Moon in 12th House
An individual with the Moon in the 12th house tends to be over-sensitive and often feels extraordinarily vulnerable. All of the emotional boundaries are extremely diffused, and the psychic and instinctive qualities are likely to be very powerful. The Moon here is highly imaginative, but also open to the collective unconscious it can be very "porous" and it can at times emotionally overwhelm.
In general. there may be difficulty coping with daily life and sometimes the home is often a place of seclusion, sanctuary and retreat from the world. The feeling realm of the person is frequently flooded with ideas, images and inspiration and there is a need to withdraw into privacy and stillness at the end of the day.
Many people with this particular kind of Moon keep their feelings hidden away, and some will experience a sense of loneliness and isolation, feeling unsupported, helpless and defenseless by some early event in childhood, and looking out towards the sea for some kind of life-line.
The person often needs to be behind the scenes and some are attracted to a caring role that involves selfless giving of some kind - sheltering the poor, caring for sick and calming the disturbed. The Moon in the twelfth house is also strongly drawn to everything that is unifying, irrational, vast and symbolic.
Some twelfth house Moon people can be extremely shy and suffer from feelings of claustrophobia and other fears. They may be powerfully connected to their dream life and need a restful and peaceful environment. Also, they often possess a boundless compassion and empathy for everyone, but are often swept away by sympathy and play host to every down and out individual. Howard Sasportas describes twelfth house Moons as psychic vacuum cleaners, they ‘suck in’ whatever is circulating in the atmosphere. The person can also feel lonely and misunderstood but needs solitude and space to cope with daily life.
Your twelfth house moon suggests that you are a private person, hesitant to reveal your feelings and needs. Often, fearful of your vulnerability, you block awareness of your feelings; you seek refuge from your inner world in habitual activities which you may perform in an automatic manner. Contacting your hidden emotional self may be difficult for you, because you have developed a lifetime of defenses against primitive levels of need and dependency which frighten you. You may feel intense shame in regard to the child-self which is buried within you.
In astrology, the Moon rules the mother, and often reflects a parent who was hospitalized, in prison or in some other 12th house institution. Mother may have even passed away early in life, or sometimes she is very difficult to get hold of emotionally. A female figure in early childhood may have been incredibly sensitive and made many sacrifices for the family.
Moon in the 12th House
This position of the Moon indicates an emotional attachment and sensitivity to all that is ethereal, groundless, and eternal. As sensitive as you are, you often have delayed reactions to your own emotional experiences. You need frequent moments of solitude in order to recharge yourself emotionally, and this need, while strong, can also lead to feelings of isolation and of being misunderstood.
While you are a perceptive person, you are often either flooded with emotions that are hard to define, or completely out of touch with what you are feeling. Either extreme keeps you from truly discovering your emotional needs. Negative expressions of this position are avoidance of responsibility, using hypersensitivity as an excuse to oneself (and perhaps to others) for not participating, or emotional immaturity. You are sympathetic to others’ suffering, but not always emotionally available to help.
Your own feelings and emotions are something of an enigma to you, and it is often difficult for you to share with others what you are feeling. You frequently withdraw from contact with the world, and need a healing, peaceful environment in order to blossom and come out of yourself. You identify with the oppressed, disenfranchised or underdog in any situation and want to help them or care for them in some way.