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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40 Responses to North Node in 12th House

  1.' Laure

    12th house north node in Gemini here. I do have a life threatening illness. In DNA but choosing hard line restricted professional life full of stress triggered illness and knocked me out. Nearly 20 years ago now.

    Almost married but ran for safety reasons thankfully. Have been single and alone most of life. Born into a large family which more than compensated. Family wore me out. Their friends did too.

    As others mentioned above, I have done and quietly still do hospice volunteering, animal rescues etc. Did establish official charity at one point.

    Concerns above I keep seeing are how to survive with north node in 12th, financially etc.? I had a parent who pushed me hard to set up my life to always provide for myself and never be dependent on anyone. So that was hard work but it has absolutely been the thing to save me. Because before I got sick, I bought income insurance against illness etc. That is how I’ve survived, being able to retreat, work on self spiritually and otherwise, help others without pay, work for free etc. Because I set up my life with insurance, never expecting to need it, but thankful I have it. It has been crucial to keep following my north node.

    Sharing this in case anyone has a child born with this placement. Prepare them to live alone and thrive. Teach them financial safeguards, work and career paths, how to survive – not rich but safely and well enough. Even with illness.

    My best to all. You’re right, it’s a long solitary road for some of us and while I personally prefer that, I do understand it’s not everyone’s preference.

  2.' 2per_cents

    To Adam M from 12/16

    Look to the Ra material for guidance, especially book III & IV; however, the cusp of Aries/Taurus is a guidepost to develop/bring forth/meet the “unmanifested” self and perform the service-to-others by sculpting a tangible legacy to leave as a touchstone for others. Think of the giant megalithic stone in the movie 2001…a space odyssey.

    In less “metaphorical” terms.

    The significance of a lunar eclipse is significant depending on birth time. If born at night you are a child of the moon without being touched by spirit, if born during the day you are a child of the sun without the nourishment of soul. An easy way to discern this would be to ask which parent nourishes you more, the father(sun/spirit) or mother (moon/soul). It may very well be that one or the other is not even present in your life. This is not uncommon for an indigo who sheds ego which is the child of spirit and soul. Being fully under the sun or the moon will hinder significantly ego development (both a blessing and a curse) and allow a more direct contact from spirit or the more complete protection of soul, but a porous to nonexistent ego.

    The cusp of aries/taurus may be as follows: Aries pushes you towards being a unique individual within a collective conscious (i.e. an example would be a standout employee in a a large institution). Taurus demands you make something real and concrete of your creativity and intuition. Figure how to synthesize the two.

    I would seriously consider consulting a professional jyotish astrologer who would better serve an “indigo” than a psychological western astrologer, but please do not take that to indicate a heirerchical relationship. Western astrology may be of far more comfort and efficacy to another in a different set of circumstances.

    I offer this with the paramount of free will as the only necessary truth. Do as thou wilt.

    Best wishes,
    That’s my 2per_cents.

  3.' ej

    All energy begs to be acknowledged and given direction. I’ve found that in our younger years up until our first saturn return we struggle with the ideal. The ideal being that we have to fit into the group, validate others’ opinions and behavior and this placement feels confining during those years. In a 6th/12th axis, health ailments can occur as a result of ‘falling in line’ with the establishment, deeply troubled with the perception, if not longing,that’out there’ is where success, happiness and ultimate fulfillment reside. The unseen struggle is also the overlooked reward and it might be that many with this nodal axis fall into a line of work that is the reviled epitome of repetition and pettiness: retail lol. Even in other service related industries requiring patience and understanding there is a despondency over not being able to speak the truth. Yet, there are truths for everyone and an important lesson here is to gently lead the horse to water. Though an honest attempt it is to liberate people from their own confines, ironically you become the confined when your’truth’ isn’t accepted or integrated into the group core. This happens when perhaps there isn’t a balance between inside and outside. Details, whether discovered through small talk, walking down the street, asking questions or a number of’small’ things, all play into a broader picture. What we know isn’t of consequence to others when formalities are overlooked. Get to know people, places long enough to discern what is healthy relating, knowing you have the spiritual advantage of retreating when your path becomes blocked. My tangent ends lol.

  4.' beck

    thank you so much for this…. everything you wrote (minus the job part) resonates deeply.

    my North Node is in the 12th, conjunct the Ascendant and conjunct Pluto in the first. all in Libra. curious if you have any insight into these interesting placements.

  5.' Adam M.

    This is befuddling to say the least. I have just learned of being an Aries Taurus cusp (I think) as I was born on April 24, 1986 at 746 am Central Standard time during a full lunar eclipse. I know not what to make of the nodes, eclipse during birth, or even the cusp.. Much less the fact I had a complete stranger prophecy the immovable fact I am an “indigo” of which she spoke of my personally known intuitive nature. I just know without ever reading it for a fact. (I researched it a bit) I know that all I’ve previously read is erroneous and missing the specifics of my exact zodiac and true nature of my horoscope. Anything as to direction would be great.

  6.' Vegan Syd

    Thank you,Anna, for your honest story about 12th House North Node and other information. Yes, my 12th House N Node does feel painful to me also, though I feel fulfilled in the role of empathy with others. Since about 3 years old, I’ve wanted to “feed those starving children in India”, or help others less fortunate than I. North Node in Scorpio, Sag Rising, Sun in Virgo.

  7.' Georgia

    Dear Celestina,

    I see other people, here, are unemployed, too, or struggling with conventional jobs.

    My 12th house North Node is in Cancer, yet the 12 house cusp is in Gemini. I’ve quit 2 jobs since my Saturn return and have been unemployed for 3 1/2 years. This is tough. How can relinquishing the material spectre of life and devotion to the spiritual be a valid way to survive? My parents have financially supported me through this period, but I feel agitated. The quarrels over where I spend the money are frequent. And I spend them mostly on spiritual resources: love (my boyfriend) and health/brain training (books, crystals, equipment).

    Am I delusional asking for autonomy? Is the 12th house self/North node integrated when merged with others? Then, loneliness is an oxymoron, isn’t it?

  8.' B

    What If you have the north node in 12th house in Virgo though? That whole flip concept eludes me. I don’t know how to analyze this. It’s like having two north nodes, right- One in Pisces and one In Virgo? How do you read that kind of placement? It could be the same type of thing with north node in Leo in 11th house or in Sag in 3rd house… You get what I’m asking? Specifically how do you interpret that North node Virgo in 12th (oh and it is also conjunct Saturn by 1degree.

    •' ana

      i have the same placement

  9.' Pedro L.

    One question how do you survice we cant work and we cant be acepted in society how we can survive

  10.' Lesley Jackson

    I have my north node in sag in 12th. I’m gemini, cancer asc and leo moon. I’m 61 now and have had a very lonely life and still do. I’m unlucky in love and although I try to be spiritual, it is as if everything I try to do is blocked. I’m also pluto conjunct moon in leo and saturn square moon so not a good chart really.

  11.' Jo

    Dear Celestina, I have my NNode in 12. house in Leo and I have no job, the ruler of 10# is in Cancer( Venus). I have mysterious illness, my nerves system is the same as insect one. I must not use any cream which consist of any vitamins or take any natural organic plant or medicine which relax body/ muscles. I have no diagnose and I am totaly alone in my problem. I like helping others, astrology and meditation and I can strongly feel the influence of 12#North node. I dont know what to do with such strong Neptunian side of myself. Every effort to work something is stopped by illness. I have no one to understand that. What should be my job on this planet? Whole 6# is in Aquarius, Uranus is in 4. House. I want to heal people but I can hardly find anyone even for massage. Thank you for such great article!

    •' Pedro Loukota

      That configuration of the node north is really hard, i have the node north in 12 house in aries and i cant work, i am a System Engineer but i have health problems in a space work there are Karma i abuse of power in my past life now i am paying the debt, Nelson Mandela has the node north in Scorpio in the 12 house and Howard Huges too in other sign, So there are option to change career study psychology medicine work in a Asylum or hospital or Work myself like a Freenlancer…

  12.' 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.

  13.' 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.

  14.' 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???

  15.' 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.

  16.' 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.

    •' Pedro Loukota

      Hi i have the same situation in 80%. I born June 19, 1987 02:05 AM Guatemala, we can talk about this…

  17.' 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!

  18.' Melissa

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

  19.' 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.

  20.' 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 ?

  21.' 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.

  22.' 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.

  23.' 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.

  24.' 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.

  25.' 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 ?

  26.' likeAMiracle

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

  27.' Brandy

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

  28.' 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.

  29.' lovely _ls

    great article, thank You!

    • Celestina

      You’re welcome. 🙂

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