North Node in 12th House

Traditionally it was taught that those born with North Node in 12th House are here to sacrifice for the greater good and have incarnated to demonstrate compassion and unconditional love for the human race.  We expect to find them serving as a doctor, nurse, psychiatrist, mystic, or artist, for these vocations allow them to connect with and heal others by channeling deeper energy.

The corresponding Dragon’s Tail in the Sixth House was thought to connote health problems, even mysterious ailments or hypochondria, and lives punctuated by periods of “time outs” to deal with sickness.

If you do not have health problems, I bet you have some issues about your work environment.  You may feel confined by your work space.  A career in a large institution is called for.  If it’s not the work environment that bothers you, perhaps you feel unappreciated or just underpaid.  You may have an exaggerated sense of self and feel that most of what you are asked to do on the job is beneath you.  Yet you will find yourself doing work you resent over and over again, while the anger builds up inside — until you make yourself literally sick.

The north node in 12th house placement means you were a perfectionist in past lives, analyzing and criticizing the world around you.  Perhaps you unconsciously fall back into this pattern, secretly judging others as less than perfect.  Resist the urge to lose yourself in petty thoughts.  You must learn to differentiate between the important and insignificant.  Until you do, the nervous energy you perpetuate by focusing on minutiae will eat away at your physical and mental health.

You have a soul memory of being able to control the outer world, and now you are here to experience the entire universe within you. This will require periods of solitude in which you contemplate the microcosm of your soul.  Many famous loners have the north node in 12th house placement.  Among these are Isaac Newton, Abraham Lincoln, Henri Matisse, Soren Kierkegaard, Vincent Van Gogh, Thomas Merton, Marilyn Monroe, and T.E. Lawrence.  Embrace the decision to journey from the material world to the spiritual, and you will find a greater happiness than you have ever known. Faith and determination are your keys as the north node in 12th house placement.

Your physical health is dependent upon your mental well-being which requires you to let go of your need to control the details of the world around you.  When you begin to put your faith in your inner resources rather than trying to manipulate the outer world and impress people, you will find the self-confidence you have been lacking.

Your life is a journey of self-discovery as a carrier of the north node in 12th house.  Your task is to know and love the real you, and appreciate your place in the cosmos.  You are destined for spiritual greatness.  You must lead a life that inspires others to create harmony and honor the brotherhood of man.  Live from your heart and not your mind.

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26 Responses to North Node in 12th House

  1.' Rachel Jessel

    Hello Celestina,I would very much like to understand my n node in 12th house CONJUNCT THE MOON.I have appreciated what you say about12th house n node,mine is 1 degree aries and the moon is the same degree.

  2.' Anna

    I’m Aries with Taurus rising. I have Venus in Aries and the North Node at 0° of Taurus, both in the 12th house. Plus, I have Chiron in Gemini in the 2nd house and Mars conjunct Neptune at 0° of Capricorn.
    I’m a singing teacher and with such placements, I’m able to help my students in ways that others coaches aren’t able to. However, finding the way to channel that energy through me, FOR me, is extremely difficult and painful most of the times.

  3.' Peter Loukota

    I have the node north in the 12 house in Aries and i have bad luck in the jobs i get fired for unkow reasons
    i dont know what to do in my life, i am forced to be a monk, a priest? i dont have social life nothing
    i am 28 years old and i feel outcasted from society. I dont understand this this is an evil karma i dont know
    Ahhh Justin Bieber has the node north in the 12 house WHY???

  4.' John

    Interesting. I have Sagittarius in my north node and my father is one, as is the woman I consider the greatest love of my life whose feelings are completely unrequited. This feels like a karmic debt I’m paying. I’m a writer and love helping people, and discovered I seem to have an ability to medically “read” someone’s energy and see past and present issues.

  5.' Isaac

    I’ve got a Pisces N. Node in an Aquarian 12th house. I’m a LEO. Both Leo Sun and Mercury Quincunx the Node (1°). These Leo planets are also T-squared by a Taurus Moon and a Scorpio Pluto (Which form a mystic rectangle to the nodes) I’ve found happiness doing astro/Tarot readings for ppl. but it isn’t an avenue of financial success. Tried to get into film, which just screw-balls the quincunx (Leo and Piscean creativity can’t integrate). I’m unemployed because the stress at work is monumental, and Ive become unhireable. Normally codependency is a problem with the Virgo South, but I’ve only been in one Relationship, and I got out because I felt she was too controlling (it lasted maybe a month). Emotional connections are recommended with Pisces North, but I find that I invite people that try to control my behavior or break my heart. It gets confusing sometimes, so I looked for a famous role model. The closest I found (For house placements and Nodes – Rising Aries with AQU. Xii house cusp, but a 12th house Pisces node), is Nostradamus himself. I didn’t know exactly what he did until a few months ago, only to find that I’ve been “updating” the errors in his Astrological predictions (not his fault – he died before the Gregorian Calendar). It’s creepy, but cool at the same time. Anyway, I’m 27, almost 28 years old and I’m aware that Saturn’s Return is coming :/ as is the Nodular Pole Reversal. Soooo much icky, icky Virgo out there with Jupiter right now; meanwhile Saturn’s squaring my nodes like a dick. Lol. Between being unemployed, having almost no social network, sobering up, and a graveyard of dead dreams, I have no idea how to stand my ground against the South. If you’re interested, I’ll keep you updated on my rivetting tale. Oh, and if you are curious, my DOb is Aug 4, 1988 @ 9:51 PM in Mesa, AZ.

    • Celestina

      Hi, Isaac. I had a few comments in no particular order. 1. Everything will be okay. 2. Are you saying the 12th house has Aquarius on the cusp but the North Node in Pisces falls in there? 3. I think the thing with T-squares is that you’re looking for the fourth leg all the time. In your case, that would be an Aquarius. Do you tend to like them? 4. Saturn Return is a big deal. That’s when your “real” life starts, so don’t worry about all the career and social stuff now. It’ll all be different when you get to the other side and probably more like what you want. 5. Nostradamus is cool, but not someone I would recommend as a role model. Call me old-fashioned or even a drag, but he doesn’t seem right for this day and age. 6. I would love to hear updates as you feel you want to share them. 7. To review: everything’s going to be okay. It already is.

      •' Isaac

        Thx for the reply and the encouragement. To answer the second question, yeah N. Node is inside House 12 with an Aquarian node. Do I like Aquarians? My father was an Aquarius, and while we get along now, we didn’t always, and even then, only in small doses. To be fair, I’ve only known a handful of Aquarians, one was a real nice girl, but she was shy, and I am bold and intense, so we didn’t really hit it off. Lol at Nostradamus… I would agree with what you say (role model is probably a bad term). I try to sample wisdom from a wider pallet.
        Thx again.

        •' Isaac

          Oops. Sorry, I meant Pisces Node in House 12 with Aquarian cusp. Sorry.

  6.' vegansyd

    I have N Node in Scorpio in the 12th and yes 1-worked for a large nonprofit institution, yes, 2-worked in hospice care, and 3-rescued many wild animals; I now love a 12th House natal Mars sweetheart. What are the odds for our success together?

    • Celestina

      As good as anyone else’s 🙂 Congratulations!

  7.' Melissa

    i am struggling to know which vocation is right for me i have aries in the 12th house

  8.' Ina

    Nice article:) It’s describing most of the points related with north node in 12th house.
    As I m reading comments below, I can trully agree that this placement of north node requires to look inside. Individual has a need to “rest” from obstacles of reality but this can be a bit “dangerous” also because it could turn into escapism and full drowning in fantasies and dreams, sepparating person from his real aims, his real abbilities and real opportunities. He could get so confused and even could loose his idea what to do in the “physical”life.
    In the eyes of society, this seems simply like weakness or laziness to be active and productive.
    For me, I experience whole life the “dephts” of this house and the sign Pieces, it’s like my whole natal chart is just 12 th house;)) I have Uranus on the cusp of 12th house, but most of it is taken by Pieces.
    Also I have Venus and Mercury in Pieces in 12th house, Ascendant in Pieces and of course north node there :))
    So I feel whole my life like I dont live on the Earth 🙂 Of course there are many additional aspects and positions which also have importance but “water” takes great place in my personality or in other words-emotions . 🙂
    It is not easy living like that but I think ages and experience of life events help solving the puzzle in constructive way.:)

    • Celestina

      Thank you for sharing your experiences. I think it’s helpful for others with the same placements to get the feedback.

  9.' kaleem

    hi i want to know that What if 12 house is ruled by Virgo and the north node is sitting there? will the effect will be the same or will be reversed ?

  10.' gina

    I am an Aries North Node with most of my personal planets in Aries 12th house. I’ve always liked being alone and have just now over the last 8 years or so (i’m 47) begun to develop my spiritual side or I’ve always been but just didn’t recognize it. I belong to a non-profit helping to feed school children, I have been a hospice volunteer, taken in stray animals and been a caretaker. I have been very Libra/Virgo/6th house in the past but am working on my North Node in Aries very hard. I am currently single, was married young and divorced at 40 after 20 years. I am now reluctant to get into another serious relationship……I’m liking my singlehood very much. I will continue working and volunteering in ways that serve others. I feel most content with that. My alone time is now spent in nature and reading different philosophies on spirituality. “You are destined for spiritual greatness” as an Aries Sun and Moon in the 12th….well who knows…..

    • Celestina

      I think anyone with a populated 12th house is going to have that loner streak. It seems to make them happiest.

  11.' Tyrone

    I struggle with simultaneously wanting to be around people; and being alone. Nervous energy is the devil. Makes most first impressions suck. Perfectionist doesn’t come close. Ask my family, I’m a son of a bitch. Judgmental bordered on conceit in my younger days. Wow…I’m surprised I haven’t been murdered. I was about 20 before I realized I had to come up with constructive methods to channel my anger. Or people were gonna die. I’m high strung. I used to be really high strung.

  12.' Jordan

    Thank you, this is helpful. I am trying to understand my north node in Virgo in the 12th house conjunct the ascendant and within 8 degrees of Pluto and Moon ( both also in the 12th, in Virgo). It seems to be important, but I am new to all this, and it is a lot to learn! Again, thanks.

  13.' Lilly

    I have my north node in my 12th house Taurus. Though I need some time of everyday to be alone, to hear myself, but I don’t want to be a loner. The wisdom I get when being alone I can share with other people. For me is very hard to let go of control, in that case I have general anxiety and hypochondria.

    • Celestina

      Thank you for sharing your experience. The sign of the node also has a huge influence on behavior and experience, of course, as does the rest of the chart.

  14.' Franck

    I’m cuspian Taurus with moon in virgo and North node in 12th house . My name numerology give 1 and my life path number is 11 . why does it mean ? Do i’m blessed by the stars ? What is mi missio on earth ?

  15.' likeAMiracle

    well, wow…yes…just the house …and the challenges.. Thanks !

  16.' Brandy

    Pisces with scorpio rising and scorpio in 12 nn….. whoa thank you for the read

  17.' Madeleine

    I’m Leo with north node in Virgo in 12th, (conjunct mercury and mars). I also have Neptune in Virgo in 1st house conjunct Ascendant.

  18.' lovely _ls

    great article, thank You!

    • Celestina

      You’re welcome. 🙂

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