Anaretic Degree

In astrology, the anaretic degree is the final degree of any sign, which is 29 degrees 0 minutes to 29 degrees 59 minutes. Some modern theorists include the last two degrees. This degree or range is considered to be critical, so any planets, angles or celestial bodies placed within that range are likely to display the most extreme attributes of the sign or planet.

Generally, when a planet is posited an anaretic degree, the planet will stand out. It is “taking up the rear”, usually being the planet in the chart with the highest degree value. This is not always negative, though it’s generally portrayed as such.

An example of how the anaretic degree can pose problems is in horary astrology. When one casts a chart based upon a question, if any planet or celestial body is placed in the last dwad of the sign then it is said that the outcome of the question has already been assured, and there is nothing the querent can do to alter the outcome. In horary, one of the strictures against judgment is when the ascendant is in the last three degrees of a sign or the first three degrees of a sign, which would include the anaretic degree or degrees.

Another area where the anaretic degree plays an important role is that in wedding charts. In Helen Adams Garrett’s book on the anaretic degree, she stated that the anaretic degree is usually found somewhere in the charts of couples who later divorce. However, the divorce rate being what it is, it might be possible to assess the potential cause of disagreement in advance and work that out through astrological counseling.

The concept of anaretic is associated with the concept of void of course. In modern astrological theory, a planet is considered to be void of course when it makes no aspects to another planet before changing signs. This usually refers to the Sun or the Moon, though it can apply to others as well, generally fast-moving inner planets. Therefore, many planets that are anaretic are also void of course, because they are late-degree.

These planets will always have a special emphasis, and it will not always be negative. Instead it may be an “edgy” feeling, or a sense of transition; the word anaretic is associated with the idea of death. Rather than being negative, it’s a place in the chart that the querent keeps coming back to, whether seeking resolution or working out a persistent issue that calls for attention.
In this sense, anaretic planets have similar properties to Chiron, which has been described by the late Al Morrison as the “inconvenient benefic.”

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