Dream Incubation

Dream Incubation

We spend the week on the boundary between the concrete and imaginary, between what is and what isn’t- yet.  The pressures of the real and the imaginary are both abundant.  Venus endures a depressingly mundane square to Saturn all week, while Friday night holds the Full Moon in Pisces.  The next day Mercury enters analytic Virgo but spends the weekend in an opposition with spacey Neptune.  Behind the week’s visible action, the North and South nodes of the Moon sneak into Scorpio and Taurus, the signs where they’ll be plotting Eclipses for the next year and a half.

The Nodes Enter Scorpio/Taurus: Tomorrow’s Tunnels

While the North Node is Scorpio, we will be pulled, inexorably, into confrontation with our fears, enticed to inspect the dark places and tempted to transgress the boundaries.  Meanwhile, the South Node in Taurus asks us to let go of eroding ground.   We must all leave the solid pastures of the Bull behind  for a while to explore what has been hidden in the tunnels of the Scorpion.  The Nodes will be in Scorpio/Taurus for the next year and a half, and although there may be a slight change in atmospheric pressure, this shift will remain subtle until the first solar eclipse in November.

Venus Square Saturn: Ich Hab Keine Lust

Venus in Cancer spends the week on her way to a superior square with Saturn at the end of Lbra.  Here Saturn curbs the passions, correcting whatever excesses of passion are present.   On the other hand, it is easier to see what must be done than to feel any passion for accomplishing it.   There is strong tendency to recoil from duty and engage in comfort seeking activities.  Energies are retreating from dayside business, gathering somewhere in your brainstem to nurture strange dreams.  Give the day its due, but pay attention to what’s occurring beneath the veil of waking.

The Full Moon in Pisces: Maya’s Womb

Friday night holds the Full Moon in Pisces.  The annual opposition of the Sun in Virgo and the Moon in Pisces juxtaposes the minutiae of the real with the majesty of the dream enfolding it.  This syzygy calls for us to look at the capacity of our reality to deliver our dreams, screaming and red faced, into the world.

This question brings us to the core symbolism of the Virgin.   The Virgin is chaste that in that she is inviolate by any other, but there is a hidden fecundity to the Virgin, for her chastity preserves her womb  for impregnation by her very own spirit.  This is the true immaculate conception, which occurs within and of the self.  From this autoerotic work comes the child of the perfected self and the ideal world which radiates from it. .

Yet what the spirit intends the flesh may not necessarily be able to fulfill.  Some visions are too large to fit through the birth canal, too complex for the womb to construct.  We must consider the capacity of our lives and the size of our dreams.  Some adjustment is likely necessary.  Perhaps we have the capacity to birth bolder dreams, or perhaps we must labor to make ourselves a more suitable incubator.

Mercury Opposes Neptune: Dream Journal

Our time at the border between reality and fantasy is extended by Mercury’s entrance into Virgo and opposition to Neptune in Pisces the day after the Full Moon.  This aspect reinforces once more the necessary, if confusing, connection between dream and reality, fantasy and fact.

“I am the prism between black and white: mine own unison in duality.”

-Austin Osman Spare


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Horoscopes are not a real chart reading by an experienced astrologer. They are fun and can be reasonably accurate, however. In addition to referring to your Sun sign, read from your Ascendant and Moon if you know them. If you don’t, find out! I’m a long time fan of the free chart generation software at astro.com.
Aries: The Ram
Taurus: The Bull
Gemini: The Twins
Cancer: The Crab
Leo: The Lion
Virgo: The Virgin
Libra: The Scales
Scorpio: The Scorpion
Sagittarius: The Centaur
Capricorn: The Goat
Aquarius: The Waterbearer
Pisces: The Fish
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Austin Coppock is a writer, esotericist and astrologer based in Ashland, OR. He published paperback Almanacs from 2011-15 but began posting his prognostications online last year, referring to his collection of weekly, monthly, yearly essays and daily delineations as “The Online Almanac”. This work is made possible by his supporters on Patreon. Austin was President of the non-profit organization “Association for Young Astrologers” from 2012-2016. His most recent book is “36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans”, published by Three Hands Press.


  1. Aeres 10 years ago

    Mmm…dreams woven into reality, or in the process of…cutting the wheat from the chaff, right? It’s actually been pretty dreamy for me lately…and practical during the sunlit hours. I’ve been getting weird, strong hints about a particular “goal/dream” of mine too…thanks ^

  2. Orryelle 10 years ago

    Interesting as usual Austin. I was cutting up a white swan (found dead by a canal) under the full moon, can’t get much more Piscean dream/corporeal intersection than that!

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