Guest Slot : ‘Unruly Tricksters of the Twelfth House’ by Jude Cowell

The planet Mercury – my ruling planet – has certainly earned his tricksterish reputation in my life, never more so than when he turns retrograde, this time in Sagittarius, trining my Twelfth House Mercury. Inspired by this link, I decided to re-visit some articles in my Writing from the Twelfth House blog, now an archive. Just on cue, up popped one of the most frequently read posts on that site: all about trickster Mercury and the Twelfth House!

I love it when astrology does that…

Gorgeous Mercury

Mercury, by Praxiteles – isn’t he gorgeous?

So –I am delighted to be re- publishing this topical article by prestigious and prolific USA fellow blogger, my friend from Georgia, Jude Cowell. During that season of three weeks (this time in November/December 2018) when the ultimate planetary trickster, Mercury, turns retrograde and challenges us all with communication conundrums, Jude poses and answers a few mercurial conundrums of her own…

” Having astrology’s trickster planet, Mercury, or Mercury-ruled Gemini or Virgo, associated with one’s natal twelfth house can be quite a ‘tricky’ proposition for anyone to manage.

When one considers the unconscious nature of the twelfth house and Mercury’s rulership of our thinking and communicating processes, the picture becomes fraught with possibilities for confusion, doubt, and awkwardness.

In fact, in similar fashion to this blog’s creator and author, the gracious Anne Whitaker, I am communicating with you from the twelfth house right now, with sixteen degrees of a mercurial sign directing the show from behind the curtain.

As you know, repressed energies of the twelfth house (12th h) are identified by planets posited there, and by those which are connected by sign and aspect to the house of Self-Undoing and Karma, the 12th h of the Unconscious.

But when fleet-of-foot Mercury is involved, we can be certain that unbidden thoughts will frequently float up into consciousness from the watery depths of the Neptunian realms of the unconscious – some useful and to be acted upon, others not as useful and to be disregarded.

Mysterious Mercury

Mysterious Mercury

A 12th house Mercury may give a tendency to talk to oneself, and the old caution that it’s ‘okay as long as one doesn’t answer back’ may be moot with Mercury involved in the house of the Unconscious – for talk back the trickster will, and often out loud at the most inappropriate times or in awkward ways.

“Foot-in-mouth” syndrome is a common manifestation of the predicament of having connections between the Unconscious psychological 12th house and our thinker-communicator planet.

Plus, ‘The Fool’ card in the Tarot deck illustrates neutral Mercury’s brash characteristics quite well as he/she haplessly opens mouth to insert foot – and usually at the worst of moments…the ‘speak first, think later’ tendency.

Yet that is where Astrology can aid us in understanding these mercurial 12th house dynamics and learning to make productive use of them so that we don’t mistakenly shoot ourselves in the very foot we placed in our mouths. Now that would be a definite ouch!

Directing mercurial 12th house energies outwardly into the wider world may produce a writer or other type of artisan who draws upon knowledge from the collective unconscious and expresses it on behalf of mankind, while remaining the private sort of person that a mercurial 12th house requires.

But before projecting them outwardly, it’s important to replace self-defeating attitudes (such as the repeating loop in our heads of mother’s old discouragements: “oh, you can’t figure that out,” or “what would you know about it?”, etc.) with a more positive attitude; for after all, neutral Mercury can ‘go either way’ – so why not take the high road? Especially since we know that decision-maker Mercury, in his Hermes disguise, is the mystery guide at the crossroads of life, isn’t he?

So aspects to planets in, or associated with the 12th house (or its cusp), show us how and where to use these repressed, unconscious energies to best advantage by ‘tricking the trickster’ and turning them into the talents they truly are.

And developing our verbal and non-verbal creative work is one of the better ways to manage these unruly mercurial scamps of the 12th house while benefiting the collective simultaneously; attempting to push these energies further beneath the oceanic 12th house surface only causes them to fester and become even more distorted than they were from being stifled during childhood by the adults around us who had their own 12th house issues to deal with. And perhaps they didn’t manage it as well as we, with Astrology’s instruction, may now.

So rather than setting ourselves up for subliminally undoing ourselves from the unconscious 12th house, I say: let the 12th house trickster breathe freely, romp with the other kids, take up his quill or paintbrush, and reveal mercurial insights for the benefit of all! “




(Written for Anne Whitaker to use, with Jude Cowell’s  permission)

700 words Copyright Jude Cowell /Anne Whitaker 2017 and 2018

Licensed under Creative Commons – for conditions see Home Page of Writing from the Twelfth House


Check out Stars over Washington for Jude’s outspoken astrological and political commentaries on USA’s current affairs….and Jude Cowell Astrology for her varied astrological writings.

Jude Cowell

Lifelong artist Jude Cowell is a native of Athens, Georgia and an Astrology novice since 1996. She attended Atlanta College of Art in her younger years where she studied Fashion Illustration, Layout, and Design, and has exhibited her artwork in Athens, Augusta, and Atlanta, Georgia. She now displays her colored pencil drawings exclusively online.




6 responses to “Guest Slot : ‘Unruly Tricksters of the Twelfth House’ by Jude Cowell

  1. Interesting post, thank you, Anne, for sharing 🙂

    I’m a Merc dominant both by rising (Virgo) and Pullen methods. And I have Moon in 12th conjunct AC – that Moon is involved in a T-square with Nep & Venus in Pisces, so lots of 12th housery going on.

    I laughed at the whole talking with oneself bit because I’ve been doing that since I could talk (I’m an only child who spent a lot of time alone or in the company of adults) – in hindsight I would say that it helped to stop me from losing myself in more ways than one.

    I have experienced ‘foot in mouth’ on a regular basis however I connect that with other placements, like Mars in Scorpio in the 3rd, and a tricky Chiron (in Pisces) conjunct NN (in Aries) in 7th. I know what people want to hear me say, but…

    And these days foot in mouth is pretty much anything you say due to increased levels of hyper-sensitivity all around.

    I’ve found blogging to be a good solution to the riddles posed by 12th house and Mercury (my natal Merc is Aqua in 5th everything is a riddle and solving riddles is fun). Since in your posts on your blog you can say what you want to say, writing a post is basically talking to yourself, and other people can listen or choose not to listen, and if they listen they can take what they need and leave behind what they don’t want or need. If you disturb or disrupt them they can write you off as a nut. So it works for everyone in its own way 🙂

    Lots of food for thought in this post.

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    • Glad it’s got you talking to yourself – and me, too…yes, with most of my planets in the Twelfth House in Leo behind a Virgo Asc, I can be seen and hidden simultaneously via sending my writing out on the Web whilst remaining behind the sofa, metaphorically speaking…thanks for dropping by!

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  2. Via Facebook:
    Diane Lang:
    Excellent article . . . so says another 12th House Mercury person. Mine is in Scorpio so I really relate. 😊

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  3. Thanks, Diane. Yes, I love Jude’s writing style and she has really ‘nailed’ Mercury here ( if such a thing is possible with the slippery Mercury…)


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