The twelfth house is associated with mysticism, self-undoing and hidden enemies. Traditional astrology called this house ‘bad spirit’ and it is the joy of Saturn. The sign of Pisces is its co-significator.
William Lilly says of the twelfth house;
“It hath signification of private enemies, of witches, great cattle – as horses, oxen, elephants, &c.; sorrow, tribulation, imprisonments, all manner of affliction, self-undoing, and of such men as maliciously undermine their neighbours, or inform secretly against them.
It hath cosignificators Pisces and Venus; Saturn doth much joy in that house, for naturally Saturn is author of mischief; and it ruleth in man’s body the feet. In colour it presents the green. It’s a cadent house, feminine, and vulgarly sometimes called cataphora, as all cadent houses may be”
Planets In 12th House Meaning ~ Transits
Sun Transit 12th House
Your ego dissolves into a puddle and you could feel quite lost. All you can do really is to surrender into the sea of uncertainty and go with the flow of your unconscious mind. It will feel at times that you are in a waking dream, so pay attention to the images that float in and out of the fog. You might also feel that you need a lot more sleep than usual. What is really happening is you are in a cocoon state waiting to be reborn into your birthday month.
Even if you are reading this for your ascendant it still feels the same kind of vibe because you cannot quite access the energising solar energy while it is skulking in the sign that shadows your rising sign. This is the time to look in all the dark crevices behind the sofa of your life and give them a good vacuum. Figuratively you don’t want to launch into a new solar year with last years stinky build-up of dust. The only way to make sure you aren’t carrying old issues with you is to slow down and spend time looking behind you to see what you have left in your wake.
Moon Transit & Full Moon in 12th House
A twelfth house moon is one of those when you really want to be a hermit. Indeed you really should take this opportunity to withdraw and be kind to yourself. During this period you will be feeling extra sensitive to criticism and more insecure than ever, so the further you are away from abrasive people the better. Why put your open wounds out there just for people to rub gritty, salty sand over them. Ouch! No, you absolutely don’t have to do that. Instead work on healing those very wounds in private, in the sanctuary of your home. Don’t push yourself to be sociable when in reality you are craving your cocoon.
The moon transit the twelfth is a healing time where you might need to put yourself in confinement away from other peoples germs and negative energy. You need this time to repair any holes in your psychic shield that might have taken a battering over the year. This is a potent lunar time where you can acutely feel where those auric holes are. The sharp moonlight can assist, as you carefully sew strands of silver moon thread through the tender flesh of your armour. There is no one there to scold you or tell you are too sensitive as you cry out in pain. This is a wonderfully mystical time as you go through the dark night of the soul and sob cleansing tears of purification. Let it go…let it go…
Mercury Transit 12th House
This is not the best time to go job or client hunting. You will simply not be feeling your most confident due to a heavy case of brain fog. You will also just not make any sense to others as your words come out as trails of thoughts with no conclusion. This is ok if you want to recite poetry or do some crazy, performance art, but not if you need to make a sensible impression to someone important.
Mercury has swallowed a tab of LSD during this time and clocks have started to melt. If you are self-employed it will be far easier to sail through this period and either get very creative or just take some time off to meditate. What you actually need is to give your brain a good rest, so try NOT to problem solve. Avoid having to debate anyone, as your ventricles just won’t be up to it. Let them do some cerebral yoga instead…
Take the opportunity to recharge your batteries as you might have been burning the candle at both ends with all those work dos recently. You will need your energy soon enough, for after the next few weeks a whole new 3-month cycle starts. Suddenly you will get busy as the sap of interest in what you have to offer rises. Until then, however, finish off projects and try not to start anything new and ambitious just yet. Indeed you might actually get sick if you push yourself too hard without a break at this time, so be kind to yourself and don’t let others bully you into taking on too much.
Venus Transit 12th House
If you are in a relationship then you will have to put your own needs aside for the next few weeks and devote yourself to looking after your partner. This is because they may become ill, are going through some kind of cold turkey, are grieving or have suffered some misfortune at work. This all means you have to put on your nurse’s hat while you bandage their wounded self-esteem or make chicken soup for their flu.
Venus in this sector means self-sacrifice, which is fine when there is a valid reason, but once the crisis is over the martyrdom must stop.
If you are solo at this time, the negative manifestation of Venus in your zone of self-undoing would be becoming a doormat. You could so easily self-sacrifice for someone you are crazy about, hoping you will win them over. Of course, you will not and they will lose all respect for you as they continue to wipe their boots on your back. Be quite careful with new romances now as this is not a great starting position. If there are any red flags of addiction, then do take notice and not brush it aside. The best way to play it would be to remain unattainably holy until Venus moves into the next sign!