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Saturn 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 Saturn in the twelfth house you may have an unrecognized fear of discipline, structure, or limitations of any form, for they feel binding or constricting in some nebulous way. If so, this can stand in the way of your fulfilling your goals and objectives. Your own unconscious fears—which you incorrectly interpret as being threatened by others—cause you to retreat and to seek solitude. This placement can also indicate a self-centeredness that has to be dissolved through service, suffering, or personal sacrifice. You are attracted to psychology, the human psyche, and the mystical and religious, as well as careers that involve isolation or solitude.

If Saturn is within 10° of the first house cusp it is conjunct the ascendant and much of the above interpretation starts to become weaker. If Saturn 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 Saturn 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 Saturn 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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