North Node in the 12th house

Having your North Node in the 12th house of the natal chart automatically also means that the South Node is located in the 6th house. This natal placement of the North Node indicates a heavy emphasis on matters concerning one’s deep psyche. The 12th house is responsible for the individual’s subconscious and unconscious, while is also connected with self-sacrifice, secrets, the supernatural and the occult. In addition, the 6th/12th axis shows that your life lesson involves your attitude towards daily routines, the health of your body, while also job and service towards others.

As the Lunar Nodes indicate Karmic debts and connections with previous lifetimes, the native who has the North Node in the 12th house must dedicate himself entirely to expanding his spirituality. The South Node in the 6th indicates that during the person’s previous life, he was a hard worker totally concentrated on daily labor. He may have been a workaholic, while even his body suffered from such a working regime. There are high possibilities that poor health from the previous lifetime will tend to re-occur during the current one. The karmic path of such a native is to break this pattern and to dedicate his life to spiritual quests. These can include auto-psychoanalysis, meditation, or any other way of unveiling the deeper layers of his mind and existence.

The North Node always shows us what road we must follow in order to develop ourselves, and most of the times it is not the easiest one to choose. Most people usually feel quite uncomfortable about marching towards fulfilling matters of the house where the North Node is located. This is because during previous lifetimes we have gathered a lot of experience concerning the South Node house matters. Indeed, we are a lot more acquainted with the roads we have already walked; yet life requires from us to abandon the safety of known patterns and face development through unknown areas.

For fulfilling our cause, the North Node strengthens everything it touches. Of course, a lot of fears can be present concerning the direction it indicates, as it is a terra incognita yet to be discovered. Yet, the North Node is quite beneficial when with conjunction with any planet present in the house, even if it is a “malefic”. Naturally, a malefic planet adversely aspected will still remain a rather harsh lesson to learn. Spiritual growth will be eventually reached; even if it comes through difficulties, but generally expect the North Node of the Moon to bless you with an expansion of the positive traits of any planet nearby. We should state that the 12th house is probably the toughest one to cope with in a natal chart, and the person who has such a placement will have to make strong efforts in order to reach his karmic goals.

The North Node in the 12th house indicates that the native must spend a lot of time with himself. Through solitude, he can understand a lot better the functions of his mind. Many times, people who have the North Node placed here are living with a lot of fears and phobias. It is a natural consequence that this house delivers. The North Node shows that he must stand up and fight them. In his battle, he is alone, and this is the reason why a solitary background is necessary. The twelfth house also rules places of seclusion. Yet, one does not need to go to a monastery so that he reaches the enlightenment he searches for. Most people can get into such a twelfth house state even by spending more time alone, without influences from people of their nearby environment. There are even plenty of beautiful ways to achieve the necessary distance from others. Living on the borders of the city, frequent closeness to nature, or just by choosing to pass time alone in your house. Curiously enough, a great battlefield for such people is night-time. By staying awake at night, they are symbolically battling their archetypes of fears and phobias. Every sunrise is a victory. This is a great way for personal customized meditation that they can use. Especially if their phobias are also connected to darkness, both literally and metaphorically.

Also, a twelfth house North Node can bring to the native a karmic road of altruistic sacrifice towards others. The 12th house is ruled by Pisces, and such a native will learn through selflessly offering to others, forgiving his enemies and even being patient during his martyrdom. In addition, the artistic traits of Neptune, the 12th house’s ruling planet, instruct such a chart owner to develop through creating art. Thus, he has the opportunity to transform his fears and pain into a symbolic redemption. If you have this placement, consider trying art even on an amateur level. Painting, poetry or even dancing may become your personal psycho-therapy. Again, prefer exercising these activities on your own.

People with the North Node in the 12th house tend to suffer from lack of faith and low self-esteem. They must, therefore, establish back this faith, both towards their own self and towards something higher, depending on their religious views. As the 12th house is a gate to the occult and the supernatural, big changes in their cosmotheory can occur after paranormal events in their life. The North Node empowers their clairvoyant abilities, and in some cases, such people can reach control over their occult powers.

The 12th house rules large animals, and the North Node makes the relationship with them a necessary part of the native’s life. Curiously enough, many people who have their North Node placed here are strongly attracted to horses and dolphins in particular. Some of them, who also have natal planets placed in the 12th house, even have a job which involves taking care of animals. The presence of animals in their life is necessary for spiritual progress and healing. Of course, the North Node acts as a benefic, and usually helps great love develop between them and the animals.

Yet, the native should be very careful with handling small animals. They are ruled by the 6th house and not the 12th, so they symbolize things we should leave back. People with the North Node in the 12th house are advised to stay away from small animals, especially if they have a malefic planet present in the 6th house. This can indicate accidents that can be the echo of difficult events of previous lifetimes. Do not bring those events to the current lifetime, stick to your 12th house.

The 12th house is all about self-sacrifice and giving, while the 6th one indicates putting a price on what you offer. People with the North Node in the 12th house know how to price their efforts and charge for them, but have not learned yet how to give for free. A life lesson for them is to understand that there are more important things than the economical value of their work.

When you activate your twelfth house and balance the karmic axis between the two Nodes, you will be able again to seek development in the sixth house related matters. So, if work, daily routines and an organized life are of a high importance for you, you may safely turn towards them after you learn your lessons. By developing your 12th house, you are actually opening the 6th house gates too. Only then you will be able to use your South Node in a proper way, this time consciously.

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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ahh this was so insightful!! thank you, it helped me understand my node much better, this is the best article i’ve found

Michelle Star

Amazing article! My natal Uranus and North node both are in the 12th house. The article describes to a “T” my life, right down to needing, and getting, plenty of time alone and meditation (I’ve practiced Yoga for 48 years, taught for 33), connected to the Cetacian oversoul, cleared out childhood abuse especially taking 20 years to write/publish a book on that healing, lived with an Angelic “walk-in” for 4 years where he channeled other angels and my Higher Self, and I’m driven towards spirituality and psychism. I still feel like a fish out of water with all this, but striving for my NN is top priority! Thank you for demonstrating I’m not crazy and that somebody understands!!


It’s so remarcable! The same artical about such a placement would have been so distance and illogical for me in the past, I would even murmur to myself “i just dont get it”… and now when stepped on a spiritual dayly routine I came across this topic again… it totally makes sense.
Thank you so very much!

I really enjoyed reading!
Fabulous work!