The problem with most people’s perception of the 12th is that it means trouble, only if you have the wrong attitude. When things go badly, and we lose, when we lose things in our lives which are important, it’s a sorrow.
But, if you are able to let go of what is lost, then a peculiar feeling of redemption, if not even joy can happen. In the 8th house things die, but they don’t really die, they are transformed and changed into different things. The 8th is death and transformation, where even the death of a loved one can mean an inheritance and renewed life.
The 12th does not give direct renewal. It wipes clean everything. The energy in the 12th house is not transformative, it is the energy of deep space, i.e. a very low energy, of almost absolute zero. A planet in deep space has no life, since it is simple too cold, so the product of the 12th is nothing. There is total peace, and entropy.
When the active mind of man tries to create something in the 12th, it simply doesn’t have the energy to move forward. Abandonment is the keynote of this house. When things don’t work out then, meditation is the only possible option. To refuse to accept the losses of the 12th house is to bring the pain of hell. The ego, with all of its desires and wants, gets nothing in this house. The ego in fact, which is energetic, by the law of entropy, is reduced in the 12th house. The ego here is brought down to almost absolute zero, simply by the fact that it is in empty space, and with no energy to feed it.
Suffering is common in the 12th house when the person is not humble enough to accept loss. If the man accepted loss, as he stepped into the 12th, the fire of hell would not be upon him. The fire of hell is in fact nothing more than the disintegration of the ego. Suffering in the 12th is caused by lack of understanding and lack of respect for God. In the 12th, man is subject to God, to judgement. If he is humble and does not take more than what he is meant, then the 12th house experience is just a quiet time. If however, the man is attached to his desires, to his life too much, then the 12th house experience will incur suffering. In one sense this is karma for past selfish actions. However, karma is not external. As explained above, it is the expectation or the idea that the “I”, or the ego will be fulfilled or even should be fulfilled, that brings about the pain of disappointment. As I go into the 12th, if I am humble and I expect nothing for myself, and I get nothing, I am unharmed by the forces in this house. I was content because I hoped for nothing and I desired nothing, and nothing therefore gave me a cause for unhappiness.
The benefits of the 12th house
The 12th house in one sense streamlines the man and gives him less weight to carry. The 12th is indeed the place where you are able to rid yourself of all things which weigh you down, including your own desires and your own ego. At first it feels like suffering, to be forced into losing certain hopes, certain material things or other things which make up life.
But as the monk who comes out of the monastery after praying for countless hours, as he emerges from the darkness of the 12th, with no ego, with no mind, he opens the door of the monastery and he sees a tree for the first time in what seems an eternity, and he sees it with the eyes of a child, it’s a pure impression with no ego affecting his vision. The monk indeed sees the world through the eyes of God, because he has no ego, he has no “I” which sees the world according to its personal desires.
When everything is lost in the 12th house, we can begin to see the world again with a freshness, with the eyes of a new born child, with potential. At the beginning of the 12th house it rains a lot, it storms a lot and there is destruction one way or another. But after the rain, the air is clear and fresh, there is no dust.
ALL suffering can be avoided if humanity were able to accept loss. If we were able to see the giant invisible knife of God coming down to amputate us from the things he didn’t wish us to have. As a humanity we would be able to accept the destruction instead of trying to fight it and keep it alive at all costs.
Today I lost something important, (there was a new moon in the 12th with Venus), but I have accepted it. It is gone, and I am free. I am God’s child and I will follow the path that he instructs me on. I have no personal desire, except the desire to serve God. God’s will is good. All egos are destroyed in life or in death, and in the next life the soul will continue.