All About the 12th House of Hidden Secrets in Astrology

Posted on August 12, 2020
Updated on July 29, 2022

The 12th house is the last of the twelve houses in your astrology birth chart.

Known as the “house of the unconscious,” anything 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 8th house is the “house of transformation,” the 12th 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 1st 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 also a very romantic house, where your dreams and your fantasies reside. If you can bring the hidden potential of the 12th 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 a Mutable house and belongs to the element of Water.

What sign do you have in your 12th house? Try our free Birth Chart generator now to find out!

What Does the 12th House Represent?

Among other things, these are the most common areas the 12th house in astrology reveals to us. The zodiac sign you have in this house will deeply influence how you relate to and experience these qualities in your life.

  • Confinement and limitations
  • Secretive behaviors
  • What you are hiding from others—and even yourself
  • Hidden talents
  • Dreams and the unconscious
  • Creativity
  • Endings, karma, and past life influences

1. Where You Feel Stuck

Since the 12th 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, where the residual energy from the other houses land.

Think of it as a circle, with the 1st house being the beginning, the other houses being the stepping stones along the way, and the 12th house is the ending. It’s where your unrealized potential awaits for you to unlock it.

Read next: How to Read Your Birth Chart like an Astrologer

2. Uncovers Secrets

The things that you keep secret can lead you to triumph or bind you to 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 their ideas and their formulas are protected.

Not all secrets are good, though.

The 12th house speaks to our secretive behaviors…and 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 7th house.

3. Points to Creativity

The 12th house deals with what’s hidden, and also points to your hidden talents - things you never dreamed you could do! Dreams and your unconscious are also part of this area of your chart. It deals with your latent skills, the ability to dig into your unconscious mind and bring out your true power.

There’s both illusion and delusion here and it is up to you which one you’re going to embrace. Escapism of all sorts are attributed to this house, but very often that evasion fuels creativity. Who hasn’t heard of artists and writers locking themselves away in order to tap into their imagination and self-expression? The 12th house has what it takes for you to be very creative and productive indeed; it just takes work and discipline.

4. Indicates Endings

This is the last house of the zodiac, so it’s naturally associated with endings. People often look to the 12th house for karma and past life influences, the last thing you brought into this lifetime with you. It’s also a place for bringing things to a close, particularly when a planet is making a transit to this area of your chart.

This is where it’s advantageous to analyze the transits and see what aspects are being made. What needs to be cleared out before the new cycle starts? That can be anything from your next trip around the Sun to the next transit of Saturn, to your next lifetime.

What is Your 12th House Placement?

The lessons the 12th house teaches are profound, and often some of the most misunderstood of your astrology birth chart. It deals with what’s hidden in your life, secrets, talents, and habits.

This is also the last house in your chart and it’s only fitting it also reveals endings.

Your birth chart can truly help you lead your best life by giving you more profound insight into your personality and who you are.

Catch up: All About the 11th House of Friendships in Astrology & Start at the beginning: All About the 1st House of Self in Astrology

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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… Learn More About The Author »

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