by Robert Wilkinson
This article is a response to a comment asking for my take on the 12th house in our charts. While the 12th house has a reputation for being a house of sorrows, secret enemies, and all "bad" things in our lives, it's also where we reap a harvest, come to finality around certain experiences, and get to see "the movie of our life" from a larger holistic perspective.
I originally addressed many 12th house issues in the article Self-Undoing Behaviors and the 12th House - Navigating Endings. While it doesn't address everything there is to know about the 12th house, it may provide some perspective about why things have to end, and how we can move through "self-undoing" behaviors into new perspectives and ways of life unencumbered by old baggage and obsolete understandings of who we are and why we are going through our changes.
Other 12th house areas of influence include institutions, such as hospitals and jails and other "places of confinement," as well as the hidden side of life and secrets, handicaps, and worries. However, it also is the area of introspection, self-examination, our hardest battles and greatest triumphs. It is said to govern those things we must work out for and by ourselves, how we relax, sleep, and dream, and the sum gains from all the other house activities in any given cycle.
Of course there are influences derived from other house areas, such as benefits from societies and groups, gain through friendships, and our residence when we're on a long journey or the property we have in foreign lands. There are more, but that is something you should allow your imagination to explore, from the standpoint that every house is related to the other houses. Astrology is very rich in how any given part relates to all the other parts.
That's how life is, you know. Everything is related to everything else in some way, shape, or form. That's why when asked what Astrology really is, I usually respond that it is the art/science of how everything relates to everything else, within ourselves as well as in the outer world. So when regarding the 12th (or any other) house, see how it is related to all the other areas of existence, with the understanding that every ending is followed by a new beginning, and even apparent defeats, failures, and frustrated harvests may still open doors for future successes and benefits directly related to whatever was left over from previous cycles.
© Copyright 2007 Robert Wilkinson