Having Saturn in the 12th house is probably one of the most difficult placements a native can have. Especially if the planet is adversely aspected, its effect in the house of fears and restriction can lead to isolation and depression.
As the 12th house rules fears, the presence of any malefic planet can induce quite a lot of them. Saturn has a rather cold and restrictive energy, which can lead the native to self-limitation. He is frequently afraid to dream, which in turn leads to despair and melancholy. Many times, it is Saturn’s pessimism that actually keeps the individual away from achieving his inner wishes.
The 12th house is responsible for the last 2 hours before birth, and Saturn’s presence may indicate a lot of pressure in the mother’s womb. Birth itself may be difficult, a quite traumatic first experience for the newborn. This pattern may trigger quite a lot of fears towards life, as the native will be subconsciously isolating himself from the world in order to recreate the more secure surroundings of being in his mother’s body.
Saturn himself in the 12th house and near the Ascendant is not the best indicator for health. His adverse effects are even stronger when hard aspects with Mars, Pluto or Uranus are involved. In many occasions, Saturn can indicate hospitalization due to health issues, especially in the latter stages of one’s life.
In case that Saturn is well-aspected, a lot of the placement’s difficulties will be blunted. Such a natal aspect will mostly indicate a person who enjoys being alone, and who will actually function a lot better when in isolation. It may create conscious hermits or monks, while also urge someone to abandon civilization and masses, living somewhere far from the city and passing a lot of time alone.
The planet is responsible of all types of restriction and places of confinement, but this does not necessarily mean that the individual will be unfortunate enough to be restricted. In fact, he may even choose a profession connected with places of seclusion. Saturn may indicate a career of caring of elder people, either at home or in hospitals. This may indeed feel like being imprisoned, as such elder people usually need a lot of attention and constant presence. In other situations, the native will have to take care of an elder family member, an experience that will devour a lot of personal time and energy.
Most of this placement’s difficulties can be results of unconscious worries and guilt. The native with a twelfth house Saturn has tendencies to feel responsible about things he should not, and even blame himself if something does not go as it should. Anxiety and melancholy may appear without apparent reasons, and Saturn places borders in self-expression. The native may actually not be talking about his deeper thoughts to anyone, and suffer in solitude. In addition, he will be frequently hiding such behaviors, in a desperate attempt to appear well in the other people’s eyes. This placement can even create a person that subconsciously enjoys in his suffering, and does not open up towards others in order not to lose it.
This natal placement can bring disappointments through hidden enemies, who can be frequently of an old age. The native with Saturn in the 12th house may have bad experiences with one or more of his grandparents, and generally being mistreated by elderly people. Saturn brings delays of all types, making the native experience burdens concerning how the time passes. There will be quite a lot of occasions when subjective time in the native’s mind will pass so slowly that will be perceived as a torture.
As this placement is of the most troubled ones, the best advice we can give is to stop taking life so seriously. Fear can be the only wall standing between a human and his happiness, so if you have this placement try to be honest to yourself about your life route. Do you really want to be happy or you enjoy your seclusion? Do you really want to get rid of your fears, or are they a comfortable excuse to continue your anti-social patterns? Being a solitary person is not something negative by itself; yet experiencing the burden of self-martyrdom is not the wisest choice. Wear a smile on yourself, and understand that it is in your hands to change your everyday reality, moment by moment. Learn to accept the daily small pleasures that life grants you, as it does to everyone – no matter how difficult or easy life he has.