Many of us are finding our dreams have gone C-R-A-Z-Y rn. If you’re having really vivid nightmares that involve crystal-clear visions of exes, frenemies, and random sh*t from your past—or just multiple, erratic, disjointed dreams—then you are not alone. Psychologists believe that our dreams ramp up during periods of stress and circumstantial change — CHECK. They also wonder if a decreased lack of daily stimulus makes our dreams focus more on our past — CHECK.
Some people deal with nightmares by turning to lucid dreaming. (And some people try it just because it sounds cool.) ICYDK, lucid dreaming is where you train yourself to become a conscious participant in your dreams, walking a ~bridge~, if you like, between your conscious and unconscious self. Pretty cool, huh? Here’s your quick-fire guide to getting started.
Step 1: Practice reality checks.
While you're awake, start practicing reality checks—simple movements where you remind yourself that yep, you're awake. An easy one is to look at your hand, look away quickly, and then look back. When you're awake, your hand will look exactly the same, but in a dream it won't. If you do this often enough, it will become a habit; one which you will start to repeat in your dreams.
Step 2: Set an intention.
During the day, meditate on what you want to achieve in your dreams. It could be giving yourself a pep talk, increasing your confidence, solving a problem, having an idea, facing an issue, or healing from an old wound. Set an intention, think about it, and then focus on it as you settle down to sleep.
Step 3: Become a pro dozer
That dozy place between being awake and asleep is called the "hypnagogic state." Practice lingering here and try to remain aware of being at this halfway point—it will help to let your subconscious know you want to participate in your dreams later on. As you get familiar with this state, feel yourself deliberately and actively choosing to enter the hypnagogic zone, while still holding onto your intention.
Step 4: Journal it
Write everything down the second you wake up, no matter how clearly you remember your dream. If it's fragmented, write down the fragments. Recording what you remember is another signal to your subconscious that you want to get INVOLVED in your dream game.
So, what's this got to do with astrology?
Whether you’re lucid dreaming, or just dreaming-dreaming, the Moon is super important in both astrology AND your nocturnal adventures—it impacts your emotional side and “hidden” self. But that glowy rock in the sky also impacts your sleep. And as one of Cosmo’s resident astrologers Colin Bedell explains, it has a habit of doing some major dream manipulating.
Here’s how: While it’s running through its different phases throughout the month, the Moon enters each of the 12 signs of the zodiac and the 12 houses, which each rule different aspects of our lives. Whichever house the Moon is currently in—and by the way, the houses are different for every astro sign (it’s complicated, I know!!!)—can shape the kinds of dreams you’re having. Like, yes, that sex dream about your ex. If the Moon is in the same sign it was in when you were born (your Moon sign), your dreams will be even more vivid because your ~lunar~ connection is stronger.
So you need to know both your Moon sign AND what sign and house the Moon is in when you have the dream you wish to interpret, okay? If you don't know your Moon sign, plug your time, date, and location of birth into a natal chart generator like the one on Café Astrology or into an app like Co-Star. Then, to find out which sign the Moon's currently in, head to a Moon phase calendar, like this one on Astro-Seek. Finally, to see which house the Moon is currently in for you, use these charts — go to the chart for the sign the Moon is in right now, then see which house corresponds to your sign.
Confused? Let's pretend the Moon is currently in Aries, and your Moon sign is Sagittarius. You'll want to look at the Aries chart, find the Sagittarius symbol, and see which house the current Aries Moon is in for you. In this case, that's the ninth house of exploration. Remember, the house the Moon is currently in will be different for everyone, depending on their Moon sign. If your Moon sign is Sagittarius your friend's Moon sign is Scorpio, for them, that same exact Aries Moon is in the eighth house of sex and transformation. Got it? Okay, let's go:
Aaaaand in case yours is upside-down and you can’t read it, here’s a breakdown of all the categories:
First House: Self
If the Moon is here, your dreams will likely feature you front and center. Do you, girl.
Second House: Possessions
You’ve got your eyes on the prize—literally. Your dreams may focus on financial security or materialistic desires.
Third House: Communication
Your zzz’s zero in on communication issues of all kinds and help you figure out how to be heard IRL.
Fourth House: Home
Got dramz at home? Yeah, your dreams may feature family members in a scenario that’s recently been on your mind.
Fifth House: Creativity & Romance
Expect dreams about your crush or even a project you’re super excited about.
Sixth House: Health & Service
Any hidden anxieties around your health come out here! So would concerns about helping others.
Seventh House: Relationships
Don’t freak out if your ex makes a cameo. This is an opportunity for your mind to seek emotional closure.
Eighth House: Sex & Transformation
Sexual intimacy is steaming up your dreams. Alternately, you could be experiencing some wild shape-shifting shit.
Ninth House: Exploration
Consider your dreams an escape from real life—let them inspire you to adventure to a new place.
Tenth House: Career
Have a stress nightmare about the office? Your mind may be trying to release that fear so you can continue working toward your goals.
Eleventh House: Humanity
Political or social causes close to your heart may manifest in your dreams. Next: Wake up and change the world.
Twelfth House: Spirituality
Your dreams could be very powerful during this transit and can reveal some legit truths about yourself.
Once you know which house the current Moon is in for you, look at your dreams through the lens of that knowledge. If you know the Aries Moon is in your ninth house of exploration, maybe your dream about driving a car to nowhere will make a lot more sense... and if you're lucid dreaming, you can follow that highway to an exciting destination. 'Member road trips? Enjoy your zzz's.
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