At my monthly Astrology meeting in December, the topic of mutual reception in charts came up. There were a couple novice astrologers at the meeting who were unfamiliar with the phrase and what it meant, so, I thought it would be a good topic to address here since so many of you got use out of my “chart ruler” post.
So, what exactly is ‘mutual reception’? It pretty much plays out how it sounds. The planet that rules one sign is found in another planet’s sign, and vice versa. They are like hosts who have left their house open to their guests; mi casa es su casa. What I have, is yours…you may use what I have in my house.
In my own chart, the Moon (which has rulership of the sign Cancer) is located in the sign of Sagittarius. My Jupiter (the planet that rules the sign of Sagittarius) is found in the sign of Cancer. This means that my Moon and Jupiter are in mutual reception with each other.
Okay. Now that you have looked at your chart (or your friend’s chart) and discovered that you (possibly) have a mutual reception, what comes next? For starters, planets in mutual reception are innately desirous of a functional working relationship. However, like we all know, not every working relationship operates smoothly or without hassle. So, you need to consider a few things to further understand the relationship. Notice the aspect that both the signs the planets engaged in the mutual reception make with each other, what the qualities are (and how they interact), the dignities involved. Basically, you are breaking it down to very fundamental levels to get to the core of it.
In my case, my Sagittarius house and Cancer house make a 150 degree quincunx or inconjunct aspect. This is not altogether an amicable relationship; however, I believe my saving grace here is Jupiter. Jupiter is exalted in Cancer, and as such is the dominant planet in the mutual reception. But, when mutable Sagittarius wants to go off and explore like a rolling stone (so as not to gather moss), cardinal Cancer wants to firmly stay put and create roots in one set spot. Ah; the paradox of my mutual reception: a cross between Susie Homemaker and Dora the Explorer. But what if in your own chart, the signs involved formed a more harmonious aspect like a trine or sextile? Well, that’s great news for you, as your own Dynamic Duo of planets will be working overtime to help you in some way.
I’d like you to think about additional points. I will be the first to admit that my own take on Astrology is a hybrid between traditional and modern methods, and just plain old intuition. A lot of traditionalists would argue that my own example of mutual reception (in my chart) is not a *real* or true example because my Moon and Jupiter are not officially aspecting each other (well, if I use a slightly wider orb, they are in a weak 180 degree opposition). I don’t think it needs to be as strict as that though…but you are welcome to formulate your opinion on this.
Back to my own example for a moment: in my chart, my Sagittarius Moon is located in my 2nd House, which traditionally is associated with the sign of Taurus, and my Cancerian Jupiter is located in the 9th House, which is traditionally the house of Sagittarius. The Moon is exalted in the sign of Taurus (2nd House) and Jupiter is the natural Lord of the 9th House so…I don’t believe my quincunx/inconjunct mutual reception is as bad as it could be, all things considered. I think it actually balances out or displays it’s characteristics in a more blended, cohesive fashion simply because of this. It would be nice to say that Moon doesn’t mind getting grit in her britches thanks to the Sadge energy, and that my Jupiter grounds itself just a touch because of Cancer, but…they do not always take what they should from each other’s house, if you know what I mean.
And there you have it…a very brief working example of mutual reception. Like I said, take a look at your own chart or the chart of someone you know, and see if you can find one. It’s another facet of interpreting the uniquely beautiful mystery of an Astrology chart.