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Vesta
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Dearest friends, 

While I understand the basics of mutual reception in a natal chart (for example, Planet A in sign ruled by Planet B and vice versa), I do not understand how it works practically in synastry. 

Does it have to be a double whammy (applicable for 4 planets, 2 on each side) to be effective?

How would it work if there is mutual reception but the aspect is challenging. Is that even technically possible?

In the process of step-by-step analysis of synastric charts - where would you rate mutual reception in order of importance wrt aspects, planet placements in each others' houses or planets in same signs or elements/modalities?

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Interesting question. I think it's like deja vu.

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Some thoughts …

I think all the things you mentioned are important. But firstly, I will say that one of the reasons this topic might not be widely covered is because it’s somewhat splitting hairs. Particularly, when there are stronger synastry aspects to consider. By this I mean if the two planets in considerations are within orb, their aspects whether it be hard, minor etc., would be the energy that dominates, thus the mutual reception is/becomes simply an undertone. Now, where it might be interesting to consider is if the two planets are not within orb, with no obvious relationship to each other via aspect or through other planets except for the mutual reception. This is where I think the déjà vu undertone might stand out because there is no other noise to mask it. So, you might have Plant A saying to Planet B, “there’s something about you, I don’t know what” and Planet B responds to Planet A saying, “it must be déjà vu.”

Déjà vu, is a French expression meaning already seen as in “I’ve been here before? No?”, so an example might better explain why I think this expression fits. I am going to use Venus and Mars; actually, this year, this is the only transit I might start a topic to cover the upcoming conjunction.

Anyway, back to this conversation. The yin vs yang energy of the two planets is important to consider from the perspective of can they get along. In addition to the modality. This helps to understand whether the undertone might be pleasant or uncomfortable feeling. If the planets are Sun-Mars, then both are yang energy, therefore a more aggressive undertone might surface – do they fight each other or join forces, the subtle familiarity draws the planets together. In the case of Venus-Mars, they are yin and yang, so there’s likely subtle fascination, e.g. the synastry between:

A Man with Venus in Aries in 9th – he might understand, and want the finesse that Mars in Libra uses in efforts; while

A Woman with Mars in Libra in 11th – Mars might resonate with and copy the actions, passion that Venus expresses desires.

What you likely have in synastry is both feeling an intangible fascination for the other.

When in orb, naturally, the opposition between Venus-Mars is very strong. Assuming no other planetary aspects impact Venus-Mars, when they are not in orb, this is when the mutual reception undertone might take on a greater importance. I also want to add that the example above indeed works better if the Man is Venus in Aries and the Woman is Mars in Libra. The same dynamics applies if the man is Mars in Libra, but the risk of the mutual undertone taking a feeling of emasculation of the man, is higher. As we know, there is a fine line between love and war. The houses of Venus-Mars is where this undertone will play out, in the example above, what you might get is the values and beliefs (9th) the man wants and finds attractive, find kinship with the way the woman pursues her hopes and wishes (11th).

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Such an interesting query. I had never ever thought about reception in the context of synastry.

Before I reply to your query, vesta, I'll go a little into natal astrology and how large the matter of reception is (I'm finding out.)

In natal chart astrology two planets in reception and also in mutual reception mean that either one planet receives the other planet well (reception) or both planets receive each other well (mutual reception.)

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One-way/one-sided reception, or simply Reception -> Venus in Pisces sextile Moon in Taurus. Here (the exalted in Pisces) Venus has a harmonious relationship with the Moon and on top of that, Venus 'receives' the Moon as a special guest as the Moon is in the sign of Taurus. The sextile is made even more positive and communicative.

Even Exaltation results in reception -> Sun in Gemini sextile Mars in Aries. Here the Mars in rulership (Aries) has a harmonious relationship with the Sun in Gemini and on top of that, the Sun 'receives' Mars as the Sun is exalted in Aries. The sextile is made even more positive and communicative.

Reception extends further into the realm of dignities as there can be reception via triplicities, faces and terms. But I won't go into that here.

Two planets are in a difficult aspect but where there is reception from one planet regarding the other planet, then the aspect is mitigated to an extent, made less difficult as the planets can 'talk' amongst themselves more.

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Mutual Reception -> what you were referring to, vesta. Like Moon in Taurus and Venus in Cancer (sextile) or Sun in Libra opposite Venus in Aries (opposition.)

Same thing. A difficult aspect can be made slightly less difficult if there is mutual reception.

 

In classical and traditional astrology simply having reception between two natal planets (option 1) is quite a positive thing.

Answering to your question, although I have not read anything on this matter as of yet (if anyone here can recommend books, please share) I'm thinking now that it could make sense that planets in synastry in mutual reception or in one-side reception can add depth and meaning to the communication between two planets in synastry analysis, just like affinities in modern astrology (Stephen Arroyo -> e.g. Sun in the 11th house having affinity with Sun in Aquarius) does.

 

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Great question.  I went to my library and pulled my three relationship specific books (Greene, Arroyo and Kirby and Stubbs).  Couldn’t find anything referring to mutual reception with an index search and perusal of relevant chapters.

But I did realize it’s been a few years since I’ve read those and will put them on the to do list.

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@myrna

Yeah, I think you're right about no references to mutual reception in books. I am pretty sure that I have all astrology relationship books out there (or 95% of them) and this topic never came up.

 

But wow, this question is so interesting...

 

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I find that Robert Blaschke's book is the most comprehensive one on relationships and astrology and he went incredibly deep into this topic from most angles possible and he didn't mention it. But I bet he'd be interested in such an angle/point of view because he went deep into things - pity that he left us too soon 🙁

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Thank you for indulging me dear @Cris @Osiris-wife and @myrna. I realized its a very obscure query, hence I knew there would be no better place to post it. 

@Cris Do you have the exact name of the Robert Blaschke's book?

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@vesta

'Volume IV - Relationship Analysis: Astrology: A Language of Life.'

It's a bit pricey yet really worth the investment if the person can afford it.

 

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@cris Thank you so much! ❤

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