The Coffee Bean Theory of Gradation
Antero Alli’s book Astrologik offers a unique analogy between the degrees of a sign and the strength of coffee. He calls it The Coffee Bean Theory of Gradation.
What’s the strength of your planets?
Each set of numbers represents the degrees of a sign. For example, a Sun at 12 degrees Gemini would fall under “darker roast of the stronger, richer coffees.” This means that someone with a 12 degree Gemini Sun would have developed more of the Gemini traits than a 0 degree Gemini Sun, which is just starting off in the sign.
Alli emphasizes that no set of degrees is “better” than any other; they are simply different stages in a process. Planets in the earliest degrees of a sign have the lightest essence of a sign. Planets in the last degrees have the strongest “brew”- these are planets deeply steeped in the essence of a sign.
Alli’s idea differs from popular thought that the first degrees of a sign are the strongest. In Alli’s view, those planets at the beginning of a sign are still “green,” meaning that they are inexperienced in that sign’s expression.