Have you ever wondered how dreams and astrology are
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 we are focusing 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.
Notes from the Net:
The 8th house is our desire nature which functions in the conscious mind area
and the cause behind many of our daily actions. The 12th house of unconscious
conditions is the filter of our dream states and the recording device of life
experience. Our blood system is our memory system. Our dream state rallies
around the ruler of the 12th and it's natal and transit place.
Blessings,Thomas Seers AMAFA
The Ninth House:
Sagittarius. Long distance & time communication and travel, the deeper mind,
profound subjects, philosophy, religion, publishing, foreigners, language,
In the first six Houses, the 9th House corresponds to the 3rd House &
Gemini. If you recall, that house is about communication and mind as well. In
the Third house, it might be said, we collect and communicate, while in the
Ninth House we discover the meaning of all this gathered informa tion. Often
these two together make up the fuller term "Mind".
Dream: "We are on a train on a long journey. I'm thirsty and I go into a
private compartment and a man there has the whole room filled. Its like
Copernicus's room, with open books everywhere, globes, telescopes, maps and
other instruments for navigation. I notice the man is very involved and he says
he is tracing down the missing 8th harmonic of some Islamic scholar. I am amazed
but haven't any idea how to relate to his project. I feel a great rush of love
for the man."
How appropriate that it is often called the "House of Dreams."
Here the inner most workings are interpreted and revealed. The information
gathered by that messenger and psychopomp Mercury in the Third House emerges as
a new perspective in Jupiter and the Ninth House.
Dream: "I am with a business tycoon and he invites me into his office.
It's full of things like model trains, compasses, books and other items. I want
to talk business but he is interested in a larger project and offers me a chance
to take my art to a new level by taking on this project. It's never quite clear
what the project is, but I am very excited and feel it will be an amazing
Jupiter is also associated with the Law, but the law has its spiritual as
well as earthly order. Spiritual laws, more on the order of archetypes and
religious dogma, are a grasping of the nature of the cosmos on a more intuitive
level. The laws of living and being and consciousness belong to the subtle realm
of the Ninth house. The close, in your face, surface truths recede in the Ninth
house like the arrow of the Sagittarian archer, shooting through the surface to
find its mark in a broader, more basic experience, awareness and approach. Thus
the connection with philosophy and religion. Psychology and esotericism come
together here in the binding search for meaning, or in Jungian terms, the path
For those that hide from the journey of the Self, the Ninth House can be like
a Shadow and torment the person. Look for dreams of Lucifer, paths of
constrictions, dream images where there is overcompensation, disillusionment,
pain, endless searching, loss of faith and fears of torture.
Dream: "I see a mirror in my bedroom I've never noticed before. I put my
hand through and then walk through the mirror. I enter a completely different
kind of realm. Its a huge cavern filled with red lights. I see a passage way
that continues out of sight. I become frightened that it might be Hell and try
to get back to my room."
The Search for Meaning in the Ninth House may lead to peak experiences, a
drive towards direct encounter with the larger than life, including not only
traditional visions and gnostic experiences, but throwing oneself against fate,
elements, problems and other more concrete adversaries. Watch for those parts of
the self and dream characters that are very agnostic as well, especially if it
Dream: "There is an alarm that goes off on the floor where I'm working
and we all have to abandon the building. We go down the elevator together but
when we get to the first floor, everyone seems to be on their own. I notice on
the floor several pieces of a puzzle, and feel that if can find the rest of the
puzzle, we can return to the building. There is a great deal of pressure to
hurry before the building collapses."
Like the archer, the person in the Ninth House needs a goal or mark to shoot
for. Without this direction, we are just pissing in the wind. The wise man and
fool may find this a fine activity, but the Ninth House seems to require a one-pointedness
to avoid downward spirals. At least at first. The problem seems to be that this
goal must be one's own. Taking on someone else's goal will not work for long as
the Ninth House is not fulfilled by the individual taking on any authority but
his or her own. Like Saturn, the law must emanate from within. As straight as I
am characterizing this goal, the truth seems to be a more circuitous path, a
wandering from one thing to another, following long paths, extended journeys,
broad mental training and deep readings. All of this activity bubbles up from an
underlying Jovian joy, a fountain that was not made, by the hands of man.
Next month: 10th House -Aspirations, ambitions, public standings and honor.
Send in your dreams to M. Aionia at firstname.lastname@example.org
Island (1997 September). Reflections on the Ninth House.
Electric Dreams 4(9). Retrieved July 26, 2000 from Electric Dreams on the World
Wide Web: http://www.deramgate.com/electric-dreams
To my understanding there is no house larger than the ninth, for it is
boundless, stretching farther than the naked eye can see, one reason why
"vision," "prognostication," are considered ninth house
activities, X-rays and telescopes ninth house objects, where mythology and story
abound. Imagine a house where activities take place in realms rather than rooms.
When I find myself at once transported without accompanying feelings, I dare say
I've not quite made the trip. It appears to me that the ninth house is so large
and complex that us mere mortals struggle through it. People with ninth house
consciousness have more to say than we sometimes can or should afford to hear,
sometimes a double-edged sword. It is the house of the dreaming mind and of
dreams, the expanding consciousness, the prophet and philosopher, the visionary.
Remember, also, Cassandra's fate and that of John the Baptist or the
prejudices felt against the still much maligned "gypsies." On this
darker note, it is a house where justice, or judgment, is passed in a court of
law; a foreign land or culture where we are beset with difficulties and feel
estranged; where we may experience the constraints of law, dogma and orthodoxy
espoused by fanatics; where our debaucheries and other excesses may result in
karmic consequences; where what we publish, broadcast, advertise or propogandize
boomerangs on either the bombast or the individual or society swept away; our
counsel and advice to others falling short of intent or drastically overreaching
Yet here more than anywhere else, I feel shaped by raw feeling, for who
cannot weep unabashedly at the feet of an awesome God(dess) of My or Your
Understanding, to find oneself, filled with awe, reborn. It is where I go to
touch my soul, and I can walk through the hallways of orthodox religion, ritual,
profound study, meditation, formal learning, or dreams, and many others besides,
to do so. I can fly or sail to foreign realms, immerse myself in diverse
cultures. When I allow myself to experience the room or realm, I find my
day-to-day reality upturned, my consciousness expanded, as I reclaim or own the
inheritance already mine.
I am surprised when I recall some of the very special feelings the ninth
house inspires: adoration, a spirit of adventure, reverence, wanderlust, wonder,
awe, an exhilarating rush, liberality, love of truth and freedom, prayerful
feelings, magnanimity, inspiration, desire to philosophize, confidence and
faith, enthusiasm, zeal, buoyancy, authenticity, mystery, rapture,
righteousness, a sense of destiny. When I experience those feelings, especially
consistently over time, I cannot help but be transformed/reborn anew.
Now it is very curious to me when I stumble across a person with a ninth
house developing or developed consciousness because I really want to read or
listen intently to what they have to say, while exercising my developing powers
of discernment, also ninth house. Fortunately we have to look no further than
the commentary provided by a dreamer in this issue whose allusions to dreams
seem to suggest a seamless interweaving between dream and day-to-day reality.
His commentary, entitled The Immortal, The Living and the Dead, made mention of
God 23 times; Muslim, 5; Jesus or Christ, 10; spirit, 5; religious or religion,
6; prophet, 3; Mohamed, 2; Buddha, 2; hexagram, 3; foreign, 3; Tibetan Yogi, 1;
Catholic, 1 as some examples. Once immersed in his commentary, I felt a bit of
the void filled through my lack of either ninth house dreams or feelings in
Following are some quotes obtained online which, I hope, may help to clarify
ninth house themes and dreams.
Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for? Robert
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the
source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger,
who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his
eyes are closed.
We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our
fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as
causes, and they come back to us as effects. Herman Melville
The people I'm furious with are the women's liberationists. They keep getting
up on soap boxes and proclaiming that women are brighter than men. It's true,
but it should be kept quiet or it ruins the whole racket. Anita Loos
When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take the step into the
darkness of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen.
There will be something solid for us to stand on or we will be taught to fly.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong
man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit
belongs to he man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and
sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and
again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself
in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows the triumph of high achievement; and
who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his
place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory
Our faith in the present dies out long before our faith in the future. Ruth
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest;
Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the
The stories of childhood leave an indelible impression, and their author
always has a niche in the temple of memory from which the image is never cast
out to be thrown on the rubbish heap of things that are outgrown and outlived.
Fanatacism consists in redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your
Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world.
FAIRY TALE, n: a horror story to prepare children for the newspapers. ZEAL,
n: A certain nervous disorder afflicting the young and inexperienced. Ambrose
The universe is made of stories, not of atoms. Muriel Rukeyser
"And don't tell me God works in mysterious ways", Yossarian
continued "There's nothing mysterious about it, He's not working at all.
He's playing. Or else He's forgotten all about us. That's the kind of God you
people talk about, a country bumpkin, a clumsy, bungling, brainless, conceited,
uncouth hayseed. Good God, how much reverence can you have for a Supreme Being
who finds it necessary to include such phenomena as phlegm and tooth decay in
His divine system of Creation? What in the world was running through that
warped, evil, scatalogical mind of His when He robbed old people of the power to
control their bowel movements? Why in the world did He ever create pain?"
Joseph Heller, Catch22
Years ago fairy tales all began with "Once upon a time...", now we
know they all begin with, "If I am elected..."
What you've done becomes the judge of what you're going to do especially in
other people's minds. When you're traveling, you are what you are right there
and then. People don't have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the
William Least in Heat Moon, Blue Highways
Nigel gave the lamp a cautious buff and small smoking red letters appeared in
the air. "Hi," Nigel read aloud, "Do not put down the lamp
because your custom is important to us. Please leave a wish after the tone and,
very shortly, it will be our command. In the meantime, have a nice
Terry Pratchett, Sorcery
Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to
Plato, The Republic. Book VII. 529
Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth, more than ruin, more
even than death ....Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and
terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and
comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought
is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.
Scriptures, n. The sacred books of our holy religion, as distinguished from
the false and profane writings on which all other faiths are based.
Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered through personal
experience does not become a part of the moral tissue.
Laws are only words words written on paper, words that change on society's
whim and are interpreted differently daily by politicians, lawyers, judges, and
policemen. Anyone who believes that all laws should always be obeyed would have
made a fine slave catcher. Anyone who believes that all laws are applied
equally, despite race, religion, or economic status, is a fool. John J. Miller,
And Hope to Die (in Jokertown Shuffle Wild Cards IX)
All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish,
appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave
mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
Why is it when we talk to God we're said to be praying, but when God talks to
us we're schizo phrenic?
Man has always sacrificed truth to his vanity, comfort and advantage. He
lives by make believe. W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up, 1938
The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe
in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in
anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not
believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not
believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.
But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with
reason and is condu cive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it
and live up to it.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Security is mostly a
superstition. It does not exist in nature.
Suppose that we are wise enough to learn and know and yet not wise enough to
control our learning and knowledge, so that we use it to destroy
ourselves?...Even if that is so, knowledge remains better than ignorance. It is
better to know even if the knowledge endures only for the moment that comes
before destruction than to gain eternal life at the price of a dull and swinish
lack of comprehension of a universe that swirls unseen before us in all its
wonder. That was the choice of Achilles, and it is mine, too.
Isaac Asimov, The New Hugo Winners
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a
miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Albert Einstein
If the quotes above confuse and muddle sensing/apprehending ninth house
dreams, then read anything by Walt Whitman...or dream archetypal? grandiose?