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Almost everyone has bad dreams. Scientists say everyone dreams; not remembering your dreams is not proof that you don’t dream. One theory of dreaming, probably the most accepted, is that it is your subconscious’ way of sorting through the input rattling around in your head. In a way it is emotional, psychological collating and filing. Bits that are stressful or fear-based can result in nightmares.
Night terrors are a different category of sleep activity. They are abnormal. They are classified as a sleep disturbance because they are not part of the healthy model. Night terrors take place during non-REM sleep (REM sleep is when dreams normally happen) and are associated with disturbed waking patterns and sleep paralysis, seeming awake, eyes open but still in sleep mode. The result can be an overlap of mentally created images with the belief that one is conscious, and the result is hallucination.
I have night terrors as does my son. It’s not unusual for children to have night terrors and grow out of them. He used to wake screaming several times a night. He used to complain that his talking Barney, the big purple dinosaur, would occasionally speak in the middle of the night. I just chalked it up to nightmares and took Barney out of his room when I put him to bed. One night, though, I heard Barney outside MY room. That creeped me right out.
My two daughters have never experienced any such thing, though they’ve occasionally experienced regular nightmares. We all have similar familial patterns in our charts but my son and I are the only ones who share the combination I believe is reflective of our night terrors. We both have an 8th house Chiron aspecting Jupiter, Neptune, Pluto, and Uranus. His Pluto is in the 12th house; my Jupiter is in the 12th. The 8th house and Pluto are deep, dark and taboo. Chiron is wounding. Neptune and the 12th are dreaming. Uranus in aspect to Chiron is neurological anomaly. Jupiter is exacerbation.
Certainly these combinations could manifest in totally different ways but it’s easy to see in this case the connection. This combination could just result in really bad dreams, not night terrors, as well. Damagingly shocking dreams rather than neurological anomaly.
Anyway, some people are disturbed by spiders, snakes or clowns. I’m disturbed by talking dinosaurs, purple ones.
Do you have bad dreams? What are your dreams normally like? Do you have Chiron involved with the 12th house or Neptune?