Explaining The 12th House And What We Need To Do
The 12th house is our subconscious, escapism, spirituality, solitude, guilt, grief, fears, sorrow, confusion and illusion. it’s a challenging house when you don’t know how to navigate through it. But there are ways to understand it…
This house is the house i would describe as where we find our peace. In life, we can get carried away with life. Working, paying bills, and taking on responsibility that we actually forget life is about experiences. A lot of us find safety in solitude. I am not against solitude, however to stay in solitude is unhealthy and not beneficial for our development as people. Finding your peace might be moving to another country. I cannot express the importance of moving away to another country. In astrocartography, this moves your planets out the 12th house into another house so you don’t feel so much heavy pressure there. Maybe your peace is growing fruits and veg or owning a farm away from the big city. The 12th house just wants you to find peace and rock with it.
I describe the 12th house as a halfway house. In America, halfway houses are used for criminals who leave jail and before entering “the real world” they must be monitored in a halfway house to ensure they are rehabilitated before they are fully released into society.
The 12th house has its similarities. The 12th house is is an extreme spiritual house. It’s considered to be linked to other realms and our past life. The sign that is positioned there and any planets if any, are behaving as though they are in a halfway house. They are suppressed and struggle to express its full potency. The signs/planets here need to regain a sense of consciousness to find peace and escape the 12th house suppression within the “real world”. This is when they are set free.
The 12th house is not so clear and nature teaches us to fear of the unknown. This is a mysterious house because the uncertainty makes it attractive at the same time!
The movie insidious is the perfect visual representation of the 12th house. In the movie, a boy gets trapped in the subconscious, and his dad ends up having save him through the help of a spiritualist. She leads him through the subconscious by guiding him through all these scary things that pop out of nowhere to collect his son. But he manages to overcome his fears and jump in and out the subconscious. The 12th house can highlight our fears and our subconscious can feed off that. In the Movie we see the spiritualist travelling through the subconscious because she is familiar with it. This is what the chart owner needs to do is navigate through this house to make sense of the purpose. The house needs guidance but the chart owner needs to trust their intuition.
Think of the 12th house as being a dark room. You can’t see a damn thing. Therefore you need to learn how to navigate through that house. Any planet, sign in this house represents being suppressed. It cannot express its authentic self because It doesn’t always know how to. The chart owner must learn throughout their lives to be conscious of their unconscious house. This takes plenty of solitude and meditation. I've learnt to love my 12th house planets over the years. 12th house people tend to be interested in Psychology or some sort of healing work. We 12th house people have mastered the art of empathy on another level. We listen more and we feel deeply. But this can also lead for others to take advantage of us. Therefore its important we set boundaries.
We can also carry a load of burdens which can be heavy on us leaving us feeling guilty. Planets here can lead to attracting people with mental health issues, substance abusers and violent people because unconsciously they are picking up a healing a energy we have. As much as we empathise for other peoples pains, we need to regain the strength to pick and choose who we want to help. Never feel guilty for not being able to heal someone who may need it. Create a healthy boundary for your own sanity.
The 12th house can be considered as a weak house due to the nature of suppression. But I personally look at this house as strength once you’ve learnt to navigate around it. Imagine being so consciously aware of other people, you know their move before they move. You know what being you peace and you learnt to protect that and create a boundary. This gives us the advantage. The whole point of this house is to master being inside it and having the flexibility to get out. After all, this is a halfway house…
Our 12th house can tell us so much about ourselves surrounding our past lives, our unconscious thoughts and even how we may have died.
Signs Through The Houses
ARIES/MARS ON THE 12TH HOUSE CUSP
Aries ruling the 12th house can show competitiveness in your past life. Perhaps dying early or fighting to defend something. In this house you will have a load of unconscious anger you may not be consciously aware of. You may think you are gentle, sweet, and you may absolutely hate dramas. But to other people, you may be told you are extremely angry but your 12th house wont allow you to see this. I like Aries in this house because Aries is the self motivator. Your unconscious mind is to motivate and understand what is happening in your own psyche. But as this is the house of healing others too, your Aries will want to motivate others to decode their unconscious minds. Aries/Mars ruling any house is about applying and receiving energy. This energy wants to regain the consciousness of this house whilst encouraging others to do the same. This is how we win. Your energy can be lost here and may seem lazy or may lack physical stimulation and drive. Use your Mars position to get more of an understanding where you can apply energy. You need to work on your passions.
TAURUS/VENUS ON THE 12TH HOUSE CUSP
Taurus ruling your 12th house can show you may have died harbouring all your physical possessions. The karmic issues you’d be faced with will revolve around finances, stability and self esteem. Taurus is home to the 2nd house which governs earned finances. You may be unconsciously aware of your ability to structure your own stability through how to make money. You may go through life with other people noticing your financial burdens or how much you lack consistency. You need to figure out ways to be financially stable. Once you become consciously your earning potential, to be secure, settled without needing materials, this house becomes easier to deal with. Taurus needs to becomes secure within itself. You will begin to encourage others how best to manage their money, learn the value of security, and use the creativity gifted by Venus. Look to where your Venus is positioned and aspected to see how you are valuing yourself and your money.
GEMINI/MERCURY ON THE 12TH HOUSE CUSP
With Gemini ruling your 12th house, your past life can show dying young. Ever heard the phrase ‘curiosity kills the cat’? Gemini is very curious hence why their titled the jack of all trades. It loves learning about anything and everything but it needs to value becoming the master of a trade. Much of its learning will happen in solitude. You can learn about a particular subject for years and never actually tell others about it. Unconsciously, you may fear not being taken serious about your studies; you may feel like you have not acquired enough information to even talk comfortably about the subject. You can acquire so much information in life, your unconsciousness is forever over thinking and processing which can be overwhelming and can cause mental health issues; Struggling to make sense of it all. With Gemini associated with the 3rd house of siblings and also communication, there may be a karmic connection surrounding siblings/cousins encouragement or encouragement towards others to communicate and to try new things. Look to where your Mercury is positioned and aspected to see how you are communicating.
CANCER/MOON ON THE 12TH HOUSE CUSP
With Cancer ruling your 12th house, your past life can involve issues with your mother, family and women in general. There is usually a family secret which stems from before you were born which may affect your life now. There may be a dependency on family which can make it hard to move forward without cleaning the debt left by your mother. You may struggle with your emotional expression.The fear with cancer in the 12th is emotional rejection and will hide behind a happy facade to avoid emotional vulnerability. Looking at the position of your moon can signify how you are handling your emotions. Cancer in the 12th needs to embrace their emotions and allow themselves to be vulnerable and nurturing towards others. As the 12th house relates to your unconsciousness, you may be unconscious of your lack of this energy which can have an impact on your life.
LEO/SUN IN THE 12TH HOUSE CUSP
With Leo ruling your 12th house, your past life can involve being completely self absorbed, overly self expressive and now in this life you’re dealing with a repressed self expression. Leo here can show dying publicly or at a young age. You can become very dismissive of some ones else’s shine or ‘celebrity moment’ because you cannot accept your own talents. Hidden talents remain in this house almost like a feeling of guilt just for having a gift. Fear you might outshine people but not in a big headed way. This can also lead to being embarrassed or publicly humiliated in a past life that still haunts you. You must embrace your talents worldly and come to the acceptance of you. To become conscious in this unconscious house, you must embrace being praised for self expression instead of keeping it hidden. Accept compliments! This will help you to embrace the talents of others and their expressive nature. Leo in this house is required to make other people more confident. This position relates to giving others the boost they need to thrive in whatever they do! You can find yourself experiencing fame or recognition at some point and always feeling like people place you on a pedestal which you despise. You take creativity very serious and don't believe the whole world deserve to see your abilities. You want people to see your abilities only if they truly appreciate it. Use the position of your sun to help how to embrace this.
VIRGO/MERCURY ON THE 12TH HOUSE CUSP
Virgo in the 12th house can show a previous life where you were very critical, judgmental and pedantic. In this life this energy is now suppressed. It is important to be in a field where other people are displaying their dissatisfaction to you. This helps you to transcend this energy. Perhaps a customer service role would be ideal. Virgo in this house can be very judgmental and suppress their true feelings with frustration. Health wise, Virgo here can develop Psychometric Disorder (especially if there is 6th to 12th house planet opposition or if Mercury has oppositions). This can be a contribution to repressing your judgement. Making it easy for you to people please, and be generally ‘nice’ and likable. You must learn to be honest and express your true dissatisfaction and judgement. The house position of your mercury will help you in areas you should more vocal and judgmental.
LIBRA/VENUS ON THE 12TH HOUSE CUSP
Libra ruling your 12th house can indicate a trauma involving an intense relationship in your past life. Depending on the condition of your Venus, it can show dying with a partner, or being badly betrayed by your lover in a past life. This can contribute to a now fear of relationships. As much as you will express, “I don’t need anybody”, to transcend through this house, you must learn to work towards having healthy relationships with others. You are lovable! And you should allow yourself to love others too! Don’t feel guilty for this. Libra/Venus represents balance. You might be a little extreme at time but it’s important to balance your emotions and play fair. Relationships tend to be important to you. You are yearning for someone to see the real you, a soul mate. Libra here feels it does not like to depend on anybody, so it lacks balance. Balance between your own personal needs and the needs of others. Desiring someone so much, you may not be balanced or consciously aware of boundaries leading you to go to particular extremes to make someone love you rather than allowing it happen naturally. The house position of your Venus will contribute to how you can transcend out of the 12th house.
SCORPIO/PLUTO ON THE 12TH HOUSE CUSP
With Scorpio in the 12th house your past life can show you experienced a lot of trauma, power plays and dark times. You may have died from being tortured or experienced a painful death from living a shady lifestyle. Scorpio here can have you feel like you do not have a dark side at all. This dark side to you is unconsciously suppressed. But there is no darkness without light. The darkness must be embraced just as much as the light. You may study Psychology or have an interest in occult subjects. You may not want to express these interests through fear of being completely seen and vulnerable. To become consciously aware of this, you must embrace the darkness of Scorpio which is reality, trauma, crisis, pain and understand that you are not the only one who has secrets or is dealing with psychological issues unconsciously. Some are prepared to face them. Scorpio here may not believe it has psychological issues. To encourage this, becoming a Psychologist and helping clients to uncover their issues teach you about yours. The house placement of your Pluto can give you an indication on what subject matter you can specialise in.
SAGITTARIUS/JUPITER ON THE 12TH HOUSE CUSP
With Sagittarius in the 12th house, you may have a past life where you was a religious figure projecting your philosophy on a subject you mastered migrating and exploring cultures. You could have made brutal judgments in law. You may have died during your travels or got lost truth seeking. With Sagittarius here, you could surpress your spirituality and knowledge due to fear of finding a deeper meaning to life. You may fear discussing a belief you have through being judged by others. Your belief may not seem ‘practical’. Sagittarius in this house tends to suppress natural optimistic energy through fear of failure and wanting to face reality no matter how ugly it is. This is why you apply additional pressure on yourself. You must learn to transcend through this house by finding freedom through being open minded and even practising spirituality. Through finding freedom and being open minded, you will discover a higher consciousnesses. This discovery can lead you to help others navigate through their time of need. You can help them keep the faith! The house placement of your Jupiter will give you an indication of where to focus you faith and philosophy on.
CAPRICORN/SATURN ON THE 12TH HOUSE CUSP
With Capricorn as the 12th house, you may have a past life where you were a public figure, politician, was a conservative or had a lot of responsibility in a place of authority. You may not be consciously aware of the responsibility you have or where you should take accountability for things. Capricorn here can make you unconsciously suppress reality, sad times and restriction which are a part of life and must be faced in order to transcend. You may not see yourself as a disciplinarian, the internal Father or a structured person at all. It may take you a little longer to discover your unconscious self, due to Capricorn making you wait or work harder to fully discover it. Planets here can make the awakening quicker. There can be some self-esteem issues here surrounding your ability to succeed in life through fear of being your own authority. To transcend this house, you must use the position of your Saturn will help you determine where to reconstruct and become the authority.
AQUARIUS/URANUS ON THE 12TH HOUSE CUSP
With Aquarius in the 12th house you may have died unexpectedly while fighting for humanitarian rights. Aquarius here can make you unconsciously aware of your quirkiness or how different you really are. You may fear standing out for these reasons making it hard to embrace your individuality. Aquarius here can fear joining particular groups or associations which can contribute to you being aloof and quite detached from others. The aloneness can get you down, feeling like you are not understood by anyone making you wallow in your own self-pity. To overturn this, you must come to the acceptance that we are all strange in our own ways and we should embrace this. Sleep patterns can be erratic due to unpredictable dreams and unconscious thoughts running rampant before dawn which can also lead to heightened sensitivity towards the unconsciousness. Aquarius here can make you innovative in the unconsciousness. To transcend through this house, you must embrace your quirkiness and embrace being an individual. The position of your Uranus will help you embrace where to be an individual.
PISCES/NEPTUNE ON THE 12TH HOUSE CUSP
With Pisces in the 12th house you may have died saving someone else in a selfless act. You may have wallowed in your self-pity, took an overdose or committed suicide. Pisces here is unconscious to boundaries, empathy, and sensitivity. You may fear being seen as weak or vulnerable if you embraced empathy so you may appear to be aggressive or defensive to hide your true sensitivity. To transcend Pisces through this house, you must embrace empathy and understand the mental and physical boundaries of others. Don’t be ignorant to these feelings and choose to deflect by pointing this out in others. Start with you first! Pisces here can make you unconsciously delusional of your own intuition and sensitivity. You need to trust you intuition. You must learn to give without expecting a return. Develop spirituality in aid to help heal others. Use your body as a way not just physically heal others, but also mentally. The position of Neptune will help you embrace what area to heal and escape to.
Written by Honey© (12th House Sun and Mercury)
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