I will now talk about sleep paralysis and it's relevance to astrology. Firstly I will explain what sleep paralysis is. Sleep paralysis is when someone is unable to move right after waking up, or sometimes even while falling asleep. And it can be an extremely frightening experience because during this time hallucinations happen. Normally our brains release a hormone which temporarily paralyzes our muscles while we are dreaming, so we don't act out our dreams. And in most cases, while we approach the waking state, the hormone wears off and we wake up normally. However, occasionally we sometimes wake up during a REM (rapid eye moment) state before the hormone has worn off. And this is when we experience the paralysis. As I said before, we will hallucinate. Our sense of smell, hearing and sight is very strong and we can easily see, hear and smell things that are on the other side. Some people take advantage of sleep paralysis to astral project. However, many times we will have a frightening encounter with a negative entity. These entities appear to crush us by sitting or lying on us. I know this kind of thing whether the entity is in your head or really there is debatable but here is my belief about it.
When we are in a negative or stressed frame of mind, we will attract these kinds of dark energies. While we experience sleep paralysis we are stuck between our bodies and the lower astral realm. Troubled, confused or downright negative entities will be attracted to us and will take advantage. We are at a vulnerable state while experiencing sleep paralysis. This is why it is so important to think positive thoughts before going to sleep. And before going to sleep, whether you have a stressful day or not, always tell any entity to leave that is not welcomed around you or your loved ones. Envision yourself in a bright light. Keep a bowl of salt by your bed or even burn some sage and keep it by your bed. This will not stop sleep paralysis from happening, however you will not have an encounter with a dark entity.
Sleep paralysis can happen at anytime. However, there are specific times when the odds of it happening are higher while looking at it in an astrological sense. And there are a lot of components to examine in regards to sleep paralysis or possibly having a powerful dream.
Neptune would be the planet to look at when dealing with anything that is supernatural, spiritual, and hidden. Boundaries are released whenever Neptune is involved. Neptune separates boundaries from the material to the astral planes. Neptune also rules dreams. And Mercury deals with thought, communication and logic. This planet is also important when it comes to unusual sleep patterns because of how these dreams or experiences are interpreted. Saturn rules restrictions, limitations and fear. And when Saturn forms a negative aspect to a planet that would be relevant to this issue, this will create fear associated with it. Mars is also the planet that rules action and energy. Mars plays a role in this as well. Usually Mars would form a stressful aspect with a relevant planet in order to create an incident.
And in your natal chart you have 12 astrological houses. The 12th house which is the house that is naturally ruled by Pisces (which we all know is ruled by Neptune and Jupiter, but Neptune is the planet that has relevance to sleep paralysis or dreams) would also rule this kind of thing. The 12th house rules anything spiritually hidden and karmic. However even though the natural ruler of this house is Neptune, whatever sign happens to sit on our 12th house would have major significance. In for instance, if Libra sat on someone's 12th house cusp, the ruler would be Venus of his/her 12th house. Even though Venus has no real significance to dreams (funny enough Neptune is considered to be the higher octave of Venus), in this person's case it would be because of Libra ruling that house.
So if for instance, transiting Saturn creates a negative aspect to this person's natal Venus, there is a high chance of sleep paralysis occurring. Either that or this individual would have a frightening dream.
Back in early 2008 I was not in a good state of mind. I was obviously attracting negative without realizing it. And on January 31st, 2008 I experienced a real frightening incident that involved the dark entity pushing me down during sleep paralysis. I still remember it as if it was yesterday. Sagittarius rules my 12th house, as well as it being my Ascendant. I also have Neptune in my 12th. So Jupiter would be ruling both my 12th and 1st house. Saturn at the time was squaring (an aspect that creates stress and friction) my natal Neptune. Transiting Mars was also opposing (an aspect that creates awareness which causes discomfort) my Ascendant in Sagittarius. Jupiter obviously was affected by this and so was my 12th house. Transiting Mercury also sextiled (an aspect which brings out opportunity) my natal Jupiter and Ascendant. Sextiles are usually believed to be positive and because of that, I remember the incident very well. And I did take advantage of the sextile. Because of that, I researched more on sleep paralysis. I discovered ways to get rid of the negative entities and it has worked! I have experienced sleep paralysis since but not the dark entity getting into the way.
Because of the transits, there is no way of preventing episodes like this. These transits could also induce dreams that would be interpreted as unpleasant as well. However, as far as the dark entity goes, there is control over that.