The Twelfth House
The Twelfth House
Planets in the 12th house have just been in the 1st house, the star house, but have been displaced from the throne by the motion of the sky. The feeling is one of rejection and fall from grace. The planet in the 12th house will now have to "walk" the whole road from the 12th house all the way to the 1st one to get that feeling of being in the key 1st house.
The 12th house is known as the house of self-undoing, it is the unluckiest house in the chart. Planets there are suppressed and almost invisible due to the light of the planet(s) in the 1st house. This place is associated with hidden places, hidden enemies, misfortunes, withdrawing away from society, ill omens, escapism, addictions, mental illness.
The Sun is about building yourself, the 12th house is the house of self-undoing. These two are at cross-purposes here. There is a sense of being passed by and having to do everything with little support; a sense of being setback.
On the other hand, the 12th house is a spiritual house. With the Sun here, the individual has a deep reserve of nebulous, unconscious, universal energy; a fog of feelings and visions. They can draw on this energy to heal others, to relate to others and to embody compassion and understanding.
With the Sun in this house, the individual sees their self worth tied to their ability to bring healing to people who suffer, people who have no voice and have to live on the margins of society.
A Moon in this house creates a person whose emotional comfort is linked to his or her ability to be self-sufficient. These people have a strong need to learn to nurture themselves. This could be in a constructive way through spiritual practices, religion, meditation, artistic practices, music, serving people in need. Or in a self-destructive way - with the use of alcohol, drugs, sleep and foods.
People with this placement are soothed and intrigued by anything that can draw them out of the mundane, day-to-day world and into something greater and boundless. They live for other dimensions.
Oftentimes, there is a sense of self-pity and the need to hurt oneself to gain attention and external validation for this feeling of being passed by and pushed aside. The 12th house is where a planet falls from the throne called "the 1st house", and is forced to walk the whole way around the Earth to reach that top spot again. This is an energy of falling off the cliff and having to climb the mountain again.
This unfortunate position gives a deep sense of understanding of the cycles of life, the Wheel of Fortune, the suffering of others.
Mercury is about verbal and written, language-based, logical, rational communication. The 12th house is a place of downturn and hidden enemies. With this combination, people often experience problems communicating. They feel seen but not heard. They are misunderstood. Their ideas are underappreciated.
As a result of that, a compensatory mechanism emerges that has the individual talking a lot about their feelings and pains. They feel neglected and ignored so they try to fix that by constantly highlighting their feelings. Sometimes, great artistic works and spiritual insights can be born out of this placement.
Venus in this house is another great placement for artistic expression but this time this art will be more visual and visually pleasing. The subconscious soup of metaphysical notions will be given expression in material, visual and Venusian forms.
This person may have a vague relationship with money and may struggle to understand how they spend their money and what they spend on. Venus values relationships and has a need for partnerships. The 12th house is a house where planets feel abandoned and rejected. With this placement, there is an increased need for a partnership to alleviate some of that feeling of being alone and misunderstood.
With Mars in the 12th house, there is an understanding that the Martian temperament is the hidden enemy. That letting Mars get to the surface of your behavior or personality will be the point where you fail, you break, your life becomes unmanageable. Mars is suppressed here but it doesn't disappear so its expression is more roundabout and subdued. Subdued Mars could mean passive-aggressiveness but it could also mean violent artistic works.
Sports can be a great heathy outlet for a 12th house Mars. With a suppressed Mars, the individual has a feeling that for some reason they just can't express their anger, they can't get angry and as a result are perceived as weak. If they work on these issues, they can become one of those people who stand up for themselves and the underprivileged in a compassionate way without loosing their sensitivity.
Jupiter likes to explore the world at large. The 12th house is a very prison-like place. So this Jupiterian wanderlust is internalized and the result is a very vivid imagination, someone who reads a lot of books, speaks a lot of languages, is acquainted with a lot of philosophies. This house placement can produce famous religious leaders, writers, and teachers because Jupiter expands and the 12th house is about the subconscious and spirituality.
At worst, these chart holders end up having many vague, outlandish ideas that are scattered and unproductive. If a healthy outlet isn't found, the 12th house's susceptibility to alcohol and substance abuse can be activated and exacerbated.
Saturn brings restriction and limitation to a house which is already associated with hardships and self-undoing. Saturn is about continuously struggling, the 12th house where we get written out of the narrative. This is one of the most challenging placements. Self-pity and lack of faith in the future are common. Mental blockages can take longer to resolve. The individual's Saturn returns can be especially difficult.
In the 12th house, Uranus's desire to be free and innovative is suppressed. The individual is unable to feel free and to experiment with new solutions. Uranus is a crazy rolling ball and it is imprisoned - the result is a pressure cooker. It is likely that this person will not be able to embody true innovation so they will turn to being eccentric.
This placement can bring uniquely strange visions, dreams and delusions which, if channeled into the arts, can result in remarkable (futuristic) works of art.
In terms of transits, Uranus's squares and oppositions will wreck havoc in the most unfortunate house in the chart. Many of the hardships will be experienced behind closed doors, the struggles will be invisible to the rest of the world.
Lastly, and on a positive note, Uranus is the planet of reversals. Transits that hit Uranus in the 12th house are likely to lead to the unexpected creation, but also the unexpected dissolution, of mental blockages.
Neptune in the 12th house amplifies the emotional volatility of this house. Boundaries between reality and illusions are blurred. There is heighten inability to deal with the 3D reality. Daydreaming and sleepwalking could occur. Depending on other placements, this person may have from moderately to severely hard time adjusting to the material reality.
On the bright side, there is incredible capacity for compassion and spiritual healing. A talent for the arts is also commonplace.
Pluto in the 12th house creates a personality with intense sense of disempowerment and an acute awareness of how power is distributed. The planet will look for, and find, roundabout ways to express itself. These can include the employment of passive-aggressive power struggles, intrigues, emotional manipulation. This position is sometimes associated with powerful or unexpected enemies. It can also indicate dark and intense dreams, a rich subconsciousness from which memorable works of art can emerge.
The upside of this placement? The 12th house is a psychic house associated with hospitals and mental illness. Pluto is associated with psychology, psychoanalysis and psychiatry. This placement can create great phycologists.