Many like to use astrology to analyze their relationships, and relationship astrology can be quite accurate and effective when trying to figure out why relationships are the way they are.
One part of relationship astrology is the composite chart, and this can be used in conjunction with natal chart analysis to get a feel for what the relationship holds. Some parts of the composite chart and more beneficial than others, and some are more challenging. One of the challenging ones? Anaretic composite planets.
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What is the composite chart?
Composite charts take the natal charts of two people and merge them, creating a new chart that can be used in relationship analysis. The composite chart is seen as the chart for the relationship itself, which is almost treated like a whole other entity in the relationship.
The composite chart can often explain why some people who seem like they should get on great don't, and why some who seem like they shouldn't get on at all do well. Because the composite chart says so!
What is the anaretic degree?
In astrology, the anaretic degree is 29 degrees of any sign. There are 30 degrees in each Zodiac sign, and 29 degrees if the very last degree.
In the natal chart, this can show an area where you struggle with using too much or too little of the planet's energy, but have major potential once you master it. In transit, the anaretic degree is a point of crisis energy that triggers major developments and events.
Anaretic Planets in the Composite Chart:
When one of the composite planets is anaretic, this may be a challenging position in the relationship. It can show an area where the two of you overplay the energy and it's too much, or underplay the energy and it gets ignored.
This can be most challenging with the composite Sun, Moon, or Venus at the anaretic degree. The composite Sun is the identity of the relationship, and often shows where it's most focused. When the Sun is anaretic, there may be too much attention paid to that area to the detriment of the rest of the chart, or there may be so little attention paid to it that it's severely lacking in the relationship. The identity of the relationship itself may be of too much or too little importance, and it may be a little all over the place at times.
The potential though can be very high, and this can be a transformative relationship that results in the two of you as like a powerhouse together. But, it can be so much work to get to that point, and you need to have more beneficial astrology going on in the composite chart and in synastry.
The composite Moon at the anaretic degree impacts the emotional connection, and there may be too much emotion in the relationship so it's overwhelming, intense, too subjective, or completely destructive, or not enough emotion in the relationship so it lacks any kind of personal touch.
The potential would be that this relationship has a perfect emotional balance, but achieving that usually requires both people to already be pretty emotionally stable before coming together.
Composite Venus at the anaretic degree impacts affection between you since Venus is the lover. Venus wants romance, hugs and kisses, and general affection, but when anaretic, this may go over the top where everything is physical and there's not much beyond that, or it may be lacking so much that you rarely display affection for each other. The potential would be that this relationship shows the right amount of affection in the right times and ways, if you can get to the happy middle.
While those may be the most challenging at the anaretic degree in the composite chart, the other composite planets at the anaretic degree can also have some problems. With Mercury, this can show communication issues; with Mars, this can show issues with aggression and action; with Jupiter, this can show laziness or excess between you; with Saturn, this can show major lessons needing to be learned; with Uranus, there may be too much instability or resistant to change; with Neptune, it may be unrealistic; and with Pluto, there can be the good old power struggles.
You can also look at the house(s) the anaretic composite planet rules in the composite chart. The parts of the relationship that house rules may be directly impacted by the anaretic energy as well.
A note if you have any anaretic natal planets:
The anaretic composite planet ties directly into your anaretic natal planet, and can set it off. If you're properly worked on your anaretic natal planet and use the energy correctly now, this can surge it even more and the relationship may be seen as an incredible asset to one of your biggest strengths and abilities.
If you haven't worked on your anaretic natal planet properly, the relationship can make it more apparent, and it can be even more of a struggle for you. It may seem like the relationship is pointing out one of your greatest flaws, weaknesses, or vulnerabilities, or bring out some of the worst in you, but it does have the potential to point this out to you so you can finally work on it.
Suggested Reading: Chiron in the Composite Chart