What Is The Twelfth House?
(Associated with Neptune and Aries)
House is a term used by astrologers to define another set of twelve sectors of the sky which are similar to the twelve Signs, but may differ in size and in where the House Cusps start and end (the First House always starts at the Ascendant). Think of two old wagon wheels with twelve spokes each, attached to the same axle. The spaces between overlapping spokes are like the Signs and Houses and the spokes are like their cusps. In the sky, the Sun and Moon and Planets are each traveling through both a Sign and a House at any given time.
The Meaning of Houses
The Houses have meanings which correspond in some ways to the meanings of the Signs, but are more like "where", while Signs are like "how".
What Is A House in Astrology?
TWELFTH HOUSE: This is the House of
SPIRIT, SURRENDER, SACRIFICE & SECRETS...
how you sacrifice your self-interest to serve the needs of others: social work, charity work, volunteer work, being with people confined in institutions (hospitals or asylums or prisons);
how you surrender your sense of self (ego): to a higher power or to Love, willingly to another person, unwillingly to a dominant person, or unwittingly in a co-dependent relationship;
how you are affected by things which are hidden: sub-conscious fears or guilts or resentments or hates, past-life karma, skeletons in closets, potentially damaging secrets, secret enemies or saboteurs, secret plots, secret motives, hidden agendas, suppressed knowledge, secret societies, occult wisdom, hidden meanings;
how you appear "mysterious", how you keep your secrets, how you keep others' secrets;
how you deal with the unknown, how you seek a direct connection to hidden knowledge by means other than intellect or logic or rational thinking (through the non-rational: imagination or intuition or extra-sensory perception or spiritualism or prophecy);
other associations... bodies of water, chemicals, drugs and drug dependencies, perfumes, dancing, ecstasy, spirituality, self-sacrifice, martyrdom, persuasion through imagination, illusions, deceptions, self-delusions, escapism.
To learn what things are associated with each house, click on these links:
Sun Sign Table.