old adage says "the night brings advice" and, as it often happens, the popular
widsom is pretty shrewd. In fact, if it is true that everyone dreams during the sleep,
although only half of them will remember their dreams once awake, for someone it is
possible even to "pilot" his or her oneiric travel, intentionally or not, so to
exploit the sleeping time to increase one's own creativity or to find out solutions to
In other words, if the
brain usually needs to dream so to reset what is considered as less important, on the
contrary, a topic which particularly interests us can be developed up to attain the
solution to the problem. They are the so called "clear dreams", already the
Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung disputed about. Through them the subject makes all
those deducing, reasoning, and reflecting operations, which are typical of the waking
instead of the sleep. On the contrary, the brain, loosen from those limits our conscious
part inevitably sets during the waking, seems to rise up the inner part of ourselves, the
unconscious, to elaborate data and circumstances with absolutely no limit of space and
time. So it is possible to arise again completely erased events from the conscious memory
or to accomplish a reasoning using seemingly confused data.
What is the difference
between these "clear dreams" and the other ones? First of all, the dreamer is
aware that in a precise instant he is dreaming andcan even brings dreams about, but
generally they come spontaneously if the dreamer is very concerned about a problem he
can't find out the solution. Jung reports an explicatory episode: a person he knew, after
many days trying in vain to make light on a certain business, went to sleep after having
examined once again but uselessly the problem and fell asleep still thinking about it. At
three a.m., his wife saw him getting up and back to the study, where he wrote something
fast, then he got back to sleep. The morning after, forgetting about what happened during
the night, the man surprisingly found out his notes including the solution to the problem
he was bothered about.
It is also possible to
take usual profit of these dreams to solve personal problems. The American philosopher
Joseph Murphy tells that he lost a ring he was very fond of, not to mention its value.
Before he fell asleep, entrusted his dreams the solution to the problem. When he awoke, he
seemed to hear a voice coming from inside saying "Ask your son". The thing
sounded strange to Murphy, because his son was a 9 year old boy but, as he asked the boy,
he confessed that he found that ring while he was playing and placed it on his desk.
Finally there is who
finds his lost objects but also who find the chemical formula for a medicine, like the
Nobel Prize Otto Loewi, or even who keeps inspiration for his novels, like P. L.
Stevenson, author of "The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde". Also the
famous singer Billy Joel declared to see the scores of his songs appearing in the dreams,
and to write them down once awake.
A scientific explanation
for this phenomenon exists: the subdivision of the brain into two emispheres the right one
of which predisposes to creativity whereas the left one to the rationality. During the day
the left side is the more active one, on the contrary, at night the right side is working
while the left one is drowsy thus elaborating data in a more fancy and unusual way, but
not less effective. This phenomenon is very widespread, and does not involve only certain
categories, like artists, but everyone. This matter was very well known in ancient times,
when in Greece and in Rome people built temples called "of dreams" where dreams
were evoked by drugs aimed to reduce rationality, so to find inspiration and solutions.
HOW TO FAVOUR CLEAR
The dream production can
be improved by observing some simple rules following:
1) to get to bed after a
2) to relax as much as
possible, even by dedicated yoga exercises;
3) once acheived the
physical rest, reflect for some minutes about the concerning problem, trying to analyze
all its aspects;
4) avoiding to think to
the problem emotionally but, on the contrary, analyzing it was not our business at all;
5) make an effort - this
is the hardest thing to do - to take part to the appearing dream, trying to live it in
In the morning, almost
certainly intuitions we were looking for will arrive, however, it is not worthwile to get
discouraged by the first unsuccess!
PREDISPOSING TO CLEAR DREAMS
To begin, indicators of
the quality of the sleep and of the dreams are essentially two: the House VIII and the
Moon, while the clearness of this kind of dreams is well expressed by Planet Saturn, main
indicator of the logical reasoning.
To begin, indicators of
the quality of leep and of dreams are essentially two: the House VIII and the Moon, while
the clearness of this kind of dreams is well expressed by the planet Saturn, main
indicator of the logic reasoning. The Sector VIII is thus predominant in Saturn-ruled
Signs (Capricorn, Aquarius, and LIbra) or where Saturn is present. The Moon, instead, is
also placed in rational signs, like the Earth's ones, or ruled by Saturn. Also the House
XII - unconscious - is often predominant and the Moon has frequent aspects with the planet
of mediumistics, Neptune.
DAVID HERBERT LAWRENCE
The English writer
of the last century, famous mostly for his well-known novel "Lady Chatterley's
Lover", used to work in the morning in a semitrance status, trying to recall what he
had dreamt the night before.
Under the astrological
profile the Moon, related planet to the sleep, is found in LIbra, wher Saturn is mostly
exalted, conjoint to Venus in XII House, the one concerning unconscious. In the house of
dreams, the VIII, the Planet of unconscious, Pluto, is in positive aspect with
Uranus-hands, whereas the cusp of this house falls in the practical and rational
sign of Taurus. As far as Saturn is concerned, is undoubtfully dominant, placed in Cancer
yet in positive aspect to the Ascendant Scorpio, which signs refers to Pluto and to the
The popular poet and
novelist, author of best sellesr like "The Califfa" and "This kind of
love", also collaborator to several magazines, declaed to write his novels between 6
and 8 in the morning, in a kind of alert trance. He handwrites so fast that sometimes it
is hard to make out what he wrote. This is the way his last novel, "Gialloparma"
was composed in only 20 days. The writer also says "I have the impression hat it is
not me to write, but a "deep I" imposing by force. The phenomenon, as yars go
by, is more and more evident."
Analyzing his Chart, we find the Moon, associated planet to the sleep, in the VI
Sector, the one connected to the work, in the extremely sober sign of Capricorn but, in
the meantime, in opposite aspect to the Sun and in trine to the Moon. This means that the
unconscious personality of the writer is able to part by its rational I (Sun) thus
becoming remarkably receptive (trine to Neptune).
it is no surprise now to
find in the "house of the sleep and the dreams", the VIII, right Saturn, which
is here in its own place indeed, being in Aquarius. Bevilacqua's dreams can't but be
marked by a great sobriety. To prove it all, Mercury - the writing - is conjoint to Pluto
- the unconscious - in XII House, right the one of irrational while the Moon-sleep is in
positive aspect to Uranus-hands gloriously placed in MC!
The great painter,
illustrator, pottery designer, as well as author of several critical essays, asserted in a
recent interview, that he can't recall how some of his paints were made and hardly
recognize them as his own. All he remembers is to have "seen" them during the
night, in dream and to have got out of the bed to realize them, as a prey of artistic
frenzy, a kind of trance. He also says that some of those particular works are among the
best of his production.
Under the astrological
profile, the similitude of thei Chart with the preceding one: he's also a Cancer and has,
like the former example, the Moon-sleep in VI House, the one related to the work, in
the very cerebral sign of Virgo, where Uranus-hands is exalted! The House of the sleep,
the VIII, shows in this case, Jupiter in its domicile and opposite to Saturn,
placed in Sector II. so to underline how the best works of this artist come from night
inspirations, when the conscious (Saturn) decreases its attention to free an eclectic and
very sensitive unconscious (Sun conjoint to Neptune
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE
Because of its likeness
with the VIII zodiacal Sign, Scorpio, and its ruler, Pluto, this astrological sector has a
close connection to the unconscious and the oneiric world in general, which is the product
of unsoncious making more splash. By a watchful study of this sector, and mostly by the
planetary passage it involves, it is possible to determine what is the predominant oneiric
content and, consequently, to acheive a better psycho-analitic analysis.
IF YOUR VIII HOUSE IS
In the sign ruled by the
impulsive Mars, dreams are surely short but intense, the subject is often warlike,
competitive, or aggressive anyway. Dreams are frequent where the subject sees him/herself
to the dentist's or where teeth are the center of the oneiric action (falling, aching,
with a strange and curious shape...) but also occurring is the dream where the
dreamer is driving a beautiful sportive car, red-coloured, for red is predominant as in
analogy with Mars, engaged in a speed race like in "Burnt Youth", or, on the
contrary, trying to repair his/her own car in panne.
The joy of life Venus
indicates, ruler of this sign, and Jupiter,here exalted, marks quiet dreams, where
blue and green are predominant colours, hapening in the country or inthe nature anyway.
There si no doubt that two kinds of dreams are frequent as well: the first one
"accumulating", like to face a dressed table where whatever food can be eaten as
much as he/she wants, and the second one whose mark is erotism. Furthermore, for analogy
of the sign to the "clan", family persons will often take part to most oneriric
Rapid dreams, so fast
that are hard to remember in the morning, surely concerning movements, travels,
transports, telecommunications. Here we are acting as main character of a dream where we
dial repeatedly phone numbers to call friends and people we know, or we become
skillful pilots or driving a sportive cars. If only one is so patient to make an effort
inthe morning to recall the dreams that seem to have left no trace in his/her mind, he or
she can realize they are plentiful and extremely interesting, never boring, and possible
starting points for adventure novels.
Two are the elements a
Cancer cherishes: the peaceful and calm water of lakes and sea, and the mother. So the
main topics of dreams made by people with this astral combination would be these two. As
Psychology teaches, they are closely related in their meaning. Cancer loves sleeping
because he or she finds there that light embryonic link he/she had when was still in the
mother's womb; dreams are not frequent however. After the water and the mother, other
likely oneiric subjects are the home and the historical landscapes, able to bring the
dreamer to ancient Egypt or in Roman times.
Ruled by the shiny Sun,
this Sign usually leads to glorious dreams, where the subject manage, by his or her forces
only, to rout whole opposing platoons in wait, or is confered with patricular public
recognitions. Jewelry too, mostly golden, are often subject but frequent as well is
dreaming to fly, where the subject flies over high eaks, or pilots a aircraft or a
deltaplane, as a modern Icarus.
Brilliant colours dominate, ranging from yellow to orange and images are usually clear
As Mercury's place and
Uranus' exaltation, this Sign enfolds the infrequent dreams with an extreme efficiency.
This combination can be very favorable for "clear dreams" because it is very
easy for the subject to "pilot" his own oneiric trip even avoiding those
situations considered as too unreal. This combination prefers topics concerning health and
work, proposing scenes where a doctor appears, or the subject sits working at his desk, or
simply embellishes his own body by new makeups and hairstyles. It is also certainly
favorable to take from dreams numbers to bet on. The win is for sure!
Dreams are quite
concrete for this Sign, which is Venus' house and exaltation of the logical Saturn.
Dreams are rarely
remembered and the impressing ones are usually beautiful backgrounds and, if analyzed,
usually bring to the solution of personal problems. It's is likely to dream to draw a
picture, to live romancing stories recalling ancient times, where living in couple is the
base of events but, being Saturn in analogy with cold and bad weather, the snow can be
dreamt as well as glacier peaks, and most of all memories and people linked to the past
Sign of unconscious par
excellence, ruled by the devilish Pluto, this Sign in House VIII speaks about our innest
passions and most hidden desires. So premonitory dreams are likely to occur, taking
disturbing place with assassinations, burglaries, adventures and trips in dark and narrow
places. If these dreams could be recalld awaking, they could be a good suggestion to
become the heir of Stephen King! Moreover, like in the opposite sign of Taurus, another
cherished topic to this astrological position is the erotic dream.
Exotic landscapes and
wide valleys are the background of dreams of people having this astrological combination
ruled by Jupiter and Neptune, but also horses and domestic animals in general or parts of
the body like legs and hair appear. what is more, foreign languages can be spoken during
the sleep: this assortment is in fact very good to learn languages while sleeping.
For analogy of the Sign
with teaching, a frequent dream concerns the dreamer to pass a particularly hard exam or
is the examiner himself.
With this position of
the VIII House, dreams frequently concern stairs to go up and down, mountains to be
climbed, and bare landscapes to be admired all alone. Dreams usually have a practical
meaning, where the main character often "pilot" them because rationality is
always awake, as this Sign is the natural place of Saturn. Dreams are rare, terse both for
environment and contents, often dominated by dark colours and the situations are linked to
the everyday life. The mother often appears in oneiric images.
Brilliant images and
concerning future for this Sign ruled by the eclectic Uranus, with high skyscrapers or
unusual buildings, familiar places which are changed unrecognisable. Projects and affairs
are implemented by surprising solutions in the dreams, maybe with the help of friends,
often present close to the subject. As for the opposite Sign of Leo, also here dreams are
frequent concerning flying and the main character is often thrown in the unfinished space
characterized by a strong excitability often arise with this combination ruled by Neptune
and by the element Water. The oneiric life lead here a great role also in the awake life
through the so-called "daydreams", whose meaning is hardly rationalized, which
is ofter premonitory, before the event takes place. Lightly coloured, oneiric images often
lead back to close places, to hopitals, to painful situations, to hidden enemies, to cats
but also to the sea and the water in general are symbols which occur often as well.