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Element and Receptive Configurations (Part 4)
Mystic Rectangle and Wedge
A rare and sometimes misunderstood Mystic Rectangle pattern develops when two sets of oppositions are sextile to each other. The aspect pattern must have the following connections: two oppositions, two sextiles and two trines. The Mystic Rectangle will always contain the same polarity of elemental energies; masculine (Air and Fire) or feminine (Earth and Water). Generally, this configuration is considered to be a "mild" aspect pattern in that it generally does not generate a lot of discomfort, resistance, or require convoluted actions in order to gain productivity. The individual with a Mystic Rectangle does gain considerable benefit from the planetary configuration's balance and structure. There is a high degree of synchronization between the four planets when the Mystic Rectangle is triggered. Unfortunately, understanding and acknowledging the balance is not the rule - the individual must consciously react with awareness and mindful endeavors. Placing too much attention onto any one of the four placements will throw the energies out of balance and set the individual's well-intended efforts adrift.
The power of the Mystic Rectangle takes practice in order to gain the most benefit from it. The masculine reception of the Mystic Rectangle is expressed through an extrovert nature by the individual. The feminine reception of the configuration is expressed through an introvert nature. The problem arises through the two oppositions which can cause the individual to bounce out of control between four opposing influences. The sextiles and trines must be used to unify and support the polarities. Another danger for individuals with this pattern is to become too self-contained and over-powered by the influences. Once the individual has learned how to harness the energies of the configuration, the decisions and choices in life become much easier to initiate and participate in.
The Wedge configuration is very common within a chart. It is one-half of the Mystic Rectangle configuration with three planets connected by one opposition, one sextile and one trine. it also contains the same polarity of elemental energies; masculine (Air and Fire) or feminine (Earth and Water). Generally, this configuration is considered to be a "mild" aspect pattern in that it generally does not generate a lot of discomfort, resistance, or require convoluted actions in order to gain productivity. Unlike the Mystic Rectangle, it is less likely to become too self-contained because it is not as balanced, but more lop-sided due to the fact that two planets share the same element while the third planet is in another other element.
The Wedge configuration energies tend to be passive or active, depending on the receptivity of the signs. The masculine Wedge energies are active in nature and a force of "show it to the world" may be expressed by the individual. The feminine Wedge energies are passive in nature with a force of quiet determination and dedication most likely to be expressed by the individual. Neither is better than the other, but the male individual with the feminine Wedge configuration in their chart is more likely to feel a sense of frustration until he understands that the outlets to these energies are best released in activities involving the house placements of the Wedge's planets.
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