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The 12th house is a subject that many astrologers prefer to avoid. It’s generally unpleasant, containing, as it does, prisons, institutions, and hidden enemies. Of course, it also contains large animals such as horses, elephants, and killer whales, but it’s hard to work Sea World into a typical astrology consultation.

You can’t ignore the 12th house; it’s a fact of life. But once you understand how the 12th house functions, you may realize that “unpleasant” isn’t the same thing as “bad.”

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  • This was really insightful. I am a 12th house sun, I am currently on the journey of finding myself and understanding myself, knowing who I truly am. Can you elaborate on what it would be like if an individual had the ruler of their 12th house in the 1st house?
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  • ABSOLUTELY disagree. As someone with 5 planets in my 12th house I can tell you you have it twisted. We are born into " standard society percieved " darkness BECAUSE we are so far advanced enlightened compared to the collective group of humanity THAT for the greater good of the species , our HIGHLY a...
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I was recently teaching the lesson in The Real Astrology Academy Online Natal Astrology Class when I introduce the houses. When I got to the 8th house, I reminded my students that the 5th house is the house of sex and love affairs, and commented that the only sex that belongs in the 8th house involves an extensive leather wardrobe and safe words.

I’ve always liked that joke. But then one of my students commented on it, and I started to realize that it’s not, in fact, remotely accurate. More importantly, it’s not remotely practical. I realized that there is no situation where you would ever look to the 8th house for information about a sexual relationship, no matter how adventurous or unconventional that relationship is.

And the worst part about this was I realized I could no longer tell that particular joke.

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