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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Aries: The Ram

The Full Moon in Pisces on the 31st ends the month, highlighting the relationship between what’s going on in the depths of your mind and the surface of your life.  This juxtaposition between the ephemeral and concrete is reinforced by Mercury’s entrance into Virgo and opposition with Neptune in Pisces over the weekend.  Does the real that you’re dreaming match up with the facts?  Does it serve to inspire and guide you, or are you imposing a fog of old fears on the rock of the real?

Taurus: The Bull

The Full Moon in Pisces on the 31st ends the month, highlighting the connection between how you spend your energy and who you spend it with.  Your energy expenditure is real- it can be quantified in terms of time and effort.  Yet who to spend it with and what you’re expecting to get out of it is probably considerably less clear.

This focus on clarifying and quantifying your energy expenditure continues with Mercury’s movement into Virgo and opposition to Neptune over the weekend.  Ask yourself if the energy you’ve spent is getting you closer to the ideal state of affairs you’ve been eyeing, or you need to adjust those dreams or edit the strategy you’re using to approach them.

Gemini: The Twins

The Full Moon in Pisces on Friday and the following Mercury-Neptune opposition highlight the connection between the details of your living situation and your vision of your professional life.  This Full Moon asks you to consider how well your foundations are supporting you in your stretch toward your dreams.  You may also need to turn a critical eye towards those dreams.  What can you reach from where you stand?  Far off fantasies may need to be abandoned for heaven’s lower lying fruit.

Cancer: The Crab

Friday’s Full Moon in Pisces and the following Mercury-Neptune opposition highlights the connection between numerous short goals and the expanding horizon of your long term goals.  This lunation asks you to consider your short term goals carefully.  Are they getting you closer to your long term goals?  Do you even know what those long term goals are?  You may not want to lock yourself into a narrowly defined future, but a direction and a vehicle are necessities, regardless of the journey you’re on.

Leo: The Lion

The Full Moon in Pisces and Mercury-Neptune opposition highlight the connection between your resources and other people’s.  These configurations ask you to take stock of how you’re using your resources.  Thinking critically what you’re willing to commit and try to get others to do the same.

Virgo: The Virgin

The Full Moon in Pisces on Friday and the Mercury-Neptune opposition which follows highlight how what you think of yourself affects your relationships, and vice versa.  The challenge is to see both yourself and your partner clearly.  There is a tendency here to slide into intense self criticism and to demonize or romanticize the Other.  Be fair to yourself and clear when considering relationships past, present and future.

Libra: The Scales

Friday’s Full Moon in Pisces and the subsequent Mercury-Neptune opposition highlight the connection between subconscious patterns and their impact on your fiscal and physical health.  The challenge here is to identify exactly what your stresses are, as well as how you’re handling your reaction to them.

Scorpio: The Scorpion

The Full Moon in Pisces and Mercury-Neptune opposition highlights your social life and how much time and energy you’re spending on it.  You may need to adjust the knobs a little, deciding to get in a little more alone time, or conversely, get out of your head a little bit more often.

Sagittarius: The Centaur

The Full Moon in Pisces on Friday and the following Mercury-Neptune opposition highlights the relationship between your professional endeavors and living situation. The better you define what you need to accomplish, the more clear it will become what you need from your living situation.

Capricorn: The Goat

The Full Moon in Pisces on the 31st and the Mercury-Neptune opposition over the weekend highlight the connection between your long and short term goals.  There may be a lack of clarity here that is making it difficult to know what the next step forward is.  Take some time to further refine exactly where you want to be, and you’ll see the path emerge..

Aquarius: The Waterbearer

The Full Moon in Pisces on the 31st and the Mercury-Neptune opposition on the following days places a focus on the relationship between your resources and those of the people around you.  There is a balancing of the scales here, and the necessity of defining what is and is not yours.  Watch for potential over-reactions surrounding the categories “mine” and “yours.”  There is, nonetheless, the potential here to secure the resources necessary for dreams to take shape.

Pisces: The Fish

The Full Moon in Pisces and the Mercury-Neptune opposition lays down an emphasis on your relationships.  The planets in Virgo may see you feeling a little self conscious about your sloppy Piscean needs, the requirements of your odd soul to be able stretch its imagination unencumbered by practical requirements.  Seen in the cutting light of day, these needs may seem impractical and serve to irritat3 to the people in your life.  The key here is the ability to understand and articulate what you need, as well as the understanding that what you need isn’t the only thing that’s important.

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 7 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 7 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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