12th House Planets: How to Interpret?
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The 12th house acts as a workshop for shaping, storing, and incubating our inner-selves. It’s where we hold images, memories and everything in the unconscious that often appears to us in dreams. This part of the chart contains deep intuitive insights that mysteriously arrive by way of an unknown sender. Planets here are like ghosts knocking about in the background. Some of the planetary issues will seem to haunt us continuously or lurk back in the shadows of our mind for decades, but they always seek some form of expression.
There’s always someone haunting someone-haunting someone. And you know who I am. Though I never leave my name or number. I’m locked inside of you. – Carly Simon, Haunting
The 12th house rules the collective unconscious at
Planets in the 12th house are mediumistic. By this I don’t mean seance-type mediumship. When something is in the 12th, it is receptive to the deeper levels of the collective psyche. The innate urge which the planet represents cannot be expressed without bringing everyone else with it. The individual with the Sun in the 12th may find it hard to express individuality, because he or she is so attuned to the collective psyche, including the family past. The “purpose” is not to avoid developing individuality, but to develop it as a devotion to that larger psyche. That is why service and spiritual commitment are so often the themes of the 12th. So is the artist’s inspiration, which draws on deeper and older sources than mere personal experience. Planets in the 12th need to reflect what the collective unconscious requires. They serve a greater whole. Liz Greene