The Schizophrenic/Mental Illness- Neptune in the 12th House

3689f39f35b7859e9886854e5814f9c8Jung wrote that Schizophrenia (loss of contact with reality) develops in people with a well developed unconscious and a weak ego. The psychiatrist believed that the only difference between a’ normal person’ and a person with extreme mental illness is that the split-off psychic fragments of the unconscious overtake consciousness completely.

In this case, and taking the psychologist’s view of this illness into consideration, astrologers would need to examine a powerfully aspected Neptune in the chart and/or 12th house planets where the sense of self is dissolved. Moreover, Jung concluded that mental illness is a loss of will, and he would often send his patients home in the hopes that by throwing them into the swimming pool they would learn how to swim. In an article published by Astrology Considerations the effects of outer-planetary energy – Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto – in the lives of Schizophrenics is very pronounced: The rebelliousness, bizarre behavior, and the visual and auditory hallucinations, poor self-image, drug and alcohol use, suicide attempts and all the self-undoing techniques along with manipulative and controlling behavior.

The study stated that Pisces or Neptune are usually linked to the Ascendant, and that Schizophrenia is usually found in those with high IQ’s, and that they are often diabolically clever. The Schizophrenic John Hinkley’s psychiatrist told his parents that John was “crazy not stupid.” A series of transits from the outer planets —Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are what trigger the disorder rather than a single difficult or a long-lasting aspect.  All observations mentioned by Caroline Caufman are based on 15 charts.

If mental illness, like Jung suggests, is controlled by the unconscious then it is likened to being asleep with loved ones desperately trying to get the individual to wake up, and it can be a living nightmare for everyone involved. In astrology, Neptune, Pisces and the twelfth house rule oversleep, the unconscious, hypnosis, trances, and escaping reality. In any individual chart, it is related to self-undoing or bondage, and the unacknowledged aspects of ourselves.

Hospitals, asylums, areas of isolation have always been connected to the twelfth house. People are brought here for recovery and healing and it is an aid for those suffering from mental disorders, substance abuse, suicidal feelings. R.D. Lang, The Divided Self, hypothesized that schizophrenics are society’s mouthpieces: they enact our madness for us while we perpetuate the illusion that we are sane.

Repressed Psychic Contents


The twelfth house actually contains our repressed psychic contents that often spill out and the floodgates of the unconscious open. During this time, they can come out as hallucinations, confusion, and delusions distorting an individual’s reality. Everything that falls into the unconscious can be things that we have simply forgotten/selective memory and all the things that we have buried in the personality.
Neptune, Pisces, and 12th house people work impressively with art and images and it links back to their unique ability to work with the unconscious, which is a picture-language. All of these expressions originate from a deeper source than the conscious mind can fathom. Writing, painting, photography, drawing, and sculpture are all ways of connecting the self to the unconscious it also used heavily in therapy work.
Diagnosing mental illness is outside the astrologers capability. Neptune in the horoscope can be found people with high emotional intelligence, compassion and tapped into a source of inspiration and creativity with deep spiritual insights. We also see the chaotic side of Neptune, making everything indistinct and hazy, and one can find themselves in the thick fog of Neptune all too easily. It is not difficult to find ourselves in a similar place when Neptune is involved and how many of us are self-medicating anyway through drugs, television, and alcohol to escape from reality? The difference is we don’t retreat all the way…
The story of Christine Sizemore is interesting for those wanting to explore the astrology of mental illness further.