Decode Your Astrology Birth Chart: The Twelfth House

Posted on April 12, 2017

The twelfth house is the last house in your astrology birth chart. It′s known as the ‘house of the unconscious.′ Anything that is hidden resides here, from your anxieties, fears, your unconscious responses to your life, as well as your undiscovered skills and talents. It′s also where you hide things from others, including secretive behaviors and private activities.

This is also the ‘house of endings.′ While the eighth house was the ‘house of transformation,′ the twelfth house is where you clear out what′s bogging you down in order to make way for something new. Newness also corresponds with your Ascendant and your first house. Any planets in this house are likely to make you feel misunderstood, because their energy is hidden.

It′s not all doom and gloom, though. This is a very romantic house, where your dreams and your fantasies reside. If you can bring the hidden potential of the twelfth house out into the open you could be very creative indeed. Its traditional ruler is Neptune and the Sun sign of Pisces. It is also mutable house and belongs to the element of water.

The Twelfth House Deals With Confinement

Since the twelfth house deals with the hidden aspects of your life and personality, it also pertains to where you feel stuck or confined. This sometimes refers to jails, hospitals, or other institutions, but more often than not, it helps you to uncover the chains that you′ve put on yourself. Where you′ve limited yourself, you can also free yourself if you choose.

This is also the last house of the zodiac, it is also where the residual energy from the other houses land. Think of it as a circle, with the first house being the beginning, the other houses being the stepping stones along the way, and the twelfth house is the ending. It′s where your unrealized potential awaits for you to unlock it.

The Twelfth House Uncovers Secrets

The things that you keep secret can lead you to triumph or bind you in failure. You′ve heard of the term, ‘the secret of my success;′ that′s because successful people don′t share everything there is to know about why they′re successful! They have to keep some things hidden so that their ideas and their formulas are protected.

Not all secrets are good, though. The twelfth house is the house of secretive behaviors. It′s also the area of your chart that might indicate addictions. Addictions are often secretive because people don′t want others to know how dependent they are on something. This is also the house of secret enemies—unlike the open enemies of the seventh house.

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Charla Stone

Hi! I’m Charla Stone and I learned astrology and mysticism way back in the 1970s. I've spent the last four decades using the stars, tarot, runes, crystals, totems, and more to bring light and guidance to others. I’m just an old hippie at heart who has traveled the world to learn of its cultures. I’ve been published online and in print—which still rather surprises me, as this isn’t something I do, it’s just who I am! When I’m not writing or doing readings, I’m spending time in my garden or the art studio, or with my beloved dogs. Read More by Charla Stone