The unconscious is represented by the 12th House. The 12th House is the zodiac’s final and most liminal house, and it deals with karma, invisible foes, pain, reckoning, and, finally, evolution. Psychological phobias, forced and voluntary solitude, and subterranean desires all have a place here. My friends, that ain’t no sunny wheat field, but it’s no less fertile.
Modern pop’s gap-toothed, leather-loving mother Pluto, the planet of sexual exploration and metamorphosis, is in Madonna’s 12th House. This position denotes Madge’s ability to transform personal humiliation or pain into collective healing, which she has mastered for decades.
In astrology, what does the 12th house represent?
The Twelfth House is located just beneath the horizon in the sky: it is literally the darkness before dawn. Similarly, the Twelfth House rules all things that exist without physical forms, such as dreams, secrets, and emotions, and is known as the “unseen realm.” Those with planets in the Twelfth House are frequently intuitive, if not psychic. When planets transit the Twelfth House, we bring karmic people into our lives, but we must also understand that not all partnerships are destined to last. Pisces energy is associated with this House.
What planets are in the 12th house in my horoscope?
According to Astrology, the 12th house is known as the House of the Unconscious.
The 12th house, ruled by the zodiac sign Pisces and the planet Neptune, typically incorporates one’s subconscious fears, secrets, and dreams.
Because of its enigmatic character, the 12th house might be regarded as a potentially harmful one, including aspects of oneself that one may wish to ignore or conceal.
Those with planet placements in the 12th house, according to Allure, are frequently very perceptive or have psychic talents.
What exactly are 12 hour placements?
Finally, we’ve reached the finish of our tour through Western astrology’s house interpretations.
It’s one of the four shadowy residences. It’s a cadent rhythm. Saturn revels in seclusion, constraint, and loneliness, thus it’s a joy for him. The twelfth house was the weakest of the twelve houses for many writers in the classical Western school of astrology, and for good reason.
However, just as every life must include adversity or encounters with forces beyond our control, every life must also include sentiments of loss, retreat, and resignation. Nonetheless, every life has the potential to uncover gifts hidden in the shadows.
In astrology, the twelfth house is the house of shadow, enmity, self-undoing, isolation, and sadness. The twelfth house, as Saturn’s delight, is related with those aspects of life that limit and bind us, those aspects of life that always appear to be in the way of our best interestsor, more accurately, what we perceive to be in our best interests. From the outside, the twelfth house represents hidden opponents, those who may work against us without our knowledge in order to prevent us from achieving our goals.
Where do the meanings of the twelfth house come from?
The meanings of the twelfth house are derived from three basic sources: first, Saturn’s delight, the Greater Malefic. Second, it’s a cadent house, which means planets there are moving away from an effective and powerful ascendant position. Third, it’s a tough house to observe from an astronomical standpoint, and it’s what’s known as a “difficult house.” “Because planets in the first house are unable to see into it, the entire house is shrouded in shadow.
The twelfth house, as Saturn’s delight, receives the whole range of Saturn’s meanings (refer back to my discussion on the 3rd house and planetary joys if you need a refresher on how this works).
Saturn is the planet that governs constraints, harshness, coldness, limitations, those on the fringes of society, boundaries, and the word “no, therefore the twelfth house’s meanings are derived from all of those bits and pieces of life. Planets in the twelfth house are ineffectual at fulfilling their jobs because it is cadent, which doubles up on the problem “Limitation is also a good idea.
The visual character of the twelfth house must also be considered: even though planets rise above the horizon and are visible, atmospheric distortion prevents the observer from seeing a planet in its real form.
Consider how the Moon appears when it is full and rising over the eastern horizon at night, just before the Sun sets: massive, bloated, and red, somewhat dissimilar to the color she takes on during an eclipse. Also, keep in mind that tree lines and mountain ridges limit your view of the horizon. Even if the rising of a planet at the ascendant offers power as the planet passes from the underworld to the heavens once more, the twelfth house is a house of distortion and shadow from a visual aspect.
People and places associated with these ominous themes become twelfth house subjects as well: bereavement, prisons, hospitals, psychiatric facilities, and mental health in general ” (we might say “unconscious because the twelfth house is both figuratively and literally outside the gaze of the conscious observer).
The twelfth house was given several names, one of which was “the nefarious demon Consider the polar opposite of what I mentioned about the eleventh house in the last post in this series “the benevolent demon This house represents all of the things that aim to harm us, whether they are internal, such as the Shadow, or external, such as invisible foes.
Meeting the Shadow
A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. LeGuin, is a huge fantasy series that I was recently introduced to. Ged, a young dark-skinned magician, is the protagonist of the novel. He was the original boy wizard of twentieth-century fantasy fiction. Young, prodigious, inquisitive, naive, and brilliant. Ged, on the other hand, is a proud man.
He discusses magic with the Master Changer, a wizard who specializes in shifting objects from one appearance to another, in one of his early teachings. Ged can benefit from what the Master Changer teaches him, but it is illusory; only appearances change, not substance.
Ged, who is always bright, curious, and proud, challenges his teacher with a question: “When are we going to learn some real magic?” When will we be able to transform pebbles into genuine diamonds? With a stone in his palm, the Master Changer responds,
“You must modify this rock’s true name in order to turn it into a jewel.” And to accomplish that, even to such a small part of the world, my boy, is to alter the world… You must not modify a single item, not a single pebble, not a single grain of sand, until you have determined what good and evil will result from your actions. The world is in equilibrium, or balance. The Changing and Summoning abilities of a wizard can sway the world’s balance. That power is perilous… It must be guided by knowledge and serve a need. A shadow is cast when a candle is lit…
Not long after this encounter, Ged’s talent and pride prompt him to challenge a rival student, someone he has come to despise, to a show of magical prowess in a fit of rage. Ged says that he can conjure the ghost of a renowned figure from the past, and he does so in the dead of night. The world is shattered by blinding light, and Ged’s classmates are afraid.
However, lighting a candle creates a shadow. Ged’s own Shadow emerges from the dazzling hole between realms. His arrogance, intoxicated by his own brilliance, erupts in rage, claws bared, and mauls him. Ged barely makes it out alive.
From that point forward, until a dramatic encounter in the book’s last chapters, Ged and his Shadow have been chasing each other, each attempting to master the other.
The deepest shadows are cast by the brightest flames. Like Ged’s arrogance and pride, those shadows are most often hidden in the twelfth house, where they go unnoticed until they have matured and festered into a gloomy cloud that hangs over our deeds. When a person whose shadow consumes them acts completely, their behaviors can be destructive, restricting, and domineering.
It’s not a location we’d like to spend much time, yet it’s necessary to look at what’s there, lest the shadow get too enormous.
Even when strong lights cast gloomy shadows, the deepest shadows in the earth still have luminous treasure buried within them, if we can be brave enough to name our shadows. The prize of the twelfth house is depth of experience and a greater sense of significance, not wealth or pleasure.
How to interpret the twelfth house in your natal chart
When you start interpreting the twelfth house in your natal chart, you’ll come across questions like these:
- What aspects of my life would I prefer to remain unseen?
- What aspects of my life have the most potential for depth and significance development?
- Where do I feel distance, alienation, and sadness in my life?
- What is the best way to turn my Shadow into a Gift?
To begin, we’ll examine two planets in particular: the planet that rules the twelfth house and any planets that are situated within the twelfth house. We’ll evaluate the nature of the planets in question, as well as their ability to perform their functions.
Wherever that planet lands by house will depict times in the native’s life when they experience tragedy and sadness, as well as times when they may discover depth and purpose in their life’s tale. The state of that planet will determine whether or not that story may be told with ease and elegance, or if it must be told with strife and effort (and therapy).
One thing to keep in mind: the planet that dominates the twelfth house becomes a “functional malefic.” Because the issues of the twelfth house are often negative, that planet must be the bearer of terrible news, even if it is usually a benevolent planet like Jupiter or Venus.
“What kind of shadow do I cast?” we inquire of the ruler of the twelfth house. “And where does that shadow fall?” says the narrator. The first question is answered by the planet that rules the twelfth house. The second is answered by the twelfth house ruler’s house location.
This is a metaphor I commonly use with the twelfth house (I can’t remember where I got it, but I know it’s from someplace; please let me know if you know where it came from!): Consider an old Gothic cathedral with stained glass windows on every wall that faces the exterior. During the day, the glass of that church appears to be dull. Sure, there’s a drab color and a shape there, but you can’t identify what’s going on.
Now imagine driving past that same cathedral at 11:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, just as midnight service begins: all of the building’s lights are turned on, filling the windows with radiance and warmth. Now you can see all of the delicate intricacies in full color in the stained glass. The structure appears to be alive.
Planets in the twelfth house, particularly the Sun and Moon, have the amazing ability to illuminate the intricate intricacies that lie hidden in that house. Planets in the twelfth house become highly important in this way, but because they are cadent, they remain out of sight until a scenario (typically a difficult circumstance) forces those planets and their stories to the forefront.
A planet in the twelfth house will carry out its aims in the native’s life by utilizing the twelfth houserestriction, isolation, grief, distance, margins, introspection, and hidden adversaries, which are, of course, determined by the house that it dominates.
It’s also worth noting that any planets in your twelfth house were most likely in the ascendant as your mother’s labor reached a crescendo just before your delivery. As a result, planets in the twelfth house frequently describe prenatal circumstances.
Saturn in Libra exalted in the twelfth house is one example I’m familiar with. The native’s head was too enormous to fit through her mother’s hip bones, so she had to be delivered via Cesarean section after 58 hours of labor (!!!). Because of the stress of the botched delivery, the native was badly jaundiced for the first two weeks of her existence. Saturn, of course, is the planet that governs both bones and pressure.
Another thing I’ve discovered while working with customers is that the twelfth house is associated with remoteness (because it implies isolation). I’ve seen a few charts where one of the parents’ fourth ruler or natural ruler was in the twelfth house, and the native came from a family where their parents divorced when they were children, with one parent being more distant than the other. This isn’t a hard and fast rule, but it’s something to think about while considering planets in the twelfth house.
Which planet is your Shadow? What luminous gift does it bear? Where does your Shadow live?
I’m going to use the good ol’ seven deadly sins, as well as their equivalents, the seven cardinal virtues, to interpret these. Even though it comes from the Christian tradition, this is a platform-agnostic way of looking at our shadows and their gifts (and the Pagan traditions that flow into it). Because each planet has the potential to be the ruler of the twelfth house, and hence the ruler of our Shadow, each planet represents a distinct prospect for disaster. But, if you, like Ged, can take your Shadow by the hand and name it with your own True Name, each planet also offers a distinctive illuminating gift.
Saturn, as ruler of the twelfth house, throws the shadow of acedia (translation: “Fear, despair, self-abasement, and constraint in general are associated with him, but if he is strong and positioned in the twelfth house, he can be a formidable ally. Saturn’s illuminating gift is industria: perseverance, effort, and ethical action, aided by the steel Saturn instills in our spines when we enter into right partnership with him.
Jupiter, as lord of the twelfth house, throws the shadow of gula ( “gluttony): an insatiable desire to consume more in order to fill a gap that cannot be filled, at the expense of one’s health and well-being. Temperantia ( ) is Jupiter’s luminous gift “Temperance): a brave and generous giver who invites everyone to his table of plenty, regardless of their ability to pay, with humanity, equanimity, and balance in consumption and contribution.
Mars, as the ruler of the twelfth house, casts the shadow of ira ( “wrath): undirected violence, anger, and rage that picks conflicts for the sake of having something to do. Mars’ brilliant gift is patienceia ( “pardon, kindness, and resolute endurance in the face of life’s storms) The brilliant Mars is a champion for people who have no one else to fight for them.
The twelfth house ruler, the Sun, casts the shadow of superbia ( “pride): adoration of one’s own accomplishments and self-aggrandizement. The Sun’s illuminating gift is humilitas (humility) “Humility) is an honest and objective assessment of one’s own situation, as well as the fearlessness and reverence for all life-ways that come from such a sturdy foundation.
Venus, as ruler of the twelfth house, casts a luxuriant shadow ( “lust): seeing others as objects for the fulfillment of one’s own wishes at the expense of others. Venus’ luminous gift is castitas (“chastity”): far from being sexless or joyless, a sex-positive “chastity” allows one to see their partners as Subjects with freedom, agency, and the ability to contribute to a mutually-enriching garden of delight, rather than as objects to be mastered for one’s own pleasure.
Mercury, as the ruler of the twelfth house, throws a shadow of invidia ( “envy): a never-ending hunt for the missing piece that will eventually make one feel full and complete, but never finding it, because such a missing component is a myth. Mercury’s brilliant gift is humanitas (“friendliness or “humanity”): not only does Mercury rule two of the humane signs (and is triplicity ruler of all the air signs), but Mercury also allows for shared cognition and feeling, which leads to compassion.
As the twelfth ruler, the Moon casts the shadow of avaritia ( “greed): because the Moon collects things and people in one location, she rarely releases them, and a gloomy Moon uses other people to satisfy her insatiable desire to acquire. However, the Moon’s shining gift is caritas (“charity or “lovingkindness”), a selfless love that appears in generosity and sacrifice and is entirely devoted to the well-being of others.
Now that our tour is over, we remember the overall content of the twelve houses to show us where our Shadowand its illuminating gifts exist in our lives.
- The shadow dwells in the body, in our relationship with our looks and our physical conditions, according to the twelfth house ruler in the first house.
- The shadow dwells in our bank account and our relationship with income and expenditure, according to the twelfth house ruler in the second house.
- The Shadow resides in our relationships with our classmates, siblings, and day-to-day environment, as well as our relationships with common meeting locations, according to the twelfth house ruler in the third house.
- The Shadow resides in our relationships with our parents, ancestors, home, and the land on which we live. Twelfth house ruler in the fourth house:
- The Shadow dwells in our relationships to creativity, reproduction, enjoyment, delight, aesthetics, and feasting, and is ruled by the twelfth house ruler in the fifth house.
- The Shadow is represented by the ruler of the twelfth house in the sixth house, and it dwells in our relationships with labor, sickness, and responsibilities to others.
- The Shadow dwells in our one-on-one relationships with other people, whether amorous, contractual, or antagonistic, according to the twelfth house ruler in the seventh house.
- The Shadow is the ruler of the twelfth house in the eighth house, and it dwells in our fears of impotence and our desire to exert some control over elements that we can’t manage in the end.
- The Shadow resides in our relationship with spirituality, learning, and enlightenment, and is ruled by the twelfth house ruler in the ninth house.
- The Shadow resides in our professional endeavors and public prestige, according to the twelfth house ruler in the tenth house.
- The Shadow dwells among the company we keep, often stopping us from feeling completely included with those who consider us a friend. Twelfth house ruler in the eleventh house: The Shadow lives among the company we keep, often keeping us from feeling truly included with those who consider us a friend.
- Twelfth house ruler in the twelfth house: The Shadow dwells just where it should, and offers us its luminous gifts simply and conveniently as long as we pay attention to it.
So, tell me about the kind of shadow your life casts. What is its residence? And how are you putting its dazzling gifts into action? I’d be thrilled to hear from you!
What does it signify if you don’t have a 12th house in your horoscope?
Interpreting your horoscope is a difficult task. In addition to knowing your sun, moon, and rising signs, you must also know the 12 sectors that your chart is divided into, known as houses. Each of the planets moves through a different house in astrology, and each house influences a different aspect of your life. When I initially started learning astrology, it took me the longest to figure out the houses, and one of my major challenges was figuring out what empty houses meant in astrology.
Because there are 12 houses and only 10 planets, everyone will have at least one empty house, which isn’t a problem. Simply put, the empty house in question in your birth chart represents a part of your life that may or may not be as important to you as the houses containing planets. This house may take further steps to fully comprehend its significance in your horoscope (and, of course, in your life), but there is a quick and simple approach to do it.
When looking at a birth chart, many of the planets are generally found in the same house. Mercury and Venus can never be more than one sign apart from the sun, and Mercury and Venus can never be more than two signs apart from the sun. As a result, these two planets are more likely to be found in the same home as the sun, leaving more of the houses vacant. When a house in your birth chart is empty, you’ll just look to the ruler of that house to completely comprehend how its meanings manifest in your life.
In astrology, which house is best for a love marriage?
Lord of Love and Matrimonial Harmony in the native chart is the 7th house. It is also a symbol of love and marriage. This house also contains information about your husband’s physical appearance, complexion, and personality. The 5th house denotes an affair that does not lead to a legitimate marriage.