Oprah Winfrey is a world renowned celebrity/talk show host, and much of her work has been helping others who are less fortunate. Whether it is donating huge sums of money to organizations she deems reputable or simply giving wonderful gifts to those who have attended her show’s taping, whatever she does she does in a grand and fashionable way. In short, Oprah Winfrey is a woman who came from a difficult upbringing and turned her misfortunes into a winning strategy for life.
Oprah’s birthday is January 29, 1954 and born in Kosiusko, Mississippi at 4:30 am CST, giving her an Aquarius Sun at 9 degrees (actually 8 degrees 59 minutes), a Sagittarius Moon at 4 degrees and her Rising Sign at 29 degrees and 41 minutes Sagittarius. Oprah’s double Sagittarius (Moon and Rising Sign) placements really emphasize her desire to do things in a big and wondrous meaningful way. Her 11th house (large groups of people, love received) Sagittarius Moon placement fits what she does perfectly, reaching great numbers of people, embracing humanity in the way many Sagittarians do!
Oprah’s 2nd house Sun placement in Aquarius compliments her Moon’s position as the 11th house is naturally ruled by Aquarius/Uranus! Her Sun is in a hard measurement to Saturn suggesting that for a very long time and perhaps even to this day questions her self worth. This may be hard to believe, but many people do not fully recover from sexual abuse, or being placed from home to home, Oprah gives love and wants the love of humanity in its truest sense. After much hard work I believe it is safe to say that Oprah has earned this as well as deserves it.
However, the reason for this article is to discuss the nature of the Anaretic degree in Astrology. When you have planets in an Anaretic degree there is the sense of questioning ones actions, and making timely decisions dictated by the planet’s nature and symbolism, the difficulty of coming to a conclusion, but the Rising Sign is different, (although house cusps are not generally included). The Ascendant (important and Angular) is how one represents oneself to the outside world, the Rising Sign represents the physical body, however, when in an Anaretic degree there may be the question of whether one belongs here in this time and place, in the world or family. The questions can include the meanings of one’s family, friends, or colleagues making it increasingly more difficult to understand why or how the interactions of those close or intimate are presented. Suicide ideation may be a recurring thought or theme in one’s life expression leaving the individual to continuously wrestle with this dark thought.
Already at a disadvantage by way of questioning her self worth, Oprah may struggle with the sincerity or purpose of her most trusted and loved ones as Oprah’s Natal birth chart never changes, this is something that could be life long. The Anaretic degree is also associated with the concept of “void of course” or when the Moon makes no aspects to other planets before changing signs. It is often suggested not to take any major actions in important decisions until after the Moon changes sign and or makes contact with a planet again. How would it feel to question the timing of your being, your arrival to important times of life such as marriage, new job, buying a house etc? You can be successful, but it often is not easy.
Interestingly enough Capricorn is “intercepted in the 1st house giving Saturn co-rulership of the 1st house giving a rather Capricorn/Saturn feel and representation. Saturn is in Bi-quintile aspect (minor aspect) to chart co-ruler Jupiter, this aspect suggests the mastery or potential mastery of consciousness, and harmony on the mental plane, something Oprah seems to have a good understanding of. Saturn also squeezes Venus in Aquarius in the 2nd house from the 10th house in Scorpio again placing burdens upon her show self worth, how to show affection and love without constraint. This Capricornian theme runs parallel to the Anaretic degree in Sagittarius, demanding attention and action.
Curtis F Williams MA, A.P.D., CRTM