12th House Astrology

12th House Astrology : Subconscious & Self Deception

12th House Astrology

12th House Astrology

The twelfth house is the house of the subconscious, the higher self. This area of your chart depicts where you go for refuge and mental sustenance. The twelfth house reveals your inner weaknesses and doubts, but also your inner strengths, as well as any restorative resources within yourself. The twelfth house also represents intuition, mystery, dreams, and secrets.

Although hospitalization and confinement reside here, so do your views of spirituality and your aptitude for the arts. Many artists, musicians, and writers often have planets in this area of the horoscope. Pisces, the sign of spirituality, and Neptune, the planet of the collective unconscious, rule this house.

Next: Back to Houses of Astrology

what are your thoughts on this house?


Astro Bella


The twelfth house, ruled by Neptune, is the traditional home of Pisces. This is the last water house, last cadent house, and, well, the last house! The keywords I use for the this one are “spiritual,” “hidden” and “boundaries/boundlessness.” It is hard to talk about because it encompasses concepts beyond verbal expression. Whereas the 11th house dealt with our relationship to the whole of human society, the twelfth house deals with our connection to the one unified “beingness” of which each of us is an integral, undivided part.

The sign located on the cusp of the twelfth house, the planet ruling that sign, and any planets in the twelfth house, relate to how we experience the unknown and integrate it into our lives. They relate to our spirituality and how we go about fulfilling and expressing our dreams and spiritual ideals. They also reflect things that are hidden from us, as well as our illusions and delusions.

The twelfth house implicates both the boundless nature of the holistic universe, and the boundaries we create to protect ourselves from the unknown. It is the last house before we cross over the boundary of the ascendant to begin a new cycle of life. This concept of boundaries implicit in the twelfth house is also reflected in its rulership of prisons and other large institutions.

I have Libra on the cusp of the 12th, ruled by Venus in Virgo in the eleventh. Mercury in Libra resides in my 12th, as does Neptune in Scorpio. Mercury in the twelfth indicates I have a hard time seeing my own mental processes clearly. My own mind can be a mystery to me! One way that manifested while I was in school was difficulty “showing my work” on math problems. I was quite good at math as far as getting the right answers. And I did have a good understanding of the subject. But I had trouble tracking my own thought process in order to write it out for the teacher. On the plus side, Mercury in the twelfth makes it a bit easier for me to bring information from the collective unconscious up into my conscious mind. For example, I’m finding that I can often tell someone where they can find items they’ve misplaced, even though I don’t have any personal knowledge to go on. The more spontaneous my response, the more likely it is to be accurate. If I “try” to think where they might have put the item, I get in my own way.

How about you? What mysteries does your 12th reveal?

Home | Other Astrology Articles