In this lifetime, those with Saturn in the 12th house might achieve immense inner power by progressively opening up to the vast, unknown, and chaotic depths of their own souls. It is a struggle for spirituality, a struggle that can bring them long-term tranquilly. These people are, above all, humble and capable of enormous commitment, service, and selflessness. They have the ability to operate quietly and productively behind the scenes. A great sense of responsibility for all of society’s suffering is felt, and a common aspect of this placement is a conscientious attitude toward those who are less fortunate. On a physical level, some of them take on this obligation by assisting in the care of the mentally ill, the aged, and those who have suffered misfortune and loss. That is, individuals who feel they are somehow separate from humanity. Many of those with this position end up working in hospitals, orphanages, and jails, and it becomes a lifelong career for them.
The 12th house is ruled by the planet Neptune, and it is associated with secrets, all that is concealed in the subconscious. As a cadent house, it naturally governs the mind and is the most effective for dealing with all types of phobias and anxieties that have developed from childhood, and possibly even earlier. Although breaking boundaries and exploring the unconscious life are important aspects of this house, Saturn is averse to dissolution. Those who have Saturn in the 12th in their natal chart may experience periods of instability, fear of the irrational, and apprehension about losing control over their lives. The challenge for them is to learn how to confront the unconscious mind, to discover enlightening experiences in the ambiguous, the enigmatic, and the invisible, and to bring these collective visions into some kind of form and expression.
Saturn retreats to the Twelfth House to deeply contemplate why things turn out the way they do. In this house is where we hide a lot of our loose ends, but Saturn always finds them and gets very anxious. What could be suggested is soul structuring, where we learn to build consciousness carefully on our most internal levels. Saturn is learning not to fear the limitless world of the spirit within. By establishing a meditative atmosphere where stillness is emphasized, we can learn to recognize the reality of our spiritual self and feel its constant, protective presence. Twelve Faces of Saturn: Your Guardian Angel Planet
Saturn in 12th house types are burdened by a sense of solitude and loneliness, and they have enormous depths, but they are terrified of their secret ideas or their inner emotions. Although they are more isolated and reserved than others who are more extroverted, their views and experiences are more insightful; their thoughts are more substantial, and this results in something that is bewilderingly beautiful, poetic, and intriguing within them. When the 12th house is activated, it frequently conjures up unpleasant images of chaotic states such as insanity, sickness, and the eventual loss of one’s own identity. It also conjures up deep fears (Saturn) of letting go emotionally, and it represents those who feel the need to protect and defend themselves against their inner churning sea worlds. As a result, these individuals may find themselves working in solitude for long periods and reflecting on the past while in a state of deep introspection.
Those who have Saturn in this position are also frequently saddled with the necessity of sacrificing their personal ambitions. This is accomplished first and foremost through a sense of guilt, followed by a sense of obligation, and finally by the chains of responsibility. In order to bridge their sense of loneliness and separateness with a sense of community and continuity, it is best to serve as a vessel and to express rather than inhibit the expression of Saturn in the 12th house. Astrologer Liz Greene believes that the 12th house is always a difficult house unless the path of service is pursued, and that the release of energy in this way alleviates much of the frustration and sense of aloneness that accompany 12th house planets, as well as making the necessary sacrifices bearable,
Guilt looms large with this placement of Saturn although it is generalized rather than specific guilt. It may cause a man to seek penance through solitude, or there may be religious penance in the literal sense resulting in the monk or the nun. It may apparently be involuntary penance as is the case with incarceration; but the man himself chooses this course although he may not consciously believe he will have to pay. It may result in sickness or withdrawal from conscious awareness through drugs, alcohol, or insanity. Or it may be much more subtle and less drastic, as in the case of the man who is always alone and always feels separation from the rest of humanity and the rest of life, no matter how many people he surrounds himself with. Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil