Our connection to the Great Mystery: the 12th house

The 12th house is a most dreaded house, even more so than the 8th... I wonder why.

In the zodiac, Scorpio's reputation is worse than Pisces' though, so why should it go the other way with the houses they rule?

The 12th house ends is a Watery house.

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The element Water talks about deep feelings and emotions, longings, cravings, instincts, deeply ingrained memories from childhood, for our ancestors or from past lives along with, especially in the 12th, connections with dimensions of the universal soul we wouldn't even suspect would exist...

Beyond words, the twelfth s a world of music and images.

Let’s chose a thread to follow, knowing it’s not the only one… Quite often, with water, there is a surface, there is above the surface, and there is below. Expect to be confused…

We often repeat "As above so below" thinking "above" means up in the heavens and "below" down here, but above can also be here, the world where we can breathe and see, and below the invisible and mysterious world of deep down.

The world is reflected upside down when the surface of the water is still and smooth like a mirror, so maybe we could also put the old saying upside down: As below, so above. Below is below the surface of appearances. What is cause and what is effect is a chicken or egg problem, our side is the chicken side, below, or within, is the egg side.

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The dramas, the conflicts, the attractions and loathings, the falls in and out of love, the alliances and betrayals, the shapes and abilities of our bodies, the endless repetition of routines, the walls and the checkpoints, the abuses and the bureaucracies... All life as we know it may be nothing but the chicken of our eggs, kept and nurtured by Water, hatching and growing according to the rhythm of the stars… Some eggs may have been waiting for many lives….

In the twelfth house is our connection with the deepest Mystery.

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What is deepest is also highest. Heraclitus said: "The way up and the way down are one and the same" I take this as meaning that whether you take your spiritual journey as a journey of exploration of what's deep, or as the climbing of a sacred mountain on top of which the Great Spirit of the Heavens is waiting for you, one way or another, you're doing the same thing. When you don't know where is up and where is down, when you can't know within from without, you become so lost you can only pray. Ask for guidance. We come here to be confused, because being confused is the state we need to let go of a helpless ego and let a bigger hand take ours. “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” said Jesus Christ.

Life comes from Water and Water is always pregnant. Some dreams may be called "karmic", we gave them to Water once upon a time... What we do to others leaves us with a dream in its wake, the dream that the same thing may happen to us. Maybe it won't happen. Maybe we'll tackle the issue directly in the world of dreams, if we are able to see what is in gestation there - and chose what we keep nurturing and what we better defuse or transform… What is in store in the universal womb? One way or another, we have to face what's roaming the waters. In meditation, before it grows too real, is a better way.

(Not everything is "karmic" as far as I understand. We are doing more than just dealing with the past. We also have dreams which are simply our dreams, our potentials...)

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We can't see what's below the surface... We can go fishing with the Fisher King, for healing, because spiritual seeking starts with suffering - the wake up call. We can’t see below the surface but we can imagine, as humans do when confronted with the unknown, all kinds of things, treasures, remedies, monsters, mermaids, genies trapped in bottles....Imaginations which happen to be the language spoken by our so called "unconscious mind", the energies which, deep down, exist without words, without clear consciousness, without us being able to take some distance to look at them... We are immersed in the dream world all-the-time. The world of our most intimate subjectivity is so familiar that we don't even notice it’s there and for us it’s deep down in the dark. How could a fish notice there is water? It would have to pop its head above the surface, and see the difference... Sometimes a fish does just that and speaks to a puzzled fisherman to tell him secrets powerful enough to change his whole life. Let's wish the fisherman to be wise...

The symbol for the fourth house and Cancer is the crab. This animal is seen out of the water when the tide is low. It appears and runs on firm ground. The origins remain mysterious but at least we see what we get. A baby came out of the water, took a first breath and now it's crawling on its hands and knees, little crab carrying with him an ocean of ancestral memories. The symbol for the 12th and Pisces is two fish swimming in opposite directions. As we appeared out of the ocean, so we will return to the world of no limits and no differences...

Death, however, is usually associated with the eighth house and Scorpio. In the eighth, however, we still speak of the other world, from which we are separated by a veil which, they say, is at its thinnest at Samhein - Halloween. On the other side of the veil are spirits with which mediums communicate. You can get news from your loved ones after they passed away…. In the eighth death means trans-formation. According to what some people who may know better than me say, after we die we go to the astral plane, and there we may still have a sense of being us. We will catch up with our ancestors and sort out the conditions of our next incarnation…

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The twelfth house seems to mean something even deeper, something like what Buddhists mean when they say that the very notion of self is an illusion, as everyone of us is nothing but the whole universe manifesting. We are just a wave on the surface of the ocean, but nothing is permanent, this wave too will pass… When we know we are the ocean we're fine. When we don't we fear annihilation.... That’s why we may fear the 12th more than the 8th…






Planets in the twelfth may make us feel lost, unable to find expression, disoriented, but they may also express in various ways :

-through art, music or poetry, -which we can't practice without being "inspired" (but by what?) The twelfth is a world of music and images.

- service to others - and especially those in need. There is a logic of being lost, needing to be saved and saving. Now, even saving may be just another illusion…

- healing, anything we label "spiritual"....

- Placements in the twelfth may mean the great trials and suffering which make us search for healing and/or become healers, priests, bridges, channels....

- Placements in the twelfth may speak of little cells, because, like in monasteries, the ones who dedicate their lives to contemplate this ocean of Mystery need to be contained in little cells and follow strict rules. There is a law of balance that need to be respected, the fish swim simultaneously in both directions...

- When the cell is not in a monastery, it may be in a prison or a psychiatric hospital. Nothing is closer to wisdom and spiritual enlightenment than delusion and madness... as both the wise and the mad free themselves from the socially accepted norms…

- A laboratory, any hidden space can be meant by the 12th house...

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- Occultists talk about the "sphere of illusions" students have to confront- and here is another Neptunian meaning that we can find at all levels of expression, from the basic deception of the conman who makes you believe giving them all your money is a good idea, to the mental undoing of mental illness, via extra marital affairs and the artificial paradises of alcohol, drugs, compulsive sex or any addictions….

- Now, funnily enough, the 12th house can also mean that you are working in an hostel or a restaurant. Even if it's a business, hostel and hospital are places of hospitality.

- Neptune sometimes simply means liquids, oils, alcohols (called spirits), perfumes... If you business has a 12th house flavor, you may be selling essential oils or investing in petroleum companies.

- Sometimes, the ocean is also a literal interpretation of Neptune, Pisces or the twelve house. A twelfth houser may be a sailor. Mars in the 12th could serve in the Navy, or roam the oceans with Greenpeace. Ask the mermaids…

- With Neptune, Pisces and the twelfth house, we want to go back to Paradise - all illusions and escapism may come from the idea that we can take shortcuts. Hence addictions and depressions…..

- Sacrifice is another big spiritual theme. Sometimes we sacrifice ourselves for others, sometimes we sacrifice something we are attached to to become able to attach ourselves to something higher.... and sometimes we are just scapegoats, victims, sacrificed by others against our will, but if it's in our chart....

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... but maybe, to get a feel of the twelfth we should stop using this Mercurial mind who should now be happy enough with this list , and listen to music. Chose the most compelling music, the one you love most.... and get carried away.. Soon you will be so entranced that you will have forgotten that you have a body, a name, a yesterday and a tomorrow, no must, no should, no guilt, no shame, no have to..... Only oneness, only communion.

We are waves...