Turning OFF 3D Cursor mesh snapping?

I’m trying to position my 3DC in empty space, but it keeps snapping to the mesh in the background. I can’t HIDE the mesh because that’s what I’m using for alignment, but the “snap to surface” behavior of the 3DC is defeating this.

How does one toggle that (snapping) behavior?

I don’t quite understand the problem!

I can move my 3D cursor any way I want and without any snagging on any geometry…

"Surface Project" was the idea I needed here: mine was on by default.