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.

Mr Solitaire

I have Saturn Retrograde 12th House Pisces, OPPOSING Pluto/Uranus conjunction 5th House Virgo, which forms a T-Square to natal Jupiter 3rd House Gemini. My Saturn (R) – Pluto/Uranus opposition also forms a Kite configuration with Neptune 8th House Scorpio and Sun 4th House Cancer conjunct IC. My father was a violent alcoholic (Leo), Mother (Sagittarius), almost every wall and door in our house had seen his fists at one time or another. Sometimes he would collect me and my sister from primary school, (ie: grade school in America terms) then drive to the pub to drink, we were required to remain in the locked car in the carpark until he returned, usually later that night and it was not uncommon to see him in a violent pub brawl on the street outside, before he would then drive us home, drunk and bloodied. He was a physically powerful man. He wrote off several cars in drunken crashes. Prior to these events, my youngest sister of two, died in a drowning incident at my mums parents home. I endured significant emotional and mental abuse from him over the years. Mum divorced him when I was 12yo. About 1 year later I witnessed my father almost kill her new boyfriend, in our home, by a violent bashing, and the only thing that saved him was intervention from our neighbor. I’m 53yo this year, I have been single for the last 26 years and live alone. My creative and artistic desires and abilities have been pushed down so deep, they are hard to find, due to the grind of life, and I’ve been on the brink of suicide three times. I have self harmed several times. My first Saturn return was hell, but included one profound spiritual experience involving astral travel and two highly… Read more »


Wow, Mr. Solitaire, I’m so sorry to hear about your Earthly experience in this physical world. It’s sad that you are so alone and for such a long time and very surprising as your Sun is Cancer. If you understand Spiritually then you understand that we create our own exist. Don’t let the past dictate your future, you still have physical life here on Earth to experience. Please enjoy your journey. I’m a Sun – Capricorn in 7th house, Moon-Leo-3rd house and Rising -Gemini-AC/rising in Saturn which is in my 12th house. Stellium in my 6th house: Mercury, Venus, Neptune-Sagittarius, along with Mars in Scorpio. Pluto & Uranus-Libra in my 5th House. Jupiter-Capricorn in my 8th house also mean and true node, which I have no idea what those mean yet as I’m still in the process of learning everything.1st house is empty-Cancer although I have a very strong self of who I am. 2nd house-Cancer Desc. M and T Node which I’m not sure what those mean either. 4th is empty-Virgo Earth-Aquarius in 9th house, Pisces in 10th empty; Aries in 11th house Chiron which I’m not sure of the meaning and I’m still learning about the placements as it’s all so wonderful and amazing to me. I had a Spiritual awakening back in Oct 2017, it has been a true blessing and a cure as you realize everything has been a lie. I eat different, hear differently, my senses are 10 times better, except for my eyes, for some reason lol. I wouldn’t change that experience for anything in this world. I believe that life teaches us lessons and we are the creators of our own existence. We have to make the best of what we have here on this earth. It’s a very sad and cruel existence… Read more »

Mr Solitaire

Lynn said: “…and we are the creators of our own existence”

This is an illusion.
‘The Soul’ ‘Life Force’ or ‘Higher Self’ is not the human ‘Ego-Personality’
In your case, your human Ego-Personality is known by the name ‘Lynn’, but Lynn is not your Soul.
The Soul cares not whether the human Ego-Personality experiences happiness or misery. It is only the human Ego-Personality that cares about happiness or misery, or desire, or hope, or dreams of a wonderful life.
The experiences of our human Ego-Personality on this Earth plane are predetermined before we are even a twinkle in our mama’s eye. The family, culture and location that we are born into is NOT chosen or determined by the human Ego-Personality.
Free-will choice is an illusion.

It is impossible for us to change or alter our life experiences, the best we can do is accept them, but we are no more the master of our destiny than we are creators of the Earth or Moon.

The illusion of free-will choice is both a cosmic construct and a human delusion. In reality, all we are doing is ‘reacting’ to circumstance and events imposed upon us by cosmic forces, within our personal field of view.
The proof of this is everywhere around us, and why, regardless of our own personal human Ego experiences in this life, the collective human consciousness continues to repeat the same mistakes generation after generation.


We were born at the same year but I have Saturn in the 4th house opposing Uranus, Pluto, mercury & Venus.
Neptune in the 12th.
How I understand you,… my father did not have a problem with alcohol but he was always aggressive and egotistical.
Today is 83 and I manage to forgive him fir all he did, my Neptune is crossing my 4th and conjoining Saturn and Chiron, this helped the healing process.


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.