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With the Sun in the 12th house, you have 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 (Sun) is colored by the larger world, and you will only find real fulfillment by journeying into the unseen and invisible dimensions of life (12th). 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. When the Sun is found in the domain of the most hidden house, the path of development often involves privacy, seclusion, and silence. This realm rules places that are remote and secluded, like institutions, monasteries, asylums, and prisons. In some fateful way, this seeps through into your 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. You are drawn towards the helping professions or in activities where your efforts are hidden, behind the scenes, or unknown to the public. This helps your artistic and creative talents to come to the forefront, and it is necessary for you to have “time out” to reflect on your 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 Sun placed in a universal house cannot live solely for itself, and there is always a much larger collective need that lies behind your individual expression. Therefore, you’re a highly sensitive vessel and mediator for society and possess an innate connection with the deeper and larger ocean of the collective unconscious and all that it contains. With such a deep understanding and compassion – charitable work, social work, and helping the underprivileged are good vocational choices. A light shines upon what is hidden, discarded, ignored and undeveloped.

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 make you more reclusive. 

The very things this house represents are hidden, illusory and not easily grasped. 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 deeper waters, and these oceans are challenging to navigate. You have enormous sensitivity, but sometimes this is reacted to detrimentally, and you may try to numb your powerful feelings with alcohol and drugs; addictive substances, which are an attempt to reconnect to the unseen world.

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. The Twelve Houses

Sometimes you feel overlooked and this can create self-doubt and poor self-esteem. The planetary energy in this house feels weakened, unacknowledged, and unseen. You may not feel deserving of praise, attention, or acknowledgment. Asserting yourself or getting up in front of an audience may be exceedingly uncomfortable for you. The Sun in the 12th house feels invisible at times and you may live out part of your life in secret. Luckily for everybody concerned, you are a light for those in society who feel weak, shut out, rejected, lost, and confused. The work you do behind the scenes may not be visible to everyone, and some of it goes unnoticed. As long as you develop self-esteem and contribute something towards others, then, it leads to an immensely strong feeling of purpose in life. With the Sun placed in this domain, on the whole, you feel fulfilled in spheres that allow you to translate your inner world into an artistic, political, scientific, or humanitarian contribution. As an individual, you are a beacon of light for people who feel neglected, unwanted, and unloved in society. A powerful sense of service to others leads you into the healing fields such as therapy, medicine, hypnosis, creative visualization, occult studies, music, or painting. At some point in your life, so as to connect you to the deeper forces at work in the unconscious, you may wish to explore the dynamic of “family karma,” to understand what gifts and talents lay unexpressed in your psychic history and which also holds the key to your own sense of meaning and purpose in life.