The 12th, 4th and 8th houses are the houses of karma and the planets found here have great karmic connections.
12th house karma is revealed by the planet found here. If you have more than one planet in the 12th house, it means that you had multiple experiences in previous lifetimes that have generated karma. In this lifetime, you may become interested in searching for the unknown or learning about spirituality and your life purpose. If you don’t have any planets in the 12th house, then you should look at the sign on the cusp of this house, its ruler placement within the chart and the aspects it makes to other planets or angles. You may also want to check in the interpretation of the planet that rules your 12th house and whether you can relate to its interpretation. Suppose your 12th house is in Cancer, the ruling planet would be the Moon. In this case, you should read the interpretation of the Moon in the 12th house.
Natal Sun in the 12th house
The Sun in the 12th house indicates that you are an old soul. In the previous life (lives) you were probably someone famous or important, who lived in the public eye like a royal or a leader. Therefore, in this life, it will be quite easy or natural for you to get a similar position or become a person with authority, but you should carefully look for the sphere in which you will show your individuality. Your soul chose to incarnate and stay behind the scenes. That may be a hard lesson to learn for someone who had everything she/he wanted to be done immediately.
The 12th house is the hidden sphere of the chart and with this, in mind, you may find that as someone with the Sun placed here, you dislike direct Sun and may prefer to stay in the shade. When it comes to crowded places, you may also feel drained quickly and need time alone after, in order to regain your energies.
People with this placement are like energy sponges and by no means should feel guilty or strange when if they have a need to withdraw. It is actually essential for them to stay in peaceful and calm places where they can relax and release tension. The Sun here could also indicate karma with the father. Often the father figure was emotionally detached during childhood or unavailable for some other reason. You may find it challenging to control the inner compulsion of guiding or teaching others. When you were in your mother’s womb, you felt unique, and this could be because your parents were very excited and couldn’t wait to meet you.
Natal Moon in the 12th house
With the Moon in the 12th house, there is a karmic debt with the mother figure, and also about mothering and being a mother. This kind of soul may have previously been for instance too overprotective (Moon in Cancer), too authoritarian (Moon in Capricorn) or too cold and withdrawn (Moon in Aquarius). Whatever the scenario, the Moon in this house strongly suggests a prior life emotional connection with the mother, but not only in a positive way but also in the negative. The mother figure could have been a reason for some disappointment. In the present life the relationship with the mother for a person with the 12th house Moon is often challenging. The child feels emotionally neglected and under nurtured. The goal is for the child and the mother to find a common understanding and break the cycle of karma through forgiveness.
The Moon is the planet that rules our feelings and emotions and oftentimes people with this placement react very emotionally to everything that they do; they are also often moody and capricious, resulting in an inability to understand their emotions. Furthermore, with this lunar placement, one may find it difficult to control the internal need to handle everything very emotionally. When you were in your mother’s womb, you were truly aware of your mother. You felt everything that she felt and everything that she experienced.
Natal Mercury in the 12th house
Mercury, in the 12th house, indicates that in the previous life, you were genuinely focused on ideas and theory. Moreover, you could have participated in academic or experimental research, which only ended on theory. For that reason, you came to this world with a high intellectual curiosity, which should not be wasted, but skillfully channelled.
You can quickly become frustrated if you do not share your thoughts or ideas with others. You have a subconscious need to think, speak, write, and communicate. You should try not to say anything in vain, and you should not waste your mental and scientific energy, but instead use it in practice.
You may find it challenging to control the internal need to communicate with others, speaking, and writing. When you were in your mother’s womb, you heard everything that was said to her and around her.
Natal Venus in the 12th house
With Venus in the 12th house, in the previous life, you were either a great beauty, a well-known lover, or a great poet or artist. Your focus was on art and big romances. In this life, you want to experience joy and love above all, or you may also dream of practising some art.
Furthermore, you have an unconscious need to strive for beauty (regular visits to a beautician, special diets, etc.), and to everything that is associated with pleasure and romance. You have a deep need to give someone love. The challenge you may have is to control the need for loving – showing respect and taking love away, which may be associated with either actual romance or one-sided love. When you were in your mother’s womb, you were aware of her love or the lack of it.
Natal Mars in the 12th house
With Mars in the 12th house, in the previous life, you were a soldier or someone who practised martial arts, or you were strongly challenged on some sporting scene. In this life, you need to express yourself on a physical level. That may not always be easy to do, because you do not always understand your motives or misunderstand them. You either exaggerate anger and aggression or restrain yourself by accumulating, and then you explode. Find a way to systematically spend your physical energy on workouts or by spending time in nature.
You may find it challenging to control the internal pressure of physical activity, which may be associated with either aggression or suppression.
When you were in your mother’s womb, your mother may have undergone surgery or had an accident.
Natal Jupiter in the 12th house
With Jupiter in the 12th house, in your past life, you had a very active and glamorous social experience. You could have been born into a noble family, or you were someone who was very well educated. In the present incarnation, life, it is essential for you to be an active part of the community. Also – because Jupiter is a planet of exaggeration – you may be starting too many projects or spending too much money (more than you have).
You are craving social attention and need to be accepted in society with care and warmth. You wish to share your passion with others, and perhaps you are in a constant search of your place on the earth. You may find it challenging to control the inner compulsion of exaggeration and get recognition in society. When you were in your mother’s womb, you felt very comfortable. That could be thanks to the proper medical care that your mother received during pregnancy.
Natal Saturn in the 12th House
If you have Saturn in the 12th house, it means that in the previous life you may have suffered as a result of poverty or other life difficulties and you came to this world with a sense of regret, sadness, or guilt. In this life, members of your family may be poor, needy, sick, or have too many duties and burdens. It may be difficult for you to believe that you deserve happiness because you often get a sense of sadness and loss and unconsciously sabotage your projects and possibilities. One of the lessons in this lifetime is to learn to forgive yourself and others.
Ultimately, the 12th house Saturn gives you a lot of life wisdom because over the years people with Saturn in this house, are strengthening, and the emerging restrictions, troubles, and difficulties, increased in their spirit and body.
You may find it challenging to control the internal pressure of frustration, dissatisfaction, and the feeling of limitations. When you were in your mother’s womb, you felt a restriction and did not feel comfortable.
Natal Uranus in the 12th House
If you have Uranus in the 12th house, it means that your previous life was exciting, intense, full of unexpected changes (revolution, earthquake, volcano eruption, tsunami, etc.). Now you probably also live in a family that has been fluctuated by various changes. In this life, you want, and you may do many changes or reforms. You have a lot of nervous energy and a tendency to sudden compulsive actions. Innovative Uranus in the 12th house encourages and forces you to look for people, companies, and organizations that will appreciate your creative ideas, or encourage/force you to repair this world yourself.
You are unable to control the internal compulsion to free yourself from restrictions/gaining and maintaining independence and making sudden, sometimes strange changes, reforms, or revolutions. When you were in your mother’s womb, you felt some disturbance, anxiety of the mother related to the changes.
Natal Neptune in the 12th house
With Neptune in the 12th house, in your past life, you were a dreamer, a poet, a spiritual person, or maybe even in the worst scenario a drug addict. Your family tended to mix into affairs, illusions, deceptions, uncertain, or illegal matters. In this life, you may have a compulsive desire to escape from reality through laziness, alcohol, etc. Now you have to learn to hold fantasies at the level of consciousness, and spiritual and creative gifts should be grounded.
You may also find it challenging to control the inner urge of falling into states of confusion, illusion, and entering into vague situations and interests. When you were in your mother’s womb, it was difficult for you to distinguish one from another. Perhaps your mother was drinking, taking some medicine, or being exposed to some toxic substances.
Natal Pluto in the 12th house
Pluto in the 12th house in the natal chart indicates a past life regarding matters related to violence and power. Perhaps you were involved with the wrong people of society. For instance, you were a criminal or victim of war or psychosis of the masses. In this life, you are geared unconsciously to survival. Your psyche seems to be often a can of Pandora. Perhaps you are afraid of your dark power.
One should realize that every power has to be used for the good of others and for doing good in the world. With Pluto in this house placement, you may find it challenging to control the internal compulsion to enter into extreme, plutonic situations. When you were in your mother’s womb, you were aware of the separations or extreme situations that were happening around your mother.
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Justyna Rossy D.M. Astrol, STA Diph, based in the UK is an astrological consultant and a writer specializing in natal, vocational and predictive astrology. Justyna was certified with merit from the Mayo School of Astrology in London, and has high knowledge of both modern and classical implications of a chart interpretation. Justyna’s passion is exploring the mysteries of life using the ancient symbolic wisdom behind the time, date and place of birth in order to help others achieve their most magnificent and greatest potential.