There are certain positions that are more important than others, and one of those is the anaretic degree. There are certain events more important than others, and one of those is retrogrades. Put them together? Oh, you're cooking up something big astrologically!
What does anaretic mean in astrology?
The anaretic degree is 29 degrees of any sign. There are 30 degrees in each sign, and the 29th degree is the very last degree. With the transit (moving) planets at this degree, it's crisis energy.
When you have natal planets at this degree, they tend to be the strongest in your natal chart, and you underpay or overplay them (usually the former) to your detriment until you work out whatever blocks are associated with it (then it can become your greatest asset).
What does retrograde mean in astrology?
A planet of body is called retrograde when it appears to be moving backward through the Zodiac from our view here on Earth; it isn't actually moving backward, it just appears that way.
Normal motion is forward, so when a planet is retrograde, it operates differently. The Sun and Moon don't retrograde; Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Chiron retrograde for months at a time every year.
The retrogrades of Mercury, Venus, and Mars tend to be a lot bigger, both in transit and in the natal chart. In transit, we can all get thrown off with whatever they're touching in your natal charts, and when you're born with them in your natal chart, that can be your greatest challenge (but like the anaretic degree, once you work it out, it can be your greatest asset).
Anaretic Retrograde Transit Planets
When a transit planet is retrograde and comes to the anaretic degree, it usually means it's gone backward from the sign ahead to now the sign it's anaretic in. Whenever a transit planet retrogrades over the anaretic degree, it's usually a significant trigger from developments in the world at large, as well as for us personally.
In the world at large, this tends to focus on the planet that's at this position and the sign it's in. When Mercury is retrograde and anaretic, this can set off bad news and fighting. When Venus is retrograde and anaretic, this can screw with diplomacy and alliances. When Mars is retrograde and anaretic, this can stir major violence.
When Ceres is retrograde and anaretic, this can cause challenges with having enough nourishment and support for those who need it. When Jupiter is retrograde and anaretic, this can create legal issues and problems with global connections. When Saturn is retrograde and anaretic, there can be problems with authority, governing, or the Earth.
When Uranus is retrograde and anaretic, unrest and rebellion can break out. When Neptune is retrograde and anaretic, empathy and compassion may be challenged, and there can be water issues. When Pluto is retrograde and anaretic, this can expose major secrets, corruption, and stir struggles for power. When Chiron is retrograde and anaretic, there may be great wounding and health challenges.
On a personal level, you tend to feel this in the areas of life ruled by the house the retrograde anaretic planet is located, and with any aspects it makes to your natal chart.
Anaretic Retrograde Natal Planets
When a planet is retrograde and anaretic when you were born, it's anaretic and retrograde in your natal chart. A natal chart is your blueprint for your life and personality, so this planet is a part of who you are and the life you live - for better or worse!
When it's Mercury, expressing yourself openly and feeling understand may be the challenge of your life; yet you have potential to be an incredible communicator, even public speaker. When it's Venus, connecting with others in healthy relationships and developing solid self-confidence may seem elusive, but when you get it, you can seem like an inspiration.
When it's Mars, you may avoid going for what you want and taking a chance on yourself, but once you develop a belief in yourself and find inner courage, you can be unstoppable. When it's Ceres, feeling nurtured and supported may be lacking in a big way growing up, but you can work through it to become the supreme nurturer.
Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Chiron may not be as strong as the other 4, but can still have some impact. It may connect to your ability to expand, explore, and be open to opportunity for Jupiter; to being disciplined or your responsibilities and goals for Saturn; to being true to your individuality and independence for Uranus; to taking care of your spiritual needs for Neptune; to your personal power for Pluto; or to your personal healing for Chiron.
Suggested Reading: Zodiac Signs at the Anaretic Degree