Many people have questions about the 29th degree, which is also known as a critical degree. All of the placements in your chart are at a certain degree, from zero to 29. So, this is obviously, the last degree of a sign before it changes into the next sign. Therefore, being born with a placement at the 29th degree is very significant. It indicates, in my view, that the expression of that placement takes on a special, driving importance.
I always like to think of the 29th degree as the last year to live for a sign. Basically, think of that sign going to the doctor and being told it has some horrible, terminal illness and won’t live past the next year. What happens to this sign is what happens to people, in real life, when this happens. Everything either takes on a sense of extreme urgency or all of the important things start making so much sense that a Zen-like calm and wise understanding is assumed.
Let’s say you have a Taurus Sun at the 29th degree. Now, on one hand, you might pursue Taurus concerns with a desperate sort of drive. When you were born, the Sun was right on the verge of moving into Gemini. So, people could’ve been rushing to soak up the patience and good sense of the Taurus Sun while they still could. And this may be an attitude that’s planted in your head. You might feel things like saving, financial security, values, possessions, and sensual pleasures must be achieved and undergone with a lot of urgency. Let’s go, go, go while we still can!
|"Dying Child" by Edvard Munch|
On the other hand, the last day of a Sun sign period is when all of those sign’s themes fully make sense to many people. The chapter is closed for the year and the important lessons are learned. So, you might go the other extreme with Taurus Sun at 29 degrees. You might feel very at peace with all things Taurus, to the point where you don’t really need to pursue them that aggressively. In fact, you might display a lack of attachment to the priorities of this sign, as if you’re letting everything go in preparation for a new life cycle.
People with a personal placement at 29 degrees are often times appear to be far from the typical description of that placement for the aforementioned reason. They know that the end of that journey is near and are preparing for it. In this way, they are already assuming some of the traits of the next sign. Those with 29th degree placements who are the highly urgent types usually have situations come into their lives that teach them this detachment. Their desperation might puzzle and frustrate them until they come to realize that what they really need to do is let go.
Of course, your placement isn’t really going to die. That is, not until you do (hate to be morbid but it’s true). Still, having a 29th degree placement means that the area that the placement governs is all about endings. Yet, this gives you even more of an opportunity than most to become a highly evolved version of said placement. After all, don’t most people want to make amends and answer a lot of the tough questions once they get that sentence from that doctor?
Well, this placement can, too.