Saturn Transits: 12th House

When Saturn transits the Twelfth House the need for security and achievement influences how you deal with the subconscious and spiritual realms. This transit marks an important transition in your life where you’ll prepare for the rebirth that will come when Saturn crosses the ascendant and enters your 1st house. But first you must undergo the dissolution.

When Saturn transits the 12th house you must deal with the consequences of all the thoughts, desires, and actions that you’ve engaged in during Saturn’s cycle through the houses. How you’ve been expressing yourself has created the life you’re now living and it’s time to confront your karma. This is the end of an old cycle, so if this is the first time Saturn has visited your 12th house, the cycle may have started in a previous life.

This is a period of self-discovery where you’ll withdraw from the expectations of others in order to find out for yourself who you are on the deepest level. This can be difficult and disturbing, especially if you try to hang on to your old identity. It can be a time of confusion, disorientation, and frustration as the old structures of your life begin to collapse. As the boundaries and structures of your identity dissolve, you may feel spaced out, vulnerable, or lost, especially during the early part of the transit.

Saturn wants you to let go of your past way of doing things and define new values and ideals for the future. This is a good time to explore what you really want on an ultimate, spiritual level – your bottom line – so you might want to experiment with new ideas and approaches to life. Anything that no longer works, or feels empty and meaningless, will fall away, and you’ll be left with the things that really matter to you.

Old fears and anxieties may come up from the depths and demand to be faced. This is a confrontation with the unconscious, a period of darkness and entering the unknown. You’re taken into an abyss of identity loss and change that you can’t control, and you may try to resist – but resistance only makes the process harder. Remember that not everything in the unconscious is dark and nasty and trying to kill you. There’s good stuff down there too, and you may discover a transcendent dimension to your experience that will become a source of strength and support through this process.

You may feel isolated now or actually end up alone for long periods. You may want to withdraw into solitude, but you may also just feel cut off from others and unable to relate on an emotional level. When the outer world feels unreal and distant this is your cue to turn inwards to listen to the promptings of your deeper Self and find a source of internal strength and meaning.

This is a good time to go on a retreat or to study spiritual, mystical, or occult subjects. You may also be drawn to other Neptunian forms of expression such as music, poetry, and art, and you may find it easier to express what you’re experiencing through images, vibrations, and symbolism. It’s also helpful to explore your dreams or undergo therapy in order to understand the symbols that come up from the unconscious.

Remember that the old structures of your life are being dissolved to make room for the birth of a new you. In the meantime, this is a period of waiting, dreaming, and inner exploration. A liminal space in which you can’t do much except learn to listen to the promptings of your soul.

Possibilities with Saturn transiting the 12th:
  • Letting go of the past
  • Learning to meditate
  • Encounter with your soul or true Self
  • Going on retreat or holiday
  • Healing body and soul
Watch out for:
  • A stay in hospital, prison, or asylum
  • Psychosomatic health problems
  • Low energy
  • Despair

It will help if you can get your ego to cooperate with this process of dissolution and willingly let go of your old attachments. If you can see this experience as natural and part of living and growing then you should feel enriched by the process, even if you also feel scared and lost at times.

It’s also important not to get ahead of yourself or try to force the process to go the way you want. The rebirth is on its way, but don’t think for a second that you can control it or dictate how things will unfold. You must allow your deeper Self to lead the way, and that way may be hard for a while, depending on what needs to come up from the unconscious.

Saturn will help you to change if you cooperate. If you resist and carry on regardless, it’s likely to cause some kind of backlash from the unconscious and you could find yourself on the wrong side of a locked door. But willingly turning inwards and asking for guidance will restore your energy and hope, and new possibilities for the future will start to appear ready for the rebirth when Saturn crosses your ascendant into the 1st house.

(Personal note: when Saturn was in my 12th I experienced a total collapse of my identity which triggered an awakening and the start of my spiritual journey. Read about it here: First Contact)


  • Planets in Transit – Robert Hand
  • Saturn in Transit – Erin Sullivan
  • Astrology, Karma, & Transformation – Stephen Arroyo
More Transits: 1st house2nd house3rd house4th house5th house6th house7th house8th house9th house10th house11th house – 12th house
Browse: Saturn Transits to Planets

12 thoughts on “Saturn Transits: 12th House

  1. Superb summary, Jessica! I’m ensconced in this now—and N Saturn is also in 12th, so Saturn return imminent. Just imagine going through this without knowing what’s going on! Blessings- Chris

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    1. Glad you found it helpful. The first time Saturn went through my 12th I had no idea – it was a nightmare! I didn’t start studying astrology until after it crossed my Ascendant, and then it all started to make sense 🙂


  2. I entered a whole new spiritual realm, had a Jesus experience, found a guru and read a dozen or more spiritual books for the Gita to the Kaballah… having never had any interest in any of this. I meditate deeply using an ancient kriya yoga technique and have found that all of life is a complex of energy, vibration and frequencies. I’m still quite surprised at how personal and private these experiences are and must be done mostly alone.

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  3. •Letting go of the past
    •Learning to meditate
    •Encounter with your soul or true Self
    •Going on retreat or holiday
    •Healing body and soul
    •Low energy

    All of these have been happening to me since Saturn entered my 12th house cusp. I started feeling extremely isolated, stopped working and have spent more than a year in a state of lethargic contemplation. Yet I’m a “Saturnian”, with Saturn in Capricorn at the ascendant, as part of a stellium in this sign.
    It seems that every movement and aspect that Saturn takes part, it moves my life too.
    Now that Saturn moves closer my ascendant, I feel like being reborn in some way, returning to outer life, renewed and human again.
    Thanks for sharing 😊

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  4. Thank you very much for your thoughtful insights. I found they put my mind at rest after another stay in hospital for my 88 year old dad with dementia, for a clot the length of his leg, pneumonia docs think partly caused by his failing swallow muscles allowing fluids into his lungs and – what else – can’t remember.brain like a beehive half the time & zombie the rest dealing with sundowning starting lunchtime, incontinence & general irascibleness to any suggestion put to him to help make life easier or less poo to clean up! Sorry for graphic detail! Thank you again. & best wishes from Australia.

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