We have a pair of inner planet / outer planet oppositions in play right now — and “play” may be the operative word when it comes to manifesting their combined energies in a positive way. The aspect with perhaps the wider orb is the Virgo Sun opposite Neptune in Pisces, which is exact tomorrow. We also have Venus in Libra opposite Uranus in Aries sparking things up (exact today).
It can be easy to think of oppositions (such as the Full Moon) as always being about interpersonal tension and polarization. We forget sometimes that any kind of confrontation, including an opposition, is at heart an encounter or a meeting between two things.
At their best, encounters such as oppositions can flow like dances: two distinct energies (or people) come together and find points of contact, balance, give and take. They join and separate. The idea is not for one to get subsumed by the other, but for moments of unity to be counterbalanced by the individual intentions, visions, rhythms or tones of those involved. In this way, the sum of a dance can be greater than its parts, and is far more alive than a ‘lowest common denominator’ type of exact sameness or complete agreement.
The Sun in Virgo opposite Neptune in Pisces is like a big, extra-mystical Full Moon — one that is urging you to manifest your creativity in some real, tangible form. That’s the Virgo part of the equation: real-life experience; tangible steps; practice; the craft involved in making things. Pisces brings the inspiration and imagination, the emotional resonance and especially with Neptune involved, a slightly clairvoyant or paranormal aura. The Sun lets it all come through our normal waking consciousness.
Creative expression requires us to work both sides of the equation; there is art (Pisces) and craft (Virgo). You need to give your imagination room to roam while also doing the things (playing musical scales, trying all the settings on your camera, writing three pages every day, etc.) that will give you the skills and focus to play with what your imagination offers you.
The Sun in Virgo offers the ordinary, basic materials, technical skill and mental focus needed. Neptune in Pisces offers non-ordinary sources of information — and the passion needed to listen to it and give it a whirl, however ‘out there’ it may sound.
This is being bolstered or mirrored by Venus opposite Uranus. Eric commented in conversation, “That’s a perfect example of a kind of paranormal inspiration: Venus manifesting as iconoclast. Don’t worry about being different — be you, do what moves you.”
If oppositions are about encounters with others, and Venus in Libra brings the theme of romance, Uranus may simply show up as someone eccentric between your sheets. The funny thing is, that person could end up being you.
A weird non sequitur said in the heat of passion (or while goofing around after sex) might not only show your true individuality or revolutionary mind. It could prove to be the inspiration for a character in a play or novel, or a surreal painting, or the most gorgeously surprising song lyrics ever.
Go play. Dance with whomever (or whatever) is showing up to encounter you. If you keep practicing the basic steps, you’ll be able to feel the music and let it carry you — possibly to someplace new and surprising.
With Eric Francis