Wednesday, March 21, 2012
My first dream involving stars had me gazing at them from a high platform on a solitary night. Suddenly, some of the stars - which we all know are fixed dots on the vault of heaven - forming a constellation quickly line up in the sky, creating a pattern that I had referred to in my diary as chained stars for lack of a better term. I remember waking up in utter terror. I interpreted it as a change in the order of things inside of me. So, I titled my dream Novus Ordo Siderum.
More recently, I've dreamed of one very bright star crossing the sky and falling to earth, causing an explosion. The star is followed by the moon, which also crosses the sky and falls to earth. Another explosion, this time, generates a violent shock wave that quickly destroys everything on its path, vanishing a few inches from where I'm standing. Again, I was perturbed when I woke up.
A few nights ago, I've dreamed of a group of celestial bodies similar to the Pleiades. I knew they were the five planets that, in this period, are visible in the night sky: Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mercury. In the dream, I decide to have a better look at them with my binoculars, and I marvel at the sight of a small circular system where the five planets are revolving around its center. Jupiter is the most spectacular one: a sphere with fluids and gasses gliding and shifting on its surface, making the planet's appearance constantly change.
Doing research, I discovered some notable examples of very similar dreams.
I'll mention three of them.
The Book of Enoch describes seven stars "chained like great mountains and burning with fire", to symbolize the seven fallen angels condemned to punishment. Enoch uses the same term I used: chained. I was in awe when I found out.
Lars Von Trier included in his two latest movies, The Antichrist and Melancholia, some pretty menacing star themes: in the first, the male protagonist utters in total fear "There is no such constellation" upon seeing in the sky a constellation that doesn't really exist. This symbolizes a disruption in the character's psychic order. Melancholia features the end of the world by a planet crashing against earth; the first apocalyptic sign of doom is the disappearance of a fixed star from its normal position in a constellation. Again, a rupture of the normal order of things.
This gives confirmation - like pschiatrist C.G. Jung discovered - that the symbols produced by the human psyche are related to the personal unconscious of a single individual; yet, they also reflect the collective cultural and mythological baggage shared by the whole human race.
Have you ever had dreams involving stars?