©6-12-15 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
I’m going to go out on a limb here. It won’t be the first time, and it won’t be the last. I’m something of a regular there.
If we were studying astrology in the 14th century or up to a thousand years before that, the 12th would be listed as one of the career houses. Planets placed there can show a vocation in the original sense of the word—a calling. It’s not something you chose, but instead something that chooses you and that you wind up devoting your life to.
When you have a calling, Your Higher Self is impelled to take on some specific type of service work, no matter how challenging or how much it interferes with your own personal needs and desires. You may feel drawn to a mission to bring comfort to those who are suffering or to shine light on those who need to be shown out of dark places.
The work may be hard or even thankless at times, and it sometimes doesn’t pay much. Still, we 12th house types are doing much better than in olden days, when all you got was free room and board at the abbey, plus a plain but serviceable black uniform to wear.
There’s a sort of state of grace you sometimes reach in devoting yourself to service when the work is going well—a feeling of bliss and of a life well spent. How do I know this? I have Sun and Jupiter conjunct in Cancer in the 12th, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Was I called? Yes, twice. My original plan for my life was to be a French teacher in some dinky little town in my home state, Iowa. I loved languages with a passion, and had taken four years of Latin and three of French by the time I finished high school. In college, I majored in languages, including French, German, and Spanish.
A series of courses was required for a teaching certificate, so I began with a psychology class. Within months, I got THE CALL, and knew I was meant to become a counselor. I switched majors and focused exclusively on psychology and sociology courses until I got my degree. I decided to go to social work school, since that was only a two-year program.
When I finished my master’s, I went to work in a dilapidated old hospital in New York’s historic Lower East Side. I was settled in for life, no doubt about it. Then one of my coworkers got bit by the astrology bug, and he went around reading people’s signs out of Linda Goodman’s 1968 best seller, Sun Signs.
I was dumbstruck by what it said about Cancer. There it was—CALL #2! Within months, I was taking astrology courses three nights a week and pouring over charts on weekends. Not too surprisingly, my social work degree turned out to be an ideal background for a professional astrologer. And here I am, almost 50 years later, still exploring astrology and using it to help people find themselves and their true path.
As mentioned earlier, a call chooses you, you don’t choose it. But planets in the 12th can definitely suggest a 12th house type of career. Here, in the order of their strength, are some 12th house placements that can act as vocational indicators. The more such indicators you find in a chart, the stronger the indication:
- 12th house planets that aspect or rule the Midheaven
- 12th house planets that aspect planets in the 10th, 6th, or 2nd
- The Sun in the 12th
- Virgo or Capricorn planets in the 12th
- Saturn in the 12th
- The rulers of the 6th or 2nd in the 12th
Some of the many possible service fields include: hospital staff, institutional personnel, workers in long-term care facilities. Priest, nun, ashram staff, yoga or meditation teacher, psychic. Staff of alcohol or drug treatment program, group home for the disabled, halfway houses, or corrections workers.
Readers with 12th house planets, have you also felt called to a particular vocation? We can all learn more about the 12th as a career indicator if you share with us in the comment section below.
Please know that an expanded version of this blog article will appear in the book I am writing about vocational astrology. A few of your comments may be used in that book as brief teaching examples, just the astrological picture of the 12th with all identifying information removed. (If you prefer not to be included, please say so in the comment.)
UPDATE: Do check out what Readers are sharing in the comment section! There are wonderful stories, and it’s clear that we 12th house folks are a breed all our own. If you’d like to receive the comments by email, check the box below your comment.
Below you’ll find links to a series of 15 articles about that house on Skywriter:
- 12th House People as Introverts: the Power of Solitude
- A Sensitive Guide to Planets in the 12th House—Guest Blog
- A Book about the 12th House that will Help You Love Yourself
- Doomed by a 12th House Stellium? Think Again!
- A Tool for Analyzing Your 12th House Sign
- Readers Ask: Q & A about the 12th House
- New Insights into the 12th House from our Q&A Session
- Interceptions, Progressions and Other Buried 12th House Treasure from the Comment Section
- The 12th House—Comparing Ancient and Modern Views
- 7 Secrets You May not Know about the 12th House
- Daybreak and the 12th House Sun
- 12 Famous People with 12th House Suns
- Some Pitfalls of 12th House-Based Relationships
- 80 Qualities of Venus in the 12th or other Venus-Neptune Combinations
- Jupiter in the 12th—When Does Good Luck Turn Bad?
- Transits from the 12th House to the 1st–Like Night and Day