Dreams and Astrological Psychology

Dreams and Astrological Psychology

The Way through the Maze of the Unconscious

by John D. Grove

Review by Sue Lewis

This slender but thought-provoking volume extends the scope of HopeWell publishers, which has, over the past ten years, made key texts by the Hubers readily available in English, and published helpful new manuals on astrological psychology and how to bring the chart alive by Joyce Hopewell and Richard Llewellyn.

In  Dreams  and  Astrological  Psychology,   John Grove, recently retired from an American hospital for veterans, shares his insights into how to achieve levels of consciousness motivated more by ‘the courage to be’ than by those narrowly competitive and divisive drives to earn and possess to which most of us are encouraged to give priority, and he shows how techniques taught by the Astrological Psychology Association (APA) can combine with Jungian dream analysis to become tools ‘for reflective investigation of one’s own psyche and psychological and spiritual development’ (pp. 9 and 47).

The book opens by addressing the problem of personality disorders, usually brought on by particularly stressful circumstances and changing cultural norms. Such labels stigmatize and deprive a person of future job opportunities, perpetuating social dysfunction  instead of facilitating the healing of psychological wounds and opening a way to social reintegration and psychosynthesis. Thankfully, the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-V) has at last dropped personality disorders from its diagnostic categories but much still needs to be done to bring about a ‘more holistic approach’ incorporating ‘humanistic considerations’ (p. 9).

Not only has Western society been hitherto too quick to adversely label individuals who stray from prescribed norms, but individuals have over-identified with specific career paths, thereafter suffering loss of ego when the identifying job comes to an end. The example Grove gives is from his own dream in 2014 (p. 88, dream 1/19/2014) in which there is hope for retirement by realization of the bountiness of life after work is done in the active world.

As we commemorate the centenary of the start of World War 1 and the 70th anniversary of D-Day – is that of troop demobilization and the difficulties of readjustment to civilian life. Dreams ‘can have a compensatory or balancing role in the psyche between the conscious ego and the Self which generates all dream content’ (p. 50), and many returning soldiers experience traumatic dreams re-enacting the fire fights in which their comrades were killed. Such nightmares are treated with Imagery Rehearsal Therapy, a visualization technique during which the subject reviews the images of the last dream, and then rewrites their tragic ending to create a positive outcome. According to Catherine Shainberg – with whom the Spanish Huber  School have been working – similar techniques were ‘used by ancient prophets, seers, and sages to control dreams and visions’. Drawing parallels in astrological psychology, we frequently find the unconscious imagery of dreams in the Moon Node Chart and its eruption into present life is often signalled by Natal and/or Nodal Age Progression exacerbated by Transits.

According to Ira Progoff (1921-98), Jung’s ‘concept of synchronicity was originally suggested  to  him  by his observations in studying the deep levels  of  the Self, especially as he noted the correlation between the movement of events within dreams and the style of interpretation that he found in certain ancient, especially oriental, scriptures and commentaries with respect to changes of destiny in the course of human life’ (Jung, Synchronicity and Human Destiny (1973), p. 3). Progoff, an American psychotherapist who trained with Jung, is best known for the ongoing Intensive Journal Method, and Grove attended two of his journal workshops at key turning points, the first whenhis Age  Pointhad just crossed the Low Point in house 4, and the second as it emerged from the Low Point in house 9 at the time of his mother’s death. These intensive workshops assisted the processing of complex material from the depths in preparation for a new phase of life experience, and the journal provides the thread connecting dreams and symbols, showing a way through the maze of the unconscious, while the Age Point records their sequential order on the Life-Clock.

Jung’s posthumous Memories, Dreams, Reflections (1961) provided the Hubers with autobiographical data with which to illustrate the ebb and flow of the life cycle. Memories and The Red Book (2009) recount Jung’s visions of ‘rivers of blood’, symptomatic not only of personal crisis but also of impending war, and his example inspired Grove, many of whose dreams have ramifications in the social and global context stretching well beyond the critical personal moment, and their precognitive nature becomes clearer with later reinterpretation



A subjective analysis of the controversial Donald J. Trump natal chart. Some considerations using the theory of Astrological Psychology as applied through the Huber Method. The image of his chart reminds me of a kite with a tether from the two bottom sides to the upper side holding it back as it tries to rise. Using the Koch House system of astrological analysis, through shaping alone we find that multiple shaping in a vertical direction is evident. He has a predominantly Green-Blue chart which could make him sensitive and adaptable but not wanting to assert himself directly too much. He would rather delegate to others and avoid making clear delineations about his vision for America because he is considering options which are to take over according to ‘strong man tactics’. However, under emotional strain, he can make impulsive decisions and lash out to others without much forethought which will be addressed below. He has a closed aspect pattern and has the “You side” generally empty except for the Moon and South Node. That means he has no idea how others feel. Thus in relation to others he interprets most events from an ego-centric point of view; and when he’s dealing with relationships, he sees them as the unknown and often perceives an intrusion by ‘alien others’ into his personal experience. He can feel helpless at the mercy of unfamiliar forces- all in the realm of relationships with others. (APA Manual,Unit 2, Module 2, p. 17). Donald has multiple aspect figures: the megaphone (which is at play in all his rallies), the ambivalent triangle , an irritation triangle and linear shaping. He has multiple motivations, he is versatile, can be adaptable, seeks security and is as we know ambitious. But he may change his position quickly and jump from one emotional state to another in an attempt to adapt to prevailing circumstances. He has all three ego planets in an irritation triangle which may incline him to be motivated to keep moving and to be stimulated leading to periods of hectic overexertion. Then he attacks others. The opposition between his Sun and Moon form a central pressure-building energy so that can result in irritation when he is not supported in contact with others(Moon) which is made even more tense by his will to be an individual who is respected by his public. His inner sense of security can be threatened by his awareness of inner tension due to a longing for liberation from this tension. To complicate the emotional side, his Moon in the 4th house as tension ruler of his chart is 4 degrees from the low point conjunct the South Node; he can appear emotionally upset, immature, and inconsistent when frustrated in getting his needs met for emotional support from contact with others. He needs constant support and admiration from others. He can be a puzzle to others because he can be rebellious, demanding, manipulative and defensive when misunderstood yet charming at other times. That is because of splitting which is a defense mechanism of mentally ill people which demonizes and then over-idealizes others depending on how it effects him. His political advisors can be insincere and may impede him rather than help him. (Moon Node Astrology, p. 30). When he got the Republican nomination for President, David Duke a former KKK Grand Dragon, felt the climate was right for him to run again for senate. After some time with his advisors, Donald declined to support Duke. When his spokeswoman, Katrina Pierson, for the Trump campaign spoke to a USA Today reporter (August 3, 2016), she blamed Barak Obama for the2004 the enemy killing of Army Captain Khan in Iraq when Obama was not even president at the time. Not only has Donald Trump tried to control the damage from his own impetuous personality, he has to deal with the incompetence of his own advisors. He lies to cover this up. This creates a rise of anger and aggressiveness which he is not in control of… (added by Uranus which is conjunct the Sun and opposed Natal Moon which confers rebelliousness); he has no filters on the impulses so he must defend himself after his outbursts with evasive behavior which often involves a softening or reversal of his position. ( Aspect Pattern Astrology, p. 177, Huber). With Mars stressed before the 1st house, we find him expressing himself with arrogance, annoyance, in a noisy spontaneous and uncontrolled way. His revengeful feelings when he sees himself as a victim, is well known. He may well get involved in a ”Waterloo Event” in which he will be in a life or death struggle for the recognition and legitimacy of his presidency of the United States over and over again. (Transformation, Huber. p. 56). His aggressiveness may assist his feeling nature which is part of the blue side of an ambivalence triangle (Mars trine the Moon conjunct the Dragon tail oppose the Sun, Node and Uranus conjunction). Thus , he can be self-satisfied with his individualistic nature (Vertical direction) when seeing himself in an fantasy world in which he has created; but he is at a loss to understand why he arouses so much opposition from others and does not have a clue how this happened. So he invents conspiracy theories to rationalize why he is so ill-treated. He said, “This election may be rigged!” or “The fake media always attacks Donald Trump’s presidency.” He becomes aggressive when others oppose him because he feels he should not be attacked; in fact he exaggerates the threats by others due to his hypersensitivity. And since intelligence may be measured in part by the “intelligence planets Jupiter, Mercury and Saturn” (Huber, Astrological Psychosynthesis, p. 26-30) we see the following: 1. A tendency to exaggerate and flip-flop his thinking/feeling values (Jupiter in 2nd house square Mercury in 11th ). At a rally in Virginia, he was interrupted by a baby crying. “Don’t worry about that baby… I love babies…I hear that baby crying and I like it. What a baby. What a beautiful baby. Don’t worry, Don’t worry; it is , beautiful and healthy and that’s what we want, ok? A few minutes later when the bawling had not stopped, he said, “ Actually I was just kidding you can get that baby out of here”! One can not tell if he is being sarcastic or sincere in his retorts even when seen on live TV. 2. His conservative bent due to his needs for security can in part be based on the past values with little appreciation of having to change his life goals. So he can be seen displaying bigoted, racist and reactionary behavior (Venus conjunct Saturn in 11th house). Consider his stance on immigration, halting Muslims’ entry into our country and revival of post industrial America so he can “Make America Great Again” 3. Jupiter is on the Low Point of the 2nd house in which his need for appreciation of his self worth does not find an outward expression but is, in fact, ignored by the environment; he then can compensate by exaggerating his self importance. He demonstrates the inability to have the right response at the right moment. No apologies, no humility. He has the tendency to hop from one relationship to another. He relies on superficial impressions and spontaneous reaction rather than on sound judgment provided by observation. He has in addition an anti-social personality disorder with narcissistic traits.


Times of Power and Conservative Values: Conservative Empowerment

The following is taken from the work of Dr. Richard Tarnas in his book Cosmos and Psyche the conclusions are my own.

     Saturn conjunct Pluto conjunctions are times of conservative empowerment to the point of all- out conflict or even war. It is also a time of religious fundamentalist denunciation of scientific theory (1616 Vatican declared Copernican theory false; astrologer and theologian Michael Servetus was burned at the stake for heresy) These are periods of profound moral urgency and apocalyptic end-time expectations.

     Historically in 1914 this conjunction was the beginning of German aggression leading to WWI and US government got into the war in 1917 after a period of isolation.

     In the second 1948 Saturn Pluto conjunction, the start of the cold war began and this started a nuclear arms race and espionage between US and its allies vs. communist countries. Israel was declared a state-a religious-political state.

     The last conjunction in the 20th century occurred in 1980-1984 with the advent of escalating tensions worldwide as dictatorial state-sponsored terrorism by governments gained ground: USSR; South Africa; Central America; Afghanistan, Iraq etc.

     Now we are in the 21st century and on or near January 12, 2020 the conjunction between these two planets will occur again. What can we expect then? The emergence of conservative or reactionary movements will be religiously provoked. Radical beliefs and restrictions will exist in governmental form; in the form of policies and laws that restrict moral freedom of the individual. Immigration will be seen as a threat during these times. Nationalism will be a priority over being open to cultural and religious diversity.  And at the same time, a crisis will be brought about by financial and resource problems affected by a tax revolution in the way our government is financed. (Uranus in Taurus). Expect the tax breaks now emboldened by the Trump administration and conservatives to manifest even more disparity between the rich and the poor in America. And a conservative backlash against all forces looking for reform and equalization of the resources. Our country could go bankrupt with institutions that normally provide for the general welfare: medicare, medicaid as greed and wealth of the collective will held by only a few.  I pray this does not occur but being forewarned is forearmed and the “Night Watch” has begun. It is 13 months till the conjunction. What trends do you see?  Remember the conjunction does not predict events; instead correlations occur in the way the masses think.  Individuals can be effected too but it is likely that catastrophic thinking may be pervasive during. This time.