The 12th house is the place where the material world is dissolved and becomes nothing. It is the place of moksha (liberation & enlightenment), therefore. It holds the ability to unravel all the lies and illusions of physical “reality.”
Because this house reveals physical reality to be, more or less, a “hoax,” – when we go into this house it is very easy to get depressed. Nothing that is supposed to normally be fun or exciting or enjoyable seems like it is worth anything. It all doesn’t even seem real. This is how the 12th house promotes an interest in libration. But this interest has to carefully evolve before it actually has a spiritual and beneficial outcome.
Fantasy & Dreams
The first outcome of seeing the real world to be a fake world, is that one is “liberated” or “freed” to invent new “realities.” Therefore when we spend time in this 12th House we start to really like, for example, fantasy tales. Some get interested in tales of elves and dragons and faeries. Others absorbed in science fiction of and far off worlds. Others come up with or are attracted to other dream-like ideas.
Deep Fantasy – Drugs
If we spend longer in this house, that same urge will push us even further – we will get more radical about it. Instead of just reading stories of fantasy worlds, we will start to put ourselves IN fantasy worlds. We will make up fake names for ourselves in our heads and have fake adventures, etc. Soon we will realize that alcohol and other drugs are FANTASTIC tools for this purpose. We will start to use these drugs to help us enter fantasy worlds to a previously unobtainable level.
Essentially when we enter the 12th House we realize that the real world is not real. We feel the impulse to ERASE this fake “real world” and replace it with real “fake worlds.”
This is actually the very seed of spiritual emancipation – oddly enough. It is odd that the seed of spiritual enlightenment blooms first through fairy tales, daydreams, orgasms and intoxications! But all of these are the same thing – they are all the attempt to erase the fake real world and replace it with something better, more interesting, more exciting.
Temporary Relief: Orgasm
The 12th house is also the home of human orgasm. The human experience of orgasm is so attractive because it provides easy access to a state in which the fake world completely disappears and becomes meaningless and all we perceive is a better, more interesting, more exciting reality of pleasure.
Unfortunately it lasts for only 10 seconds, or maybe a few minutes if you are a complete master of it. Not exactly an eternal solution.
Same is true for drugs. The better, more interesting and more exciting realities they DO provide to us have one flaw… they don’t persist past a few hours at best. Same goes for all the other fantasies that we dream up here in the 12th House.
If we “meet the right people” in the 12th House (in other words if the right planets are here, and the right planetary influences) we can be lucky enough to actually realize this while we are living here; we will actually realize that replacing one temporary illusion with another is only marginally an improvement at best. If we have very good karma and are very fortunate, the 12th House is actually the only truly “good house” in the horoscope – because if we are lucky we can, as a result of our stay here, meet a guide who can help us TRULY “delete” our illusions about the manifest world, and PERMANENTLY replace those illusions with a reality which is infinitely better, more interesting, more exiting – and full of pleasure.
This is why the same 12th House that is responsible for daydreams, drugs, and sex is also the house from which the purest saints of the highest order of enlightenment emerge.
– Vic DiCara