12th House and the Patterns of Self-Undoing
12th house is called the house of self-undoing and hidden enemies. While having planets in the 12th house doesn’t necessarily mean you will be a victim of conspiracy, it may suggest the existence of unconscious, self-limiting patterns that hold you back.
What does self-undoing mean? A simple example:
Let’s say you’re playing a round of golf. You’ve practiced a lot and have the skills necessary to win – yet, while you’re in the lead, you suddenly find yourself inexplicably missing an easy shot. It takes several shots before you regain your composure, and by then you’ve fallen behind the others. What caused it?
This can happen in your relationship, work or even diet.
You might have experienced a similar scenario in relationships (where you seem to create arguments or drama when everything is going well), creative projects (you don’t complete a project that is 80% finished), and/or weight-loss regimen (you lose some weight, and then go right back to where you started).
You already know what to do. Then why…?
In all of these cases, the problem might not have anything to do with your skills or knowledge. You probably have the knowledge or information (3rd house) about how to play a good game of golf, how to treat your partner in a way that creates a positive emotional bond, how to write/paint/compose, or how to lose weight and keep it off.
Yet in spite of all the knowledge you have, something else is getting in your way of fulfilling your goals. There is a “hidden enemy,” the cause of self-undoing. Such feelings may be especially strong if your inner planet (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus or Mars) is in the 12th house.
Natal Planets in 12th House: Examining Your Parents’ Limiting Beliefs
Yes, it could go all the way back to your parents.
Personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars) in 12th house may be suppressed due to self-limiting patterns that you’ve unconsciously absorbed from your parents. 12th house is the derivative 3rd house (communication, mindset) of the 10th (the father), and the derivative 9th house (beliefs, worldview) of the 4th (the mother).
Hidden enemy means unconscious beliefs.
As a child you might have accepted your parents’ beliefs about you and the world without question. You might have believed that women (or you) didn’t deserve education, or you were not worthy enough, or your feelings didn’t matter. Beliefs like that can stay in your unconscious and act as your “hidden enemy” by preventing you from fulfilling your goals.
Let’s take a look at personal planets within twelfth house:
12th house Sun: Hiding the self
Sun in 12th house may point out beliefs that limit your pride and pleasure in expressing yourself. There may be a “once-removed” feeling around the personality so that not all is what it seems. Perhaps a new public persona is created to hide and protect the private self within.
12th house Moon: Hidden needs and emotions
Moon in 12th house may suggest unconscious beliefs that prevent you from honoring your needs and emotions. Perhaps expressing your emotion was not safe while growing up, or the adults did not pay enough attention to how you felt and what you needed. The soul (Moon) could be hiding deep within the realm of the unconscious, perhaps available in the form of images, dreams and creative inspiration.
12th house Mercury: Veiled thoughts & communications
Mercury in the 12th might suggest unconscious patterns that compromise your ability to communicate effectively or directly. How did your parents communicate to you, and to each other? How did that affect you? Writing your thoughts on paper (or in your computer) might help you access and organize your thoughts. Sending a well thought out letter might be infinitely more preferable to giving an impromptu speech.
12th house Venus: Private ideals
Venus in 12th house might point to limiting beliefs about relationships. Perhaps the role model at home was so poor that you had no choice but to construct an image of ideal relationships from work of fiction. Reality will never match up to the ideals, and frustration could result (you may want to study the article on Neptune-Venus aspect and disillusionment).
12th house Mars: Hidden Anger
Mars in 12th house may suggest unconscious taboo against expressing anger. If you were not allowed to express anger while growing up, the emotions of anger, frustration and even rage could be suppressed by your conscious self. The hidden anger could come up in surprising situations, especially in an intimate relationship. The first step is to get in touch with the suppressed anger, and learn how to work with them in a constructive manner.
Transit to Your 12th House Planets: A Crisis Point
Transiting outer planets can force your 12th house planets to wake up.
When Saturn, Uranus, Neptune or Pluto activate the 12th house planets through transit or Solar Arc, you may reach a crisis point regarding the issues related to the affected planet (and perhaps the house it rules.) You may be forced to deal with the unhealthy patterns you’ve been carrying, or else risk a loss of some kind (job, relationship, or health.)
12th house transit may be the time to say “Enough is enough.”
Some people hit bottom during such times of crisis, and realize they cannot keep holding onto the old patterns anymore. Such realization could mark a major turning point, after which you’re no longer the same person you were before.
What Bill Evans said.
A jazz legend Bill Evans once said, “Recognizing the problem is 90% of solving it.” We could paraphrase and say “Recognizing the unconscious, self-limiting patterns in your life is 90% of overcoming them.”
12th house growth creates new self-image
Once you win the internal game of the 12th house by letting go of the limiting patterns from your past, you become free to utilize all of your skills and knowledge in the external world. This in turn helps you to create a winning, stronger, and more successful self-image, which becomes your new 1st house.
How was your experience with the 12th house planets?
Do you have natal planets in the 12th house? How have you experienced them in your life? Feel free to share your thoughts and insights in the comment section.
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