An individual with the Sun in the 12th house has a deep receptivity to the sensitive and watery world of collective dreams, longings, and yearnings. This means that the creative urge to be an individual is colored by the larger world, and he or she will only find real fulfillment by journeying into the unseen and invisible dimensions of life. Life will only have a sense of meaning if these sensitive longings are expressed and poured into something creative; for there is a sense of being a medium for the whole creative backdrop of life. Mystical longings and aspirations form a great part of their solar mission, and when the Sun is found in the domain of the most hidden house, the path of development often involves privacy, seclusion, and silence. This helps their artistic and creative talents to come to the forefront, and it is necessary for them to have “time out” to reflect on their dreams, feelings, and fantasies. Hence, dance, music, and art may be specific areas of interest, and there could also be a latent psychic or mediumistic ability which may need to be developed further. The 12th house represents the dissolution of all boundaries, attempting to achieve a oneness with the whole of life itself. Ultimately, its energy disintegrates, things fall into its deeper waters, and these oceans are difficult to navigate. The individual, fortunately, has enormous sensitivity but sometimes this is reacted to detrimentally and he or she may try to numb this powerful feeling with alcohol and drugs; addictive substances, which are an attempt to reconnect to the unseen world.
According to Soul Music:
The Sun is in “hiding” in your 12th house, and I will wager you will not feel like being a “party animal.” You will most likely find yourself doing a great deal of soul searching, as this is the house of doubts and worries, the 12th house of the chart is a germination period. The 12th house Sun will you make you more reclusive. Your imagination is stimulated and psychic tendencies stimulated.”
The very things this house represents are hidden, illusory and not easily grasped. This realm rules places that are remote and secluded, like institutions, monasteries, asylums, and prisons. In some fateful way, this seeps through into their self-expression and, frequently, there is a sense of isolation or blocked powers of expression. The tendency here is to turn inward and reconnect to the imaginable realm, and to sense something greater is at work. The individual, therefore, tends to get involved in the helping professions or in activities where their efforts are hidden, behind the scenes, or unknown to the public. The Sun in 12th house individual has often felt an emotional sense of obligation and debt in the past, in other words, there is unfinished business. A light shines upon what is hidden, discarded, ignored and undeveloped. The Sun placed in a universal house cannot live solely for itself, and there is always a much larger collective need that lies behind the individual’s expression. Therefore, the person is a highly sensitive vessel and mediator for society and possesses an innate connection with the deeper and larger ocean of the collective unconscious and all that it contains. With such deep understanding and compassion – charitable work, social work, and helping the underprivileged is a good vocational choice.
Howard Sasportas says:
If your Sun is in the 12th you can strengthen your identity and sense of self through working in an institution, being a nurse, a museum curator or a prison warden – it can be as obvious as that. Of course, the Sun in the 12th is in some way an odd or conflicting placement. The 12th house has so much to with merging with something greater than yourself or sacrificing your own needs and desires for the sake of other people or to the larger context of which you are a part; and yet the Sun’s domain is where we are meant to develop our authority, specialness and individuality, where we are meant to shine and stand out. So some people with this placement have the curious task of finding themselves by sacrificing themselves. But it’s important to remember that you can’t give up your self until you have established a self to give up. So you have to forge an identity and define a sense of self, and then be prepared, given certain situations, to let go of it. If you have this placement, I would say that this might be one of your main lessons, tasks or purposes for this life.
Sometimes the individual feels overlooked and this can create self-doubt and poor self-esteem. The planetary energy in this house feels weakened, unacknowledged and unseen. They may not feel deserving of praise, attention or acknowledgment. Asserting themselves or getting up in front of an audience may be exceedingly uncomfortable for them. The Sun in the 12th house feels invisible at times and may live out part of their lives in secret. Luckily for everybody concerned, they are a light for those in society who feel weak, shut out, rejected, lost and confused. The work they do behind the scenes may not be visible to everyone, and some of it goes unnoticed. As long as the individual develops self-esteem and contributes something towards others, then, it leads to an immensely strong feeling of purpose in life. Those with the Sun placed in this domain, on the whole, feel fulfilled in spheres that allow them to translate their inner world into an artistic, political, scientific, or humanitarian contribution. The individual is a beacon of light for people who feel neglected, unwanted and unloved in society. A powerful sense of service to others leads him or her into the healing fields such as therapy, medicine, hypnosis, creative visualization, occult studies, music or painting, which are all areas that the individual may be powerfully drawn towards. At some point in their life, so as to connect them to the deeper forces at work in the unconscious, the individual may wish to explore the dynamic of “family karma,” to understand what gifts and talents lay unexpressed in their psychic history and which also holds the key to their own sense of meaning and purpose in life.