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CosmiTec's Love Letter, Issue #106 -- Solstice Points in Synastry
September 21, 2013

In this Love Letter we'd like to discuss another quite neglected topic in the chart comparison; the use of the solstice points or antiscia.

It's a method that is very much used among European astrologers and that American-English speaking astrologers hardly use.

Time for some re-education ;-)

Love. Always.
Luc De Jaeger

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Table of Contents

Our regular features
  1. The Love Forecasts for the Month
  2. Love Quotes of the month
  3. What's new on our web site?

Our occasional features

  1. Solstice Points in Synastry

Love Forecasts for October 2013

In general, events are likely to happen around October 3, October 9-10, October 16, October 23 and/or October 30.

Also, still in general, the second half of October is marked by physical sensitivity, a weak constitution, drugs or alcohol related influences and/or physical drain if you are born around January 25, March 11, April 26, June 11, July 28, September 13, October 29 or December 12.

Some of you born around these birthdates will disappear/vanish (leave the environment) and/or will be at the mercy of other people -- for good or bad.

On the other hand, if you are born around January 4, February 18, April 4, May 20, July 6, August 22, October 7 or November 21, October will bring relief, fortunate developments and more happiness and joy; especially around October 6-7, October 14-15 and October 26-28.

You will feel free and liberated.

The first week of October 2013 is marked by a cardinal T-square between the Sun, Uranus and Pluto.

The Sun at 9° Libra will square Pluto at 9° Capricorn around October 1-2 first and will then oppose Uranus at 10° Aries around October 3.

Pluto is the apex point of this transformational and turbulent configuration.

During these first days of October, there can be stormy weather and cyclones/tropical storms or similar events happening here and there.

Also, this T-square is about drastic measures and may turn things upside down.

Some of you may feel confined.

However, because there is a minor Venus influence noticeable as well, for some, early October may bring love at first sight and/or enjoyable and exciting moments.

If you are born around December 30, February 13, March 30, May 15, July 1, August 17, October 2 or November 16-17, the auspicious Venus influences specifically apply to you (especially noticeable around October 2).

If you are born around October 2, your whole (solar return) year (counting from birthday to birthday) will be marked by attraction, love at first sight, new artistic and creative projects and/or perspectives and/or new ways of expressing yourself.

October 3 may become a bummer though and may bring a reality check.

There can be rejection and/or separation from a beloved one.

Around October 4, chances are that some of your plans will be cancelled or cannot be fulfilled.

This will be the more so if you are born around January 26, March 12, April 26, June 12, July 29, September 14, October 29 or December 13.

There is confusion around but beware of hoaxes and scams. Try to stay grounded.

In some instances, the actual astrological configurations point to (mental or brain) health issues (like cases of meningitis, Alzheimer etc.).

There may be a growing interest these days for spiritual and/or metaphysical topics as well.

Expect increased aggression, accidents and physical injuries around the October 5 New Moon which will find place at 11° Libra.

For some of you surgery is in the air...

Mercury conjoins the North Node of the Moon at 8° Scorpio around October 6.

This conjunction marks a very busy and hectic period with lots of communication (talks, meetings, phone calls,...).

This is discussion-time during which decisions have to be made.

While there is more nervous tension and stress, things will work out very well and there is a positive outlook.

October 7 is a very promising day full of happiness and windfalls, especially if you are born around January 4, February 18, April 4, May 20, July 6, August 22, October 7 or November 21.

Some of you may fall in love, others may receive parcels or gifts and/or enjoy favors.

Venus enters Sagittarius on that very day of October 7, resulting in increased optimism.

Venus in this mutable fire sign enjoys wandering (and traveling) and cannot stand restrictions or boundaries.

You may fall in love with foreigners (strangers) or 'teachers', enjoy beautiful places or just love to be outdoors as long as Venus resides in Sagittarius.

Around October 8, Mercury and Saturn conjoin at 10° Scorpio pointing to research and investigations.

Because both planets are in Scorpio, the zodiac sign of 'shared resources, taxes, loans, debts, etc.', there are financial issues and/or audits going on.

There can be expenses and financial losses resulting in a sad mood.

This is the more so because around October 10, Venus at 2° Sagittarius squares Neptune at 2° Pisces.

This waning Venus-Neptune square often results in expenses and financial losses.

Also, in matters of love, the waning Venus-Neptune square denotes submissive behavior.

You may be in a vulnerable mood, resulting in betrayal and/or deceptions.

Don't be swayed by (unrealistic) promises.

Around October 12, the Sun at 19° Libra squares Jupiter at 19° Cancer.

This waxing square of overdoing is too much of a good thing.

There is exaggeration, bluff and lots of self-delusion.

Beware of betrayal and promises that are too good to be true. What is too good to be true is rarely true!

If you are born around January 4, February 18, April 4, May 20, July 6, August 22, October 7 or November 21, there are successes and fortunate decisions around October 14.

It's an auspicious time that may bring births, engagements, marriages, successful ventures etc.

Mars enters meticulous Virgo around October 15.

In this mutable earth sign, Mars enjoys the minutest details.

Active Mars in servile Virgo wants to be of service but can also be frustratingly nitpicking.

If you are born around January 15, February 28-March 1, April 15, May 31-June 1, July 18, September 2-3, October 18 or December 2 you want to be alone (or you are alone) around October 17.

You are separated from beloved ones.

The Lunar Eclipse at 25° Aries around October 18-19 is a stressful and separative one.

If you are born around January 15, February 28-March 1, April 15, May 31-June 1, July 18, September 2-3, October 18 or December 2, you will feel the influence of the Lunar Eclipse profoundly and the whole period between October 16 and October 21 may become very tense and lonesome.

It's a very hectic and stressful time, with tons of work to accomplish.

You try to resist and don't want to give in.

Mars at 2° Virgo opposes Neptune at 2° Pisces around October 20.

The Lunar Eclipse and this accompanying opposition may bring illness and/or a low vitality.

Situations are too confused to bring progress and it looks as if everything is at a standstill now.

Efforts are in vain.

Around October 21, Mercury stations and turns retrograde at 18° Scorpio.

If you are Gemini or Virgo or if your Ascendant is one of these zodiac signs, the days before and after the exact station will bring some setbacks.

You may encounter minor health issues and you may not feel at par.

Don't expect too much around these days and you better keep a low profile.

Also, you better don't take important decisions around Mercury's station because you will have to re-consider later on.

The Sun enters intense Scorpio around October 23 bringing the focus on sex, shared resources, debt, loans, taxes and legacies (among others).

If you are born around January 4, February 18, April 4, May 20, July 6, August 22, October 7 or November 21, there is relief, good luck and optimism around October 27.

If you are born around January 25-26, March 11-12, April 26-27, June 11-12, July 28-29, September 13-14, October 29-30 or December 12-13, you are in a romantic and/or poetic mood.

During this very artistic and creative time frame you can revel in love, live your artistic or creative fantasies or take part in mystic events.

Beware of overindulgence though.

If you are born around October 29, your whole (solar return) year (counting from birthday till birthday) is marked by weakness, a fluctuating energy level and disappearing from your environment.

You are extremely sensitive and should stay away from drugs and/or alcohol.

Because Mercury and Saturn conjoin for the second time this month (now at 13° Scorpio) around October 29, there is sadness and a somber mood.

A lot of astrological configurations point to 'a disappearing man' around these late October days.

So, expect a male person to leave your world and/or environment.

A breakthrough in matters of love or finances is possible around October 30 that especially applies to you if you are born around January 29, March 14, April 29, June 15, August 1, September 17, November 1 or December 16.

At the same day of October 30, the Sun conjuncts the North Node of the Moon at 7° Scorpio resulting in meetings and encounters.

There is recognition and help coming from a male person or "someone of importance."

Love Quotes of the Month

I would rather have eyes that cannot see; ears that cannot hear; lips that cannot speak, than a heart that cannot love
-- Robert Tizon --

In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities
-- Janos Arnay --

We need not think alike to love alike
-- Francis David --

The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it
-- Richard Bach --

Marriage is like a flower garden; it blossoms when well taken care of
-- Source Unknown --

Love is blind, but marriage restores its sight
-- Georg C. Lichtenberg --

What's New on Our Web Site?

We updated our Scorpio in love and Sagittarius in love pages with new additional and significant traits that are the result of a very time-consuming analysis of 42,000+ birth data taken from the AstroDatabank.

This finishes the update of the zodiac signs in love pages for now.

We started this series with updating the Capricorn in love page and end with the Sagittarius in love page.

The next web site update will be all about articles that we previously discussed in this Love Letter.

Solstice Points in Synastry

In our Love Letter Issue 044 of July 21, 2008, we mentioned the solstice points (antiscia) when we discussed relationships at the working floor.

Especially in the English speaking astrological world, solstice points (antiscia) are quite unknown while in most European countries, these imaginary points are still part of the toolkit of astrological analysis.

European astrologers much more use traditional astrology that incorporates the method of the solstice points in chart analysis.

In most European astrological software programs, the solstice points are calculated in many ways while in English astrological software programs, the solstice points are not featured in the same way, not implemented very well or just lacking.

That's why doing astrological research pertaining to the solstice points is not easy and very time-consuming.

What are solstice points?

Solstice points are actually mirror points.

Every single degree in a horoscope wheel has a mirror degree or counter degree, mirroring its distance from the solstice axis on the opposite side of the chart wheel.

Because planets, bodies (like Asteroids), midpoints, Fixed Stars and sensitive points (the angles, the Part of Fortune, hypothetical planets,...) are posited at a certain degree in the horoscope wheel they too have their mirror point or counter or solstice point.

For a more in-depth understanding of solstice points or antiscia, we refer to this article by Deborah Houlding .

How to find the solstice points?

The zodiac signs for antiscial connections are as follows:

Sagittarius - Capricorn
Scorpio - Aquarius
Libra - Pisces
Virgo - Aries
Leo - Taurus
Cancer - Gemini

This denotes that every degree in Sagittarius has its counter degree (solstice point) in Capricorn, every degree in Virgo has its mirror degree in Virgo etc.

The Contra-antiscia (mirror) signs are:

Aries - Pisces
Taurus - Aquarius
Gemini - Capricorn
Cancer - Sagittarius
Leo - Scorpio
Virgo - Libra

This denotes that every degree in Taurus has its counter degree in Aquarius, every degree in Cancer has its mirror degree in Sagittarius etc.

You can find a conversion table of all the degrees in this pdf document by Darrelyn Gunzburg .

However, you can easily calculate and find the solstice points yourself, as follows:

The sum of the degree and its mirror degree (or solstice point) always equals 30°.

To calculate the solstice point subtract the degree placement of the planet from 30 (take 29°60').

This makes 29°60' - degree A = solstice point A and the zodiac sign can be read from the list above.

If Venus is at 14°58' Aquarius, its solstice point is at 15°02' Scorpio (14°58' + 15°02' = 30°00').

It's the same workflow to calculate the contra-antiscia.

Note that the contra-antiscia of a certain degree is always 180 degrees opposite the antiscia point.

The meaning of solstice points

These mirror points reflect hidden connections that are not visible to the eye.

When planets or bodies in the chart of person A hit (conjunct) a solstice point in the chart of person B, it can represent a hidden connection between both persons.

The orbs to be used may not exceed 1°. Only exact-to-the-degree (at the same degree) conjunctions count, and for a reason.

Because every single degree in a horoscope wheel has a mirror degree and every degree can be occupied by many different objects (planets, midpoints, Asteroids,...) you can prove anything when using wider orbs.

This is unscientific the more so because when using wider orbs, you will have overlapping influences of other mirror degrees (of midpoints, Fixed Stars,...).

This way 'everything can work' and that's not what builds the essence of a chart comparison.

We always use very narrow orbs and exact aspects. It's not one single aspect (or solstice point) that marks a relationship, but the combination of them.

After all and similarly, it's not one single piece of the puzzle taken in isolation that gives you the cover of the puzzle!

The interpretation of the solstice points is similar to interpreting conjunctions but may act more like a hook -- for good or bad.

Solstice points bind together, but not always in a positive way.

Actually, it's still the planetary combination that is important and that will tell if the connection is challenging or not.

Venus at the solstice point of one of the angles of the partner work out in a very auspicious and affectionate way for example, while Saturn-Mars connections may work out more difficult.

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