For his directorial debut, the upcoming surreal fantasy How to Catch a Monster, Ryan Gosling (who also wrote the film) hired a dream analyst to advise his actors. Let that soak in for a minute: Ryan Gosling had his cast consult with a dream analyst. It’s an eccentric move, even for a guy as eccentric (and dreamy) as Gosling. But, as with all things Quirky Gosling, it’s pretty fantastic as well.
According to Saoirse Ronan, who stars in the film alongside Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, and Matt Smith, the analyst was a woman named Greta. She had the actors write themselves letters each night — something along the lines of, “Dear inner self, if it is your will, reveal to me in a dream tonight what my character’s relationship is to this other character,” Ronan told Vulture. Then they let their subconscious provide the answers.
“We would come in the next day to discuss our dreams with each other, and act them out,” says Ronan, who stars in this weekend’s new Wes Anderson film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. “I’d tell Greta, ‘Listen, I don’t know what this is, but I was doing this last night, and then this person popped up [in my dream]’ and she’d make sense out of it. And that was our rehearsal.” By sharing their dreams — recurring dreams in Hendricks’s case — “it made us become very close,” Ronan said.
“It was a very new method for me, because all of a sudden, Ryan was encouraging us to incorporate our own personalities into our characters, how you feel about things, what your anxieties are, and things like that.”
New York Magazine
Hands up who would like to be in an Inception style scenario with Mr Multiple Scorpio Ryan Gosling? I think there are many of us who would be happy to peel off ever deeper layers of our subliminal mind to access deeper psychic dimensions in his company.
So he gets dreams and is totally working his Mars-Neptune in Sagittarius at a higher level. The man is a Shaman. This information has just sealed his position as Chief Imaginary Boyfriend of Pseudo-Intellectual Astro-Bitches. Or, okay Imaginary Friend if you don’t vibe that way. Cool regardless.
As for the “woman named Greta” who is Ryan Gosling’s dream advisor – we need to know more. I mean, come on. I am sensational at dream interpretations. Surely she takes a break from time to time.
One of my strongest dreams ever came with Neptune on my Ascendant – i was trying to figure out if i should stay or go re a relationship. It was agonizing – alternating between feeling scattered & crushed. Anyway i had this dream i found an old box under the stairs and in the box was a dead bird but it was all laid out ornately, with yarrow flowers around it and its wings folded. In the dream i was going w.t.f. at this discovery when it suddenly came alive, woke up and began chirping happily, flying around the room.
Every dream i had at that time had similar potent rebirth themes; in one i weirdly went down some steps into a pyramid and there was a sarcophagus in the corner that began to open – cue total freak-out, this was clearly a nightmare and what terrifying creature was about to emerge from the coffin etc – but out jumped a purring kitten. And then i turned around on the wall was written Bast.
I know i have mentioned these before – i cite them again to prove my point that Neptune transits are sensational for lucid and meaningful dreaming. If you have Neptune close on a personal planet (a la Ryan) then you have basically a permanent Neptune transit going on. Every day is a chance to enter the Neptune dimension.
Oh and i wanted to illustrate this with Ryan Gosling in bed (analyzing his dreams obviously) but could not work how to edit Emma Stone out of the shot. Annoying. Also, you know R.G has Sun, Uranus, Mercury and Lilith all in Scorpio – hard with Saturn there too but voila the directorial debut. Saturn transits may not be like all effortless lightness of being but they get rad results.
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