If you have oppositions in your natal chart, it’s worth your while to learn about ways to manage the energy. In digging around to research the topic, you might rightly become confused when you come across explanations that talk about a difficult relationship between the two, and that the way to “overcome” this tension is an eventual melding or blending of the energies of the two planets.That sounds a little too much like a conjunction for my taste, so let’s get down to basics.
Oppositions are a direct line between two planets 180° apart; the tighter the orb, the more you will feel the relationship. Besides the planets involved, the themes of the houses they reside in are also a focus. When one planet is working, the other isn’t. Here’s an analogy: an opposition is not two people in the kitchen, one washing and one drying the dishes. It’s more like one does the dishes and the other sits on the couch, then the next night they switch.
Oppositions can be challenging, not because they are inherently bad, but because a relationship will always exist between the two bodies; there is always an influence from across the way to consider. It means that as much as you might like the simplicity of dealing with just one planet, you are going to have to deal with two. Sometimes, another influence is going to have to get a turn.
So how can we use this make to make life easier or better? That’s the practical question, and finding an answer for yourself might take some experimenting. I’d say that if one of your planets involved in an opposition is fired up due to transits, see how well the two different energies are working (or not) in that situation. If things are great, let sleeping dogs lie. If they aren’t, try using the energy across the way. Let’s say your Mercury is opposed your Neptune. Perhaps when your Mercury is spinning its wheels overthinking and over-analyzing, you might find the answer you’re looking for using the Neptune across your chart to listen to your gut instead. Similarly, maybe your Neptune has you imaging a terrible illness, and an info-based chat with your doctor over your test results provides a realistic assessment of your situation.
Where there is tension, there is the potential for relief! Think of that the next time you look at your oppositions.
What oppositions do you have in your chart, and how do you manage them? Can you see where switching over to the opposing influence has helped you to make a situation better?