Critical Degrees and 29 Degrees (the 29th Degree) in Astrology. Classic critical degrees are as follows: 0, 13, and 26 degrees of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn) 8-9 and 21-22 degrees of fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius);. 4 and 17 degrees of mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces). In Vedic astrology, each planet has a specific location in each sign which is considered fatal for it. This may be called the Fatal point for the planet. In the table below we are giving you a list of all the planets and the longitudes which are considered fatal for it. These points are stationary, and do not change in.
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- 0 degree is a new energy, a pure energy, a hopeful energy. In natal charts it's considered a karmic degree, you have something to share with the world. Ingress (0 degress) is a term usually used for transits rather than natal these days. 29 degrees is the anaretic degree.
Have you ever looked at your horoscope and wondered what all those funny degrees and minutes are all about? Well, you're not alone!
One of the most confusing things about studying Astrology initially is getting a grasp on the mechanics behind a birth chart. In fact, before you read the rest of this article, look at your own birth chart so you can see what we're talking about as we break it down into degrees and minutes.
Math phobics out there tend to see the degree circle and minute sign and break out into a sweat. No worries -- you can relax: This is NOT advanced Calculus. In fact, after reading this short primer you'll know exactly what you're looking at in terms of degrees and minutes, no matter whose birth chart you've got in your hands.
Let's start with decans
Let's begin with an explanation of how many degrees fill the horoscope wheel. We all know that there are 12 signs in the zodiac, but what you may not have known is that each sign is comprised of 30 degrees. Each zodiac sign will have three sets of decans contained within it -- and these decans all equal up to 30 degrees.
The first decan of any sign goes from 0 degrees to 9 degrees, 59 minutes and 59 seconds. The second decan goes from 10 degrees to 19 degrees, 59 minutes and 59 seconds. The third decan goes from 20 degrees to 29 degrees, 59 minutes and 59 seconds. This is true no matter which sign you're looking at. Also note, there are 60 minutes in every degree, but we don't use 60 minutes as a marker. Rather we go from 0 (and this is the 1st minute) to 59 minutes (which is really the 60th minute).
When you multiply 12 by 30 you get the magical number of 360. No matter whose horoscope you have in your hand, you can rest assured there are 360 degrees contained in it. No exceptions!
A fascinating parallel to these 360 degrees is that they represent one 24-hour day. Therefore, a birth chart in its entirety will represent the motion of one 24-hour day here on Earth.
When you look further into the 30 degrees contained in each sign, there's even more interesting significance. Certain degrees are believed to hold greater meaning in a birth chart than others. These degrees are commonly referred to as Critical degrees.
For the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn), the critical degrees are 0, 13 and 26. For the Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius), they are 8-9 degrees and 21-22 degrees. For the Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces), they are 4 and 17 degrees. Do you have a planet or sensitive angle in your chart at any of these degrees? If so, you can expect more of a focus in that area of your life.
Working with anaretic degrees
Furthermore, 0 degrees of any sign is considered a critical degree due to the karmic nature of being at the beginning of the sign. It is said that whatever planet or point is at 0 degrees will be in the early stages of learning lessons related to that point. Conversely, if a planet or point is at 29 degrees of any sign it is called an Anaretic Degree, and it symbolizes karmic completion related to that planet or points energy.
It is possible that if a person has a birth chart with many planets or angles at the Anaretic Degree he or she is a very old soul. There may be a sense of urgency or need to finish up something related to that planet or points energies as well.
So, what happens if a planet is at 29 degrees and 59 minutes? We saw this example with the birth of Prince George. He was born when the Sun was at the tail end of Cancer -- 29 degrees and 59 minutes. If he was born just a short time later, the Sun would have ingressed into 0 degrees Leo.
Cancer and Leo are very different energies! This is why knowing the degrees and minutes together of a planet or point is so vital. It helps us determine where a planet or point truly is astrologically. A planet at 29 degrees 59 minutes of any sign is still in that particular sign. Not to mention at a critical degree.
If you happen to have a planet in the 29th degree of a sign(the last degree) this means that in this incarnation you are completing some important phase in regards to this planet-you are bringing to conclusion something started in a past life, so the events of this planet will be more fated and predetermined(because of your past life actions).
For example if you have Venus-the planet of Love, at 29 degrees, this indicates that you might be completing some important relationship started from a past life, or shifting from one mode of perceiving and doing relationships to another-a kind of quantum leap in regards to interpersonal partnerships and social graces. But because this life is a transitory one in regards to the expression of the planetary energy, it can be very volatile and prone to sudden reversals and crisis! That's why the 29th degree is known as a critical degree! But the evolutionary indication of such planets is one of progress and moving to the next level through a big psychological and outer change! So sooner or later the person with the critical planet will go through some big reversal or crisis till they awaken to a higher manifestation of the planet. Sometime more than one crisis is needed-till the person gets it..so their life might be full of ups and downs till that fated transition which breaks them through on another level!
Mercury at the 29th degrees might indicate that you have reached a maturation stage at a type of thinking, skill or communicating and will be faced with the challenge to transcend this perfectly acquired style.
The 29th degree also shows something we have mastered really well (at least at that level) so we can be called to teach or manifest this energy now in a peak performance. You have been cultivating the skills and talents of this planet for a number of past lives and now you are culminating by giving your best in that area, delivering the fruits of your many life efforts! But also preparing for the next initiation! Almost like taking an exam in regards to that planet and once you do are ready for the higher grade of experiences.
In ancient astrology, the planet with the highest degree in the birth chart is considered to be the wisest, the one our soul has mastered the best and had most experiences with in past lives. Therefore it become your Soul Planet-it signifies you and your best talents and possible careers.
A planet at the 29th degree immediately becomes your soul planet-it is the most mature and natural energy for you-so often people with a planet at the 29th degree have a mission with that planet!
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For example my Uranus(which rules astrology) is at the 29th degree. Hehehe
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My husband's Sun is at 29 degree-he is a natural born leader and centre stage person.
But then again we should not forget that these planets are prone to crisis and sudden changes, because we have left our legacy with this planet. Once you have reached the end of your rope, no matter how perfect it is, Life will tear it down, so you can rebuild it again, from scratch on a higher level, which will take stable root from the next incarnation. Astrology compatibility by date of birth and name.
A lot of endings and dissolutions happen in regards to this planet and the houses it rules. For example if it rules the 1st house, at a certain time in life the person might fully change their physical appearance, start regarding their physical body in a totally different way and start living a much healthier life in comparison to many lives/cycles before-like becoming a vegetarian! This huge change will usually be preceded by a big crisis and life going upside down.
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Also check the house position of the planet at the 29th degree. For example Jupiter in the 10th will indicate the ending of one sort of belief system and way of making sense of the world(Jupiter) will affect mostly the social status and career development of the person. Crisis there are likely because of that.
29th degree is on the edge, and so are the people with such planets-they can challenge the status quo and break moulds In respect to this planet! They are between 2 'worlds' so to speak. One leg here, one leg on the other side-they become like a bridge for others to transcend the limitations and conventions of this planet. They see a bigger picture(just like the dying person who is talking to his living family but is starting to see his deceased loves ones and scenes from the higher realms). So they break boundaries with that planet.
For example Jonni Mitchell broke boundaries of artistic expression with her Venus at 29 degrees in Virgo. Venus(art, music) is also her mission and fated vocation.
The 29th degree is also connected to a sense of loneliness. You have come to the end of the road of something..But the peak is a lonely place.
So remember a planet on the 29th degree is: prone to reversals and crises, indicates matters which are peaking and getting completion, talents you have mastered to a high level and is now time for a higher initiation, fated mission and predetermined events(from your past life actions), able to push boundaries and break moulds.