In our last segment we discussed reception, this week we’re going to focus on its opposite and how that relationship effects aspects.
We defined reception as occurring when a planet aspects any of its rulers, or phrased another way, as what happens when a planet is aspected by another planet in its dignities. The opposite of this would be when a planet aspects another that is in its signs of debility. Sahl refers to this situation as a “non-reception”, but I advocate the use of a stronger, more concise term; rejection.
Rejection also influences planetary aspectual relationships, but where reception is generally positive and permissive rejection is negative and denying. Where reception harmonizes more difficult aspects, rejection antagonizes even helpful ones. The idea behind rejection is that planets will insult or injure the planet whose debility they are in. An example is if Venus is in Aquarius and aspects the Sun then she insults him with her presence in a sign that harms him. The planet that is being insulted or injured will then reject the planet who is insulting it, this manifests as an obstacle towards or denial of an event. Continuing with our example, the Sun is insulted by Venus in Aquarius and so forsake her and doesn’t want to help her. This is pretty typical of real-life situations; don’t bite the hand that feeds you.
Reception has general rules that make it more or less desirable in particular situations, mostly based on which planet is receiving who. As discussed in the last article, we typically want other planets to receive the querent’s significator as it shows people or situations that want to assist the querent, whereas this reversed isn’t as helpful to our querent obtaining their goal. Rejection, however, doesn’t have such nuance. If either party rejects the other difficulty ensues.
In this example, the querent wants to know if a new face at work will get along with them and the rest of the department. This new guy has replaced an old manager who was not well liked by his employees, so hopes were high for this individual. We can immediately see some problems with our new guy, but we mainly want to focus on the signs involved for this example. First we’ll notice that the querent is signifed by Mars and the new guy gets Venus (as lady of the seventh) and Jupiter (who is in the Seventh house), interestingly, both of these planets are in signs that are antithetical to Mars. Jupiter in Taurus is in the Fall of Mars, and Venus in Libra is in his Detriment. This is a rejection where Venus and Jupiter insult Mars and this tells us that our querent will have difficulty getting along with their new manager. This was indeed the case.
As can be imagined, rejection need not only be one way, there can be mutual rejections that typically manifest quite quickly.
This next example about a relationship illustrates quite clearly. Here the querent is wondering if she’ll end up marrying this man she’s been seeing for awhile. Everything is looking good and skies are clear for the relationship, but the chart shows some problems. The Moon applies to an opposition of Mars (Lord of the Seventh) while both planets are strong in their own dignities, they are each in the debilities of the other. The Moon is in her domicile of Cancer, which is the Fall of Mars; Mars is in his exaltation of Capricorn, which also happens to be the detriment of the Moon. These two planets both insult and reject the other and only worsen the antagonistic relationship of the opposition. This manifested in the couple getting into an argument over philosophical and political matters, writing it up to irreconcilable differences, and calling it quits.
Rejection is extremely helpful in understanding the difficulties that aspects face in manifesting. This is typically the reason why trines and sextiles fail to manifest their effects or seem to become harmful, as even benevolent aspects and planets will have a hard time working with those that are insulting them.
Next week we’ll discuss the Translation of Light technique and considerations.