Saturn Transit Through The Twelfth House

As you probably know already, Saturn transits are hard. And Saturn transit through the twelfth house is really standing out.


Well, first of all, because the twelfth house is the house of “self undoing”, of unconscious fears, of skeletons in the closet and deepest fears.

And second, because this transit ends with probably the most important angle of the natal chart, namely, the Ascendant, and that puts even more emphasis on what Saturn will do on this two and a half year trip through your dusty, abandoned landscapes.

Feel a bit scared? Well, better to feel scared now, when you read about it, and prepare, than to be completely overwhelmed when it will happen.

It’s been almost a year since my own Saturn transit through the twelfth house ended and, in all honesty, I’m still a bit cringy when I think at it. It was intense. But also liberating.

When passing through the twelfth house, Saturn, the restrictor, the Lord of Karma and the mighty teacher will carefully look through all your baggage, through all that you repressed and pushed down the hole of your subconscious, through all your phobias and fears and take them out into the light one at a time. Or, if you’ve been, like me, a bit reckless, he may take out a few of them at a time, just to make the whole show funnier. For him, of course, because for the one experiencing the transit, it will get more and more painful.

We don’t want to deal with our own fears. We’d rather wait for them to fade away and tell ourselves we conquered them. But there comes a time when we have to verify if we’re really who we think we are, and this transit does exactly that: it rips you off of everything shallow and superficial, it goes right to the core of who you really are, and expose that. Almost always, in that core we will find all our repressed fears and, this time, we will have to really go through the whole process, we will have to deal with them. It’s a frightening process. It’s one of those times when if something has the slightest chance to go wrong, it will. Everything will seem to collapse around. Your personal life, your career, your finances, your relationships. In a way, these are mirroring parts of yourself which aren’t really real, so to speak, which are just layers you used to cover the shame, the doubts, the fears that are still holding you back.

Like any other Saturn transit, this one will last around two and a half years (plus / minus a couple of months, depending on the house size). The first part, which lasts about a year, will be the most intense one. It’s the “destruction” phase. At this time, all the structures in your life will be put to test and even the tiniest weakness in any of them will make everything crumble, like a cards castle.

Things may slow down in the second part of the transit, when, if you really applied all the needed patches and did all the homework you avoided for so long, you’ll start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. You’ll still walk among ruins, but at least you’ll know what you have to do to rebuild. You’ll still experience shortage, but at least you’ll know for sure that better times will come.

As difficult as it is, this transit is also one of the most beneficials. In the sense that it will force you to eliminate anything that’s not needed anymore, will strip you off of any unnecessary self-constructed images and will keep only what’s really worth to keep from your life.

Once Saturn touches the Ascendent, you’re off the hook. As with any Saturn transit, there will be at least 2 passages back and forth over the Ascendant, until eventually the Karma Lord stabilizes in the first house.

By the time it’s there, you’ll be a completely different person.

If you want to know more about Saturn as a planet, and its behavior in signs and houses, click here.

Image by Reimund Bertrams from Pixabay

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