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  • Writer's pictureYolanda McAdam

The 12th House And How You Sabotage Your Success

Updated: Feb 25, 2022

The 12th house in astrology is the House of Hidden Things. It’s the house that describes your relationship with your subconscious and unconscious. Traditionally referred to as the House of Sorrow and Self-Undoing the 12th house represents the things that are hidden from us by ourselves.

The 12th house like the 3rd, 6th and 9th house, is a cadent house. Cadent houses deal with the transition between the past and the future and parallel the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces). There is a lot of adaptation, assimilation and reflection going on in these houses because these houses reveal the types of information we process and assimilate during our lifetime. In the 12th house, this knowledge is “hidden” from us which is why as the house of “Hidden Enemies” we make enemies by not being conscious of our actions. We are of course, our own worst enemies.

In addition to working with the sign placement of your 12th house, you have to pay close attention to any planets in your 12th house as you will struggle to feel that those planets and the qualities they're associated with "belong" to you. But I will leave that for another post.

The 12th house reveals how we self-sabotage. Self-sabotage refers to how we unconsciously prevent ourselves from reaching our goals.

Your 12th House and how you sabotage your own success

Aries 12th House: You may struggle with putting yourself first as you don’t want to be seen as “selfish”. You either do too much for others at the expense of your own wellbeing or you promote others and not yourself.

Taurus 12th House: You may sabotage your chance at stability and security by overspending/gambling. You doubt you possess the resources (financial, intellectual etc) others have that would assist you in achieving your goals.

Gemini 12th House: You may not trust your ability to effectively communicate ideas so you sabotage opportunities that call for authentic and fearless communication.

Cancer 12th House: You may struggle to nurture yourself and others because you believe you are not the “nurturing type” so you sabotage opportunities that offer you a chance at authentic self-nourishment and compassionate expression.

Leo 12th House: You may not believe you "deserve" or have the right to shine and express yourself so you sabotage any chance at fame and glory.

Virgo 12th House: You may doubt your capacity for compassionate engagement and your own analytical abilities and may feel you don’t have what it takes to be a “helper” (coach, mentor, medical professional). And so, you sabotage any opportunity to show up as one.

Libra 12th House: You don’t believe you’re attractive and deep down don’t think you will attract someone who will love you for who you are, so you sabotage relationships.

Scorpio 12th House: You don’t feel you have the resources (financial and otherwise) to live the life you want so you settle for a second-rate, mediocre existence that is not rooted in abundance and passionate engagement with Mystery.

Sagittarius 12th House: You consistently second-guess yourself because you don’t believe you have a “socially acceptable standard” of learning, experience or wisdom so you stop yourself from contributing and sharing your truth.

Capricorn 12th House: You sabotage yourself by playing small and by not believing you have what it takes to achieve your goals.

Aquarius 12th House: You sabotage yourself by refusing to “show your weird” which are those qualities that make you unique and attractive to your tribe. You resist being seen as “other” or different and try to blend in.

Pisces 12th House: You sabotage yourself by not following your instincts and not trusting that you are divinely guided and supported.

Where is your 12th house? In which sign? And how do you sabotage your chances at success?




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