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The Twelfth House of the Horoscope

The Subconscious, Psychological Issues, Secrets

The twelfth house is the field of the subconscious mind, of problems stemming from unseen causes, and limitations. This area relates to behind the scene maneuvering, emotional problems, secrets, deceptions, and problem areas to overcome. This is the house that gets away from the mainstream of life, and allows the soul to step back and take a look at the world. On the mundane level, the twelfth is the house that takes individuals away from everyday life. It involves prisons, hospitals, and other institutions that would remove one from society.

Cusp of the 12nd house: 

Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo
Libra Scorpio Sagittarius Capricorn Aquarius Pisces

Aries on the Cusp of the 12th House

The influence of Aries in the twelfth house shows an active subconscious life. Aries is ruled by the assertiveness of the planet Mars. Thus, subconsciously, you are a very assertive person, although this trait may not be at all outwardly apparent. In a safe situation, you can release your true aggressive energies. You will be most ambitious in the deepest recesses of your mind, yet only show your easygoing sociability to the public at large. It may be very difficult for you to exhibit an overt competitive attitude in your early years. Yet you rarely give up to defeat inwardly. Anyone trying to tear down your self-confidence will quickly experience the unexpected ire that lurks in this subconscious state. Though you are very slow to anger, when you do cross the line, your temper can be irrational. Fortunately, you can repress your impatience and withstand a good deal of abuse, maintaining your placid nature.

Taurus on the Cusp of the 12th House

The influence of Taurus in the twelfth house denotes more worry about financial affairs than your happy-go-lucky demeanor would imply. Past occurrences, stored in your subconscious, are collected and prey on your nervous system. It's hard for you ever to feel comfortable about your security and financial stability. This may be a source for subconscious fears and apprehension. Subconsciously, you are a very stable person, but this may not surface to the conscious day-to-day behavior very often.

Gemini on the Cusp of the 12th House

With Gemini ruling the twelfth house, you do your best thinking when you are alone. You can think of many clever ideas when alone with your thoughts. Yet it is so difficult to get them to come out when you are around people. The Gemini association with early family affairs suggests that some difficulties stem from relations with your family. Although you need roots and security, you will find it very difficult to live with or near your brothers, sisters or other close relatives. You may like to discuss your emotional problems while keeping your ideas and plans secret. You operate on instinctive urges and the subconscious mind, rather than from reason. You are impressionable, with the practical mind buried beneath subjective impulses.

Cancer on the Cusp of the 12th House

With the Moon ruling your twelfth house, it is hard for you to let your emotions show. The influence of the Moon, ruler of Cancer, causes you to keep your deeper emotions much to yourself. You are a generous person. Yet you may feel slighted when you believe your generosity has not been appreciated. You require much attention, acting hurt when you think that those near and dear are beginning to take you for granted. When slights occur in your mind, you sulkily refuse to say what is bothering you and become difficult to approach. As you guard your feelings, so do you frequently appear unconcerned with someone else's woes. You may feel very deeply, but you may reflect the attitude that you have little time for pity and that your focus is on because life goes on.

Leo on the Cusp of the 12th House

The influence of the power sign, Leo, in this sector of the subconscious, suggests that you are a power behind the scenes. You play a back room maneuvering role in matters. Sometimes, this position shows that dominate executive or leadership traits are hidden and recessive. Often, your contributions are not fully appreciated because you are never one to blow your own horn. You have a self-sufficiency about you that keeps you from being lonely, even when you are completely alone. You need to spend a good deal of time by yourself. Much of power in your makeup is contained on a subjective level. With introspection and soul contact, it's easier for you to become aware of ways you can be of true service to humanity.

Virgo on the Cusp of the 12th House

The Virgo influence in your twelfth house suggests a strong critical nature present in your subconscious. It not likely you show this outwardly. Repressed anxieties can sap psychic energies. Even when being outwardly friendly, a critical tendency may be in play just under the surface. Virgo is associated with matters of health, and you may have strong interests in health matters and harbor secret concerns about health issues. Although you are spontaneous in what you express to other, you have probably spent a good deal of time thinking the matter through and rehearsing while you were alone before making your views public.

Libra on the Cusp of the 12th House

The Libra influence in the twelfth house suggests that much of the time you are a loner with some apprehensions regarding reliance on others. Your partnership arrangements, including the marriage, may be fated in some way. For no discernible reason, acting in collaboration with others, rarely works out well for you. The necessary lesson in this house is cooperation and the development of a more outgoing personality.

Scorpio on the Cusp of the 12th House

The influence of Scorpio in the twelfth house suggests guarded secrets regarding beliefs of a mystical or spiritual nature. You are likely to proclaim views on these subjects that are very orthodox, outwardly shunning ideas that are vague and without form. Inwardly, such issues fascinate you, but you keep such interests much to yourself. Scorpio is a powerful sign on the subconscious level. You can transform and affect many people by saying and appearing to do little in an obvious way. Yet the power of your thoughts can be profound.

Sagittarius on the Cusp of the 12th House

Sagittarius influences the twelfth house affairs denoting a "behind the scenes" planner. You often have all the angles figured out before anyone realizes what you are doing. The higher ideals represented by this sign are locked away and kept hidden from view. You are secretive about your religious and philosophical convictions, and you tend to keep most of your ideals and thoughts to yourself. Cautious and cool on the outside, when you get on safe ground or alone, you become humorous, joyful, and enthusiastic. It's difficult for you to let down the guard that has protected you from childhood; the stoic acceptance you project.

Capricorn on the Cusp of the 12th House

Capricorn influences the twelfth house showing that the subconscious may be home for restrictions and conservative attitudes that aren't nearly so apparent in your conscious personality. You have subconscious feelings of limitation and inadequacy deeply ingrained in the psyche. This is because the restrictive Saturn rules this sector of your chart. Depending on the aspects of the ruling Saturn, this placement can serve to provide what is a very deep-seated sense of responsibility, or it may produce a realistic elusion that you are constantly swimming upstream.

Aquarius on the Cusp of the 12th House

The influence of Aquarius in the twelfth house produces a significant interest in the matters of the subconscious mind and the hidden laws of the universe. Your association and interest in these matters may cause others to view you as a dreamer, when you are remarkably systematic and objective in your thinking. High humanitarian ideals put you ahead of your time in the inner realms of awareness. The responsibility of Aquarius is service to others and if you fail in this, you tend to feel hemmed in, restrained, and of little worth.

Pisces on the Cusp of the 12th House

The Pisces influence in the twelfth house shows the aspects of compassion and sympathy in your nature are well hidden behind the drawn curtain of this house. You repress the tender side of your being, pushing feelings in the background so that they never interfere with current projects. Though these feeling are buried in your subconscious, you may be much more sensitive than you show. Behind all the aggressive action that is so much a part of your life, lies a dreamer of dreams, a visionary, and an idealist. This energy is never easy for you to express openly, but it may be what you think about when you are alone. Learning to trust your intuition can be a difficult, but important, lesson.
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