Dream Interpretation and Analysis Using Transits

Sleep is a large part of our life. On average it’s one third, but only if you truly get your ideal healthy 8 hours every single night (and many of us don’t). It is also a very important part, though in modern culture of over-achievers it is viewed as a period wasted out of your “productive time”.

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Yet sleep is just as essential to our health and well-being as food and water. Multiple biological processes happen while we appear to do nothing but lay there and toss around, but I’m not getting into that, since this is not a biology blog. Unless you’ve been banned from Google I’m sure you can find the info on that if you wish to.

From the consciousness point of view, sleep is akin to trance. A daily state of trance that each of us enters out of physiological necessity but with a psychological pay off, if we care to collect it, since dreams are a direct communication channel between our conscious mind and both our personal subconsciousness and the collective unconscious.

All spiritual practices and cultures that focused on developing the potential of the  human mind across space and time gave great importance to dreams and their meanings – from ancient philosophers to samurai, from Central American shamans to 20th century psychoanalysts.

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The problem of difficulties in dream interpretation is a long standing one. Nowadays you can find a plethora of dream dictionaries with just a few clicks, but that doesn’t really solve it. The thing is – just like cookbook astrological interpretations, these dream symbol interpretations are so generalized that it is by a lucky coincidence the actual meaning of your particular dream is fully clear and explained by looking something up in a one-size-fits-all book (or website). Furthermore, sometimes we can’t look objectively at a situation in our life and define clearly what’s wrong – if we could, our subconscious probably wouldn’t be sending us the signals in the first place! But after we receive the signal, chances are the issue still remains quite sensitive and if we have been pushing it down and refusing to face it, we just might find it difficult to even identify the problem since we’re so used to suppressing it.

Astrological transits is a useful tool to identify the areas of life and issues in your individual life the dream is signaling about. It’s as customized as it can be – transits are happening to your personal unique natal chart and the areas of life (houses) affected also vary among people with similar birth chart placements.

There are several types of dreams, each one has its own astrological signature and I will list them in the order of both their frequency in one’s life and their informational value. 

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1. Reflective dreams

These are the most common and the least valuable. They are just a form of processing and organizing the information our brain has received during the previous day (or several days). Caused by a conversation, some news, a stirring experience and so on, these don’t need to be analysed as they are more of a physiological function of the brain – sorting through the inbox, logging the important things into memory and emptying out the trash folder.

Astrological signature of these dreams is actually the lack of one – there are no aspects with an orb of 2 degrees or less from fast planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, less often Venus or Mars) to the natal chart during the time of dreaming.

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2. Compensatory dreams

These are the ones psychoanalysis is about – unrealized and suppressed desires. They are signals from your personal subconsciousness expressed in a symbolic form. The recurring ones and the ones that have a developing plot are of a special interest here. Checking the transits for the night or the time you saw the dream will help you define the dream as informationally valuable as well as point to the issue this signal is about.

First thing to look for astrologically is a major aspect (conjunction, opposition, square, trine or sextile) from a fast planet (Sun, Moon, Mercury, less often Venus or Mars) to a planet of the natal chart with an orb of 2 degrees or less. The natal planet that receives the aspect is the one you should look into for the meaning of the dream – the symbolic nature of the planet itself, the house it is placed in and the house(es) it rules.

It may happen that there are no fast transits to your natal chart during the night, but the transit Moon contacted another transit planet and you have a natal connection between the Moon and this same planet (for example, transit Moon made a trine to Mars and you have a natal Moon-Mars opposition). This kind of mimicking contact may also trigger dreams that bring up the issue described by the planet that is contacted by the Moon. Again, looking at the houses connected with that planet will show the area of life the issue is about.

This transit method is extremely valuable for decoding recurrent dreams and developing-story series of dreams. If you keep track of the dates and look at the transits, more often than not it will be the same houses that are activated during the fast transits for the nights when you see these dreams.

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3. Archetypal dreams

This kind of dreams is a lot more rare than the first two and also carries more importance. Archetypal dreams plug us into the collective subconscious experience and connect us to our true spiritual needs. There are three categories here:

  • archetypal objects (bridges, doors, roads, etc) – these are the ones you can get a good reading on with the help of a dream dictionary, as these objects have a universal common meaning for all people across all cultures
  • archetypal stories (travelling, chasing, overcoming difficulties, studying, and so on) – these are similar to the previous category with a little more personal variation of the shared meaning
  • archetypal entities – the least common category. Many people never experience this kind and the ones that do may not even realise if they’re not familiar with the archetypal entity they have seen. Since we’re all connected within the framework of the collective subconscious, it is no wonder that a person from one culture may see in a dream a mythological creature from a completely different culture and thus they have no knowledge of which archetype this entity might be connected to. They might come across this entity later on, if they start researching the subject. Some of the traits that can help you recognise this type of a dream are: the central figure of the dream is an entity that attracts your attention; it is perceived in detail with some attributes from this entity’s mythology that you might have no prior knowledge of (such as colors, elements of the dress or appearance, etc).

Either one of these categories of archetypal dreams allows us to get in touch with the primal source of the entire human culture without any intermediaries. In some cultures these kinds of dreams were considered a beneficial sign from the higher powers and their encouragement of things we are doing.

Astrological signatures for these dreams are the following:

  1. During the dream there was a transit from a fast planet (Sun, Moon, Mercury, less often Venus or Mars) to a higher planet, most often Uranus or Neptune. It is more common to happen during a conjunction rather than any other aspect. Remember, the orb is 2 degrees or less. The meaning is interpreted according to the higher natal planet that is receiving the aspect (house placement and house rulership).
  2. During a long term transit of a higher planet – Uranus or Neptune – to your natal Mercury, Sun, Moon or ASC you may also see such dreams. Usually when the long-term transit is activated by a fast planet (multiple transit). For example, Neptune is conjuncting your ASC with an orb of 2 degrees or less. Because it’s a slow planet, even with such small orb this transit will last for months, but it doesn’t mean you will have archetypal dreams each night. However, you’re more open energetically to connect with the collective unconscious and during a faster transit, like Mercury squaring your ASC, you may have this experience. Interpretation of the dream in this case will be also connected with the higher planet that is making a transit to your natal chart (the houses it is connected to). It will show the reason for having this dream. The receiving natal planet or ASC will describe the purpose of the dream and its advice.

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4. Prophetic dreams

Another rare and valuable category. Just like the archetypal dreams, many people may never experience these in their life. Actually, this kind is more common among those, whose chart has certain placements indicating predisposition to prophetic dreams. There are various combinations, of course, but most typical is a tight aspect between Uranus or Neptune and Sun, Moon or Mercury in the natal chart. During the night this aspect is activated by a fast transit with an orb of 2 degrees or less.

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5. Karmic memories (Past life memories)

These are even more rare than the previous ones and not everybody experiences them. Some of the characteristics are:

  1. A vivid and detailed picture of the events and life during a certain historical period 
  2. There are no unrealistic elements such as sudden object transformations, flying, talking animals and other typical features of a normal dream.
  3. The plot is short but memorable and we are also left with the knowledge about the details of what we saw that seemingly comes out of nowhere, without these details being shown in the dream itself.
  4. The dream doesn’t seem or feel to be in any way connected to our current situation or activity, i.e. it could not have been inspired by a film or a book you have seen or read the day before.

Spontaneous karmic/past life memory activation is quite rare. If you have done some past life regression hypnosis, it is more likely to come up in your dreams in the days following the session. Otherwise, it may occasionally be activated by a transit and it happens more often to people who have a planet in the 12th house close to the ASC (so in the last ⅓ of the house). At the time of having a past life memory dream, a planet in the 12th house of the natal chart (less often – the 12th house ruler) is activated by a fast transit with an orb of 2 degrees or less.

The astrological signatures of transits to your natal chart described above are an extremely helpful tool in arriving at a more personalized and relevant interpretation of your dreams. If you’re not very familiar with astrology and its tools, there are multiple sites out there that allow you to create a transit chart and also provide information about planets and their symbolism as well as basic knowledge on the meanings of signs and houses. Using the transit method will help you to single out the main theme(s) and idea(s) of the message your own or the collective subconscious is trying to deliver to you during this large part of your life – sleeping.

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Abridged translation from K. Daragan. Original video can be viewed here

The Three Faces of The Moon.

 

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When one starts studying astrology, it quickly becomes obvious, that everything is linked to everything else and there is a neat and rounded system to this knowledge. Many of the objects and characteristics are organized or grouped by two (concept of polarity) or three (concept of triplicity).

 

Polarity embodies the principles of masculine and feminine, light and dark, Sun and Moon and so on. Division by four, as we can see in the elements (fire, water, air, earth) or directions (South, North, East, West) are just double polarities.

 

Triplicity is based on the three stages of development and is closely connected with… no, not the Christian trinity, but with a much older divinity – the triple Goddess of pagan times – the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone. This also finds its reflection in astrology, most obviously in modalities (cardinal-mutable-fixed) and house types, but also less obviously in other places. If we take the planets of the septener (the 7 visible ones) and leave Mercury to itself, as this planet is hermaphrodite, we have 2 triplicities of male and female. Mars, Sun and Jupiter correspond to Young boy-Father-Old man stages, while Venus, Moon and Saturn show us the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone. 

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The Moon can also represent all three stages completely by itself with the 28-day cycle of waxing and waning (with the new Moon being  “death and re-birth”), so it is no wonder in both Eastern and Western traditions this celestial body is of great importance. Well, also perhaps because it is physically the closest object to the Earth and even people not related to the study of natal charts know it affects us (e.g. the tides).

 

The Moon represents our subconscious, our emotions, but is also connected with the body. It is truly multi-functional and quite unique in the way it shows both the soul and the vessel for it. In addition,  its orbit also gives us a few extra points in the chart to play with – the North and the South Nodes (again – notice the polarity) and Lilith, the Black Moon… wait, but where is it’s antipode? You might have heard about it, but sadly Black Moon and information about her dominates over the astrological world the same way gasoline cars dominate over electrical ones in the current market. If you’re looking for information on Lilith – it is abundant. Controversial, but abundant. All major online chart calculating software includes her by default. There is no sign of White Moon anywhere but astro.com and even there you get the choice of three Liliths (four, if you count Waldemath Black Moon, a hypothetical object) and only one White Moon (two if counting a hypothetical object Selena).

 

Why so many? I’ll try not to bore you with a long scientific explanation. Basically, Black Moon is the furthest point from the Earth on the Moon’s orbit (Lunar Apogee), regardless, of where the Moon is at any point in time. By analogy, White Moon SHOULD be the closest point of this orbit (Lunar Perigee), and not some imaginary point with easily calculated ephemerides(table of positions). With all due respect to the astrologers who came up with it and calculated its path – it is bad enough that apogee and perigee are fictitious points in the chart (they don’t have a physical representation in the sky), so we don’t need to add more imaginary things to this mess.

 

That leaves us only with points that are actually on the Moon’s trajectory. Still we have two of each, which in my humble opinion is two too many. The reason for such variety of choice is that the Moon’s orbit is highly affected by the gravitational pull of the Sun which results in great monthly oscillations. In other words, the Moon’s orbit wobbles and causes difficulties in calculation, so mean value was introduced. I understand the need for it at the time when the charts were drawn by hand and the software was available to very few people and was not as precise as it is now. However, nowadays we have the technology to calculate the exact position in seconds, so I feel that the mean value for both of these points, as well as the Nodes, is becoming redundant. It reminds me of an old joke where a nurse is reporting to the doctor at the beginning of his shift about the stats in the hospital: “The average body temperature is 36.6℃ (98℉), including the mortuary!”. To give another example here – my brother has two kids and I have none. On average, we have one child each, but in reality the amount of diapers I have changed in my entire life equals zero, while my brother had changed a large number of them.

 

Thus, the average (mean) value of the focal points on the Moon’s orbit is not likely to reflect the real state of things. And that leaves us with only two ladies – the True Black Moon (Lilith) and the True White Moon (Selena). It is worth noting that in Avestan School of Astrology these points are called Arta and Druj – terms from Zoroastrian theology, which help to investigate exactly what these points reflect in the chart. I don’t want to confuse you by introducing new names, just know that those are the points I use in my work and if you use ZET software you’ll find them in the settings under those names. For now I’ll keep referring to them by their more familiar names taken from Jewish and Greek mythology.

It is a common belief that Lilith is bad influence, the tempting demon, while Selena is our guardian angel and shows all things good.  Similarly to Saturn being viewed as a great malefic and Jupiter as a great benefactor by the majority of astrology enthusiasts out there. Sure enough, Saturn transits bring plenty of difficulties just as Lilith transits can bring devastating experiences (especially when combined with slower planets activating our chart). This “badness” is very subjective and is perceived through the lens of our ego. We don’t like to struggle, to feel bad, to work hard and to lose things. Few of us appreciate these difficulties for the contrast they create and knowledge and experience they give us. How can you know what happiness is, if you haven’t been miserable? And how would the light exist without the darkness to contrast it?

 

Saturn is considered bad because it brings limitations and delays, while Jupiter makes things happen easily. Saturn is the driving instructor that fails you for any minor violation times and again, until your knowledge is solid. Jupiter is the examiner who gives you a pass just because you showed up and because he’s in a jovial mood today. Which driver would you feel safer with – the one tested by Saturn or Jupiter?

 

There is no doubt that Black Moon shows the point of great sensitivity in our charts. Most seem to think that it shows an accumulated “bad karma” in past incarnations, something that we have to atone. In addition, they say that in accordance with mythology of the name given to it – Lilith – it is our own individual demon that tempts us, provokes more bad deeds and actions and should be resisted. Some argue that this point is an indication of a great creative potential hidden within our deepest and darkest fears and desires. I think the truth lies somewhere in the middle, partially containing some of the ideas above.

 

The White Moon has much less debate about its nature, all of them positive of course, the difference from author to author is in the shades of her meanings. Guardian angel, accumulation of positive karma (good deeds from past life), a point of integration (in opposition to Lilith’s point of separation) – you get the gist. I personally prefer the view of Selena as the area in which we are masters of balance. Mind you that a balance is rarely achieved by doing only good and right, just like a physical balance of the scales requires some fluctuation at first. This should make Black Moon our point of imbalance or weakness we can try and master.

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Let’s remember our Triple Goddess pattern and think how these three points of the lunar orbit – the apogee, the perigee and the physical placement of the Moon – could correlate with the three symbols. Physical Moon is in the middle position, just as our physical body is here and now. It is, in a way, a mother to our soul, or at least that part of our soul that it contains. We can either nurture the child/soul, ignore or mistreat it, just like many mothers do and did in the long history of motherhood. This stage of the soul development has a dual nature to it, which is hard to wrap your brains around at first. The soul/child gets the body/mother (physical Moon) to complete a certain stage in its growth, also shown by the physical Moon. But then again, what isn’t dual in astrology? Depending on what type of chart you’re reading, Moon can show a mother/motherhood or a very young person(child). 4th house (house of the Moon) is your home and childhood but at the same time is the house showing the end of your life.

 

If you’re brain is boiling now, take a break and come back whenever you’re ready – the article will still be here. If you’re already used to this multi-layered and multi-faceted astrological approach, let’s talk about the other two – the Maiden and the Crone.

 

Since the Maiden is associated with purity, chastity and innocence, while the Crone is an old crazy hag in the eyes of many, I’m guessing majority would say White Moon is the Maiden, while Lilith is the Crone. Hence the view of Lilith as a great power within us as the Crone, while old and ugly, is also wise due to her age and experience. Nevertheless, you should remember, that if Black Moon is weak and prone to temptation, she is just like a young and inexperienced girl, who is yet to make some mistakes, which she will hopefully learn from.

 

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White Moon doesn’t have to deal with temptation, not because she had learned to resist, but because she’s at the stage where it is no longer a temptation for her. She’s on a completely different level – wise, balanced and whole. She’d been there and done that, she had made mistakes, been deluded and tempted  (Lilith) and through continuous process of growth and experience (physical Moon) she learned to separate the wheat from the chaff. She knows the truth, which Black Moon is searching for. Incidentally, the Avestan name for the True (osculating) Lunar Perigee that I mentioned above is Arta, which is translated as “true statement”. This is the kind of truth you get by empirical knowledge. Something you KNOW to be the truth.

This goes to contrast something I BELIEVE to be the truth, e.g. if someone else convinces me of something that is false, but I sincerely believe and trust that person, I will repeat the false statement with zero intent of lying. According to general karma theory, if I have no bad intent and in my understanding of things, I am not doing a bad deed, then it shouldn’t be bad karma. I could be a 16th century scholar stating that Sun goes around the Earth and condemning Copernicus for his theory. It doesn’t make me a despicable person. It just shows my Black Moon stage of development. It is, just like any other stage, necessary. After all, if you want growth, you need to have room for it.