Whenever I see a chart with the Sun in the twelfth house, I immediately know that this person has a creative gift to share with the world.
It could be in the area of fine arts (e.g., painting, sculpting), the dramatic arts (e.g., acting, dancing, directing), the creative arts (e.g., writing, music) the intuitive arts (e.g., empaths, mediums) or the healing arts (e.g., medical personal, counselors, shamans).
The nature of the individual’s particular gift will vary depending upon the Sun’s sign, the house it rules, and the aspects it makes to the rest of the chart.
The nature of the individual, however, will be the same to the extent that the gift will be questioned, doubted, and in some cases, even denied because the person’s character – as represented by the Sun – has been raised in Neptune’s ego-denying house of sacrifice, service and seclusion.
Individuals with the Sun in the twelfth house know on both a subconscious and an intuitive level that a treasure dwells within them, and they are completely at ease with it as long as it remains hidden in their psyche.
However, once this knowledge seeps into their consciousness, their ego awakens and soon begins to crave the light of day.
And that’s when the trouble begins.
Until that point, the Sun has lived a rather sheltered life in Neptune’s house of secrets and shadows. Now it must venture out alone into the external and unfamiliar world, but before it can do that, it must first burn through the Neptunian haze that has kept it under wraps for so long.
And it will, because just as nature compels the salmon to swim upstream in order to spawn, the Sun’s inherent nature drives it to shine.
Still, after spending so many years “hiding behind the curtain,” the transition is not an easy one. Although the Sun may have new goals and a growing sense of self-worth, old habits are hard to break, and staying “under the radar” is one of them.
That is why with few exceptions, individuals with a twelfth house Sun tend to “hide their light under a barrel.” Another reason is their innate discomfort with taking direction from the ego.
The Sun in the twelfth house does not experience satisfaction through the ego; rather, it experiences it through the soul.
It’s not that it disdains worldly success, mind you, because it doesn’t. It’s just that it doesn’t fulfill it. The Sun in the twelfth house needs to make others feel better on an emotional, psychic or physical level. The rest are fringe benefits.
If you have your Sun in your twelfth house, it is important to recognize that it is not just the addicted, the afflicted and the restricted that reside there.
The artists, the healers and the visionaries also call it home.
The question is: Which one are you?
The choice is yours to make.
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