Mutual Reception & the making of Alice in wonderland

Down the spiral rabbit hole with Mutual Reception

Mutual Reception (often abbreviated as MR) is when two planets are in reciprocity, for the two planets are in each other’s essential dignity like the Moon in Aries, the Sun in Cancer or as in Havelock Ellis’s chart the Sun in Aquarius and Saturn in Leo. In his case, they are in the same house as well and in opposition. It does not outweigh other aspects, like the opposition or grand trine, but adds a nuance to the chart.

In Ellis’s chart it shows how he picked a field with children where he would be the only and unchallenged authority in his field.  Lewis Carroll’s MR  on otherhand, is the relationship between  Saturn in Virgo in the 9th and Mercury in Capricorn.  Here we see that Lewis Dodgson, Carroll’s real name,  wanted a hobby to challenge himself (Saturn in Virgo) creatively  (Mercury in Capricorn) while shaking up the  other’s perception of things (Saturn semi-sextile the North Node in Leo, rule of gambling and children).  This way not something available to him in his day job as a mathematics professor.  But at the time, daguerreotypes were becoming the rage, and did deal concepts of optics, thus it was an application of his own field.  Taking pictures would be a good venue to complete that dream, alas some people, not the families btw, found his pictures of children disturbing and howled pornography, so that idea failed.

         Carroll’s Second Sailing

Is it a rabbit or a worm hole? Dunno, but its definitely a portal to another place.

With photography a dead end, Dodgson had to come up with another method that would fulfill his creative goals.  To get his ideas across and step out of his own humdrum life, he thought upon another avenue, — a literary endeavor would work.

Mercury is right in the middle of his semisextile of Mars in the first, and Neptune, just discovered in 1846 was the ticket.  Writing a children’s tale would be safe, playful but very different as he was not planning on a run of the mill Mother Goose story, but instead of a real child entering the world of make believe and interacting with it.  To mix realities was differently different, as it had never been done.  The more he thought of it, the more Dodgson became convinced that was thing especially as Mercury was quindecile Venus in the  first house and then sextile Jupiter in the third of communications.

While Pluto did not yet exist, at the time its existence was speculated in scientific circles, of which Carrol was part of, , and was then dubbed Planet X.  He decided he could make a name for himself of just what X would be , and how someone could inadvertently find it, down the rabbit-hole, which incredibly resembles a worm-hole and was this something he created, or something that was speculated upon? 

Most believe, that while Planet X’s existence was speculated at the time, the wormhole theory was something of Lewis’s own.  

Coming full circle.

Mutual Reception occurs when the two planets are in each other’s domicile (ruling house), exaltation, fall or detriment. Traditionalists have it applied to Faces and Terms as well, but the MR must always be in the same type:  you cannot mix and match faces and domiciles, falls and terms.  What that means you cannot have a mutual reception of Sun in Aquarius (its detriment) while Saturn, the traditional ruler of Aquarius, is in the “face” position in the sign of Leo.  Both planets must be in the same type.

A last thing about a Mutual Reception in a chart is that in those chart  you will not find a FINAL dispositor because MR  — an agreement between the two planets — creates a circular relationship or should we say a “wormhole” effect that never ends?

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C158 Alastair Sim, Everyone’s favorite Scrooge

A comedian does Scrooge

Sir Alastair Sim was a British actor who is best known for his role as Scrooge in the Dicken’s Christmas classic, Scrooge c. 1951. It plays somewhere on television every Christmas though recently that is just via streaming. Luckily, someone put up a copy on YouTube for the rest of us. He married his student Naomi in 1930 when he was the Fulton Lecturer in Elocution at New College, Edinburgh University. They were married when Naomi turned 18 in 1930, just when Pluto the planet, not the streaming television station, was discovered. They had one daughter, Merlith, which was uncommon even in their native Scotland. He died of lung cancer in 1976. His obit is from the New York Times.

His performance “exposes much more than the grief and despair of a nasty old man, exposing a sort of wretchedness of the soul—a hollow‐eyed horror of the void that is not only before him but on all sides because of his longtime indifference to affectionate associations with other men.”

Bosley Crowther, reviewer for the New York Times on Sim as Scrooge

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2022 New Years in KC

Definitely a cold start in Kansas City. If we read this as a proxy for the next year, Biden’s new opinion low of 34% per USA Today, is going to make Uncle Sugar hit the treasury for more goodies for the electorate to help swage a Red Tide in November. The singleton in Uranus in the 10th suggests a power grab by the executive branch at the expense of the proletariat (Saturn, the ruler of the tenth, is in the 7th house where he is surprisingly exalted) that just may not work out as planned, and with Jupiter being its rulership in Pisces. Looks like dissenters in the Senate (Jupiter) may be a fly in the proverbial ointment as well.

Happy New Year.

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