The 1st House: This is the ascendant's house and relates to one's thoughts, psyche and physical and mental condition.
The 12th House: This is the house of subconscious thought, past and future lives and the sign of Pisces.
The 8th House: This is the house of death, but more importantly, this can relate to hidden messages and lies opposite to the 12th house.
Certain schools of astrological thought also assign dreams and subconscious thought to the 9th house. This house essentially relates to 'Fate' and Sagittarius, neither of which directly affect the mind or thought. Hence, this is not a strong factor for the purpose of dream analysis.
The 1st house controls how our dreams can change as we pass through different planetary periods or as different planets transit through this house. The 12th house tends to have a more permanent influence and can be responsible for dreams with a recurring theme. Also, a strong influence on the 12th house can mean that your dreams generally play an influential role in your life. This role may be positive or negative, depending on the nature of these influences.
As Pisces is linked to the 12th house, this can be considered to be the zodiac sign for dreams and subconscious thought.
Some astrologers believe that the meaning of a dream is often the opposite of how the dream itself played out. So for instance, if you see losses, you are in line to receive financial gains. If you see misfortune, good fortune is on the way and so on. However, this can be very subjective and the margin of error can be wide.
To accurately interpret a dream through astrology, ideally one has to maintain a dream journal, in which the details of lucid dreams can be recorded along with the exact times at which they occur. Casting a horoscope for any such time will provide an astrological representation of that dream. This can then be interpreted in the same manner that a horoscope chart normally is. Correlating this against one's own birth chart, will reveal what the effects of this dream are likely to be for the individual in question.
Many people often have dreams in which they experience the sensation of free falling from a great height, such as falling from the clouds and being jolted awake by the abruptness of their landing. This is an example of a lucid dream in which it is believed that the soul or astral body floats away from the physical being. This particular type of dream is due to the effects of the South Node, 'Ketu' on the 12th house.
Sleepwalking is believed to be our subconscious way of working through trauma from a previous birth. The roles of the North Node, 'Rahu', Mercury or the Moon on the 12th or 8th houses of the natal chart, can reveal what the reason for this might be and how this can be cured.
Dreams, or rather nightmares of being under attack are a common experience for people suffering from PTSD. In such a case, there may not be a direct astrological factor correlating to the dream itself. There will however, be an astrological reason for the event that triggered the PTSD. If the attack is of a spiritual nature, then an analysis of the prevailing planetary periods and the influences on the 1st, 6th and 12th houses, will reveal if the concerned person is at risk of evil or malevolent energies.
The Planets Responsible for Dreams
In astrology, each of the twelve planets is believed to have an influence on our dreams and each planet offers a unique insight into our subconscious mind. However as explained earlier, the influence of 'Rahu', 'Ketu', Mercury and the Moon on the 1st, 6th, 8th and 12th houses of the natal chart, are responsible for the quality and quantity of the dreams we see.
It is important to note that the descriptions below are only brief, point-by-point details. For an accurate dream analysis, understanding the full context of the dream, is important. The descriptions below can be applied to the planetary alignments that we pass through, the transits of planets through the houses of our charts and the planetary periods that we undergo.
The Sun: The Sun represents our vitality and life force. Its influence on dreams may reflect our sense of identity, self-expression and personal power.
The Moon: The Moon symbolises our emotions and instincts. Dreams influenced by the Moon may reveal our inner desires, emotional needs and nurturing instincts.
Mercury: Mercury represents communication and intellect. Dreams influenced by Mercury may involve money, numbers, mental activity, information processing and the expression of thoughts and ideas.
Venus: Venus symbolises love, beauty and harmony. Dreams influenced by Venus may involve romantic encounters, amorous experiences and desires, visions of objects of beauty and the pursuit of pleasure.
Mars: Mars represents high energy, courage and assertiveness. Dreams influenced by Mars may involve intense emotions, conflict, aggression and the desire for achievement or conquest.
Jupiter: Jupiter symbolises expansion, growth and wisdom. Dreams influenced by Jupiter may reflect a sense of abundance, optimism, a desire to gain knowledge, reading or writing and spiritual or intellectual development.
Saturn: Saturn represents discipline, responsibility and structure. Dreams influenced by Saturn may involve hardship, a feeling of stagnancy, challenges, limitations and the need for self-discipline or self-improvement. As Saturn periods are long, this planet can induce recurring dreams.
Uranus: Uranus symbolises innovation, change and liberation. Dreams influenced by Uranus may involve sudden insights, breakthroughs and unconventional or unexpected experiences.
Neptune: Neptune represents imagination, intuition and spirituality. Dreams influenced by Neptune may be vivid, symbolic and reflect the realms of the subconscious or the mystical.
Pluto: Pluto symbolises transformation, power and the subconscious. Dreams influenced by Pluto may involve deep psychological processes, inner transformation and the exploration of hidden aspects of the self.
North Node, 'Rahu': The North Node represents our 'Karmic' path, hardships, apprehensions and life lessons. Dreams influenced by the North Node may offer insights into our soul's journey, life purpose and 'Karmic' patterns. 'Rahu' can cause dreams associated with passion, carnal desire, harm, loss, evil intent and enemies.
South Node (Ketu): The South Node represents past experiences and release. Dreams influenced by the South Node may reflect unresolved issues, past life memories and the need to let go or detach. 'Rahu' and 'Ketu' are twin planets and hence their effects can be similar. Therefore, dreams influenced by 'Ketu' can also be associated with worries, struggles, spirits, harm and death. Planetary periods of 'Rahu' and 'Ketu' can also be associated with night terrors of a spiritual or evil nature.
Preventing Disturbing Dreams and Nightmares
Astrology offers various remedies that can help alleviate nightmares or promote better sleep. Consulting an experienced astrologer can offer personalised remedies, relative to your specific birth chart and specific situation. Having said that, there are some general good practices that we can all observe for a better night's sleep. This includes sleeping in the right direction. Sleeping with our heads placed in the South or West, such that our feet point to the North or East, aligns us with the flow of positive spiritual energy.
Incorporating meditation and relaxation techniques into your daily routine can help calm the mind, release stress and promote peaceful sleep. Deep breathing 'Yoga' exercises, known as 'Pranayam' are very effective for lowering stress and inducing sound sleep.
Setting the right environment in your bedroom through the use of a light fragrance, such as lavender, rose or jasmine is considered to be astrologically favourable. If you burn an incense, this should be non-bamboo based and should use natural ingredients.