Got a Dream to Interpret? Try Astrology
Interpreting a dream through astrology can help reveal where your soul wants you to head. ‘Imogen’ was at a life crossroads when she came to see me, and knew her dreams were trying to point her in the right direction but couldn’t understand them. She’d been given an ultimatum in her job, was having trouble in relationships and was anxious and confused. As her despair intensified, her dreams also became more intense.
The soul-psychology of dreams
One dream particularly disturbed Imogen as it seemed to be coming from the pits of the collective unconscious, not herself; still, we all have the collective unconscious within us. This dream for Imogen had the feeling of a nightmare, but usually these are the biggest soul ‘hurry up and understand me’ dreams as time is running short, or they are trauma replay dreams seeking healing, sometimes even with recurring past-life content.
In Imogen’s case it was a timing urgency. Her soul needed her to change something she couldn’t see about her relationship bonding patterns so she would not miss a very big relationship chance on its way. In dreams, characters often play aspects of our unhealed or not yet known selves to help us see them, but as we don’t relate to being like that, we need to think symbolically to decipher a dream’s code. This is where astrology helps.
The dream itself – first scene
In the dream Imogen was shocked to discover herself behaving with fervent lust toward a man in bed. Before she could stop, her sisters caught her in the act and yelled ‘you are a rapist!’ Horrified, she ran down the hallway into the kitchen where she frantically started cleaning. After spotlessly polishing the kitchen sink, Imogen announced, ‘I have told Rebecca I am not her mother’, at which point Rebecca’s father and brothers suddenly materialised from a back room.
Which people are what planets in the dream?
This dream has many images of both men and women – brothers, sisters, a father, a mother, a man in bed, plus Imogen and Rebecca. I asked Imogen who Rebecca is and she said ‘my closest friend’. We decided to start there as the planet Venus was making a once-every-few-decades change in Imogen’s astrology and women are represented by the planet Venus.
Immediately we saw that her birth chart Venus is next to Mercury, and Mercury represents not only friends, but also brothers and sisters. Imogen’s Venus also sits opposite the planet Pluto. After seeing Pluto connected to Imogen’s Venus, I was aware of the sisters’ accusation in the dream, ‘you are a rapist’.
Dream images down in the deep of Pluto
Pluto is a powerful archetype that rules deep hidden human experiences that often bring up feelings of shame, such as possessiveness, lust, manipulation and abuse. Pluto is also connected with beautiful vulnerable experiences such as intimacy, rebirth and healing into inner power and the wisdom of the heart. Imogen’s dream was helping her sort all this through. It was her time for awareness and growth on these deep personal and collective topics, which we all one day face in ourselves.
When I shared Pluto keywords with Imogen, they instantly led her to think of how her ex-boyfriend from years back had accused her of trying to control and mother him. Pluto often represents deep unconscious impulses from the soul parts of ourselves that if unhealed go into over-drive, or under-drive, to be assured of love. These are often shards from leftover traumas in past lives or from experiences in childhood or other vulnerable life stages, such as teenage years or a mid-life crisis.
A stubborn pattern reveals itself and so does the key to healing
In the absence of a relationship, Imogen had been mothering her friend Rebecca. She knew on an unconscious level that she was doing this and that Rebecca was also unconsciously participating by behaving hopelessly so that someone would rescue and mother her. Imogen now understood that if she began a new pattern with Rebecca, it would also help her with a new pattern with men.
At the time of the dream Imogen had been denying within herself her wish to start dating again. As we explored her fears, we speculated that the dream was revealing she needed to clean up (in the kitchen scene) what remained of her mothering pattern in order to bring men into her life in a way that felt safe. If she did not shift this pattern before dating, it was likely she would draw to herself men with unresolved issues around mothering and smothering.
Second scene – change begins at the ‘ticket machine’
In the dream as soon as everything including the kitchen sink is cleaned, Imogen announces, ‘I am not Rebecca’s mother’, which instantly brings men to her out of a back room – Rebecca’s father and brothers. The masculine was now able to start expressing itself even if still only just coming out of a back room, and still in the ‘family/childhood stage’ of development – father and brothers (e.g. it wasn’t a boyfriend or husband who came out the back room). But the dream didn’t finish there and had more support for her.
In the next part of the dream, Imogen rushed off to catch a train but couldn’t get the ticket machine to work and had to try many coin combinations while rummaging around in her purse for the right change. Finally a ticket came out and to validate it she raced onto a train waiting for her. When she got on, she was disoriented. The validating machine was unlike anything she’d ever seen before and it was in the centre of the train on the floor. None of the other passengers knew how to use it, so she fumbled around on her knees working it out for herself and got really stressed by how long it took to validate the ticket, feeling doubly pressured by all the passengers in a circle staring at her.
Venus and validation gets the journey on track
Finally Imogen validated the ticket, and the minute she did, her train started moving and she was off! And so ended the dream. If we reflect again on the first scene, it ended with Imogen saying ‘I have told Rebecca I am not her mother’. In the very next scene we see Imogen starting her own journey. Money and validation both come under Venus. Imogen had to use the right change to buy a ticket for her new journey. She then had to validate the ticket. Venus represents self-worth and getting on an energy vibe that allows life to bring what we value.
Venus also rules what is yin and feminine. Imogen shared how she had been experimenting with new feminine looks for months. She’d grown her hair longer and had also been attending women’s workshops and reading up on goddess cultures.
The dream seemed to be encouraging her to continue strengthening this side of herself. Eventually she’d get the right combination of coins (different aspects of her femininity) in the ticket machine, and would find a new way to validate herself. And this was Imogen’s own journey – none of the other passengers could show her how to validate the ticket. It was something that had to come from within, and from her centre.
The astrology helps the dream and the dream helps the astrology
Imogen’s dream revealed a lot about the planet Venus in her chart. Many of the faces of Venus were explored – women, femininity, money and self-validation. Remember that in Imogen’s chart Venus connects to Pluto. Imogen understood that she could change her experience of Pluto by finding ways to be intimate with others that didn’t involve caring for them in a hidden bargain kind of way to get care and love in return. The woman she really needed to be intimate with first and foremost was herself.
You might recall that Imogen’s Venus was also next to her Mercury. In following the dream’s advice and working on Venus issues, she would simultaneously be working on Mercury issues. Mercury not only rules friends and siblings, but also the mind, communicating, information and people skills. Imogen had a deep fear of public speaking but in her workplace had been told if she wanted to keep her job she would have to start running staff training groups. The dream helped her realise how close she was to being sacked if she did not improve her communication assertiveness. She decided to enrol in a public speaking course and face her fears.
Success! Capitalising on the window of opportunity
To complete the session we looked up the dates of the next lot of transits in the coming months that brought in a good dating vibe, and Imogen decided she would do some intensive work with a therapist (Pluto) on the mothering pattern to ensure she didn’t fervently mother new men to the degree they felt ‘raped’. All the rushing in the dream (down the hallway to clean up and then to catch the train and validate her ticket) showed she had a lot to do in a short amount of time (public speaking training and some counselling), but the dream itself had finished with the feeling she would succeed.
Even though Imogen felt momentarily ‘downgraded’ (validating the ticket on her knees) while choosing time-out for therapy and study, she was better prepared for the transits coming her way and not only succeeded in capitalising on them but also started getting a good night’s sleep!
© Michelle Proctor, www.radiantliving.com.au