With Pluto in the 12th house, you have a deep interest in secrets, the unconscious, and anything mysterious. Psychoanalysis, investigating dreams and other methods of uncovering mysteries are fascinating to you. It taps into your exceptionally perceptive and intuitive or psychic inner being. Stephen Arroyo: Astrology Karma and Transformation points out that this house reveals influences beyond our conscious control.
Frequently there is a dark history of abuse, brutality, or violence, and you sense that there is something shadowy lurking in the background. Being born with Pluto in the 12th house sphere presents you with the challenge of not feeling overwhelmed by the collective shadow of suffering, sadness, and grief. Pluto here has unfathomable and complex emotional guilt and feelings of persecution, and it is not unlikely for you to take on the role of the scapegoat. It can symbolize an obsessive survival instinct operating below the surface of consciousness, and way back in the psyche of your family.
Pluto is working on transforming the collective shadow, and the tasks are to bring those repressed parts that are weak and undeveloped into full awareness so that they are faced and integrated into the personality. Blocked energy in your unconscious can be released through therapy, self-analysis, and soul-work. The depths of your subconscious are explored, and there may be a powerful urge to study psychology or another avenue that explores the unconscious realms of the human psyche.
Pluto in the 12th house also possesses a psychic sensitivity to the hidden lives of others. Sue Tompkins says this placement is like a psychic refuse bin, and you absorb the negativity around you; all the unexpressed grief and fears that others conceal behind a happy face. Problematic areas relating to this realm are unseen health problems, addictions, excessive escapism, and an overwhelming feeling of powerlessness.
Pluto is sensitive to what is dark and destructive in society. Self-destructive, suicidal, paranoid and destructive fantasies may leave you feeling helpless and unable to prevent something bad from happening. Yet, this is also a frequent placement in the charts of those who work in mental health, crisis situations, counseling, and crime prevention. A deep need exists within you to do something for humanity that will benefit others. Pluto in the 12th house possesses a deep reservoir of healing power, regenerative ability, capability and strength in the face of unimaginable terror. You can go through sustained periods of inner growth and periodic transformations and perhaps a severe inner crisis is experienced in this lifetime.
Common characteristics of Pluto in the twelfth house include: being deeply private, not what they seem as interpreted in other’s eyes, deeply sensitive; taking things to heart; being amazingly shy at a core level; being ultra-emotional; although you may not know it, they can be extremely giving in a silent way; having many deep and unresolved fears, and aura of dreaminess, and powerful dreams or never any dreams because of exhaustion; being naturally psychic. Pluto: The Evolutionary Journey of the Soul, Volume 1