Natal Saturn in the 12th House

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 there 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 subconsciously isolate himself from the world in order to recreate the more secure surroundings of being in his mother’s body.

Saturn 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 later stages of one’s life.

In case that Saturn is well-aspected, many of the difficulties coming from this placement 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 spending a lot of time alone.

The planet is responsible for 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 related to caring for 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 the difficulties coming from Saturn in the 12th house 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 talk about his deeper thoughts to anyone, and suffer in solitude. In addition, he will frequently hide such behaviors, in a desperate attempt to appear well in other people’s eyes. This placement can even create a person that subconsciously enjoys his suffering, and does not open up towards others in order not to lose it.

Saturn in the 12th house can bring disappointments through hidden enemies, who can frequently be of an old age. The native 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 with yourself about your life path. 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 is.

Each planets have a different effect on you, depending on which house and sign they reside in. In order to find out where they are located in your natal chart, you can use our free birth chart generator. Also, examine the aspects that they form with other planets in your chart. You will understand a lot more about the detailed role that they have in your horoscope.

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I have social anxiety and this is very much me. I can’t really pinpoint where the anxiety comes from but when I go out in public I feel as if I am being suffocated by people’s energies. When I come back home I can finally breathe and be myself. I think it can show social anxiety as well as a bit of agoraphobia. I wonder also if this placement is connected to a past life issue that could cause one to subconsciously fear people in their current life? The only problem when I was being born was that my umbilical cord was wrapped around one shoulder and my mom was never supposed to have kids due to her back deformity.


I have a friend who has natal saturn in the 12th and I very much see this in him. Sometimes he gets anxious/guilty out of nowhere and subjects himself to feeling uncomfortable (won’t sit down, sits in an uncomfortable position, won’t sleep in bed and instead chooses to sleep on the floor). He works from home while everyone is away and spends most of the day by himself. He can relate to being in solitary confinement. It’s good to know what he feels.


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