Mutual reception, a powerful planetary combination in a chart, often goes unrecognized without due interpretation. And yet 43% of us have a mutual reception by sign among the visible planets. Aside from 57 combinations for mutual reception among seven planets, there are actually 66 ways for 12 house lords to “exchange” houses.
Classical authors all agree that reception by sign is the most powerful form of reception. And when the term mutual reception is used, it invariably means two planets occupying each other’s sign, eg, when Mercury occupies Aquarius and Saturn is in Gemini.
But to what result? Many modern astrologers have no idea. Some say planets in mutual reception act as if conjoined. So if it’s Mercury and Saturn, they say the native is deeply studious, mathematical, a weighty thinker, a realist or a pessimist, an historian or antiquarian, a philosopher or scientific researcher.
In practical interpretation, however, planets in mutual reception do much more than merge generic attributes. Mutual reception ultimately connects the specific significations of the two houses owned and occupied.
This lecture will define the various forms of reception but focus on mutual reception by sign. In addition, it will provide a few simple guidelines on how to analyse mutual receptions in a chart – whether natal, horary or electional – to reveal aspects of the chart previously ignored.
A former tutor for the British Faculty of Astrological Studies, Alan is also a graduate of the American College of Vedic Astrology. His New Age Noir mystery series features an astrologer hero whom Steven Forrest has dubbed “Sherlock Holmes with a horoscope.” His book MUTUAL RECEPTION is available as both ebook and paperback from Amazon, or digitally from Apple, Barnes&Noble, etc. You can contact him via his website: http://www.navamsa.com.