Moon in 12th House

Moon in 12th House

An individual with the Moon in the 12th house tends to be over-sensitive and often feels extraordinarily vulnerable. All of the emotional boundaries are extremely diffused, and the psychic and instinctive qualities are likely to be very powerful. The Moon here is highly imaginative, but also open to the collective unconscious it can be very “porous” and it can at times emotionally overwhelm.

In general. there may be difficulty coping with daily life and sometimes the home is often a place of seclusion, sanctuary and retreat from the world. The feeling realm of the person is frequently flooded with ideas, images and inspiration and there is a need to withdraw into privacy and stillness at the end of the day.

Many people with this particular kind of Moon keep their feelings hidden away, and some will experience a sense of loneliness and isolation, feeling unsupported, helpless and defenseless by some early event in childhood, and looking out towards the sea for some kind of life-line.

The person often needs to be behind the scenes and some are attracted to a caring role that involves selfless giving of some kind – sheltering the poor, caring for sick and calming the disturbed. The Moon in the twelfth house is also strongly drawn to everything that is unifying, irrational, vast and symbolic.

Astrologically, planets in the 4th, 8th and 12th may suggest energies, patterns and qualities which are inherited but which need individual consciousness to release their most positive dimensions. Left unconscious, they may release more destructive dimensions, impelling the individual into compulsive behaviour which results in events which feel “fated. By  Liz Greene 

Some twelfth house Moon people can be extremely shy and suffer from feelings of claustrophobia and other fears. They may be powerfully connected to their dream life and need a restful and peaceful environment. Also, they often possess a boundless compassion and empathy for everyone, but are often swept away by sympathy and play host to every down and out individual. Howard Sasportas describes twelfth house Moons as psychic vacuum cleaners, they ‘suck in’ whatever is circulating in the atmosphere. The person can also feel lonely and misunderstood but needs solitude and space to cope with daily life.

Your twelfth house moon suggests that you are a private person, hesitant to reveal your feelings and needs. Often, fearful of your vulnerability, you block awareness of your feelings; you seek refuge from your inner world in habitual activities which you may perform in an automatic manner. Contacting your hidden emotional self may be difficult for you, because you have developed a lifetime of defenses against primitive levels of need and dependency which frighten you. You may feel intense shame in regard to the child-self which is buried within you. Your Secret Self: Illuminating the Mysteries of the Twelfth House

In astrology, the Moon rules the mother, and often reflects a parent who was hospitalized, in prison or in some other 12th house institution. Mother may have even passed away early in life, or sometimes she is very difficult to get hold of emotionally. A female figure in early childhood may have been incredibly sensitive and made many sacrifices for the family.

Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.” Jung – from The Development of Personality.

Repressed for a long time, your sadness and longing may sometimes burst forth as infantile tears, which seem regressive and inappropriate. Like Alice in Wonderland drowning in her flood of tears, you feel overwhelmed, and seek to squelch future displays of feeling. “Be strong; don’t cry,” may be your motto. You are afraid not only of drowning in your feelings and your needs, but also of revealing your vulnerability to others, then being rejected and abandoned.”Your Secret Self: Illuminating the Mysteries of the Twelfth House