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Mercury and Venus in 12th House

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When a planet rises in the east it can now be seen—and thus it enters the twelfth house. Just so, our first instances of self-expression that we offer into the world are vulnerable and easily defeated, but the effect of their success or failure on our personality is enormous. Pulling some of our energy back into our self to keep it from being defeated or overwhelmed has two results. If we are aware of what we are doing, it becomes our hidden secret. If this process is unconscious, it becomes a rejected aspect of the self. These secrets or repressed aspects of the self form the classical interpretation of the twelfth house.

But what if the immature energy we put into the world isn’t defeated early on? Then it can become a source of strength and a dominant aspect of our personality, and even signify our career. The twelfth house is thus where we build inner strength to overcome limitations, sorrows and fears, and where the individual adapts to the collective. It signifies self-undoing: where we stand in our own way, where we are not free to let ourselves become and be who we essentially already are. It also represents that which is hidden, karma, limitation, confinement, prison, betrayal, sacrifice, hospitals and institutions, nuns and priests, secrets and secret enemies (who may just be rejected aspects of ourselves), initiation, ultimate understanding, and charity given or received.

With Mercury in the twelfth house you may have difficulty in expressing yourself, and you rarely share your innermost thoughts with others. Your thought processes are rich, complex, compassionate, subtle, and hidden, sometimes even from yourself. You lack confidence and certainty in your own opinions, but you're far more qualified than you realize. You're probably not on the same wavelength as your relatives, neighbors, and acquaintances. You may be interested in psychology, the occult and that which is hidden, and you have potential as a medium. Helping those less fortunate than yourself is fulfilling with Mercury here.

With Venus in the twelfth house you possess great compassion and understanding for the problems and difficulties of others, but lack discrimination in your own personal relationships. Your emotional and romantic life is secretive and hidden, and solitude is important to you. You don't like showing your feelings in public, and if your Venus is afflicted, you may have difficulty releasing them even for your intimates. An afflicted Venus also indicates that indulgence with alcohol or drugs can be a source of trouble, as well as being in love with someone with commitments elsewhere. You have hidden protection through a guardian angel.

If Mercury or Venus is within 10° of the ascendant it is conjunct the ascendant and much of the above interpretation starts to become weaker. If either planet is in the twelfth house and within 4° or 5° of the ascendant, then it is said to be on the "dark side" of the first house, and it influence will be felt in the first as well as in the twelfth house. The closer a twelfth house planet is to the ascendant, the more it will be interpreted as though it were in the first house; when less than 3° from the ascendant, a twelfth house Mercury or Venus will express itself primarily—and eventually entirely—in the first house.

Astronomically speaking, the twelfth house is that one-twelfth sector of the local sky just above the eastern horizon (see above picture) occupied by planets during the two hours after they rise.

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