In reality, every soul is trapped in the physical body. Because of Karma and desires, we even forgot the fact that we are trapped in this body. Because of ego and other negative emotions, we identify ourselves with this body. When we come out of this ignorance, we start seeking for higher consciousness. When we detach ourselves from the self, it will lead to enlightenment and then liberation. This process happens in the 12th house of a birth chart. As the 12th house is the 12th from the ascendant, it signifies the loss of self or loss of identity. The 12th house in astrology reminds you every time who you really are. It will create different situations and experiences just to smash your false ego.
Areas Represented by the 12th House
Liberation, Loss, Expenditure, Sleep, Dreams, Hospitals, Foreign travel, Endings, Moksha, Restriction of freedom, Detachment, Addictions, Pleasures, Bed pleasures, Transformation, Charity, Donations, Monastery, Ashrams, Meditation, Punishments, misfortune, Inferiority complex, Imprisonment, foreign settlement.
Role of the 12th House in Astrology
The 12th house is the last house among all the houses in astrology. After performing the dramas of all the houses, one will come to the stage of the 12th house just to undo everything. This house is a bit difficult to deal with if you are not yet ready. People in the path of spirituality will find this house to be very fascinating. The 12th house reminds you every time who you really are. It will create different situations and experiences just to smash your false ego. This is one of the reasons why Saturn is assigned as the significator (karaka) for the 12th house.
The symbol for the Pisces sign, which is the natural 12th house of the zodiac, is two fish in opposite directions. Moreover, the sign itself is a dual sign. So there is an inherent duality in the 12th house. It offers opportunities in both worldly pleasures and spirituality. Based on your frame of mind, you will utilize the 12th house energy. You can either use it for sense enjoyment or for spiritual enlightenment. The more you use it for spiritual elevation, you will move closer to God.
The 12th House Represents Ending and Loss
As the 1st house is about the beginnings, the last house of the horoscope deals with endings. It is one of the evil houses in Vedic astrology. The 12th house represents loss, suffering, hardships, frustrations, confinements, imprisonments. As the 12th house is the 12th from the ascendant, it signifies the loss of self or loss of the identity. But the purpose of hardship is to remove ignorance and false ego.
The kind of loss depends on the planets in this house. There can be losses in significations attributed to those planets. The 12th house ruler also causes the loss for the house it occupies. If it is connected with wealth-creating houses, then it can create a big hole in your pockets. On a spiritual side, it represents the loss of ego and ignorance.
The 12th House in Astrology refers to Moksha/Liberation
The 12th house represents liberation or moksha. The trinal energy of the 4th, 8th, and 12th houses together form the spiritual triangle. To experience liberation, one has to be free from all the materialistic attachments. The highest form of attachment is the attachment with the body/self. Also, you will be attached to people, surroundings, or worldly pleasures. When you detach yourself from the self and worldly pleasures, the process of liberation becomes easy. Then you will be free from the cycle of birth and death.
Ketu is the primary significator for liberation. When the 12th has any connection with Ketu, there is a high probability of some spiritual experiences. But Ketu alone cannot give enlightenment. It needs support from other planets.
The 12th House in Astrology also Represents Pleasures
The 12th house carries dual nature. Generally, it is perceived that the 12th house is only about liberation. But, it only shows your longing for something from the core of your heart. Not everyone seeks liberation. It all depends on your inner calling. On one extreme, it represents sexual/bed pleasures or other highest materialistic pleasures and on the other extreme, it represents the highest spiritual liberation.
As a soul, only after enjoying all the material pleasures in many births, you will start thinking of going in the divine root. Therefore, if you are not yet ready for the spiritual process, you will only be thinking in terms of fulfilling materialistic pleasures. Again, depending on the planets in the 12th house and its ruler, the aspirations may change. Like for example, Venus in the 12th house may boost sexual desires. (Venus gets exalted in the sign of Pisces, which happens to be the 12th house of the zodiac)
The 12th House Rules Over Hospital and Prison
The 12th house rules hospitals, jails, asylums, or any other place where generally no one wants to go. Because you will feel caged and restricted in these places. There is no freedom and you are bound by rules to follow.
A troubled 12th house will create a void in the minds. The mind becomes very weak and It will create pessimistic thinking. For the purpose of compensating for this negativity, people start consuming addictive substances. When it goes out of control, they may end up in hospitals, jails, or asylums. Therefore, when there is trouble in this house, it is important not to get into any of the addictive habits.
The 12th House in Astrology Represents Sleep
The 12th house rules sleep patterns and dreams. Therefore, when the 12th house gets afflicted, the native drags himself away from reality and goes into a dreamy world. He will not have control over his thinking pattern and will be absorbed in his thoughts. Because of this, he will lose concentration. Even past life experiences or phobias may also surface in the present life in the form of dreams. When the twelfth house becomes auspicious, one will experience sound sleep. One will become intuitive, mystical and will be interested in spiritual sadhana.
The 12th House in Astrology also Signify Philanthropy
The 12th house also represents philanthropic works. A good 12th house will encourage you to work on social causes. You may work with NGOs or other social organizations. When you are on a spiritual path, you will realize that whatever you have earned is actually not yours. When you have this kind of awareness, you will start distributing the excess wealth to the needy. So when the wisdom strikes, greed dissolves.
Body Parts and Diseases Related to the 12th House
Body parts represented by the 12th house are feet and left eye. The diseases connected with this house are gangrene, cracks in the feet, dry skin, problems to the left eye.