Updated: Mar 30, 2022
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*This can also apply to those with strong Pisces energy or Neptune aspects.*
You, the 12th house person, are the embodiment of the reality that we are all interconnected. Plants, humans, pets, the stars, and even the chair you are sitting in are all connected. Because you know this truth so deeply, and because it pervades your daily walk through this cosmic plane, you probably consequentially struggle with boundary issues. You step outside of your home and are bombarded by the energies around you. All of the different sights, sounds and smells affect you. The homeless person hunched by the shrubs on the sidewalk, muttering to themselves (“Are they crazy,” you think. “I know what that’s like. Maybe I can help them!”); the well-to-do elitist speeding down the street in their Tesla, yelling at a biker to get out of their way as they zoom through a red light (“That person is majorly hurt,” you think. “Maybe I can help them.”) – they all affect you. Even the trees affect you. You know when things are sick and dying. You know when someone is hurt, or when the dog you see walking towards you is feeling low. Others’ pain is your pain; others’ joy is your joy; and you probably feel things 10 times stronger than the person having the experience firsthand.
The 12th house is a very karmic house. Therefore, you will feel like your life in general is filled with karmic experiences. You will feel a strong sense of destiny and duty, and you are highly aware that your soul has a purpose. If you feel that you cannot achieve this purpose, either because you feel blocked or because you do not know what that purpose is, you will feel hopeless, depressed and lost.
What is the 12th house path, you ask? It is the Path of Least Resistance. People with many Neptune aspects, strong Pisces energy or many planets in the 12th house need to learn how to surrender and let go. This is because in their early life or in past lifetimes, they were required to do, do, do, and to have their shit together at all times. This is the energy of Pisces’ opposite sign, Virgo. But let’s be honest here – you can actually get all that you desire by doing nothing. Yes. It really is counterintuitive, but that is the nature of Pisces. Pisces energy attracts. Pisces energy manifests, as it is One with its creative Source. Pisces does nothing, while the Universe brings it all that it wants. By doing nothing, by letting go of everything – all power, all control, all Will, all ego – you get everything. The whole world is yours. Knowing this, when you feel the urge to do something to “right” a situation, I encourage you to take this piece of advice: Do Nothing. Go with the flow. Doing more might just make you feel worse, frankly.
Pisces is not the breath, nor is it the mechanism behind the breath that allows the organism to breathe. Pisces is the capability to breathe. Pisces is not the body, nor is it the force that creates the body. Pisces is the potential to be the body. Pisces is amorphous. Pisces can be all things at any time. This is the star quality of Pisces. You have so much potential, so much talent and ability to tap into. You can be anything, and you can be great at it, if you want. The best nanny, the best surgeon, the best mathematician, the best make-up artist, the best manager – you have what it takes. But that is also where the problem lies – what do you want to be? What do you truly want to do? You don’t know, do you? That is perfectly okay. It is to be expected, as the possibilities are endless for you.
When you are confused about what to do with your life – when you feel like every path suits you, and you can excel in and put your heart, compassion and energy into all things – the best thing to do is to do nothing. Choose nothing. Let life guide you true. Life will take you exactly where you need to be at exactly the right time. All you need is faith. It is impossible to function well with a stellium in the 12th house and not have faith. Faith is the seed that keeps you growing, and surrender is key to the quintessential 12th house experience.
The type of work you do may be very niche. It is inventive, original, and unique. You like to work on your own, perhaps in metaphorical or literal darkness, although you get along well with others in your office. Ideally, you would have your own private space to think and work in when it comes to your profession.
12th house people have the potential to amass a large amount of wealth. Major gains, and not just major loss, can be seen in this house. It may be a theme in your life that major loss comes before major gains. You may lose your job and become homeless right before you tap into a talent or idea you’ve nurtured for ages that makes you into a multimillionaire. You may need to lose a family member in order to gain the love of your life or a person you keep close to your heart – in essence, the family that you choose. Your life abides by the common precept that one cannot appreciate the good until one experiences the bad.
Another major theme you may run into, closely tied to experiencing major ups and downs in life, is transformation. For instance, it is common for 12th house people to grow up in a very godly household; but if not, they go through some sort of experience that radically changes their belief system and gives them faith in the unseen or in a force that is higher than themselves. It may not be a conscious change in belief system; it may just be that one wakes up one day to find that compassion and forgiveness have subtly pervaded one’s actions and livelihood.
You may have several times in your life where you must completely let go of a meaningful relationship, situation, or way of life in order to adopt something new that is much better suited to the person you have become. Major changes in social circle, career, personal philosophy, and appearance are normal for you. Life, death, and life again – you are well versed in this language of Nature. These major changes happen because they are taking you closer to inheriting the earth. The world. In other words, perfection. But, in realizing that you are already perfection, that alone is how you gain perfection.
Yes, being a 12th house person can be hard sometimes. You may struggle with delusions and paranoia that emerge out of nowhere. These states are usually triggered by disappointment with others, and hurt feelings. Oftentimes, all you need to do to get out of that rut and heal is to get all sides of the story and level out your perception a bit. Although you often feel like you know everything (and you kind of do), you also can be very misguided at times. This contributes to your hurt feelings and depression more than you realize. The world doesn’t hate you. You just think they do, for whatever reason – perhaps to stop yourself from being the best you want and know you can be (also known as self-sabotage!). If you look deeper into the reason for your heartbreak, you will see that there isn’t really a reason to be heartbroken at all. Again, you will find that when you surrender and let go of all control, what you want comes to you much easier than if you try and work effortfully towards it. The less effort, the better! The universe wants to bless you. You may feel immobilized, but that is for your highest good. You are not alive to do. You are alive to be. You are alive to receive. Receive the good, receive the love, receive the blessing. You are being divinely guided. If often you feel like you have no control in this life, it is because you are right – you don’t. But you do have control over whether you give up your control. Trust me, though – things will work better when you do.
12th housers definitely have emotional baggage that they must heal from. Often, these emotional wounds stem from childhood. Many people with planets in the 12th house struggle with a savior-victim complex. Grandiosity, god-complex issues, and extremely low self-esteem are all states that the 12th house person commonly experiences. Furthermore, you may struggle with occurrences of energy escaping you easily. And still yet…you are the most tapped into Source, the ultimate Energy. Heck – you are Energy! You are aware of your power – you dwell in the womb, the creative space, the force that ultimately brings life into this world. And yet, you are aware of your powerlessness; you know that, ultimately, you have no control.
Your path in this life may feel to you like the road less traveled. That is perfectly fine. Respite, alone time, and frequent breaks from the world are essential to your well-being. You are meant to travel this strange and solitary road. It is not for the faint of heart. But you have what it takes; your Spirit is strong. And only the strong can carry the burdens of the world as you do.
12th house people need lots of sleep. You work in your sleep! Profound rejuvenation and manifestation happens during this time. When people with strong 12th house energy feel ungrounded, it is extremely important for them to tend to matters of the root chakra. Prayer can also be an important practice for 12th house people to cultivate, as prayer helps get them what they want. Basically, putting your desires into words, whether through writing or speaking about it, will help you manifest what it is that you desire. Singing and dancing are equally very powerful manifestation tools for those with a stellium in the 12th house.
Words can be deeply hurtful to you because your body knows the power of language. Your words have the ability to bring so much healing and blessing to others. Your physical touch can also be incredibly healing to others.
12th house people have a darkness about them, but also a light. They tide the line between the two very well. Dark thoughts, but still highly optimistic. Ever the skeptic, but also a fervent believer in the spiritual laws of the universe. Dark and light hair, dark and light eyes, dark and light complexion. Biracial, bisexual, bipolar. Neither light nor dark, but both at once. Neither left nor right, up nor down, right nor wrong – but both at once. That is the nature of the 12th house.
Your problem is not staying in balance; you are balance. Your problem is being confident in who you are. When you lose confidence in yourself, you bring yourself out of balance. Know who you are (you are Everything) and be confident in that. You are all things, and all things are you. You and the Universe are One. That will be your saving grace in this lifetime.
Quite overwhelming, right? These experiences may be hard for you to articulate, especially to others. But I know what you are feeling. I know who you are.