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The Twelfth House:

Misery or Moksha
The ultimate goal of Transpersonal Psychotherapy and Vedic Astrology is

God Realization or Moksha.

By Dennis Harness, Ph.D. However, his prediction did come to
The twelfth house in the natal fruition. My first job in California was saint, Mother Theresa had Ketu
horoscope is often a mysterious as a youth counselor in a juvenile residing in her twelfth house of her
domain of perplexity and paradox. prison facility. I was literally in jail for natal horoscope.
According to Vedic astrologer, Dr. up to sixty hours a week counseling The twelfth house is also reflective
B.V. Raman, the twelfth bhava adolescent boys. of the unconscious mind. The great
(house) “indicates misery, loss, I have always thought that this was Swiss psychiatrist, Dr. C.G. Jung once
expenditure, waste, extravagance, the Divine Mother’s loving and wrote, “that which we do not face in
sympathy, piety, divine knowledge compassionate way to balance the the unconscious, we will live as fate”.
and worship, moksha (final scales of karma for Saturn’s transit One of the goals of both
emancipation) and the state after over my twelfth house planets. In psychotherapy and astrology is to
death”. Whether an individual addition to the twelfth bhava make the unconscious, more
encounters toss or gain through the signifying jails and prisons, conscious. Both methods of
twelfth bhava is usually reflected by confinement can also come thru introspection attempt to bring light
the natal chart, navamsa and current ashrams, monasteries, and other places into the caverns of the sub-conscious
dasas and transits. But just as of spiritual renewal. The great saint of mind.
important, the attitude and India who taught in the West, Planets transiting thru the twelfth
consciousness of the individual Paramahansa Yogananda stated that house can bring to light certain
exploring the twelfth house will have “seclusion is the price of greatness”. psychological complexes related to
great influence as to what the soul The twelfth house can teach us the fear, worry and paranoia. Hidden
learns through the experiences. How benefit of aloneness, instead of the family secrets or ancestral patterns
we react and respond to life’s karmic experience of loneliness. Meditation, may also be revealed. As Jung had
lessons is our free will or choice. As yoga, and other spiritual austerities stated: “The greatest sin” is to remain
one encounters the twelfth house, it may be experienced through this unconscious."
may be said that, “some pain is house. Islands, remote places, and The twelfth house is also
inevitable; suffering is optional”. caves are also associated with the associated with the bed. Activities
My very first experience with a twelfth bhava. such as sleeping, dreaming, and even
professional astrologer was in 1976 The traditional karaka or making love (bed pleasures) are
and involved the twelfth house. The significator of the twelfth house is depicted here. Benefic planets here
astrologer noted that both Moon and Saturn. Sani or Saturn can reflect the may reflect the enjoyment of the
Jupiter were placed in my natal loss, suffering, and austerity of this bedroom and its related pleasures.
twelfth house and that Saturn would domain. In my opinion, Ketu can also Malefics posited here can reveal
be transiting over these planets in the be viewed as a secondary karaka of insomnia, nightmares, sexual
coming year. His dire prediction for the twelfth bhava. Ketu is the “moksha dysfunction or lack of sexual
1977 was that I should “ be cautious” karaka” graha and also reflects twelfth enjoyment. The left eye and the feet
because I “may end up in jail”. This house matters to an extent. Ketu is the are correlated with the twelfth bhava.
was a little disconcerting for a twenty- planet of enlightenment and liberation Thus, poor eyesight and/or
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one year old who was moving away as well as loss and confusion. Ketu
from his family to California to placed in the twelfth bhava can reflect
complete his college education. a deep spiritual awareness. The great
The Twelfth House the power behind the throne, trouble Ketu: Good for moksha or
Misery or Moksha with authority figures. Search for spiritual liberation, intuitive gifts,
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feet problems can occur due to ashram, enjoys distant travels. Need
afflictions to the twelfth house or its Moon: Lack of nurturing as a child, to create a peaceful living
lord. absent mother, fear of environment.
Loss of money, heavy appearing childish, need
expenditures, extravagance and debts for meditation time, The Outer Planets (not utilized in
can be experienced in relation to the enjoyment of the traditional Vedic Astrology):
twelfth house. However, this house can bedroom, sensitive to
also reveal unusual resources and be a sound, water is healing, Uranus: Good for astrologers,
hidden treasure chest at the time of success in foreign lands, unconventional, inventive mind,
need. It is important to remember that spiritual mother with may have had originality stifled by
the second house (money) and also the different religious family of origin. Underlying
second house from the eleventh house. beliefs, raised by nervousness.
It can provide the proverbial” the check siblings. Neptune : Creative inspiration,
is in the mail”. Benefic planets in the need for fantasy time, poetic ,
twelfth house provide sustenance Mercury: Good for writing and psychic, escapist tendencies, need
during the difficult times. keeping a journal, psychic nature, moderation with drugs, alcohol, and
Humanitarian or charitable work may tendency to ramble in speech, excellent transcendental mind. Sensitive,
be suitable for a benefic twelfth house for research and working behind the compassionate, need time near
person. scenes, poetic, worry or fear issues, water.
In summary, there are many creative dyslexia. Pluto: Repressed sexuality and
methods to consciously explore the Venus : Good bed pleasures, fear passion, tantric yoga may be
twelfth house. Psychotherapy, of loss in love, little public display of helpful, fear of owning one’s
astrology, hypnosis, journal writing and affection, trouble in early marriage, power, manipulation of others,
working with one’s dreams can be hidden treasures and gifts. Love of intense womb experience. ~
mystery, good longevity, peaceful References:
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unconscious mind. Meditation, prayer,
Mars: Kuja Dosha, early The Twelfth House: The Hidden
and other spiritual practices can also Power in the Horoscope. Samuel
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God Realization or Moksha. beneficial. Illuminating the Mysteries of the
Exploration of twelfth house activities Jupiter: Good for meditation and Twelfth House. CRCS Publications,
can assist us in finding our way home yoga, Guru may be absent, hidden Sebastopol. CA, 1989.
to God and the state of consciousness financial resources, discouraged to Raman, B.V. Hindu Predictive
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The following is a brief synopsis of death. Edition.
the grahas in the natal twelfth house. Saturn: Need for spiritual Rudhyar, Dane. The Astrological
Of course, the sign of the planet, discipline, path of service, issues with Houses, “The Twelfth House’
aspects, and current dasas/transits will fear and withdrawal, feet and/or eye CRCS Publications, 1972
greatly enhance the interpretation and problems, sexual dysfunction. Father
outcome. not available, may seek older mates,
heavy debts.
Planets in the Twelfth House: Rahu: Difficulties with sleep
Sun: Hermit nature, need for disturbance or sexuality, difficult to
seclusion, absent father, lack of diagnose illnesses, astral disturbances,
family support for ego-development, need to focus on sadhana or spiritual
dominant mother, low self-esteem, practices.

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