What Dreams May Come

What Dreams May Come is one of my favourite movies. Annabelle Sciorra plays the main female role in the movie.

The actress plays an artist, wife and mother who loses her two children in a car accident, and the trauma of the event sends her into deep despair and to the psychiatric hospital. With the help of her husband she regains some of her strength to cope, but is dealt a double blow and left devastated when her husband dies in a fatal car accident. The intense trauma leaves her in a tormented state, and she falls deeper into dark depression. The pain she suffers is unbearable and she takes her own life. Instead of seeing her husband and children in heaven, she goes to Hell because she can’t accept her life gone wrong.

The following is some of Sciorra’s astrological chart placements:

A Piscean Emphasis

Neptune in Scorpio, Chiron opposed Pluto, Mercury, Venus, Chiron and South Node are all placed in Pisces.

All of this Piscean energy would help Sciorra connect with the part she is playing, the tortured artist’s sadness, misery, and emotional weariness. This would help her play her role more compellingly. When the South Node is in the sign of Pisces, it might show patterns of behaviour that make a person feel weak, like running away, having false beliefs, or being too sensitive. The North Node in Virgo is working to improve the ability to work on the earth plane. This is because Piscean melancholy and a heightened sense of one’s surroundings can make it hard to focus.

Venus Trine Neptune: The Dreamy Artist

Mercury, Venus, and Chiron in Pisces trine their dispositor, Neptune, which is placed in Scorpio. This whole configuration may be therapeutic, transformative, and emotional. Neptunian emotions, on the other hand, have a tendency to be too sensitive. A Venus that is exalted in Pisces represents empathy in romantic relationships, and having Venus trine Neptune emphasises this theme. This is a lovely facet of her chart, and it suggests that she may have a yearning to discover love in the divine, a soulmate, and that she is easily carried away in a Neptunian dream.

The Unimageable Loss

Chiron’s position in the sign of Pisces, at a critical degree, is symbolic of profound and sensitive emotional wounds. It’s common to have a great deal of agonising pain and a wound that will never heal when Chiron aspects Pluto. The brutal and unjust nature of the tragic loss that life may hand us is shown via Annabelle’s portrayal of the heartbroken mother and widow who is left to struggle alone. The loss of a child is one of life’s most heartbreaking experiences for anyone. How is it possible to go on after a loss of this magnitude? These kind of concerns are raised over the course of the movie, in addition to portrayals of the afterlife, reincarnation, soul mates, and spirits moving onto various bodily incarnations before eventually returning to earth.

The Tortured Soul

Sciorra imbued her character with parts of her own personality. Movies have a way of depicting both astrological archetypes and real-world motifs. The film did generate a lot of discussion about Annabella (Sciorra) going to Hell and being punished for taking her own life; but, I believed that it was a hell that she had created for herself, and that she was trapped within the labyrinth of her own tortured soul.

The book

Although I have not actually read the book, based on what I have seen and heard about it online, it seems like the story mainly focuses on the deaths of the parents and not the children. The following are some of the aspects of the novel that were not included in the film adaptation:

The details of Chris’s life on Earth also differ strongly in the novel. Only Chris and his wife (called Ann) die. Their children, who are grownups rather than youngsters, remain alive, as minor characters. Albert and Leona are exactly the people they appear to be, and the character played by Max Von Sydow does not appear in the book at all. Albert is Chris’s cousin and not African American as in the film while Leona’s ethnicity is not divulged. Chris and Ann are rural, country types rather than the urbanites portrayed in the film, and he is not a pediatrician, nor is she a painter. He’s a Hollywood screenwriter, and she has a variety of jobs. The afterlife imagery is based on the natural scenery rather than paintings. The Heavenly environment doesn’t automatically mold itself to people’s thoughts, as it does in the film; some practice and expertise is required to build things. There is more explanation of how the afterlife works, and we get more of a sense that a functioning human society shares the space. The novel’s depiction of Hell is considerably more violent than in the film. Chris finds it difficult to move, breathe, or even see, and he suffers physical torture at the hands of some of the inhabitants. He does not encounter ships, thunderstorms, fire, or the sea of human faces that he must walk upon in the film. Instead, he and Albert climb across craggy cliffs and encounter such sights as a swarm of insects that attack people’s bodies. Ann is consigned to Hell for only twenty-four years, not eternity. Chris’s meeting with Ann in her private Hell is much longer and more complex than in the film. At the end, which resembles an alternate version of the film but not the standard version, she escapes from Hell by being reincarnated, because she is not ready for Heaven.

The Afterlife

The ultimate afterlife is something that is investigated using the astrological patterns that include Pisces, which is connected to the 12th house, and Neptune, and rules over the spiritual self. When seen through the lens of these archetypal elements, the closing gate at the end of life describes a feeling of purification and the beginning of preparation for a new cycle. Additionally, it exposes us to the fact that something is drawing to a close. When we are in need of a more spiritual contemplation and when we are looking for a deeper and more meaningful purpose in life, we come into contact with these forces in the astrological chart. Neptune is often active in the natal chart when there is a call into the unknown, and the energy that the planet expresses has the power to move through boundaries that stand in our way.

Goal of Neptune: The striving to go beyond the limits of the self and merge into a “we” feeling. The longing to be found, touched, and redeemed in trance and ecstasy by the divine. To find true spirituality and be a living witness of the divine effect in the world. Representatives of the Neptune Principle: Inspired artists, talented actors and actresses, musicians, poets, priests and priestesses, preachers, mystics, occultists…addicts, the unstable. Key Words for Astrology

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