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Moon 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 the Moon in the twelfth house your feelings can be hidden from yourself as well as from others. Your subconscious, on the other hand, is extremely active, for you're very open to the instincts and feelings of others. It would be very helpful and integrative for you to uncover your hidden emotions and to learn to distinguish between what you and what others are feeling. Once that discrimination is made, with your receptivity and your need to nurture those less fortunate than yourself you could be a fine counselor and minister to others, helping them to understand and accept their lives. In this regard you'll find psychology, and in particular, group work, supportive. Work on your emotions will help you in general to avoid your personal limitations, and in particular to avoid getting in your own way. Your mother and secret love affairs may be a source of suffering. If the Moon is afflicted, there is the possibility of scandal through women.

If the Moon is within 12° of the ascendant it is conjunct the ascendant and some of the above interpretation starts to become weaker. If the Moon 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 Moon 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 Moon expresses 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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