"like pilgrims exhausted upon the face of the planet Anareta, clutched to a nameless wheeling in the night."

Anareta (deriving from the Greek, meaning ‘destroyer’) is an astrological term for any planet that acts as a harbinger of doom, roughly translating as ‘the planet which destroys life’.

In astrology, the anareta specifically refers to the planet in the eighth house of a person’s horoscope and is used in predicting the manner of a person’s death. When malefic planets have agency in so-called anaretic places it portends a violent death.