I have been researching through the web trying to find what in the Zodiac rules over dreams and nightmares. I found what I expected, reference to the 12th house and 4th house, and the Moon and Neptune pointed at also. Notice that 2 houses that are represented by water signs are mentioned, but what about the other one… DUM DUM DUM … the dreaded 8th house. The 4th is or current subconscious mind, the 12th the bigger psychological primordial collective subconscious house. The 8th house? The psychological sewer system. This is the icky stuff that collects and causes clogs that we have to deal with or be flooded with all those backed up issues. Reoccurring dreams and nightmares are the the representation of the nasty clog in the drain…. those disowned shadows that refuse to be washed away.
My 8th house has Uranus on the cusp and conjuncts Pluto in about 3 degrees. The reoccurring dreams have gone on for decades always a pivotal times of change in my life. The obvious Uranian one is a dream where I find myself in an airport. No airport in particular, and usually I find myself looking at the floor plan directory and layout of the airport while in the background there is a voice on the intercom announcing flights that are now boarding. There is always a sense of urgency and a profound sadness I feel when I awake from the dream… Usually it is the intercom voice that is so loud and clear that it startles me awake. Another thing that I have done since being a young child is that when I am aware that I am dreaming, I will quit the dream and focus on that I can fly.. and through very concentrated thoughts ( I can feel the brain stretching) I find that I can soar to and fro, and no where in particular, just the joy of flying.
Another Uranian and Pluto theme dream that I have had a few times a year is the tornado dreams. The sky is black and there is an outburst of multiple tornadoes. I am always in Denver in this dream (I lived there from 18 to 34 years of age) The dreams involve warning sirens, a beautiful view of the dark skies, and looking for shelter…. the dream always ends before a twister strikes near me.
Another Plutonian type dream that I have had. This one started in my early 20’s and was nightly for months on end until I was about 30. It would frighten me so badly that I wouldn’t want to go to sleep at nights, knowing it would be there lurking waiting to be replayed over and over and over. An unknown man with very vacant eyes and a shotgun would randomly decide to “hunt” me down. I would be running from building to building, hiding in other peoples houses or dorm rooms in universities…. he was always just there mere moments away from finding me. The dreams all had different endings, either I would wake up with my heart racing and out of breath, feeling I had just escaped and dreading going back to sleep because I knew there would be another round, or I would wake up as I was being shot… the anticipatory fears were greater than the fear of death. The suspense was the terror. Those particular dreams would be graphic also… like being able to pull on tendons in my arm after a wound was inflicted exposing them.
The final reoccurring nightmare of mine is the one that bothers me the most. I dream I walk into a boarded up place of business. The place is in shambles and I notice there rows and rows of dirty, broken, and moss and mold covered aquariums. I feel such an overwhelming sense of hopelessness and sadness. Then in a moment of shock comes the realization that I owned this business and I had neglected it to the point of decay. I am absolutely horrified, until I notice that in the tanks the fish not only survived… they thrived and multiplied. Well that one smacks of Pluto and the 8th house…. life cycles, decay, neglect… I think it really bothers me because I know in the dream that I am responsible for what has happened. It is so much easier to point a finger at someone else.
I could find a way to tie these to the 12th house and my Neptune and Moon…. but the obsessive recurrence and themes play so nicely through the 8th, I am inclined to believe that is where the expression is found. I look forward to hearing from others what their nightmare experiences have been and if they see a tie into their own 8th.