We all have recurring dreams. They indicate a problem or issue that we haven’t resolved yet. And pop icon, Lady Gaga, is no exception.
In a recent issue of Rolling Stone magazine, Stefani Germanotta, aka Lady Gaga, describes her dream:
“I have this recurring dream sometimes where there’s a phantom in my home. He takes me into a room, and there’s a blond girl with ropes tied to all four of her limbs. And she’s got my shoes on from the Grammies. Go figure -- psycho. And the ropes are pulling her apart. I never see her get pulled apart, but I just watch her whimper, and then the phantom says to me, ‘If you want me to stop hurting her and if you want your family to be okay, you will cut your wrist.’ And I think that he has his own, like, crazy wrist-cutting device. And he has this honey in, like, Tupperware, and it looks like sweet-and-sour sauce with a lot of MSG from New York. Just bizarre. And he wants me to pour the honey into the wound, and then put cream over it and a gauze.”
We have only to watch Lady Gaga’s performances to know that Stefani is a mistress of the symbolic gesture. She tells her dream stories through her music, giving them form and vitality. While I agree with her that most forms of therapy might stop her creative process, I believe some Jungian dream work can help her heal her struggle and pain while deepening her artistic creativity. While dream interpretation really needs to go on between the dreamer and the interpreter, I have tried to open the dream up symbolically with the help of some astrological insights.
Stefani is an Aries with a Scorpio Moon. Her Aries Sun makes her adventurous and bold, and gives her a certain naivety and sweetness. It’s her Scorpio Moon that adds the darkness and pain, especially because it sits near her Scorpio South Node and Pluto. The South Node represents the past and when it’s in Scorpio you usually find someone who has had a dark past full of crisis, death, sex, drugs and rock & roll. Whether we look at her recent past or her past lives, Stefani has been through some horrific experiences.
So, let’s look at her dream. It begins in her home, which symbolizes her psyche, where she lives within herself. There’s a phantom there. A phantom is a ghostly presence, something sensed but with no physical reality. It represents her past, which she acknowledges has been traumatic, or it can represent many lifetimes in which she has gone through crisis, torture and death. With her Scorpio Moon, she is constantly processing, and re-living, these hurtful feelings and images, especially around love and most particularly in women. Many of the women in her videos are maimed, tortured or dead.
The blond wearing her shoes from the Grammy Awards represents her Lady Gaga persona. Shoes symbolize authority and liberty; our life path as well as our standpoint. These shoes indicate her path to success. But this is what might be jeopardized by the phantom. The persona is the mask we wear, and Lady Gaga certainly knows how to play with masks, hiding and exposing Stefani’s dark, tortured feelings. It is this persona that is being tortured, not Stefani herself. The four ropes on her limbs invite a comparison to the gruesome medieval torture reserved for traitors of being drawn and quartered, where the victim is tied to four horses and literally pulled apart as they are whipped in four different directions. How is Lady Gaga betraying Stefani’s past?
The phantom lets her know that he will rip her persona apart if she doesn’t meet his demands. The ‘she’ in the dream is Stefani’s Ego, her conscious attitude. Lady Gaga wants to be a big success. This dream indicates that this success can be destroyed unless the Ego makes a sacrifice to save Lady Gaga and keep her family safe. Interestingly, with her Sun at 8* Aries, and her ruling planet, Mars, at 1* Capricorn, Stefani is undergoing an intense transit by the cosmic energies next year. They will either transform her sense of herself, or they can crush her. With the violent images portrayed in her video, Paparazzi, she may be wondering if she’ll survive.
The phantom offers Stefani a solution to the pain it is causing Lady Gaga. ‘Just cut your wrist’. Usually when someone cuts their wrist, they are trying to commit suicide. But this phantom isn’t asking for that. It wants to cut but also to heal. The wrist is the part of the hand that gives us mobility and ease of motion. Our hands take us into the world, creating and shaping. Sometimes a cut is curative, as when we cut something away, like a tumor.
The dream indicates that Stefani needs to make a cut with her past ways of dealing with the world, a way of living based on pain and darkness. The honey balm that the phantom gives her looks like MSG, which is a form of salt. Salt is a preservative and in ancient times it was used as a blessing. Honey is something sweet, curative and nourishing. Honey heals and symbolizes a rebirth, creating new growth and wisdom.
These next years can probably bring about a deep healing and rebirth in Stefani as well as a transformation of her Lady Gaga persona.
The change will do her good!