The Twelfth House and the Law of Compensation
With this article we are bringing
to a close our run of monthly articles on purely astrological themes. The
remaining articles of 2002 will be, once again, more general in nature.
When at last one gets the hang of the twelfth house, the link between the
wide range of attributes assigned to this house by different astrologers
in a period as short as the past sixty years becomes apparent. The
difficulty is in getting the hang of it because so much writing on the
twelfth house succumbs to the erosive effects of Neptunian energy and
becomes imprecise and obscure.
In the twelfth house the personality is disadvantaged. Whether that is
through ‘self-undoing’; a description of the twelfth house that was
popular with the pre War astrologers, ‘bondage’
another pre War favourite; attacks
by secret enemies and wild animals (Sepharial), or to come up to date,
poor self-identity, emotional abuse
in childhood, psychic sensitivity and mysticism, the effect is to
handicap the personality in the circumstances of everyday life. The energy
of the planet working through the twelfth house is not available to
reinforce or promote separatist consciousness.
still smile when I read Sepharial’s apocalyptic descriptions of the
planets in the twelfth house but with no good reason, because when
allowance is made for changing literary styles, my own experiences
supplemented with nearly twenty years worth of client experiences bear out
Jupiter in the twelfth house I am getting off lightly. Sepharial writes: Secret enemies over which the native prevails. Enemies become friends;
success with large animal and in remote places.
the course of her life, my sister who has Uranus in the twelfth has been
enjoying: Strange and unexpected
enmities; danger of estrangement or exile from one’s kin and country.
Eccentric people perplex and harass the native by their underhand actions;
danger of falls from horses; accidents causing detention in out of the way
places and foreign lands.’
her as she is now, I can guarantee that any eccentric person, who tries to
perplex and harass my sister with underhand actions, whether at home or
abroad, will not stay around to do it a second time. They would not have
the courage. This double Piscean has learned how to be assertive and is
this brings us to an important point: by the standards of contemporary
astrology, it is not so much that Sepharial’s descriptions are lurid, it
is that they do not go far enough and explain
the developmental purpose that these dramatic happenings serve and
their effect on the unfolding of the personality.
the result of twelfth house influences, the handicapped and imprisoned
personality is forced to appeal to a higher level, and it is from this
level that strength and compensation flows.
do not access the collective unconscious through the twelfth house, the
conclusion to which much recent writing has muddled - we do that through
the fourth house. The collective unconsciousness is an aggregate of what
has passed through the filter of the dualistic personality consciousness,
which is the cause of suffering. Through the twelfth we access soul
consciousness, a higher level that remains beyond duality.
twelfth house is a like a bore shaft from the level of soul down to that
of the personality.
the personality is denied the soul will provide. I have likened it on
other occasions to the mathematical compliment: in order to bring the
value of any quality to 100 and if the personality has 75 units of that
quality, the soul will provide 25; if the personality has only 5 units
then the soul will provide 95.
is why people with the twelfth house strongly represented have such
spiritual potential. The level of soul is compensating them for the
experiences involving enmity and detention whether that is of the body or
of the mind - agoraphobia is a common twelfth house condition - which are
features of the twelfth house experience serve to make a person rely more
on divine justice and less on venial humanity.
with the Sun in the twelfth house are bullied at school. There are few
exceptions to this even though they themselves may never speak about it
because they are sad and ashamed. Amongst the exoteric astrologers of an
earlier generation, the twelfth house was know as the ‘house
of secret sorrows.’
with Mars in the twelfth, are bullied by those close to them, particularly
sexual partners. Hindu
astrologers give Mars in the twelfth house kujadosha
status for this reason and consider it very seriously when looking at
marriage charts. I am asking
Sudhiranad to tell us a bit more about this.
with Venus in the twelfth house are denied the experience of knowing
unconditional love and acceptance from those close to them.
Moon and Mercury in the twelfth may both weaken the personal reality to
the point that it disintegrates, producing break down and dysfunctionality.
This is usually a temporary condition but the medical treatment given may
be so severe and insensitive (another form of enmity), that they are
in the twelfth experiences the form-destroying aspect of the life with a
sense of purposelessness, despair and negativity.
these conditions cause considerable distress to the personality but they
are a great incentive to the person who is ready to access soul
consciousness. If a person with Venus in the twelfth is getting only 5
units of love from his close relationships, he’s eligible for 95 units
from a higher level. That should raise any personality onto a new level of
born in the 1960s with Uranus conjunct Pluto in Virgo in the twelfth were
frequently subject to abuse and cruelty, often involving parents and
guardians against whom they were helpless, which sent them into a
different place in their minds. Most kept this a secret, unaware that they
had broken through the cortical that separates the personality
consciousness from the soul consciousness. As adults, therapy and support
as victims of abuse was available to them but few, as far as I am aware,
were ever shown how to make their secret place and the powers that it
brings a part of everyday life.
with Pluto in the twelfth have incredible powers of creative
If he knows how, a person with this placement can bring into being a new
reality that he can control.
read with this in mind, Sepharial’s description of Pluto in the twelfth
may not seem so irrelevant.
(in the twelfth house)
has a very peculiar influence in that it can
destroy enemies, and so prevent possible personal loss, unhappiness and
strain. The banishing influence will operate very markedly when the
actions of enemies, or unfair competitors, becomes too marked, for in a
very subtle manner, circumstances will arise that will seem to banish the
enemy or competitor from the person’s environment, and remove them to
such a distance from the person that their power to do harm will be
access the compensations we have to break out of self-pity and victim
mentality, demonstrate wisdom and take responsibility for self.
would encourage any one involved, directly or indirectly; in a breakdown
brought about by a twelfth house Moon to use the medical authorities as
the last, not the first resort. It is the medication that does the damage,
not the temporary insanity, because sedation shuts down a natural process
of clearance realignment. In a person with the Moon in the twelfth, the
idea of self is weak because he does not have a sense of belonging to
strengthen his identity. He absorbs psychic impressions like a sponge and
periodically has to discharge them, rather as a computer has to be cleaned
up and defragged.
the main, conventional medicine does not understand self- healing
processes. It anticipates and treats continual deterioration.
understand the twelfth house we have to understand the personality’s
relationship to the soul, its informing life, and the point of coming into
incarnation. We are here with a job to do and with certain capacities to
enable us to do that job. The person with planets in the twelfth house is
being direct help from a higher level but first he has to get passed the
perception that he is an unfortunate victim and has to learn to recognise
and value the compensation.
a second thought, most young people with Venus in the twelfth would trade
their entitlement to 95 units of divine love for just a few more crumbs of
human love because this is the power that the idea of relationship has
over us and because they simply may not be aware of what is on offer to
is true of all forms of compensation available through the twelfth house.
experience and a good astrologer may be able to change that. D.K.
Foundation students are taught how to work with distressing twelfth house
conditions so that they can alert a person to the compensations that
exists for him
am off to remote places now, hoping to prevail over secret enemies and
have some success with large animals. You have a good summer too.