There are some astrological events that are going to stir up major energy in your life, and one of those events is when a progressed planet is anaretic. This happens with the progressed Moon once every 2 ½ years or so. Let’s explore what that means for you!
What is the anaretic degree in astrology?
The anaretic degree is 29 degrees of any sign, the last degree of a sign, and a point of crisis energy.
In transit, transit planets at 29 degrees prompt big energy that usually creates lots of challenges and upheaval to work through.
In the natal chart, natal planets at 29 degrees generally show a position where you struggle with the energy until you work out the blocks/issues associated with it and learn to use it as an asset.
In the progressed chart, this means the progressed planet is moving into a new sign at some point, and this can trigger developments in your life as you feel like you have to take action while you still have the chance (before it's moved into the new sign).
What is the progressed chart?
The progressed chart adds one day to your date of birth for every year you've been alive to create a new chart reflective of your maturation and growth with age, and is used in predictive analysis.
The progressed Moon moves the fastest of the progressed planets, spending about 2 1/2 years in one Zodiac sign, and about 1 month in each degree (and there are 30 degrees per sign). This means the progressed Moon spends about 1 month every 2 1/2 years or so anaretic.
When the progressed Moon is anaretic . . .
The Moon governs your emotions, what you need for emotional stability and security, and how you react emotionally. The progressed Moon reflects your emotional maturation. So when the progressed Moon is anaretic, this can be a period where you're emotionally driven to take action with something, and this may be an attempt to improve stability and security. It's a big push to act.
How exactly and where exactly this is directed in your life is usually seen through the Zodiac sign the progressed Moon is anaretic in. For example, if it's in Leo, this may be in your love relationships or involve a creative project or pursuit; if in Virgo, this may be in your work life, daily life, or health; in Aquarius, this may be in a friendship, involve a group you belong to, pertain to a cause you're pursuing, or deals with one of your dreams for the future.
This energy is brief compared to the other progressed planets, which typically spend at least 1 year anaretic, so it's a quick burst of energy to take action and do something.
When you see your progressed Moon is going to be anaretic, make sure to plan for action! (and fyi, you can create a progressed chart for free using astro.com, just select Progressed chart in the dropdown menu in Extended Chart Selection)
Also note that you can be more sensitive to the transit Moon during the time your progressed Moon is anaretic, especially with the full moon that occurs during this period and the few days that the transit Moon is in your natal and progressed Moon signs. Those days can trigger intense emotional energy and you may need more comfort and emotional support.
Suggested Reading: The Progressed Moon page for general interpretations of sign and house location and aspects
And here come to first new and full moons for 2021! January comes with a new moon in earthy Capricorn and a full moon in fiery Leo.
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What is a new moon?
A new moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are in the exact same position in the Zodiac (called a conjunction). New moons are related to beginnings, have high energy, and are enthusiastic.
What is a full moon?
A full moon occurs when the transit (moving) Sun and Moon are in the exact opposite positions in the Zodiac (called an opposition). Full moons are related to endings, culminations, and are emotional energy.
New Moon in Capricorn: January 13th 2021 (12:01AM ET/ January 12th @ 9:01PM PT)
January's new moon occurs in Capricorn, but thankfully, we have no Capricorn stellium for it to trigger! So we just get some good old fashioned Capricorn energy. We can set new goals, work on long-term plans, and make sure we're going in the right direction for this new year. We can be practical about what we can achieve, and know what our abilities are.
Capricorn helps us to get more disciplined, responsible, cautious, and considerate. We can try to do things the right way and for the right reasons, and we can work to build something that will last for a long time. Our focus in realistic, and we can stick to our plans faithfully.
There may be focus on governments, institutions, corporations, the establishment, or politics with this new moon (hopefully not in a terrible way!).
This new moon is conjunct (aligned with) Pluto in Capricorn, and this increases passion and intensity for the new moon. Whatever we work on, we can throw ourselves into fully, and channel our passionate energy productively. We can start new transformations for the better, and we can revamp the status quo to something that makes more sense moving forward.
The new moon occurs at 23 degrees 13 minutes Capricorn. The aspects to this new moon are:
Conjunction: 21 degrees 13 minutes - 25 degrees 13 minutes Capricorn
Sextile: 21 degrees 13 minutes - 25 degrees 13 minutes Scorpio or Pisces
Square: 21 degrees 13 minutes - 25 degrees 13 minutes Aries or Libra
Trine: 21 degrees 13 minutes - 25 degrees 13 minutes Taurus or Virgo
Opposition: 21 degrees 13 minutes - 25 degrees 13 minutes Cancer
Full Moon in Leo: January 28th 2021 (2:16PM ET/11:16AM PT)
The full moon for January 2021 comes to us in Leo, and this is the sign of creativity, love, and fun. We can work to connect better with our hearts, and feel more inspired creatively. We can finalize creative plans, finish up creative projects, and eliminate love blocks. We may have less focus for anything that is too much like "work", and instead want to make more time for play, fun, and romance.
We may want more attention with a Leo full moon, and this can make us a little needy. This is more of an issue if one lacks proper self-esteem, so work on that. We may grow closer with those we love, and feel more of a spiritual connection with them. Any we don't, we may pull away from.
This full moon is square (hard aspect, 3 signs away) Mars in Taurus and opposite Jupiter in Aquarius, so there is some challenging energy with this full moon. Mars might bring out some fighting energy, and we can be more frustrated and easily irritated. We may need a healthy outlet for frustrations. Jupiter can make us lazier, excessive, or self-centered. We may need to give ourselves some space without pushing everything away, and make sure we're not over-inflating the ego.
The full moon occurs at 9 degrees 6 minutes Leo. The aspects to this full moon are:
Conjunction: 7 degrees 6 minutes - 11 degrees 6 minutes Leo
Sextile: 7 degrees 6 minutes - 11 degrees 6 minutes Gemini or Libra
Square: 7 degrees 6 minutes - 11 degrees 6 minutes Taurus or Scorpio
Trine: 7 degrees 6 minutes - 11 degrees 6 minutes Aries or Sagittarius
Opposition: 7 degrees 6 minutes - 11 degrees 6 minutes Aquarius
Suggested Reading: The New & Full Moons page for general interpretations
White Moon Selena exits Scorpio in a few days on December 14th and moves into fiery Sagittarius. Scorpio is serious and intense and passionate, while Sagittarius is optimistic and fun and gregarious. Big shift in energy!
What is White Moon Selena in astrology?
White Moon Selena is the perigee of the Moon, so it's the closest point the Moon comes. Selena represents protective energy, benefiting us and shining a light on the path we should take in our lives. This is one of the more helpful points in astrology.
White Moon Selena in Sagittarius Dates:
General Impact of White Moon Selena in Sagittarius
With White Moon Selena in Sagittarius, we can focus most on our beliefs. When we're connected to what we believe, when we're living according to that, and when we're passionate about what we believe, we can benefit most and feel protected. We can feel safe enough to be bold, pursue opportunities, and expand our minds and lives.
White Moon Selena in Scorpio was great for spiritual and karmic enlightenment, so in Sagittarius, this can give us a more solid, secure connection to what we believe, and this can lead to greater personal growth and understanding.
Sagittarius is the teacher, so with White Moon Selena in Sagittarius, we can benefit from sharing our wisdom and knowledge with others. We may want to express ourselves more, and as long as we're expressing ourselves honestly and authentically, this can open up more opportunities in our lives. It can feel good to help others with what we've learned ourselves.
Sagittarius is also the truth, and we do well when we're living our truth. No lies, no facades, no masks, no pretending.
White Moon Selena in Sagittarius Aspects:
While in Sagittarius, White Moon Selena only makes one conjunction, and that's to Venus on December 16th at 0 degrees, so it's fairly early on. This can be a great time for relationships and dealings with others, for self-esteem and confidence, and for bringing stability and security. We can adhere to our values, and feel good about them.
To the slower planets, Selena in Sagittarius will sextile (positive aspect, two signs away) Jupiter in Aquarius on December 27th at 1 degree. Saturn is sextile as well at the same time (but not exact). This helps with giving protective, beneficial energy for our goals and plans, for new ventures, and for opportunities. We can feel like it's safe enough to be bold and daring.
Selena in Sagittarius only makes one hard aspect to the slower planets, and that's a square (3 signs away) to Neptune in Pisces on May 26th at 22 degrees. This might bring out some difficulty with feeling protected from what you don't know, having a harder time helping others, or struggling with intuition. There may be something that needs to be released or eliminated.
There is one other hard aspect to point out, and that's an opposition to Mercury retrograde in Gemini on June 3rd at 24 degrees. Mercury retrograde starts on May 29th opposing Selena. This might bring up some old problems and issues with feeling protected or that you're on the right path. There may be issues with expression and ideas, and we may put someone down for their thoughts and ideas or get put down ourselves for our own. We have to work on free and open discussion and keep an open mind.
We've got 7 months of Selena in Sagittarius, so make the most of it! Expand your mind, explore new opportunities, and be a little bolder.
Suggested Reading: White Moon Selena in the Zodiac Signs
Retrogrades! If a planet is retrograde when you were born, it is retrograde in your natal chart, which is a snapshot of the exact location of the planets, houses, and other bodies in the Zodiac at the moment you were born. The natal chart is a blueprint for your life and personality, and you can learn a lot about yourself - including your major challenges to work through - by studying your natal chart.
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What is a retrograde?
A planet is called retrograde when it appears to be moving backward from our view here on Earth; it's not actually moving backward, and just looks that way. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto retrograde for months at a time every year, so their impact is more subtle, and it is fairly common to have at least one of them retrograde in your natal chart.
The personal planets are the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars, and these planets are integral parts of who you are. The Sun and Moon don't retrograde, but Mercury, Venus, and Mars do. Mercury retrogrades for a few weeks 3-4 times each year, while Venus retrogrades for about 1 1/2 months every 1 1/2 years and Mars retrogrades for about 2 months every 2 years.
It's less common to have Mercury, Venus, or Mars retrograde in your natal chart because they aren't retrograde as often, and this is something that can stand out in your natal chart.
Natal Mercury, Venus, and Mars Retrograde
Mercury retrograde natives tend to suffer from difficulties with communication and expression since this is ruled by Mercury. They tend to feel misunderstood and made to feel like they're too different or don't belong.
Venus retrogrades natives tend to have issues with relationships and self-confidence since this is ruled by Venus. They tend to have bad relationships, attract the wrong people, have suffered love trauma, and question themselves quite a bit.
Mars retrograde natives tend to have challenges with using energy and drive since this is ruled by Mars. They can have trouble taking action when they need to, act as doormats to others, but have a lot of bottled up frustration and anger that can blow at bad times.
A Prominent Natal Mercury, Venus, or Mars Retrograde
If your natal Mercury, Venus, or Mars retrograde is more prominent in your natal chart, this can make the energy so much stronger for you, which means it can be much more challenging. Having one of these three planets retrograde in your natal chart is often the biggest challenge you have to deal with astrologically. Having that planet prominent makes it worse!
You may feel that planet absolutely dominates your personality or life, and most of your life struggles may be attributed to that planet. It's the root of all problems, the starting point you can trace it all back to.
You are NOT doomed though! At least, not if you work at it. It's true that until you do, you can have so much trouble. Youth is likely the worst period since you have so little control over your life and so little understanding of yourself when you're young, and that makes it worse.
Study the planet that is retrograde like your life depends on it (it does!). Understand what that planet is doing in your chart and how it has impacted your life. Find the positives, ways you can benefit from it. Like virtually all challenging positions in the natal chart, this has the potential to be your greatest strength and asset if you eliminate the issues and blocks, and work with the energy.
How do you know if you have a prominent natal Mercury, Venus, or Mars retrograde?
These are some of the way your natal Mercury, Venus, or Mars retrograde may be elevated in your natal chart:
Pisces Season Scopes
Saturn Square Uranus 2021
Jupiter Square Uranus 2021
February 2021 New & Full Moons
March 2021 New & Full Moons
Black Moon Lilith in Taurus: October 2020 - July 2021
White Moon Selena in Sagittarius: December 2020 - July 2021
Ceres in Aries: February - May 2021
Jupiter in Aquarius: December 2020 - May 2021, July - December 2021
Saturn in Aquarius: March - July 2020, December 2020 - March 2023
Uranus in Taurus: May - November 2018, March 2019 - July 2025, November 2025 - April 2026