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Work the Big Picture, Mind the Details, and Feel All the Feelings

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City lights; photo by Amanda Painter.
  • City lights; photo by Amanda Painter.

On the mental level, this is a "big picture" kind of weekend, one where you could get some really productive planning or creative visioning going. This is thanks to Mercury in Aquarius opposing Jupiter in Leo. At the same time, your emotional landscape will likely be varied (and palpable) thanks to the Cancer Moon making a variety of aspects.

The Mercury-Jupiter opposition is exact Sunday at 4:15 pm EST, but is in effect now. Although oppositions sometimes get a bad rap as being ‘confrontational’ or energetically intense (think Full Moon), a Mercury-Jupiter opposition can come with a good dose of optimism. If you have any contractual negotiations needing your attention, creative projects ripe for collaboration, or similar sorts of discussions on the table, the astrology is favorable.

Oppositions often signify some form of push-or-pull type of tension we have to navigate with someone who’s coming from a contrary side of an issue. Yet oppositions also signify a meeting place where contact is made. Think in terms of partner dancing for an image: facing each other and then finding a way to move together through space.

Now, as with partner dancing, the devil is in the details. You can’t bump into someone on the floor, do your thing while holding their hands, and expect them to automatically mirror your moves without certain specific types of communication and agreement: Who’s leading, who’s following, and do those roles switch? Are we dancing tango, salsa, waltz or contact improv? Do we know the same basic steps?

In other words, the whole may be greater than the sum of its parts, but you still need all those parts. As you start planning your big idea and engaging others in it, remember to be thorough. You don’t have to put all the smaller steps into play now, just keep them in your awareness.

This past Wednesday’s Sun-Neptune conjunction has already given this process a warm-up boost, potentially lighting up your dreams and creative visions. Yet that aspect (which is separating but still in effect) also emphasizes the need to keep reality-checking against the on-the-ground details that support what you want to do.

Note also that Aquarius and Leo, the signs Mercury and Jupiter are in, are both fixed signs. Watch out for getting stubborn in your convictions—especially if you like “debating for fun” or feel like playing devil’s advocate. Instead, harness fixed-sign stamina by taking small steps toward your bigger goal. And remember your heart amidst any potential ego, pride or detachment; you’re not really a “thought leader” if you’re just being an asshole to everyone around you.

On the softer side of things, as mentioned, the Cancer Moon is going to be making rapid aspects for the next couple days. Among the notable are squares to planets in Aries (Mars, Venus, Uranus and Eris); an opposition to Pluto in Capricorn; and trines to planets in Pisces (Nessus, Neptune, the Sun and Chiron).

In other words, you might feel like you’re toggling back and forth between emotions and impulses that spur you to action, versus feeling everything deeply in a way that could be easeful or even spiritual—or just…damp. Cancer is the sign the Moon rules: the sign of tides and cycles, as well as nurturing and domestic comfort. To surf any waves, keep your knees bent, go with the flow, and look where you want to be. That includes snuggled up at home, cooking up that master plan.

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