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This is Part 7 of a 9-Part Series
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Integration and the Art of the Dream Transit
Can two radically different parts of me work together in some more synergistic and consciously intentional way? I don’t know, but I do feel that this is what my inconjunct dreams are challenging me to do. Dutch Jungian dream pioneer Robert Boznak points toward one approach to this impossible task when he speaks of making a transit – “a spontaneous shift of the location of consciousness from within one dream person to the interiority of another[i]” – or in other words, of being able to see the world through the eyes of another, in this case, completely foreign point of view, a point of view that does not compute. This is not just a matter of empathy, but rather of an actual shift in the center of your consciousness, so that you experience what the other experiences, including their experience of you.
Although Boznak is speaking about working with characters in a dream, my sense is that the same thing ought to be possible in relation to the birthchart as well, and in this case, in relation to the birthchart as understood from within the fresh symbolism of an inconjunct dream that illuminates it. If, for example, as I center myself in my Sagittarian Sun – that is to say, in the language of the dream being explored in this series - in “Batman” mode – and make a transit to my Gemini Moon in “Tinkerbell” mode, then an opening is created for the unlikely synthesis of the two.
All transits of the kind that Boznak is talking about begin with dialogue, but as the dialogue proceeds, it generally becomes harder to keep the two entities separate. It is at this point, that one begins thinking in uncharacteristic ways like the other. The depth of this exercise – and its myriad possibilities is beyond the scope of this blog post to illuminate, but the following brief dialogue is meant to be suggestive of what an experiential approach to making a transit into impossible identity might look like.
Batman: Man, I’m working hard here, and all you do is sprinkle pixie dust. How exactly does that work?
Tinkerbell: I have no idea. It just does. Would you like me to try it on you?
Batman: No, no, no. Don’t come near me with that stuff. But I am curious.
Tinkerbell: It only works if you think happy thoughts.
Batman (speaking sarcastically): Happy thoughts. I’ve heard about them, but can’t say I’ve had many. Do they hurt?
Tinkerbell: (laughing) only if you keep your shoulders hunched and your eyebrows knit like that. You want to fly, you got to relax.
Batman: Not true. When I want to fly, I just push off with sheer force of will.
Tinkerbell: Yeah, but look at you. You’re a wreck. Think of the wear and tear. The maintenance. How long you think you can keep this going? Another 5-10 years max?
Batman: You’re right. I’m beat. I need some pixie dust.
Tinkerbell: Remember – happy thoughts.
Batman: Happy thoughts. Hey, maybe if I got rid of some of this gear, I could float a bit.
Tinkerbell: Close your eyes and imagine.
Batman: Wow – I can feel it. But now I’m a bit dizzy. That’s a bit much.
Tinkerbell: It just takes getting used to, that’s all. It means you’re getting lighter.
Batman (a bit surprised): Well, I think I like it….
Of course, this conversation is just getting started, and at some point, Tinkerbell will also want to enter Batman’s consciousness and then adapt what she learns there to her own sensibilities. But as the two explore each other’s realities, something about the promise of the inconjunct and the impossible identity it harbors is realized. Or astrologically speaking, something about the dynamic between Sun in Sagittarius and Moon in Gemini comes alive in me, in a new way – not through interpretation, but through an actual experience of something unfamiliar.
[i] Robert Boznak, Tracks in the Wilderness of Dreaming, New York, NY: Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1996, ebook version: page 77 of 495.