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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

North Node 12th House, Pisces North Node, Virgo South Node

Is your North Node in the 12th house? Then it has an undertone of Pisces, and your South Node automatically falls into the 6th house, which has a Virgo undertone. Add the description of the sign of your North Node to this house position to deepen your understanding of your Nodal axis...and, you can deepen your understanding of North Node in Pisces, no matter what house it falls in your chart.

With a North Node in the 12th house we are deep in the “house that Carl Jung built.” This is the area of the deep psyche, the unconscious, and with a North Node here we are wise to explore beneath the surface of life to the unconscious subtle realms of the heart as expressed in music, art, poetry and painting. We are called to “the monastery” here in the sense that it is a non-verbal, solitary, spiritual call towards Self awareness. The 12th house has sometimes been called the house of troubles, because it can’t be dealt with logically and pragmatically, and to do so doesn’t benefit the person with a North Node in this house. However, the key to this house placement is that there is no longer any need for troubles, duties, obligations, humility and service! All those are embodied in the opposite 6th house. As a 12th house North Node person you have earned the right to take the deep pleasures of the unconscious: gifts of magic, insight and deep peace.

The karmic pull of your past with the South Node in the 6th house will be one that tries to pull you back to be of help to others, with an emphasis on the skillful use of the mind and duty, rather than the promptings of the heart. The default tendency here will be about thinking rather than feeling, working rather than playing, honoring logic more than intuition. The North Node goal is a move away from the particular and detailed attention that the 6th house requires, to the spiritual meaning-making, and only partially “conscious” quality of the 12th house. This evolutionary pull towards the 12th house, which is ruled by Pisces, will be to balance and correct that tendency with a more imaginative and universal type of thinking in which the goal is to create more compassion in our lives by simply loving ourselves and others more. We’ve earned a degree of rest and release from duty.

This placement is sometimes, paradoxically, not an easy one because it’s not easily accessible by rational thought and direct approaches. It almost sneeks up on us, like pleasure does sometimes. So we approach 12th house activities with our hearts, with the arts, with feelings, and obliquely through dreams and divination. There are often issues around trust and faith, when Neptunian confusion fogs the clarity that can be attained with this placement. True enlightenment and clarity are real possibilities for people with the North Node in the 12th, however “getting it” for you may often be as simple as just softening and accepting into the process of living and loving.

The high road for North Node 12th house folks is a fascinating journey into the worlds where not everything is obvious or as it appears to be. It’s a world where even limitations can be a profound gift. Who has not enjoyed the occasional “mental health day” when we’ve stayed in bed or in our pajamas without leaving the house? In the 12th house, what is buried in the unconscious is begging for conscious understanding and acceptance. Jungian psychology and counseling, with its emphasis on creative expression of non-verbal dreams and images, and its encouragement towards unique individuality rather than collective moralities, can be very nurturing and deepening for 12th house people. ~elizabeth Spring More at:


Anonymous said...

But how does it work if one has North Node in Pisces in the 6th?

Applying Piscean ways to Virgo's realms?
Is it a life of service and troubles?

I find myself always wanting to retreat back to that 12th house, solitary-- how safe it seems to be there, but the North Node requires me to be social, I guess--

Service and sacrifice? in daily life?


Full of new insight!!

"However, the key to this house placement is that there is no longer any need for troubles, duties, obligations, humility and service."

Does this mean a north-node in H12 person is ready for the AVADHUTA way of life... 'to the pure everything is pure'?

Anonymous said...

What is it if your North node is in the 12 house conjunct mars and mercury in virgo and your south node is in pisces in the 6th

Anonymous said...

what if your orth node is in the 10th hous in aquarious

elizabeth spring said...

The easiest way to really get it is to order the book through this blog and I'll send you your birthchart as well, if you also send me your birth day, time, and place. Otherwise, check under the label-chapters on this blog~hope that helps. ~elizabeth

Su Swanne said...

Thank you! I 'stumbled' onto your blog, and am I glad I did! I've been living the north node in my chart, but didn't really realize it until I read some of your blog posts. They have given me such relief to know I am growing in the direction I intended - confirmation is great. I have north node in cancer conjunct moon, in 12th house. It's such a relief to know that now that I'm an older adult, I can finally play without reminders to be 'responsible' to everyone else!

Melissa said...

Would you say that someone with a Pisces north node should veer away from a karma yoga path--that is the path of selfless service?

Susan Rodio said...

This is a great article. I have my NNode in Scorpio in the 12th and relate to this so much, I found it really clarifies the issues around this placement - thanks so much for sharing this.

Anonymous said...

What would this mean for North Node Aries in the 12th house? I've always been confused on the matter?

Anonymous said...

That´s a great post! Thanks, I have my North Node in 12th house in Pisces. Your article made me feel that I´m going in a good direction.

Unknown said...

Has anybody experienced that they do not need to service people? I was so unwilling to serve I was put into a mental hospital because it was believed that I would die from lack of care(others)/work(self)

My NN is in Capricorn conjunction Uranus and Neptune.

I only say to ask for help and to maybe warn others of the notion of being free of 'Troubles, obligation or service, humility' which is all I have done largely for years.

However I am starting to find some more much more liberation from service very recently.

Many thanks