Concept of mutual reception in synastry
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?
Interesting question. I think it's like deja vu.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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...
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 🙁