This process of dreaming and using the images to navigate life’s challenges throughout the life cycle according to one’s needs for psychological growth can be most effective using Huber’s Life Clock to determine the context of the issues involved.
This post has two theoretical basics: Use of the psychological model of Assagioli’s Psychosynthesis and The Huber method of Astrology. This approach is determined by why people visit astrologers in the first place…”one is a crisis situation of some kind and the other is due to awareness of something in the person needing to change that comes into consciousness.” ( Astrological Psychology, The Huber Method. Barry Hopewell editor, Hopewell Publishing, Knutsford, England. 2017.) This blog has therefore, the use of astrological and psychotherapeutic skills of this writer to guide the reader him/herself to deal with both of these situations. I am a clinical social worker with 40 years clinical psychotherapeutic experience as well as a trained Huber astrologer having a diploma in advanced Huber theoretical astrological psychology obtained in 2015.
To understand psychosynthesis, it is best to use the “Egg diagram” below to identify parts of the psyche that influence our behavior as individuals. Broadly, the top part of the EGG diagram represents the Future, the Middle Part is the Present, and the lower part is the Past.
The past (section 1 at the bottom of the Egg diagram below are the forgotten influences, personal complexes, long repressed memories and instincts over which we have little control. These experiences have conditioned us to yearn for the need for security (Saturn), the need for belonging (Moon) and need for Self-Esteem (Sun) as explained by Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs.
Section 2 refers to all states of mind easily brought in consciousness. It is made up of sections 4 and 5. The ego needs are represented in the horoscope by the planets Sun, Moon and Saturn respectively. ( See section 4 which represents the field of awareness of which we identify with the consciousness of one of the three ego planets). Psychosynthesis challenges the individual : to integrate one of his/her ego needs in the ‘personal self ‘so that he/she can have confidence in a preferred consciousness such as thinking, feeling or sensation in meeting his/her needs (Section 5). This is determined by which of the ego planets is the strongest quantitatively by placement in the horoscope by house, sign and aspects number. The field of consciousness is dominated by one of the 3 ego planets (section 4) that influences either our thoughts, emotions/desires and sensations. If the strongest ego planet is integrated, then the personality is induced to act or not to act in a consistent manner. This determines our choice of occupation and partner relationships and many other areas.
Section 3 of the EGG refers to superconsciousness, the evolutionary future and our receptivity to illumination and inspirations. It is not determined by ego needs but instead is associated with the 3 transcendent planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) in the horoscope and their aspects to one or more ego planets.
Section 6 represents Transpersonal SElf and the realization of that which lies beyond conscious awareness, the Divine Self. This can influence our behavior through grace and intervention of archetypes out of our control.
Section 7 represents the Collective unconscious which is a field of other sentient beings. These archetypes can influence us through dreams as visitations or other forms of psychic phenomena.
Dreams: For many years I have been recording my dreams and it wasn’t until I took a course in Astrological Psychology using the Huber Method and a course in Psychosynthesis by Will Parfitt that it all came together. Yes, the Egg diagram is somewhat obscure without knowing how to use it. Consider section one, the Past and its unconscious memories and associations. This is the area that dreams come from.
At the time a person enters young adulthood, he/she is entering the phase of individualization. That is, the functions that are amalgamated with identity are forming and becoming specialized.: thinking, feeling, intuition or sensation. (Jungian Types). Usually there are dreams with some anxiety about making it in the outer world, making a living and starting a family. I discovered that I used water as a symbol of the unknown in my dreams and that covered these anxieties at that time. So in my young adulthood, I had recorded many dreams with water themes but they were threatening: I had water dreams in which I was fearful of violent waves or tidal waves with their full destructive fury unleashed on coastal villages (circa 1976); I dreamed of water seeping through my house and breaking up the plaster walls (circa 1978); I dreamed that i was overcome by a wave that crested over my head as droplets fell to my head then I woke up (circa 1980); I dreamed I was finally brought under the water by a wave that crashed down on me as I tumbled about underwater but to my surprise I could breathe underwater! (circa 1983). So these themes evolved over time but finally transformed into an element I could handle I could survive in the water medium. From that time on in the 1980’s I dreamed that I could ride on the water in a swift boat going fast down a canyon river; I could scuba dive underwater and find treasures; I could change ice into water by taking heat from nearby hearth fires of the dwellers near the frozen river; I could cross the great river and go to a new-found land.
What force was changing my relationship with water, an experience that previously terrified me? Some say the Self guided me on to transform my fears to adventure; I say it was God through Love who changed me from within. That whole process Jung called individualization was guided by an invisible hand into roles as a father and a psychotherapist and I was transformed with a confidence and faith in Divine Will. This transformation in me had occurred with the element of water being the medium because as my horoscope below indicates, I have no planets in water signs so it is a deficit.
Water symbolized my feeling function; as a thinking type, my emotional side was the least developed function.in my personality. I was guided by Divine intervention to have faith in my inner processes of development that I so needed to balance out thinking with the relationship feeling functions. Thus started the inviduation process for me around the age of 37. That was the goal of individuation: to bring about balance, wholeness, equity in relationships, justice, harmony and love beside my pragmatic thinking nature.
Age Point Progression and Dreams:
Age Point progression in Astrological Psychology is a time-based method in which the passage of a point called the Age Point (AP) traverses all twelve houses of the horoscope starting with the ascendant at birth. As it starts in House 1 when the child is born, it takes 6 years to travel through the first house and 6 years for each of the 11 subsequent houses. One full revolution around the horoscope takes 72 years as it passes through the 12th house and returns to the ascendant once again. Below is a chart with the twelve houses. 0 on the left is where the child starts her age AP progression in the first house of the Life Clock depicted below as a time piece. At Age 6, she is moving into the second house, and so on every 6 years until the whole cycle is completed at age 72. The the AP starts over again in the first house, moving at the same pace through each house 2nd house at age 78 and third house at 84, etc…
As the AP highlights sensitive points in the horoscope, certain challenges, issues and opportunities confront us.
This process continues throughout life and determines behavioral outcomes and consequences as one experiences the world.
I believe that unconscious processing of complexes in the personal unconscious, (section 4 in the Egg) as revealed in dreams when timed to sensitive points based on AP progression can reveal much to show the developmental conflict that the AP progression highlights. Dreams inform the ego, based on triggers in everyday life experiences, of the context of life problems beyond the external stressors we encounter. Dreams come from the core of the individual, the Self and from God. Through the psychic structure of the Self, the dream images lead the identify of the ego of the person. Knowledge of one’s dreams as they coincide with AP progressions, along with techniques of amplification can provide solutions to life’s problems.
Life Clock, Bruno and Louise Huber, 2006 , Hopewell Publishing, Knutsford, UK.
Dreams and Astrological Psychology, John Grove, 2014 , Hopewell Publishing, Knutsford, UK.
Life Passages: Wen Age Point Aspects and Dreams Coincide, John Grove, Hopewell Publishing, Knutsford, UK, 2017
Psychosynthesis: the Elements and Beyond, Will Parfitt, PS Avalon, Glastonbury, UK,2006