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Planets in Mutual Reception

Introduction

Mutual reception in astrology is a fascinating concept that reveals a dynamic and harmonious interaction between two planets located in signs that are mutually ruled by each other.

Definition of Mutual Reception

Mutual reception occurs when two planets are each located in the domicile (zodiacal sign of rulership) of the other.

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For example, if Mars is in Libra (the domicile of Venus) and Venus in Aries (the domicile of Mars), they are in mutual reception. This situation creates a strong link between the two planets, allowing them to work together more effectively and harmoniously.

In addition to mutual reception by domicile, there is also mutual reception by exaltation or trigonocracy, but these are rarely used. The principle is the same, except that each planet is in the sign where the other is in that dignity.

Mutual reception is an interesting indicator of cooperation between planetary energies. It reveals a potential for agreement, adaptation, and harmony that can be beneficial in various areas of life, particularly in personal and professional relationships. Needless to say, if there is also an aspect between the two planets, the synergy created is even stronger.

It is generally accepted that if there is a dissonant aspect between two planets, their mutual reception softens its negative effects in some cases. The planets, in a way, "understand" each other better, and the tension induced by the square or opposition is mitigated.

Mutual reception often offers pathways for the resolution and harmonization of internal conflicts.

That being said, our practical experience tends to always prioritize the nature of the aspect and its consequences when it is negative, over the effect of mutual reception. The aspect has more visible effects from our point of view, especially when the orb is small. However, there may be this sympathetic possibility of attenuating the dissonance.

Examples of Interpretation of Pairs of Planets

Here are some examples with their brief interpretation.

Mars in Libra and Venus in Aries

This combination can indicate a balanced approach to relationships and action. The passion and energy of Mars in Aries are tempered by the diplomacy and harmony-seeking qualities of Venus in Libra.

Conversely, Venus in Aries gains confidence and dynamism through the direct and bold influence of Mars.

The Sun in Aquarius and Uranus in Leo

Here, the individualism and innovation of Uranus in Leo blend with the humanitarian and collective spirit of the Sun in Aquarius.

This combination favors the expression of uniqueness within a framework that benefits the group or community.

Mercury in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Gemini

Mercury in Sagittarius can bring a broader and more philosophical perspective to communication, while Jupiter in Gemini amplifies intellectual curiosity and versatility.

This mutual reception can indicate a person skilled in communicating about vast and complex subjects.

The Moon in Taurus and Venus in Cancer

This mutual reception highlights great emotional sensitivity and a need for security and comfort.

The Moon in Taurus brings emotional stability to the loving and nurturing nature of Venus in Cancer.

In-depth Example: Mercury in Aries and Mars in Gemini

The mutual reception between Mercury in Aries and Mars in Gemini in an astrological chart creates an interesting dynamic, as these two planets are respectively associated with communication (Mercury) and action (Mars), and are found in signs ruled by the other planet. Let's develop this interpretation:

Mercury in Aries

Mercury, the planet of communication, reasoning, and intellect, in Aries, an impulsive Fire sign ruled by Mars, indicates a quick and direct way of thinking and communicating.

This position can make a person very frank, sometimes impulsive in their thoughts and way of expressing themselves.

Mars in Gemini

Mars, the planet of energy, action, and desire, in Gemini, a mutable Air sign ruled by Mercury, suggests a diversified and adaptable approach to action.

This position can lead a person to have multiple interests and to feel motivated to pursue activities that stimulate their intellect.

Their Mutual Reception

In mutual reception, Mercury in Aries and Mars in Gemini support each other by enhancing the positive qualities of both planets.

Communication (Mercury) is supported by action (Mars), and vice versa, creating an individual capable of quickly putting ideas into action and acting based on their communication and intellect. This mutual reception favors a smooth interaction between thought and action.

Ideas are quickly implemented, and actions are well thought out and communicated. There is a certain mental agility and the ability to react quickly to situations, an asset in fields requiring both reflection and reactivity.

In everyday life, it can manifest as an ability to think concretely, to adapt swiftly to changes, and to communicate effectively one's intentions.

This can be useful in careers or activities that require both ingenuity and action, such as journalism, commerce, strategy, or even sports requiring quick reactions.

Interpretation in Synastry

In synastry (the study of relationships), mutual reception between planets of two individuals can indicate deep understanding and harmony.

For example, if one person's Mars is in Libra and another's Venus is in Aries, this can create a strong attraction and an ability to mutually support each other in their actions and relational desires.

Conclusion

Mutual reception in astrology is an indicator of cooperation and synergy between planetary energies.

It reveals a potential for agreement, adaptation, and harmony that can be beneficial in various areas of life, particularly in personal and professional relationships.

It contributes to amplifying the positive effects of a harmonious aspect, to attenuate - sometimes very little - the consequences of a challenging aspect, while remaining much less active and powerful than the aspect itself. To make a bold analogy, one could compare its action, in intensity, to that of a minor positive aspect.

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