Natal Chiron in the 12th house of a natal chart is a rather difficult placement, as the asteroid operates directly in one’s subconscious and unconscious mind. The 12th house is known to be the Achilles foot of the natal chart, and is connected with self-undoing. In addition, as the house is connected with our fears, Chiron tends to induce phobias that sometimes is difficult to get rid of.
The twelfth house is the ocean of our dreams, the deepest layers of our consciousness. It is there where our traumas and fears hide, and also our secret enemies. The house is ruled by Neptune and Pieces. That is why here also lays our inspiration and our chord that connects us with the collective subconscious. From here we can download information in our mind connected with art, and that’s why the 12th house is also the realm of psychology.
Chiron’s presence here shows unresolved traumas that possibly come from previous lives. Some astrologer schools claim that the 12th house is ruling the period before one’s birth, while he is an embryon in the womb of his mother. No matter if this is true or not, we should understand that the 12th house also rules roughly the last two hours before birth. It is because during that time, the sign that occupies the 12th house was rising from the horizon and thus conjuncting the native’s Ascendant (which is of course his physical body). With Chiron placed in the 12th house, there was probably physical pain and difficulties during the labor. Before even exiting the mother’s womb, the young native felt some bad feeling. Probably, depending on the signs or other planets present, the type of pain differs. If Chiron is in Aries, then the pain was of a sharp type, while in an air sign there would be feeling of suffocation. The effect is that the youngborn has some frightening pre-birth memories. Before even symbolically exiting towards the world of conscious and independent existence, he finds it somehow hostile.
In addition, during transits of malefic planets through the 12th house, the conjunction will reawaken these patterns and bring subconscious pain to the person again. Curiously enough, this is a field that even psychology cannot easily examine. It is too difficult to return to pre-natal events and find inside them the cause of the person’s problems. Chiron in the 12th house can mess up some core functions of the subconscious, which can manifestate as a general struggle with the person’s everyday reality. He might constantly thing that something is wrong, without even understanding what it is. There will be a constant feeling of painful existence hovering in his life’s atmosphere, even when there is no apparent reason. This happens because most informations towards his subconscious pass through the Chironian filter of energy, and thus carry his essence which is connected with pain. That is why a very wise thing that such a native can do, is try to eliminate this filter from his life, because it distorts even happy things that carry no pain. It may sound quite more difficult than it is, but he must just block his “pain receptors” and become immune to the pain’s essence, and miracles can happen in his life.
A 12th House Chiron person should be very careful concerning his tendency to feel guilt without being wrong. Chiron here is urging the person to take responsibility for all the world’s troubles. The 12th house is making him a sponge that can absorbe negative feelings from others, and so he might be easily feeling guilty for all the bad things that can happen around him. If you have this placement, be careful to not fall in the trap of taking all things on your shoulders. This will distort you from your real task, which is to take the responsibility for the things that you indeed need to. Also, such a native must fight against his tendency to surrender, or feeling that he is pre-destined to fail. Such type of thinking can empower even more the series of events and lead to manifestation of failures. A 12th house person must find ways to rise his self-esteem, and this can be even easily done through auto-suggestion. Of course, when Chiron has hard aspects and the native’s life has manifested dramatic events, then a help of a psychologist may be more helpful.
Such a person might be afraid to look deeper into himself. To explore his own mind and ideas, and confront his borders. Such a person may be afraid of everything paranormal, and have phobias about mysterious events that have happened in his life, and the possibility to re-live something common. A 12 house Chiron person though, can become a wonderful psychologist for other people. In case he battles his fear of exploring himself, he can understand the structure of the mechanisms of healing. And use them in order to heal other people with hurt subconscious. Yet, it always remains more difficult to heal yourself, than to heal others.
In case that the asteroid is negatively aspected, especially by Mars, Saturn or Pluto, the native may have experienced quite a lot of suffering. On the other hand, a well-aspected Chiron indicates abilities of healing other people in the respective life area, as the native has learnt quite a lot from his own experiences.
Also, as the 12th house is ruling large animals, Chiron can bring a phobia towards them. This can be even connected with getting afraid of some animal in the native’s childhood. When Chiron adversely aspects Mars or Uranus, there may have been even a physical accident with an animal. The chart owner may have been kicked, bitten, or elsehow experienced something that makes him uncomfortable in their presence.
If you have this placement, we strongly advise you to examine the natal aspects of Chiron so that you understand the whole big picture. Sometimes, by strengthening the planets that form a positive aspect Chiron you can indirectly heal yourself, without having to dedicate a lot of time and effort in researching your childhood years with the aid of a professional.