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The Twelfth House: The House of Subconscious

The twelve houses represent twelve experiential realms, through which the energy of the zodiac sign is expressed. Each house represents a certain area of life experience.  The Twelfth house represents our hidden strengths, limitations and the subconscious mind.

The Twelfth House is ruled by Neptune and Jupiter and is the natural home of Pisces. It is the fourth and final cadent house. This is the house of our subconscious and like the Fourth and Eighth Houses, it is a house of endings. To understand the true essence of the Twelfth house and gain deeper understanding the kind of ending it governs we must look to its association with another house; the Ninth. Like the Ninth House the Twelfth House governs the desire for union with a higher power, although it has a far more mystical influence in this house. Hidden within this house is our ability to channel for intuition, inspiration and mystical spirituality. The hidden potential and the big secret that lays hidden deep within the Twelfth House is that the ending it governs is the highest form of spiritual evolution; ascension; the state of becoming conscious energy without the need for physical form. So, the 'ending' that the Twelfth House governs is the conscious end of the need for material and bodily existence; thought becomes energy in its purest form. It is this 'expansion' of the spiritual essence that highlights the potential of Jupiter within this House (Jupiter being the co-ruler of Pisces and the Twelfth House.)

This is an incredibly difficult energy to assimilate at any level and is why the Twelfth House traditionally gets such a bad rap. To reap the benefits of this house you must cut through the illusion and deception, you must unlock your own innermost secrets and you must actively search for that which is hidden. The Twelfth House represents the path to wisdom and enlightenment, its not an easy path by any means, but if you choose to actively engage this house the spiritual rewards are incalculable.

On a more mundane level, the Twelfth House shows our hidden strengths and weaknesses, enemies and dangers. It reveals the things we hide from others and to an extent, where we hide things from ourselves. This house is the final house in the Zodiac cycle and accordingly it embodies all the lessons learned from the other eleven houses, including their mistakes. Everything culminates in the energy of the Twelfth House. As individuals we subconsciously process the events which have been triggered by the preceding eleven houses in a bid to grow from our experiences, enabling us to put the past behind us and move forward.

It also represents every day secrets and behind the scenes activity; being the house of the subconscious, it is often the root of our psychological problems. Due to it's position opposite the Sixth house; the House of the 'mind', the Twelfth can highlight our own mistaken mental excesses. It is often called the dustbin of the horoscope because it is here that we hide away issues we do not want to deal with. If the connection between the Sixth House and Twelfth House is too overpowering, if the sixth House is stronger, the conscious mind can stand in the way of our tapping into our subconscious.

More than any other house in the Zodiac, we cannot consider the affects of the Twelfth House without taking its relationship with many of the other houses into account.

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