Mutual reception is a term used when two planets are placed in each other's sign of dignity or rulership. For example, if Venus is in Aries and Mars is in Taurus — Venus rules Taurus and Mars rules Aries — the two planets are in mutual reception, or mutually involved in each other's signs. This is considered a very beneficial and harmonious relationship between two planets. It is as though you can blend the energy indicated by each planet into one line of action. In interpreting this placement, some astrologers will read Mars in Aries and Venus in Taurus, reasoning that the two planets are so interlocked or integrated through mutual reception, that they function as if located in their own dignities. We do not quite agree with this.
To cite a few examples: Albert Einstein has Mars in Capricorn and Saturn in Aries, therefore the planets are in each others' sign of dignity and in mutual reception. Mars is in his 7th house where it is in accidental detriment, and therefore not too well placed. Saturn is in the 10th house where it is accidentally dignified and therefore functions well, but in Aries it is in its fall, and not at home with that sign. Mars does not enjoy the Capricornian reasonable and cautious attitude. Saturn intensely dislikes Aries' hurry and rash wishes. By just interchanging the two planets and delineating Mars as if if were in Aries and Saturn in Capricorn, you would be disregarding the complicated nature of Albert Einstein — the demands he made on his wives and companions as well as the brilliant, yet often rash ideas that emanated from this fantastic brain.
Our interpretation of a mutual reception is that the harmony of the two planets gives an overlay or additional help in bringing out the best that each planet has to offer in whatever sign and house it may be and whatever aspects it makes. In other words, it is easier for the individual to use the most positive qualities possible within the limitations of the horoscope. Einstein's Saturn conjuncted Mercury, which may, at times, have denoted a tendency to feel down or blue, but more often his intense thinking and the flashes of novel ideas (quincunx Uranus) would be held in line or reasoned out because of the mutual reception with Mars.
In Farrah Fawcett's horoscope on page 32, there is a mutual reception between Mercury in Aquarius and Uranus in Gemini. This enhances her unique approach to her home life (Mercury rules the 4th), living with her significant other, Ryan O'Neal, and together raising their son without marrying. It also emphasizes her special acting ability (Mercury rules the 12th, Uranus is placed there). Since Mercury trines Uranus, the mutual reception can work quite productively.
Some astrologers also use planetary exaltations in mutual reception. For example, the Moon in Libra and Saturn in Taurus — Moon exalted in Taurus and Saturn exalted in Libra. We have not found this to work as strongly as the exchange or mutual reception of dignities. But, like everything else in astrology, don't just take our word for this. See if it works for you.
Review Questions: Briefly describe how the mutual reception works in Zubin Mehta's horoscope on page 122. Compare it with our analysis in the Appendix on page 257.
In observing a chart sometimes one planet stands out, perhaps it is elevated (in the 9th or 10th house) or because it receives and makes more aspects than any other planet, or because it is the final dispositor of the horoscope.
Very few charts have a final dispositor. To find it, see if there is a dignified planet. In order to find a final dispositor, there must be
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only one <1 ■ nificil planet, and no mutual reception. To illustrate final dispo>'il<ii:,hip we will use Bob Dylan's horoscope (see chart in preceding Lesson mi page 107.)
Bob I H I;in lias the required dignified planet — Mercury in Gemini. The Sun mid Venus are also in Gemini, so they are said to be disposed ol by Mercury. Jupiter, Uranus, Saturn, and the Moon are all in Taurus, which is ruled by Venus in Gemini which leads back to Mercury. Mars is in Pisces, ruled by Neptune in Virgo ruled by Mercurv m (¡1 mini. Pluto is in Leo, ruled by the Sun in Gemini again leading back to Mercury. As you can see, each planet is finally disposed of by Mercury in Gemini, and so Mercury becomes the final dispositor of Bob Dylan's horoscope.
In Albert Einstein's chart (see above) you find that Uranus is the handle of the bucket pattern (see next chapter). Uranus is also involved in six aspects as well as being part of a T-square, so Uranus is a very important planet in Einstein's chart. This is considered to be a planet in high focus.
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Name Albert Einstein Date March 14, 1879 Time 11:30 (AM) LMT Place Ulm, Germany Long. 10E00 Lat. 48N24
Any time that you have a final dispositor or a high-focus planet — that planet becomes very significant in the horoscope and needs special attention in your delineation. Mercury, Dylan's final dispositor, is in the 7th house and has only two aspects; it opposes the Ascendant and squares Neptune. It definitely shows his musical ability and his need and opportunity to use his talent to appear before the public.
In Albert Einstein's horoscope, the high-focus Uranus with its many aspects accounts, in part, for his accumulating knowledge since it rules his 9th house and Jupiter. With Uranus placed in the 3rd house of communicating, quincunx Mercury and Saturn, he was not a great conversationalist, but a deep thinker.
Review Question: Try the final dispositor method with the horoscopes of Hermann Hesse, Joan Sutherland, and Farrah Fawcett and see why they do not have a final dispositor. Our answers will be found in the Appendix on page 257.
The ruler of the chart , sometimes referred to as the personal ruler, is the planet that rides the Ascendant. If this planet is actually located in the rising sign, the person is typical of the sign. If, however, this planet is in another sign (which is more often the case), you have to blend both to gain an understanding of the personality. This is why no two people are alike, even though they may share the same rising sign.
For example, Hermann Hesse, (see chart, page 43.) Lenny Bruce, and Timothy Leary have Sagittarius rising, (see Lear/s horoscope on page 118.) Hesse has Jupiter in Sagittarius in the 1st house; Lear/s Jupiter is in Virgo, in his 9th house; Bruce's Jupiter is in his 1st house, but in Capricorn. Quite a difference when it comes to interpreting the character, appearance, and personality of these three people. The house that the ruler of the Ascendant is in shows where the person is particularly active and where he really wants to be.
Composer Frederic Chopin's chart ruler is Mercury in Aquarius in the 6th house. He started his musical career at the ripe age of six and true to a 6th house chart ruler, worked and worked. He composed more than 27 etudes, 24 preludes, 70 nocturnes, 59 mazurkas, 16 polonaises, 14 waltzes to mention but a few. All of this he accomplished in a life span of less than forty years. This hyperactive and highly nervous genius (Mercury square Uranus) had a burning love affair with Madame Dudevant, better known as George Sand and he succumbed to tuberculosis in October 1849. (See chart, page 114.)
Here are a few keywords to show you how the chart, ruler expresses in the different houses, but be sure to also look ut aspects as you delineate (Hesse's Jupiter for example is part of a mutable T-cross which has to be taken into consideration).
Chart Ruler in the 1st House You are the self-made, do-it-yourselfer, who expresses his or her own views actively.
Chart Ruler in the 2nd House Assets, money and possessions are important as well as establishing your own value system. Security and self-worth will be prime motivations.
Chart Ruler in the 3rd House You have a need to communicate in every which way, to be mentally or intellectually active; dealings with relatives may become important.
Chart Ruler in the 4th House You of all people really need a home base and you are often very involved with family, foundations or real estate.
Chart Ruler in the 5th House Self-expression through love, creativity or children is one of your deepest needs; you enjoy fun, games and romance in many forms.
Chart Ruler in the 6th House You can be the workaholic of the zodiac or, if you don't find a field that suits, a hypochondriac. Routine and method are very important to your scheme of things.
Chart Ruler in the 7th House Other people — the public and partners — are important. You have a need to share activity and engage in competition, friendly or otherwise. You express best with or through another person.
Chart Ruler in the 8th House You find it easy to work well with the resources of others (monetary affairs, banking, etc.) or attract support from others (politicians). Sex or research may become predominant factors in your life.
Chart Ruler in the 9th House You function well in areas of higher education, travel, law, religion, philosophy and ideas. Ideals are more important to you than anything else.
Chart Ruler in the 10th House Ego expression and career fulfillment represent your foremost needs. Government, prestige, politics or one of your parents may play a vital role in your ability to achieve.
Chart Ruler in the 11th House You work well with groups, humanitarian causes, goals, friends, and outer circumstances. Social activities may play a big role in your life.
Chart Ruler in the 12th House You may thrive on behind-the-scenes activity or be somewhat withdrawn, preferring to keep personal affairs private. You need to work on developing inner strength to draw on when needed, and take advantage of your potential spiritual outlook, compassionate nature and artistic ability.
Review Question: Please fully interpret Hesse's chart ruler Jupiter. See our delineation in the Appendix page 258.
Name Frédéric Chopin Date February 22, 1810 Time 18:00 (6:00 PM) LMT Place Zelazowa Wola, Poland Long. 20E40 Lat. 52N15
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