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Dreams vs Reality

By March 14, 2007

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What happens when Neptune, the planet of dreams and the imagination, stands in opposition to Saturn, the planet of limitations? One possibility is that Neptune's illusions come up against a harsh Saturnian reality, and you're left wondering what happened to the magic and mystery of life. There could be an intensity now to the tug-of-war between conforming to societal pressures and the pull toward following your bliss. Some of your loftiest goals may no longer seem realistic, ushering in dark clouds of disillusionment.

The influence of this Neptune-Saturn opposition is felt throughout the 2006/2007 cycle, with the second direct alignment just past (on March 9th) and the third alignment to occur on June 25th this year. It's a time when deceit and illusion -- especially in global politics and entertainment -- may seem to be shaping reality itself. On a personal level, suspicion and wariness can come up in unexpected ways and even between close allies. But the push and pull between what's illusion and what's real can itself create a foundation for more solid ground. Several movies about magicians have woven these themes into the story line in the last year, among them The Prestige and The Illusionist.

One interesting outcome of the Neptune-Saturn opposition is that nightly dreams may be more lucid now. Through these symbolic images of your inner life, you may be getting valuable and practical guidance from the dreamworld. The bottom line is that not all of Neptune's illusions should be acted on as real, and this opposition helps sort that out. And when it comes time to revisit those broken dreams, you might benefit from Saturn's reality check. It's a rude awakening to be ejected from fantasyland, but it can be a relief to let go of mission impossible in favor of more attainable goals.

photo of Neptune (public domain) NASA
March 14, 2007 at 2:54 pm
(1) Jeffrey Kishner says:

Thanks for the link! One movie I’ve seen recently that plays out Saturn-Neptune themes is ‘Bridge to Terabithia.’ In this case, Saturn=Death, and Neptune=Imagination.

March 14, 2007 at 8:05 pm
(2) astrology says:

One movie I rented recently with the Saturn=Death theme was ‘Tomorrow’ — a poignant story of a resourceful S. African mother with AIDS, trying to live until her child started school.
I’m looking forward to your future musings on astrology and the movies. Readers might also want to know that you contribute to two other interesting blogs — Lunar Tunes Astrology and Seduction Central.

May 8, 2007 at 4:28 pm
(3) Paul Mokides says:

Itseems that up until my age now some of those dreams I have are fading…then disappearing altogether. My life is changed by all this. I find it rather unpleasant to fit into these remarkably “real” cycles, but your personal insights are very helpful. Some how things work better when reading your column.

May 31, 2009 at 11:31 am
(4) cristina says:

my biggest thing is I can have a dream of being pregnant and everytime I no that someone close to me is having a baby everytime that I have had theese dreams I will have reall bad headaches a no someting bad is going to happen my son got murdered i had a really bad headach and went to bed woke up by a knocking at my door with someon saying he was gone so now i get really scared when i have crazy dreams and headaches and i dream that im sitting on his grave side and talking to him as if he is with me but I no he is not because in my dream I undrestand he is no i cant explane it I JUST THINK HES TRYING TO TELL ME SOMETHING …

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