Have you ever wondered how dreams and astrology are connected?
There are many ways we can connect dreams to astrology, and many don't
require that you know all about your Natal Chart. In this column we will be
exploring the symbolic rather than predictive aspects of astrology. Symbolic
astrology attempts to use the images of astrological to give meaning to one's
life and empower choices rather than predict paths. We do this by imaginal
overlay. In this process we impleach, (poetically interweave) dream, image,
feeling, life and symbol in a way to evoke a felt sense of the dream's imagery
and its position in our life.
This year I will focus each month on a different House. The inner circle of
the Natal or Birth Chart is divided into 12 distinct regions know as Houses.
They relate to everyday activates. One will be about physical appearances and
temperament, while another relates to possessions, for example. Planets and
signs fall within these Houses and influence the areas of focus. We will be
watching for images of planets, signs and other celestial events and hopefully
begin to see the emergence of an astrological chart that dips into birth charts,
dreams, and our waking life.
The First House.
This House is about the person, the personality or disposition, health, ones
physical build and appearance. It is much like the Jungian Persona, in the sense
that it is about how we appear to outsiders. Thus our manners and outward
behavior figure in with this house as well.
In dreams we may look for the self, the body and these appearance and manor
Here is an example of what I might call a First House Dream:
Eddy's Dream: 'The Jog'
"In my dream I am jogging along a path away from a stately house and
past a lake with a swan and ducks. I feel just great and could run forever. My
body feels very fit, though I seem to be stalky rather than trim. Problems
vaguely linger in the back of my mind, but I think to myself that they will
solve themselves. I see some people looking at me and I wonder what they think
of my jogging clothes, as they are kind of like underwear. I think to myself
that if they see my nice house, maybe they will forgive the underwear look or
think it is fashionable. I smile as I run past them"
I think the main issues of self, appearance, manner, build and health are
quite obvious, but let's look at this as a first house dream a little more
closely. Since First House concerns are often about the beginning, self-interest
and the present we can say something about the "Path" that Eddy is on
(our about ourselves, if we take this to be our own dream). The proximity to the
house may indicate both the Strength of concern in this area as well as how new
the path is. The dreamer might ask if these are concerns close to home, or new
concerns. Since this occurs as far as we can tell in the daytime, then its about
Sun or Wants rather than Moon or Needs. (My apologies for reducing the Moon
=Needs to scholars who have written volumes on the Moon).
We might say that there is a "desire" for this kind of appearance,
but a fear that running or going down this path may evoke troublesome
vulnerabilities (being seem in underwear). However the dream seems to indicate
that the health and status comes from this naked exercise and if the dreamer
wants this kind of appearance, then continuing down this path will bring it
There is a lake in this First House dream, which may be interpreted as a
watery sign in the house. There are birds on this lake, which give the idea that
the watery soul may at any moment transform itself into a spiritual being and
take off, for better or worse. Here, the air and water seem to be at peace and
the Swan transformations more potential. It may be that things are
"too" much under control. This is always a suspicion when we see
scenes with everything in place, when we know that is not the state of the
world. One interpretation is that this is a "rich" area,
metaphorically meaning full of energy, resources and power - but at the same
time cut off from the reality of the streets. In this First House dream, the
dreamer's manner and temperament seem to get him by all these concerns and
continue him along the path. As mentioned, being in the Sun, it may be more
something the dreamer wishes and struggles for rather than something the dreamer
Astral Aerobics: Keep an eye on your dreams this month for First House
influences. Note where appearance, manner, health and characteristics are at
play. Also note if they occur at night, or in the day. Are there other celestial
clues, stars, moons, and/or symbols of astrological planets and sign? Allow
these side symbols to add to your interpretations.
Next Month, The Second House and Possessions!