Why do we use the horoscope to decide on timing of critical events in our lives? According to the Huber method, there are 12 houses each with an area of life in the outside world that it governs. At birth the Age Point starts to progress through each of these 12 houses. It takes 6 years for it to pass one house.
I would characterise the twelve houses of the birth chart as follows:
1. Outer being image of the person. self observation. goal projection- 1 to 6 years of age
2. Talents, energy management, supply, life substance
3. Neighbourly brotherly associations, collective thought forms
4. Tradition, collective sense of belonging- 18-24 years of age
5. Appearance, overt contacts, erotic experiments and results, exploitation
6. Fight for existence, work style, productivity, psychosomatic processes, defeats
7. Commitment, Legal bonds, social securement, contract-relationships- 36-42 year of age
8. Death-rebirth processes, law of give and take, debt and responsibilities towards others
9. Kind of thinking, sense of fairness, awareness, worth
10. Calling, self realization, position in community, career goal, authority 54-60 years of age
11. Freely chosen relations, Friends, Portrait of man the moralist
12. Introversion, unworldly man, isolation, You-loss
1. 72 years of age and the process starts again
So at critical times: Leaving home (when the Age Point enters the 4th house between 18-24 years); when it enters the 6rth house (Ages 30-36) ; when it enters the 8th house (Ages 42-48) which is mid life crisis time; when it enters the 12th house (Ages 66-72) which is retirement time. These are times when we should pay attention to the themes of our dreams.
For example just before I retired I had this dream:
I was going to climb a mountain with some people. We were getting ready to ascend but we had to buy some gear. I needed pants and long underwear (security and safety theme). I had a paper bag of money which I was going to buy stuff in the store (cash concerns upon retirement- will I have enough?). I left the other people I was with to find my gear and got a sense of relief from this. As I wandered through the store alone (retirement is a time of isolation); I picked up the underwear and some jeans. After a discussion with a clerk about something unimportant, I got in line to pay for my stuff. At once I realized I lost my paper bag of money (anxiety over losses of status). It was gone! I went back behind counters, looked everywhere, thought one of the clerks took it (projection on others for psychological distress). I could not find it anywhere. In the end, gathered the underwear and jeans on a table and found out they belonged to me all along. I did not have to pay for them. (The sense of insecurity about loss of income , loss of status and loss of occupational identity is an illusion; we have everything we need (inner resources) anyway and do not have to sacrifice anything more. Obviously, this dream had all the elements of an anxiety dream. And it was the timing of the dream just 2 weeks before my official retirement date. Therefore, the timing of the dream lent information about its interpretation.
John Grove is author of the book ‘Dreams and Astrological Psychology’ and has started his own blog.
Thank you John. I loved reading this, and your book, and I’d like to confirm how important I feel dreams are in relation to Age Point and our spiritual development.
I had a premonition dream that occurred exactly at the crossing point between the Natal and Nodal Age Points a few weeks prior to undergoing an operation. It was so vivid that I felt I absolutely must pay attention to it. It was a kind of lucid dream and, as I lay in bed, I felt a great heaviness on my chest as if someone was pressing down on it. Then ‘they’ wheeled someone in beside me on another bed and I ‘knew’ that this person had also experienced that same heaviness. I became aware that I was trying to move my arm, but felt powerless to do so. This was extremely disturbing, but eventually my arm moved and I ‘woke up’. Strangely, I felt somehow comforted and as if all was well.
After the actual operation, I was in the recovery room when the hospital staff wheeled in another patient – just as in my dream – who, I realised, had also had an anaesthetic (heaviness on the chest). When I woke up fully I discovered my right arm seemed paralysed. I was reassured by the surgeon who told me that he had touched the nerve to my arm and bruised it in the process of establishing a nerve that he actually needed to sever. Remembering my previous dream, I was comforted as I recalled that my arm had eventually recovered. It took a few weeks, but it finally mended. With Age Point in the 9th house, this was also a time of my becoming more spiritually aware and I was certainly becoming aware that I should take note of my dreams.
Wow! That dream really woke you up to dreaming! It was precognitive. Please see my link to President Lincoln Assassination for which he had a really important dream which he chose to ignore.
Thanks John. I have read the piece you have suggested on President Lincoln and his Assassination. Like Tara, who commented on your article, I feel that as he seemed so relaxed and happy following the assignation dream that, at least on a subconscious level, he somehow felt relieved and as if his job was done. He appeared to be ready for transition to a different plane.
Reading your article has made me look beyond the physical in relation to my own dream. Perhaps there was a psychological message as well as a physical one. There was a lot going on in my life at that time. Besides the need for the operation mentioned, I had not long been made redundant after 23 years with the same company and a personal relationship was also in crisis. The dream also coincided with Age Point in opposition to the apex planets (Mercury/Mars) in a Projection Triangle in my natal chart (Pluto and Neptune were the sextile planets). It was therefore a very psychologically crucial time in my life. I am now wondering if the dream was ‘dual purpose’, and that maybe on a psychological/spiritual level, the feeling of pressure on my chest, which actually felt like an energy pressing down, could have represented a ‘spiritual impression’ being left on me. And perhaps my arm (my right arm as it happens) becoming temporarily paralysed, indicated a temporary halt to reliance on work and a partner. In other words, I was losing something that was really important to me. Losing my job certainly gave me the time and space to ponder on things spiritual (AP in 9th house), and losing both my job and my partner temporarily (dependence on the physical), was like ‘temporarily losing my right arm’. Food for thought!
that is some series of life events…Marilyn. Lots of ego losses. Occupational, relationships, physical. Perhaps your AP in 9th house will reconfigure with your insights a new thinking about your being in the outer world.
Yes, you’re right there John. That was fifteen years ago now. I did have to reevaluate my ego goals and life took on new, spiritual meaning. Whilst I had to find a new job to keep the wolf from the door, it was in a lesser role. But I also trained to be a spiritual healer and took up astrological psychology.