The twelfth house is the most spiritual house in our astrological chart. It is associated with the astrological sign Pisces, the mystic and the planet of spirituality which is Neptune. It is often shrouded in mystery. Many astrology books that I read could never explain the twelfth house in a way that resonated with me. After many years of research, I realized that only someone with twelfth house planets could actually truly understand it or explain the energy that surrounds it. From personal experiences with twelfth house energy, we are able to help others understand the most secretive, hidden and illusive house in astrology, “the house of service and connecting with God”.
Twelfth house people are the kindest, most compassionate and sensitive people on this planet. From a young age, they often feel different from everyone else. Many twelfth house people tell me that they felt like they were an alien from a foreign land, because they never felt like they belonged here on this earth. I hear similar stories from people from all over the world. Many twelfth house individuals told me that at some time in their childhood they often wondered if they were adopted. They felt so distinct and different from their immediate family, they would grasp at straws trying to figure out why they were so different. They felt like angles who fell to earth in human form. Being in the material world is painful for them. A common personality trait that all twelfth house individuals share is that they feel like they have something inside them and the way they perceive the world that is not like normal people around them. This uniqueness is something special, it’s true, they are not like normal people.
Most twelfth house people experience strange, mystical and unexplained experiences from a young age. They see ghosts, dream things that happen and can sense when other people are upset or angry. Highly intuitive and empathic, they often hide these gifts from others and sometimes even themselves. Many people call these abilities empathic and psychic abilities. It is like twelfth house people have spider senses and can pinpoint the emotions that others experience. It is no surprise that many people with problems and unhealed pain are drawn to twelfth house people. They attract people who need help. I used to feel like there was a sign on my back that said, “Come to me, I will help you.” This trait sounds like a positive trait, but in reality, it can be very painful. The reason it becomes painful is because twelfth house people often lack strong boundaries. Our energy is wide open and gives freely. Giving and helping people come naturally to them. They are like a flame that moths are drawn to. They attract everyone and everything in their environment. They are a light that shines brightly in the darkness.
We have to be careful how much we give of our energy and how much we can withstand because by being selfless, twelfth house people often feel drained and burned out after being around people for too long. They not only crave time alone, but it’s crucial that they make time for solitude. Being alone is not a bad thing for twelfth house people, they actually need this time to recover, recoup and re-emerge into the real world. This is why the twelfth house is often referred to as the house of escapism. The only reason we want to escape from the world is so we can find peace, connection and comfort. Twelfth house people love to be home reading a book, doing art, journaling, writing or listening to music. They love to sit in silence with their own thoughts, emotions and energy and they are completely fine being in the house alone for days. Sometimes they never leave the house unless they have to, and they are content with this. Many people don’t understand twelfth house people and why they withdrawal from social situations and family obligations. They often make excuses as to why they can’t go out to eat or attend a social event, because they know how they will feel once they are there among others. They want to leave and return home to their private world.
Surrounding themselves around spiritual art and music brings comfort. Owning pets, like small dogs or larger animals such as horses can be healing for them.
Animals often become a surprise therapy pet for twelfth house people. Giving unconditional love is natural for twelfth house people and animals can be something that helps them survive the more difficult times in their lives.
I remember being young and I was always drawn to angels. I was obsessed with learning about angels and I collected angel figurines. Everyone knew what gift to buy for me for any holiday or occasion, it was an angel. I never understood where this fascination came from. I was not raised to be religious. I had a natural interest in religions and mystical ideas and angels were one of those spiritual things I was drawn to.
Believing in angels, for me was comforting and made me feel protected. I felt they were watching over us and ensuring we were safe and supported. When I had to go out into the real world, which I did not enjoy doing in my younger days it was a little easier because I would think about my guardian angels being around me and this helped with my anxiety and fears. I felt invincible, like no one could touch me or hurt me. I was naïve because I believed that angels were there all the time to help me. Sometimes when we pray, we don’t immediately have answers. I finally learned that sometimes the universe sends people as “angels” to assist us and support us. Angels in human form. These people often have twelfth house planets.
Twelfth house people are what I call “fallen angels”. It’s like they fell to earth, to a foreign land. They wander weak and weary wondering why they are here. They question who they are. They feel disconnected at times from their environment as if they are living in a dream. When they are with groups of people they can dissociate from their physical body and feel like they are an observer, like the world around them is a movie. I remember this happening to me all the time and it was so hard to explain this experience to anyone. Sometimes when they walk, they feel that they are walking on air and that their feet are not on the placed firmly on the ground.
They often feel like no one understands them until they find their spiritual circle and group. That is what they are seeking deep inside their hearts, they are seeking other people who are just like them. It might take them awhile, but they will find them. They need a spiritual support system in their lives to help them achieve the goals they chose to accomplish this lifetime. Twelfth house people are here for a purpose. Sometimes this purpose is forced upon them, and the universe strips away from them the very things they love and cherish. Through these difficult experiences they often feel that they have to sacrifice themselves, their feelings and their emotions for the greater good and sometimes they have no choice but to let go.
Twelfth house people are giving and enjoy healing others. They like to feel helpful and to be of service to those in need. That is why many twelfth house people and people with Pisces energy are drawn to the helping professions such as psychology, social worker, counseling and working as spiritual advisors. They like to listen to other people’s problems, and they have such an empathic and strong listening ability that others are drawn to them. They can listen to others and offer a kind word and validation, because they truly feel other people’s pain. They put themselves in other people’s shoes fully. If someone begins to cry, then tears will swell up inside their eyes and they will cry too. They absorb other people’s pain which makes them spiritual healers, but there is a price to this, sometimes they neglect themselves and avoid their own self-care.
When planets are placed in the twelfth house, I see someone that wears their heart on your sleeve. There's a very strong, compassionate nature that is otherworldly, just like the traits of an Angel. They often take on other people’s pain, karma and burdens. Walking around on the earth as empaths absorbing all the dark, painful emotions of humanity that surrounds them. As fallen angels, wandering on earth in this practical realm they have to learn to balance their mystic and practical side in order to function and be healthy.
People with planets in the twelfth house often ignore themselves, at times, when they love someone or when they care about someone. And that's the natural energy of this placement. It's not that they choose to do it. It comes naturally to them to focus on other people and to care about their friends and their family, and to forget themselves in the midst of their helping. And they're meant to do that. They're meant to help others, but they need to have a good balance because they lack boundaries between themselves and other people. They can be so selfless that they get taken advantage of by those they trust. They can be wounded but selfish people who only take and never appreciate or give back to them. Sometimes people see their kindness as a weakness. This is why the twelfth house is the house of suffering.
Feeling used, tossed out, abandoned and betrayed is often a twelfth house experience. This happens because twelfth house people see other people with rose colored glasses and they are so innocent they believe that other people are like them, and that is the greatest lesson to learn. The fact is most people are nothing like them and are incapable of the kind of love and sacrifice that they can give to their fellow man. Twelfth house people are special and have a sacred duty here on this material plane.
Even Angels need time away from people to recharge and recuperate their great amount of healing energy. Twelfth house people are truly angels on earth, fallen angels who wander here helping everyone that crosses their path and blessing others with their vast amount of kindness and compassion. The world needs them, and they are the shining lights in the darkness that show those who are struggling that there is a glimmer of hope. That glimmer of hope is the fact that twelfth house people exist in this mundane world. The walk among us. We need twelfth house people to be strong, to take time to withdrawal from the world so they can heal and then go back out into the real world and serve those who need them. This is when they will feel that they are meant to be here in this world. They will begin to realize that they are fallen angels, they are not where they used to be and they know it’s hard and cold here, but they realize that they chose to fall to earth to be a support and a light for others.
Twelfth house people need to allow their angelic light to shine, even if their wings are damaged and they might have some scars. It is not an easy mission to love like angels and to give like angels, but twelfth house people naturally do it. They are God’s healers and messengers on earth.
Carmen Turner-Schott, MSW, LISW is an author, licensed clinical social worker, psychological astrologer and teacher with national and international clientele. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1997. She completed her Master of Social Work degree at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1999. She is a published author and has written seven books. Her two newest books are Sun Signs, Houses & Healing: Build Resilience & Transform Your Life Through Astrology and The Mysteries of the Twelfth Astrological House: Fallen Angels.
Carmen has been researching the eighth and twelfth astrological houses and trauma, healing, and transformation for the past 25 years. Carmen began her astrological work at the age of 16 after an experience with a glowing ball of light in her doorway and began studying metaphysics and the Edgar Cayce material at that time. She has presented astrology workshops for the Association of Research & Enlightenment (A.R.E.) throughout the years and teaches a variety of spiritual development classes. She founded Deep Soul Divers Astrology and is the admin of several Facebook astrology groups.
Contact her through her website a https://https://www.8and12houses.com, like her Facebook pages at https://www.facebook.com/www.deepsouldiversastrology andhttps://https://www.facebook.com/CarmenTurnerSchottWriter or follow her on Instagram: carmen_turner_schott_author.
Note: Awesome show I had with Carmen : https://www.blogtalkradio.com/starzcast/2022/09/21/natalie-talks-live-with-multifaceted-astrologer-carmen-turner-schott-msw-lisw
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