Sun’s annual transit through the 12th House is a time for assessing all
that has occurred in the course of the previous year.
the 12th House a person is frequently made aware of the longer term consequences
of the things he has said and done and with the advantage of hindsight
they may no longer appear as desirable, practicable or appropriate as
this time he is likely to face the emotional consequences of situations,
to which he has made a contribution earlier in the year, which now appear
to have developed a momentum of their own.
need for quiet and a space for reflection tend to make him withdraw from
others at this time.
is rarely a time when a person feels light-hearted although he may acquire
a certain peace from acceptance of the fact that there are certain things,
be they ambitions, expectations or hurts, which he must let go.
period of reassessment and review makes room for new beginnings when the
Sun passes into the 1st House.
If the Sun progresses into the 12th House a person
enters a period of his life in which circumstances give him little scope
to be and think as an individual. If the movement has been from H1, then
this period of his life may be one of extreme difficulty in which he loses
his sense of worth and personal effectiveness. The kind of situations
capable of creating the sense of impotence and valuelessness vary
according to the
age at which the movement into H12 occurs. In a child it
could indicate removal from home to a boarding school or institution; for
an adult it could indicate a period spent in prison, hospital or as a
the circumstances the progression of the Sun from H1 to H12 will greatly
change a person’s perception of himself and it may be many years before
he regains the confidence and expectations with which he started life.
Nevertheless in these years he will come by a far stronger sense of being
in some way connected to others.
it is a less obviously difficult transition, the progression of the Sun
from H11 to H12 may, nonetheless, expose a person to situations, which
eventually make him more aware of man’s emotional needs and his
perspective spiritual rather than humanistic.
transit of Mercury to the 12th House makes a person aware of standards and
criteria other than those of personal interest and gain, and this may have
the effect of making him question or reconsider views and stances taken
hitherto. This is particularly evident if the Sun is also transiting the
period during which Mercury occupies H12 is not usually a good time for
attempting to defend or further ones own interests: when it is working
through the House of Pisces Mercury frequently makes the thoughts muddled
and the communication unclear. To empathise
is often easier than to offer a reasoned response at this time.
Mercury progresses into the 12th House a person enters a period of his
life in which he has difficulty in defining and defending his own position
and in articulating his views. This may be the result of oppressive circumstances
or it may be the result of having been made aware of a different reality:
another way of looking at life, which leaves him unsure about much which
hitherto, he had accepted without question. This is particularly evident
if Mercury progresses into H12 from H1.
confusion and a sense of having nothing of value to communicate may result
from this progression but it may also confer the kind of insight and
undertaking, which is possible only when the ego perspective is
A transit of Venus to the 12th House can be a time
of great yearning to express and to receive a more meaningful kind of
operating through the House of Pisces, Venus is capable of great
self-sacrifice and selflessness and a person experiencing a transit of
Venus to H12 may act in a very other regarding way at the time. His
assessment of the situation and his own motives in getting involved may
both be confused, however, and it is frequently a time of much secret
disappointment caused by a sense of being misunderstood and misused by
those he has tried to help.
this transit tends not to produce much happiness in personal
relationships, it can make a person very receptive to spiritual ideas.
Venus progresses into the 12th House, it is likely that the circumstances
of a person’s life will require him to give much and expect little in
return. Depending upon the age at which the transit occurs it may indicate
a need to share or forgo a parent’s love, or it may indicate, that
within his personal relationships, a person has to work hard and sacrifice
his own pleasures and desires for the partners. Where this is the case
there is usually a great willingness to take a supportive role in an
attempt to make the relationship more meaningful.
operating through the House of Pisces, Venus makes a person yearn to
connect to another at a soul level and to give love the very highest
expression of which he is capable.
yearning may eventually lead a person to Divine rather than human love.
transit of Mars to the 12th House frequently creates a temporary sense of
impotence and ineffectiveness. In the House of Pisces, Martian energy can
be diffused and a person can lose his sense of direction and drive. Not
only does he experience difficulty in acting in support of his own
interests, he frequently becomes confused as to what they are. Other ways
of thinking influence his judgment and his own emotional state can also
make him question and revise his direction. At this time he tends to
assert himself only fitfully and his changing perspective undermines any
course of action, which requires consistency. In these circumstances a
person can be open to exploitation and to being misled by others. It is
frequently a very frustrating time. Nevertheless, a more thoughtful,
accountable, compassionate perspective may be the abiding legacy of this
Mars progresses into the 12th House a person enters a period of his life
in which he finds it difficult to define and pursue his personal aims and
may be the result of an oppressive situation in which the will and desires
of other constrain his own will, or it may be the result of confusion as
to whether he wants success in a material form at all.
the House of Pisces, Martian energy may be used to great effect for spiritual
development. Yet only the chart as a whole will show whether there is any
disposition for this. Regardless of a person’s spiritual potential, Mars
for as long as it is working through H12, will make it very difficult for
him to be effective or assertive because he is to unsure of his own worth
and rights as an individual. Even if Mars should progress out of H12, it
is unlikely that he will ever be indiscriminately assertive.
transit of Jupiter to the 12th House usually has the effect a person being
sensitive to noise and disruption and there is, in consequence, a greater
than usual desire for peace and seclusion.
this transit a person may review his life and decide that he must make
changes in order to improve its quality and to give himself more leisure.
greater interest in spiritual matters may be a concomitant of this. This
transit can do much to make a person happier with his own company and more
aware of his own spiritual resources.
Jupiter progresses into the 12th House a person tends to become more spiritually
aware. This may be the result of his actively seeking out a spiritual
tradition or it may be the result of experiences gained when alone and at
the house of which it is co-ruler, Jupiter is a great teacher of spiritual
truths and confers, if not the ability to transcend the ego perspective,
an awareness at least, of its limitations.
Jupiter operates through the House of Pisces, it gives a greater than
usual need for peace and solitude by an increasing sensitivity to noise
and stress and a person usually aspires at this time to a better quality
When Saturn transits the 12th House a
person faces the consequences of decisions and actions taken made in the
previous twenty-eight years. If this transit occurs before the age of
twenty-eight then he will review the course of life since birth.
To a degree, all inner planet transits
of the 12th House represent a facing up to consequences: when it is
Saturn, which is the transiting planet, then the connection between cause
and effect tends to be very evident, but sometimes exists at a level over
which a person feels he has no control.
If a person will not acknowledge the
connection between current events and past actions then the pain
experienced at this time may make him feel as though life is cruel and
random. Yet for one prepared to seek out connections and claim the
responsibility for what he is currently facing then this transit will
leave him much wiser.
When operating through H12 Saturn is remorseless in exposing
the consequences of selfish, self-seeking behaviour,
which takes no account of his responsibilities to those with whom he
shares his life and his planet. The natal placement of Saturn will
indicate the area of life and the attitude, which gave rise to the
situations, which he confronts as Saturn transits H112. If the 12th House
is tenanted then the nature of the tenanting planets will provide further
indications of the kind of situations, which will serve to show a person
the consequences of his ‘Saturn Problem’.
Saturn progresses into the 12th House then a person enters a period of his
life in which he is beset by many fears and anxieties, and sometimes by a
deep-rooted sense of life’s purposelessness.
Saturn progresses into H12 from H1 then the fears are likely to be rooted
in a sense of personal inadequacy if the face of life’s challenges, was
itself, a product of an up-bringing in which much fear and negativity was
in evidence. When operating through the 12th House, Saturn can bring
physical, emotional or mental problems, depending upon the sign and house
position of natal Saturn and the nature of any planets tenanting H12.
is also the case when Saturn transits H12, the progression of Saturn
through the House of Pisces, frequently motivates a person to seek for a
way off the wheel of life by following a spiritual path.
is particularly likely when Saturn reaches the closing degrees of the
Uranus transits the 12th House its effect is to free a person from
conditions and states of mind which prevent him from acknowledging his
individuality. In the House of Pisces the effects of Saturn can be
dramatic even if they are not outwardly apparent. The aim of Uranus is to
free a person from what or who keeps him in check by working on the
emotional level. Sudden changes of heart are common under this transit.
The natal placement of Uranus together with the nature of any planets
tenanting H12 offer a clue as to the form that the agent or agents of
change will take.
may be that in order to free a person Uranus has to make himself aware of
a different reality by loosening the grip of his ego perspective. This is
particularly evident if Uranus, whilst transiting H12, throws a stressful
aspect to Mercury or the Moon.
Uranus may also require a person whose sense of self has been weakened by
the selectiveness of the memory, to reclaim experiences which hitherto the
conscious mind has not recognised
as its own.
H12 is tenanted by the inner planets or if the inner planets are contacted
by Uranus, as it transits the House of Pisces, this can be a very
disturbing time. If, however, the process is allowed to run its course
without interference from drugs, especially chemical sedatives, a person's
consciousness is usually permanently raised by this transit.
Uranus progresses through the 12th House its effects are usually less
dramatic than those created by the transit. For a start Uranus moves into
H12 from H1, a movement which requires it to cross the Ascendant, and a
person who has experienced this has been put in touch with a sense of
personal effectiveness and unboundedness. As the planet moves on through
H12 he is often striving to establish a synthesis between his sense of
self and that of being a constituent of something much larger and more
significant than himself. In many cases a person who has discovered the
power of his own will and the strength of his own desire for freedom will
have to revise his spiritual understanding and expectations.
the 12th House is tenanted, then this process is likely to involve some
extremely testing situations which give him an opportunity to come to
understand himself as something more and separate from his desires and
When Neptune transits its own
House its effects are subtle unless H12 is tenanted, in which case, the
energy principles indicated by those planets under Neptune’s influence,
are likely to be used in ways, which have a notable effect on his life as
When Neptune is influencing his
inner planets, a person is capable of acts of great self-sacrifice but he
can also be come seriously deluded. This is never more true than when
Neptune is working through the 12th House. The combination of other-regardingness
and self-interest masquerading as other-regardingness can create
situations of such confusion that a person may lose his direction. This is
particularly likely if Neptune contacts the Sun, Venus or Mars.
If it is Mercury or the Moon which are the tenants,
then under Neptune’s influence, a person may have more readily a truly
transpersonal experience which enables him to break through the
limitations imposed by the ego-perspective and this may or may not
encourage him to follow a spiritual path for the future.
If Neptune progresses into the
12th House a person may begin to try to understand the experiences he
underwent when Neptune was advancing on the Ascendant as it concluded its
passage of the 1st House.
Without doubt he will find Neptune easier to handle
in its own House than in the House of Aries where its effect is to erode
the will and sense of self. In its own House, unless it is tenanted,
Neptune exerts an influence so subtle that it can be ignored by those who
have no use for it or have not the capacity to
recognise it. Yet for a person who
wishes to understand more about the reality which lies beyond the
ego-boundaries, Neptune in H12 may recommend a spiritual path which offers
both understanding and a measure of protection from the harshness of the
reality which confronts a person once Neptune has cleared the 1st House.
This will be experienced less acutely if Neptune natally, is in H1.
If the 12th House is tenanted, then specific events
and episodes may serve to restimulate the yearning to lose the self and
all its responsibilities, as frequently happens, when Neptune holds the
Pluto transits the 12th House during the course of his life, it may expose
a person to forces, which turn his life upside down and over which he
feels as though he has no control.
working through the 12th House, Pluto for example, can see a person
imprisoned unjustly or for a misdemeanor, which incurs no penalty when
committed by another. Yet as is ever the case in the House of Pisces, the
law of compensation ensures that for whatever suffering he experiences and
for whatever he loses materially he is repaid in psychic potency - which
he may or may not recognise
for the compensation it is.
Pluto contacts other planets when it is working through H12 then the
situations which manifest are likely to be less traumatic if those
planets are in H12 themselves, whether natally or by progression, because
planets in the House of Pisces dispose a person to come to terms more
readily with situations which are beyond his control.
transiting Pluto is working through H12 it may bring back into a
person’s life, people with whom he has had an association earlier in his
life and with whom there is unfinished emotional business.
may also revive memories, which the conscious mind has edited out, but
which he needs to understand
his own emotional patterns..
matter how painful may be the process of retrieval he will know himself
better as a result.
Pluto progresses into the 12th
House after crossing the Ascendant, and as the year or years in which
Pluto holds the Ascending degree are usually a time of crisis, its
movement into the 12th House usually marks the beginning of the period in
which a person begins to rebuild himself and his life.
At this time he may seek out spiritual ideas in order
to help himself explain and better use the experiences he underwent when
Pluto occupied the Ascendant. Yet his approach at this time is likely to
be cautious: while he is hungry for understanding, he is fearful of any
ideas which may
destabilise him again.
As Pluto advances further into
H12, the more that fear is likely to recede and enable him to be more
courageous in his attempts to examine his emotional response to the idea
of surrendering aspects of what he believes himself to be, in order to
make himself a functioning constituent of something larger and more
significant than himself - whatever he understands that to be.
At this time he is likely to be
torn between the desire to be supported and consoled and the fear of being
submerged. It may take him most of the period during which Pluto is
transiting the 12th House to resolve this dilemma, if indeed he is to
resolve it in this lifetime.
If H12 is tenanted then this
process is likely to involve catalytic situations, the nature of which
will be indicated by the tenanting planets.
Fundamental to all situations, however, will be the
sense of limitation and of being controlled by powerful forces, which he
cannot contain. He may eventually choose to align himself with those
forces; if he does not he will almost certainly be destroyed by his
efforts to resist them.
monthly passage of the Moon tends to be a time for experiencing the
consequences of the re-assessing decisions made earlier in the month. It
tends to be a time in which a person can feel a sense of purposelessness,
worthlessness and guilt - for as the Moon transits H12 a person often
comes to see his own actions in a different light and to understand his
true motives. It is rarely a light-hearted time.
from this state of mind, however, may come a resolve to do things better
or more honourably
for the future and to make life more meaningful.
Moon’s progression through the 12th House brings to a close the
twenty-eight year cycle, which began when the progressing Moon entered the
1st House. It is a time of reviewing what has been accomplished and what
was set in motion during those years.
the Moon enters H12 before a person reaches the age of twenty-eight, then
it will be a review of his life up to that point and because it will
include those years in which decisions were made for him by his parents or
guardians, this period tends to be more of a sorting out of what he
considers to be worth carrying on into the future and what needs to be
left behind. In this respect the Moon’s 12th House phase is similar to
the Saturn Return.
a person who has reached adulthood when the twenty-eight year cycle began,
the Moon’s 12th House period is a time for reviewing his life from the
standpoint of consequences: of those things which were unforeseen but
which now are only too evident, and of those calculated risks, the
emotional impact of which, was underestimated.
the House of Pisces a person assesses the price he is paying for his
attachments - status, money, security and human love are just a selection
of the most common. The fewer the attachments which a person has when the
Moon progresses into H12, the greater will be his reward, according to the
law of compensation, which operates in this house. Conversely, the more
attachments a person has and the more identified he is with them, then the
more painful will be the experiences brought by the Moon as it moves
through H12, especially if he has hurt others to get what he wants.
H12 the progressing Moon gives a person the opportunity to examine his
life from a perspective broader than that of self-gain and self-interest.
If a person will not take this opportunity then he will be forced to
acknowledge that there are other ways of looking at the situations in
which he has been involved, even if this takes imprisonment,
hospitalisation or the loss of loved ones.
During this period of his
life a person frequently feels lost and lonely but nonetheless, it exists
as an opportunity for him to rethink his life and use his future more
wisely than he has used his time up to that point. That opportunity will
be at its most obvious and most pressing as the Moon reaches the closing
degrees of the 12th House - just before a new twenty-eight year cycle