The anaretic degree is 29 degrees of any sign, the very last degree of a sign. It’s seen as a point of crisis energy because of that. In the natal chart, it can show an area where we struggle, either playing up the energy too much or not enough. In the progressed chart, it can indicate a period where we’ll feel a major urge to get things started or finished while we still have the chance before the progression moves into a new sign. In the return chart, it can show an area of contention for the period the return chart is active for and with whatever it rules.
In transit, it can show a time when the whole world is struggling with intense, aggravating energy. This article focuses mostly in the impact via transit (which will tend to be more negative since there are billions of humans and we can't all consciously make the same decision at the same time to use an astrological placement positively! I wrote about the anaretic degree in the natal chart HERE and in the progressed chart HERE for Astrology Weekly).
Fire signs: Anaretic Aries can be high energy since Aries is an active fire and cardinal sign, but energy we can struggle with. It needs a healthy outlet, something to be directed at, otherwise it becomes combustible. Anaretic Leo can also be high energy being a fire sign as well, and this can play out more in terms of creative energy as well as the energy of love. We may be more boastful, proud, and arrogant, and creative outlets and creative expression can be helpful. Anaretic Sagittarius, another fire sign, also contains a lot of energy, and this can play out more in terms of expansion and experiences. We can struggle to be open-minded, to get out into the world, and to understand other ways of living and believing, and need to have more space and think more freely.
Earth signs: Anaretic Taurus can be low energy since Taurus is a fixed earth sign, the most grounded of the signs, and we may struggle with taking action, with making decisions, and with making things happen as we feel stuck in many ways. We can be stubborn and need to be open to movement and change. Anaretic Virgo, another earth sign, can be anxious, restless energy, overly worried and nitpicky. We need to manage stress and have healthy outlets for frazzled nerves. Anaretic Capricorn, the third earth sign, can be overly cautious, constantly overwhelmed, struggle with responsibilities, and avoid anything unconventional. We need to be more open, not shirk responsibilities but also not take any on that aren’t ours to take, and do the right thing at all times.
Air signs: Anaretic Gemini can be high energy, but focused on the mind as a mutable air sign. That mental energy can be difficult to pin down, ebbing and flowing all over the place, and there’s too many ideas, too many opinions, too many plans, too many options. We need to ground our mental energy and focus. Anaretic Libra, another air sign, struggles with vacillation, caring too much what other people think, and feeling out of sorts and out of balance easily. We need to work on keeping the peace, being compromising and fair, but also understanding ourselves as individuals better. Anaretic Aquarius, the third air sign, can get lost in high ideas, thinking too broadly and too widely, and shuns the traditional. We need to work on blending the unconventional with the traditional, and bringing our minds out of total idealism and into some sense of reality.
Water signs: Anaretic Cancer can be strong emotional energy as a cardinal water sign, and we can identify too much with what we feel, making us subjective, or struggle with emotional expression and emotional understanding or connection. We need to work on strengthening ourselves internally and strengthening the foundation of our lives and the world. Anaretic Scorpio, another water sign, can struggle with emotional depth, getting lost in extreme emotional swings and pessimism, or wanting to avoid diving into the depths completely. Rage and hatred and jealousy and envy and the darker side to ourselves can be a problem. We need to bring in some light, work on emotional understanding, and transform for the better in as many ways as we can. Anaretic Pisces, the third water sign, can lack focus and be too fluid and flowy emotionally. Easily scattered, overly vulnerable, lacking interest in the real world, being lost in other worlds and realms, or shunning the mystical and spiritual entirely. We need to find the balance between the physical world and the beyond, and ground ourselves emotionally and spiritually, and not be afraid of our intuition.