Transits of the Twelfth

16 08 2009

Most astrologers don´t really know what the 12th house signifies. They reason and imagine, they ramble about “hidden things”, secrets, problems, and the overused idea of “self undoing”. I will admit before I hear sounds of protest from those other astrologers, that I don´t really know either what´s in the twelfth.

I would hazard a guess though. The 12th house is like a swamp. Any planet that goes wondering off into this house gets its feet full of mud and dirty water. When a planet passes through there it gets tired very easily. In the swamp it is hard to move around, you´d be lucky to walk 100 meters in a day, and even if you did, it might actually be in the entirely wrong direction, or in a circle. Sometimes it´s a matter of realising that all you are doing is running around in circles, and that there is no point really in pursuing such futile objectives. This is when the 12th becomes a place where you pitch up tent or make a tree house, you stop bothering with the struggle through the impassable terrain. What do you do in such a situation? Dream of home, dream of a “better place”. The 12th has plenty of that irritation associated with it, like a permanent irritation of the mind, mosquitoes and sand flys for example, fear of what´s out there making strange sounds in the pitch black. Such fearful or unknown things are the reason for the vast association of the 12th, with sorrow, with fearfulness, with not being sure whether you´ve done the right thing by sitting put, with giving up on impossible objectives. It´s the reason why the ancients gave the 12th a dark reputation, it´s the reason why this is the place of “hidden enemies”.

There can still be beauty in this house though. When you stop trying with the hassle of the world. When you leave every thing behind, when you go out into the forest alone, when you yourself become hidden from the world, or when something that represents the 12th house in your life keeps itself concealed despite the fact that you know it´s there. Mystery is beautiful, mystery and not knowing entirely what there is, is food for dreams, food for what we know is there but what is unacknowledged. Through the 12th perhaps it is possible to glimpse the soul of things, to know and to see, what isn´t ordinarily seen. The soul is said in some books to be formed from all of the actions and things that a person does over lifetimes, that is, things that are unknown even to them. And even if you tried to register all of the deeds, the actions of life you´d be hard pressed to remember every word that you´ve ever said in anger or in kindness. More importantly thought but not said. The 12th house I have come to believe, registers it all, remembers it all, and will be “remembered” when transits to this place take place.

With planetary transits to the 12th house, some essence of the planet is in fact muted. It´s not that the planet stops working. The contrary is entirely true. The planet is swamped, its energy goes through water, mud, dirt, trees, through darkness, it´s like the Sun during an eclipse, the Sun is still shining, but you can see the Corona, you can see things that you wouldn´t ordinarily see. The energy and beams must go through a prism, because the ordinary mode of expression is not allowed. Mercury transiting here will produce dreams of a mental nature which last whole nights and will tell you what you missed in the daytime, when you were listening but weren´t listening, at work or at school. Saturn transits here for a l0ng time. While it´s here it´s possible to dream up what you want in life. But obviously the physical requirement in the first place is not not have what you want and to be unhappy and lost. One thing that I´ve always noticed with transits of the Moon to my natal 12th house is a tiredness which is almost total exhaustion, the Moon of course rules the body and daily life.