One odd couple in synastry is Mercury and Jupiter. Their home signs naturally oppose each other, and yet they absolutely rely on each other to get to the truth. So what happens when the two meet?
Imagine building a sand castle. Your castle stretches and soars, the only limit being your imagination. How free you feel! And now imagine that the person you love comes up and reminds you that those turrets aren’t entirely historically accurate, the walls are all wrong, and why on earth would the dungeon be on the second floor? That’s how the Jupiter person feels when the Mercury person shows up.
Now flip and imagine once again that you are building a sand castle. You, with your love of detail, are happily assembling your ramparts to strict historical specifications when your partner appears and asks WHY you’re bothering and isn’t the point of this sort of thing to relax and this doesn’t look especially relaxing so why are you wasting your time? That is not the Mercury person feels around Jupiter.
There’s frustration on both sides. Mercury, planet of details, wants desperately to communicate and have everything they say actually be heard by their partner. After all, those details and factoids that Jupiter so readily dismissed are what Jupiter’s vast knowledge is really made from. Where would Jupiter be without detail?
But at the same time, Jupiter is looking to relax and expand. Jupiter doesn’t need to know where the turrets go. He just needs to know that sand castles = a good time. Anything else just gets in the way. And does Mercury not understand that Jupiter’s expansive viewpoint is what gives those silly factoids context? No Jupiter, no meaning.
And, of course, they’re both right! So how to you make it work? There are naturally a million ways to make this connection, but for the purposes of time, I’ll just point out that being natural opposites also makes these two planets a natural pair. And when they work together to build a shared reality, it can be beautiful. Jupiter lays back and lets Mercury facts wash over them like stars, placing them one by one in their larger context. And Jupiter then shows Mercury the gorgeous constellation they’ve created together.
So if you and your partner have this combo, even in hard aspect like an opposition o square, take heart. When the two of you are willing to work together for a shared goal, you can create something mutually valuable and oh so beautiful. Just remember that, regardless of your frustration, you complementary natures mean you need each other. Work side by side, and you’ll build something that will transcend words.
Do you and your partner have Mercury/Jupiter contacts in synastry? What is it like?