Mysticism and mystery, places of seclusion such as hospitals, prisons and institutions, including self-imposed imprisonments such as addictions, things which are not apparent to self, yet clearly seen by others, elusive, clandestine, secretive or unknown matters, privacy, retreat, reflection, and self-sacrifice, unconscious/subconscious, unknown enemies are many well know descriptions for the twelfth house.
As for the traditionalists some call it the major house of disease, institutionalisation, hospitalisation and secret enemies. It would seem as if they could fine nothing positive about the twelfth house
According to the traditional system of joys of planets in Guido Bonatti’s Liber Astronomia “Saturn rejoices in the 12th house because it is the house of sorrow, sadness, labour, lamentation and weeping. Saturn rejoices in these things and the like.”
“It has signification of private enemies and of witches, sorrow, tribulation, imprisonments, all manner of affliction and self-undoing and of such men as maliciously undermine their neighbours, or inform secretly against them” According to William Lilly.
The modern astrologers have taken a deeper look into this house and somewhat muddied the waters of the simple definitions quoted from the traditional textbook.
The twelfth house is in our blind spot. The Sun rises from the East, essentially the first house the house describing ME and all that pertains to me.
As the Sun rises from the first house and moves into the twelfth it blinds us, making it hard to see your twelfth house matters. Essentially placed behind the Sun makes it difficult if not impossible for us to see what is directly in front of the Sun.
According to Ptolemy, the twelfth house corresponds to that part of the sky, just above the horizon, where stars were obscured by the “thick, misty exhalations from the moistures of earth.”
According to the Egyptians, stars here were lost in, and debilitated by the sun’s light at sunrise. So planets placed in the twelfth house are obscured from reality.
This is why the Twelfth House is commonly referred to as the House of the Unconscious. Our subconscious works hard on our behalf, trying to make sense of our lives. Where there is no clarity only a misty shadow we experience fear and pain. It is in this context that we are confronted with our sorrows, suffering and secrets we keep from ourselves and from others.
Ultimately, we are also confronted with our fate: karma. Here we meet up with the results of everything we have done. It is said the karma from our past lives is found in this house. What have we brought upon ourselves and are we able to deal with it either consciously or unconsciously?
The unconscious state can help engender our successes, as well as assist us in coping with our failures. Success vs. failure: do we consciously confront our lives or subconsciously sweep things under the carpet? This house might more aptly be called the House of Reckoning.
The twelfth house allows us to review what we have learnt from the past so that we may decide how to move forward. If we can become aware of our unconscious musings we can tap into hidden strengths and or weaknesses.
“Self-undoing” is the most relevant of the traditional keywords to survive in the modern 12th house, and it’s potent enough to make us just as sick, imprisoned or enslaved. Pay attention to what irritates or frightens you as you progress through life because it’s quite likely this enemy lurks in the shadows of your own nature, described by your 12th house planets or cusp signs.
This house is where our social responsibilities and contributions are made to enhance the quality of other people’s lives. These are the unknown who need a service that becomes an integral part of our career. Many hidden resources are found here, often denied access as they lie buried with unpleasant facts about ourselves that we need to face. It is through helping and being of service to others that unlock these supressed anxieties and fears.
The twelfth house is how and where we respond to compassion or detachment when faced with the horror of animals or people enduring cruel and dehumanizing conditions often due to political, religious or economic conditions.
All our unresolved problems lie buried here, safely hidden from reality and swept away from sight. If one were to switch a light on to uncover all that is hidden in the twelfth house it could literally blow your mind. So carefully, with courage and trust using our subconscious mind we can find our way through our twelfth house.
One of the highest priorities given to us from the twelfth house is taking advantage of our deeply hidden resources and knowing without doubt that you can succeed.