> 12th House
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."
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
us 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
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.
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." CG 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. Left 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
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
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
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 of your parents!
also a strong advocate for the many other hidden riches contained
within the various life 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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