be used should be very exact and not over one and a half degree.
The Contra Antision is exactly 180 degrees (opposite) of the Antiscion. The Contra Antiscion is considered unfortunate when a planet joins it, regardless of the nature. By the same token, a malific can conjunct the Antiscion and it benefits the planet (or Significator in Horary) as an accidental benefic.
When using the Antiscion with dual charts, look for conjunctions of a planet as a strong indicator of compatability… and without the traditional harshness of a true conjunct.
With predictive and transit Astrology, use the Antiscion to find motives and hidden factors and unexpected benefits.
With Horary…. there is alot you can do with Antiscions and Horary. One technique I haven’t seen used is the VOC Moon by Antiscia. If the Moon does not aspect any of the planets Antiscions by moiety, the Moon is VOC by Antiscia. You can also use the Antiscions of the Significators to see what is happening behind the scenes and motivating the outcome.