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How Your Astrological 12th House Reveals The Past Lives Of Each Zodiac Sign

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Astrology is a fairly exact science, but it can’t tell us every single detail about your life, your feelings, or your future. One thing that it can do is reveal a lot about the past life of each zodiac sign and what you’re supposed to be concentrating on in this one.

The Sun sign is important, of course, but a lot of people don’t realize that all twelve zodiac signs play a role in everyone’s astrological make-up.

A birth chart is divided into twelve segments, called “houses.” Each house is ruled by at least one of the zodiac signs, and the energy of that sign affects the particular area of life associated with that house. For example, the 4th House describes one’s home and family life, while the 9th House reveals how they approach adventures and world exploration.

Since the houses change signs every couple of hours or so, two people with the same birthday can have very different charts.

The chart shows a lot about a person’s life-long challenges — recurring behavior patterns and negative personality traits that they just can’t seem to grow out of. Sometimes these traits make sense in light of their upbringing and planetary aspects, but more often, they seem to have no connection to someone’s life situation: constant irrational anger when nothing is wrong, a habit of stealing even when we don’t need to, or a tendency to trust too much even when we know it’s going to hurt.

That’s when an astrologer turns to the 12th House. The astrological 12th House segment is associated with the energy and karmic imbalances that we’re still carrying around from previous lives.

If someone has a lot of planets in this segment (especially if the Sun or the Moon is here), that usually means that they weren't able to solve some important problems in a previous incarnation. Their recurring problems seem to have no connection to their current situation because their soul is still dealing with serious spiritual wounds from before.

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Because the astrological 12th House has to do with problems and challenges, the sign of this segment tends to express its negative traits more often than the positive ones.

But I’ve cast plenty of charts that show a lot of positive aspects for the 12th House planets, too. Not everyone was terrible or miserable in their past lives — some people are just traveling light this time around, enjoying a well-deserved karmic vacation! It’s up to the astrologer and the client to determine what “feels right” when examining the 12th House.

Here’s a list of each sign’s generally negative aspects and how they might figure in your own past-life story. Use it as a guide or a meditation focus when you concentrate on your karmic energy. Your soul remembers what happened in its own long history, and the information is there if you’re open to receiving it.


Solitary, rebellious, war-like. An inability to get along on equal footing with other people creates bullies and victims.

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Stubborn, materialistic, over-protective. Insecurity and greed bring too much focus on wealth, and not enough on relationships.

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Flighty, insincere, dishonest. Getting ahead by manipulating others.

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Surly, passive-aggressive, neurotic. Uncomfortable family environment, especially involving motherhood.

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Selfish, egotistical, over-dramatic. Someone got too much attention or not enough, so now they’re acting out and can’t connect well with others.

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Obsessive, critical, pessimistic. Control issues make it hard to get a handle on things and make progress.

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Shallow, indecisive, aloof. Vanity and fear of confrontation and mistakes bring a sense of paralysis.

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Secretive, controlling, sadistic. A need to stay hidden, controlling or being controlled, possible sexual deviance.

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Unreliable, daydreamer, tactless. Constantly unsettled, avoiding confinement or commitment.

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Inflexible, demanding, too serious. Rigidly sticking to a plan, so focused on the goal that daily pleasures are forgotten.

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Unemotional, confusing, chaotic. Difficulty relating to anyone or fitting in with a group.

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Delusional, emotionally fragile, clingy. Can’t get a grasp on the real world, overly reliant on an emotional support system.

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Trudi Mentior grew up in Great Falls, Montana, where she spent her formative years wondering just what might be beyond those vast plains, on the other side of those distant mountains. She now lives in Vancouver, Washington, with her husband, three cats, and a loudmouthed hyacinth macaw (who loves to scare the cats). 

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