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February 3, 2012, astrological Neptune made its final ingress
into Pisces and will stay there until 2026! This is potentially
a time when each of us (and the planet) can expand our spiritual
awareness! Conversely, it could be a time of mass spiritual delusion.
More likely... it'll be a little of both.
all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order."
Carl Jung The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious, p
the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right
have we then to depreciate imagination." Carl Jung, Modern
Man in Search of a Soul, p 67
you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water
is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises
by itself?” Lao-Tzu
of the 12th House
(With affinities to Pisces and Neptune)
I'm the first to admit that, in traditional astrology, the mysterious
12th house (with affinities to Neptune and Pisces) has had a rather
gloomy and even downright nefarious reputation. Planets in the birth
chart placed in this house have been thought to be hopelessly lost
and in a nebulous, impenetrable fog.
12th house has traditionally been associated with addictions,
secret enemies, prisons, and other institutions where one is "hidden
away." So having Saturn in the 12th house (for example)
might be traditionally associated with an irrational fear of
going to prison and/or of being institutionalized at your local Mental
I've oddly enough noticed that folks seeking a definition of what
it means to have Saturn located in the 12th house are actually
quoting the above description; seemingly without reading on? Hello?
Hello? All folks desperately seeking information on Saturn in
the 12th house that are bent on quoting me: Please first take
a "chill pill" and then actually take the time necessary
to read the full article... ]
Here's the Low Down
The 12th house is also our connection with
what the renowned Swiss psychiatrist Dr
Carl Jung, MD monikered as the "collective unconscious." As
such... the 12th house can also be our connection with dreams,
imagination, visions, fantasy, romance, illusions, and redemption.
No Escaping It...
Further, according to archetypal astrologer, Dr. Karen Hamaker-Zondag,
the 12th house may also likely refer to events
and emotions that we experienced while still in our mother's womb
and/or during the first year or so of our life. These are experiences
occurring so early in life that we're virtually unable to
consciously remember them happening. But
the images and emotions connected with 12th house events nevertheless
remain active within our psyche and continue to unconsciously effect
in our everyday life and in our relationships with other people.
first glance... the effects and results (i.e. the baggage) of
the 12th house may
in some ways appear rather similar to the experiences of
the 4th or 8th houses (discussed in other sections
of this web site). However,
generally speaking, our 12th house experiences took place and
were formed at a time so early in our development that we were
not able to be active participants in the events.
it all up...
As very young children, we were literally "psychic sponges" actively soaking
up the images, emotions, and events in our environment. Thus...
the 12th house irrational feelings and fears we're left with as adults are often
quite vague, unclear, and downright "foggy." We're
never able to put our finger on and/or pinpoint the source of these irrational
feelings and fears. And, as a result, our 12th house feelings and fears may leave
us with the uneasy and queasy feeling of somehow being "victimized" and "violated" by
life without ever knowing just exactly why.
House Inheritance - Unlived Life of Parents
The 12th house may also have strong connections with inherited "family
life issues" or "gifts" that our parents (and perhaps our parents'
parents) were given... but
they refused or were emotionally incapable of consciously giving
expression to and/or resolving these "family life issues" during
their own lifetimes. And
now it's been left up to the child (you) to experience and resolve
these energies for the parents.
has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment
and especially on their children than the unlived life of the
parent." Jung - from The Development of Personality
planets in the 4th, 8th and 12th may suggest energies,
patterns and qualities which are inherited but which need individual
consciousness to release their most positive dimensions.
unconscious, they may release more destructive dimensions,
impelling the individual into compulsive behaviour which
results in events which feel "fated." Liz Greene
- from the article "The Oracle and the Family Curse"
House - Undifferentiated Unconscious
House - Personal Unconscious
House - Collective Unconscious
target 12th house issues that remain active in your life? Look
first for any planets located in the 12th house. Also look for
the planetary ruler of the 12th house and any planets that aspect
the planetary ruler. For
example, if your birth chart Moon is located in the 12th house
- then look for experiences and needs surrounding the issues
of emotional security, the need for nurturing, and possible crippling,
irrational fears of abandonment.
Putting this in plain terms - if your birth Moon is in the 12th
house, then there's a strong chance that your birth mother (Moon)
may have been going through some very emotionally difficult times
just prior to or after your birth... or...
becoming a wee bit foggy, again... there
may be some of sort hidden sacrifice surrounding the archetypal
image of "The
And if Mom
was going through some
hard times - then don't
even try to kid yourself...
will be something you'll eventually
have to deal with in your own life
and in your own fears...
on the Cusp?
If, for instance, Taurus is located on the cusp of the birth chart's
12th house, then look to see where Venus (the ruler of Taurus)
is in your chart and which other planets aspect Venus. (Cusp
is just a fancy word for the very beginning of a house.)
Okay, I figure you're wondering at this point, if the 12th house
has any redeeming value at all?
yes! Most assuredly, the 12th house has many extraordinarily
priceless gifts to bestow upon an individual.
For one thing... the 12th house is all about your own heroic
task of freeing yourself from unconscious inherited crippling
fears and bringing redemption to the unlived lives
also a strong advocate for the many other hidden riches contained
experiences of the 12th house! But
be forewarned that the riches of the 12th house may be an "enrichment" that
the average person in our "modern scientific world" may
not be exactly thrilled or (for that matter) comfortable with...
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