Today’s most interesting aspect is the Moon opposite Mars. This aspect often presents a challenge of some kind — to one’s sense of security, to one’s emotional state, or a direct confrontation in a relationship.
Yet today’s version of the aspect is especially interesting because the Moon is in a sign ruled by Mars (Scorpio) and Mars is in a sign where the Moon is exalted (Taurus). This is called a ‘mixed reception’. The concept of ‘mixed’ is about combining rulership and exaltation in the same aspect pattern (were both planets involved ruling planets of the signs in question, the term would be mutual reception). Note, this is a window into classical astrology and its many rules of play.
The upshot is that the Moon and Mars can seem to trade places (mutual reception is the same basic idea). Whatever or whoever Mars represents can be signified by the Moon, and vice versa. Or the setup can describe a situation where it’s unclear who is who, and further, where both parties take on both roles. You might say that Moon-Mars in mixed reception is a deep involvement, particularly emotional. It’s one that might be so deep that the dominant force is unconscious projection — one person assigning their feelings to another.
The themes that arise in this setup are ones that are often caught in projection — desire, need, passion and anger. The pattern suggests that you consider the possibilities of how you feel, based on how you think others feel. To me it also suggests that you listen for what people are saying when they suggest that you (or their partner or a friend or their dog) thinks or feels something — they may be speaking for themselves, but it’s convenient to say it’s some other entity who is really doing the feeling.
It’s worth making a brief comment on anger. New Age thinking, which is basically pop spirituality and self-help, is basically against anger. There is little to no allowance made for why someone feels the way they do — their feelings are simply put into the ‘bad’ category. I don’t think this is healthy.
I think that the first thing we need to do with anger, or desire, or fear, is to listen to what it’s saying, rather than size it up and attempt to make a determination based on a prefab concept. From a therapeutic standpoint, I find this to be disturbing, for just about every reason. Mainly, though, the best way not to address anger honestly is to pretend that it’s bad, which is another way of saying you’re subjecting it to denial.
Under this astrology, be mindful of anything that resembles a hostage situation, that is, if you think something terrible will happen if you want to step away. Pay attention if you’re acting a certain way because you fear someone else will get angry. And especially pay attention if you propose that someone wants or desires or lusts after you, but you’re not into it. We really might ask: how does everyone really, truly and, in actual fact, feel?
It is fair to say that anything arising under this astrology is calling for careful evaluation: for projection factors, for accountability, and for slippery properties such as what, in New Age parlance, is described as mirroring. Mirroring is interesting, because it attempts to account for projection — the idea is that someone acting a certain way toward you is ‘showing you how you really feel’. Psychology calls this introjection. I would remind you that mirrors show a mirror image.
Therefore, in whatever you’re seeing, feeling or noticing, check from several viewpoints. Consider the possibilities. Ask yourself how you really feel and what you really want. You’ll learn something interesting. If you do, please share it with us.