12th house the Dushamsthan of Loss

The 12th is the house of loss of the manifested (Vyay-sthan), it undos the physical and the material. It is a part of the Dushamsthan triad, the 6th, 8th and 12th houses which bring in turmoil in your life. (The 3rd house too if given a free reign, can cause havoc.) The 6th house is the most turbulent as it is linked to awareness and resolution of Karma. Also of diseases, arguments, debts, service, enemies earlier. The 8th house is catastrophic transformations of identity where the physical, emotional or spiritual identity undergoes a rapid, forceful and often a traumatic change. ie accidents, death, surgeries, hidden diseases etc. And the 12th house is Losses of the conscious, but is the least harmful of the three. Losses of the physical body, sub-conscious, hauntings, insanity, prisons, hospitals, unknowns. Irrespective of planets and placements, these 3 houses together have the potential to create chaos in your physical life.

Jupiter, a natural benefic, an expansive graha is the natural ruler of this 12th house of Loss. He rules the 12th house of the zodiac Pisces. And the sign Pisces, wherever it may be placed in the horoscope will subtly influence the matters of the 12th house too. The 12th house counted from the ascendant sign represents astral worlds, dreaming, bed, sleep, dreams, astral travel, sexual activity, enclosures, jails, secluded places, forests, solitude, living at places away from the homeland, privacy, secrets, mediation, things which are not visible, ancestral spirits.

Navamsha, 9th divisional chart

In my opinion it is better if the dushamsthan, 6th, 8th and 12th remain empty. This helps a material life of ease. There is less turbulence in life and as there are no planets placed here to bring their energies in focus. eg if you have Saturn in your 12th house, your entire agenda of karmic work is linked to the environments and people of the 12th house. A Moon placed here often indicates issues of neglect during early childhood etc. If the ascendant lord or the Moon or the Sun is placed here, you should pay attention to your physical body/mind.

Environments linked to the 12th house are those of ‘isolation’, away from the public eye and away from familiar environments. If your 12th house linked in some way to the wealth/ profession houses, e.g. their owners are aspecting each other you might find yourself working in such environments. e.g. in jails, forests and wilderness areas, foreign locations, foreign trade, hospitals, research labs, occult and divination. Here you lose your identity, e.g an anonymous soldier. Or you travel so much that you are not linked to a particular place, travelling salesmen, merchant navy, refugees, pilgrims, astral travel etc. Or you may be engaged in hazardous occupations where you might lose your life/energy, e.g at ports, firefighting, emergency services etc.

People represented by the 12th house can be those people who are required to enforce or required to suffer the environments indicated here. e.g. you may be the jailer or the prisoner, but both are required to remain in the jail premises! Actions indicated by the 12th are the things which occur behind closed doors. You are required to still your personality or this stillness will be forced on you in these environments.

There is an understanding that the 12th house is the house of sexual activity, but this is not the whole story. When you engage in sexual activity, you lose your energy. There is the aspect of sharing energy with your partner but you are also using your physical vitality. The female and male organs of reproduction use the subtlest Shukra-dhatu to create the ova/sperms and the associated energies. The remaining Shukra-dhatu is converted to Ojas, the vitality of the body. If you engage excessively in physical relations, Shukra-dhatu is used up at this level and production of Ojas and the vitality of the body suffers.

This is an important house for spiritual aspirants, who desire Liberation/ Moksh. This is the path from the manifested to the astral. There is intuitive guidance, extra sensory perceptions, help from spirit guides, resources of the past lives, and also the ability to use them. e.g. Saturn placed here will restrict all this, and not allow spiritual progress until he matures!

Navamsha, 9th divisional chart

The 12th house counted from every house will indicate the potential for losses related to the keywords of that house. e.g. Losses to the personality and the physical environment is the 12th house, this is counted twelfth from the ascendant sign. eg if you are looking at the marriage aspects of a chart, also analyse the 6th house (counted twelfth from the 7th house), this house will indicate the losses related to the married state. No wonder the worst house for Venus (natural ruler of the 7th) to be in, is the 6th house.

Now look at the house counted twelfth from your birth Moon. This is a valuable indicator of all those things you are detached from emotionally. e.g if your Moon is placed in the 3th house then you would emotionally be detached from things of the 2nd house, ie your family, family time, family history, you might not be mentally involved in wealth generation, the family tradition holds no emotional connection for you, going out with the family or close friends would hold no charm for you. This does not mean that you will not do all these things. (This will depend on the power of the 2nd house itself.) It just means that these things will not give you a deep emotional connect. When you count the 6th, 8th and 12th from the ascendant you get the physical environments and agents. But for also understanding the emotional context and impacts you should count from the birth moon sign. The house 12th from each house indicates the loss of things represented by that house. Even in transit, the transit Moon when occupies the sign twelfth from the birth Moon, those 2.25days will be quite troublesome and you will be in a tension.

The 8th, 12th and 4th houses are the Moksh trikon. These houses facilitate ‘release’. So unless you focus on them and their agents specifically, you will remain unaware of their potential. All these are watery signs and are linked to the subconscious, the astral and the depths of the psyche! If you are feeling relaxed and are alone you can try this sort of self-analysis. What do you feel when you are alone, in solitude? Sun can indicate a deep confidence in oneself, you wouldn’t hesitate to stand up for yourself and others whom you love despite overpowering odds. A Moon might indicate a sensitivity to emotions which you do not understand logically, you might also be prone to allergies. Mercury gives a nervous excitement which bubbles beneath the surface, you should write to get it out in the open! Venus might attract you to love and wealth, but do remember that self-love and an understanding of the inner self is the real gift of Venus. Mars here can indicate repressed sexual desires, inner conflicted feelings, resentments and passions which need to be channelised outwards not kept bottled inside. Jupiter here is a good placement for spiritual growth however impacts the health of the body, the children and the married state. Saturn here gives a sense of loneliness, fear, guilt and a negative mindset, but you can work intensely, you are determined and concentrate on tasks/work allotted to you. I have written a separate post on Rahu and Ketu in the 6/12 axis here. If you have a heavy 12th house, its agents and energies will be more in focus.

You, in the first house are exclusive, a clearly defined person living in a clearly defined environment. By the time you reach the 12th house, you realise the inherent unity in everything and understand the inclusive spiritual self. The 12th is the house of loss, all activities indicated here will lead to a loss of the manifested vitality, of the personality or of the environment. And a gain of the subconscious and the spiritual.


Navamsha, 9th divisional chart

Ayurved – Sapt Dhatu 7 elements

Ayurved is the science of life and the living body. As per Ayurved, the human body is composed of the Sapt Dhatu. These are the seven primary ingredients, roots, subtle essences, causes, constituents etc which create the human body, ie. the visible Anna-mai-kosh or the sthool sharir, the visible material physical body and its functions.

These seven constituents, Sapt Dhatu are created from the energy of the food you eat. You take in the food with the energies of Praan Vayu. Then the ‘fires’ of digestion/Jathar-agni in your body convert the food into the following three parts first,

  1. The solid /Sthool part – the dull, material part with very dim energy, this will be converted to feces and urine and removed from the body. The Apaan vayu will be responsible for this elimination.
  2. The liquid part which will be converted to ‘Rasa’ – This is the essence of nutrition, the actual liquid absorbed by the intestines and also its vital energies. This is that part of your food which will be actually converted to the Sapt Dhatu which make up your body.
  3. And finally the ‘airy’ and ‘fiery’ part of the food you eat will be converted into the mind. These include the sub-conscious impressions that the food has absorbed. Now these impressions will create your mind.

Ayurved - Sapt Dhatu 7 elements

For creating the physical body, the energies of Rasa will be used to create the seven primary ingredients in sequence as follows,

  1. Rasa –
    • There is ‘Rasa-agni’, the intelligent ‘fire’ which converts the nutrition supplied by it to the various parts of the body. Rasa-agni is also responsible for the transformation of the ‘essence of food’ to Rasa. Food takes 6 hours to be converted to Rasa in the stomach/ intestine.
    • This is all the liquids in your body, intracellular fluids, the fluid the intestines absorb, the plasma in your blood, the mother’s milk, lymph, tears, saliva etc.
    • Rasa is responsible for providing nutrition and taking away the wastes produced in every cell of your body. It is the major primary component of the body, i.e. a significant percentage of your body is water! It is connected with immunity. It also your capacity for affection.
    • It is connected to the Kapha dosh of the tri-dosh of Ayurved.
    • Some foods which help Rasa formation are Tulsi, Ginger, Milk (from a Indian desi cow which has a prominent hump).
  2. Rakta –
    • This is all the solid components of blood (except the liquid plasma which is Rasa). Rakta is the blood components, red blood cells, white blood cells, the platelets, and the molecules and enymes which are carried in the blood and circulated in the body.
    • This is the function of life! Oxygenation to enthusiasm in living.
    • It takes Rasa, 15 days to be converted to Rakta. That means that the food you eat should have enough ‘essential energy’ first create and work as Rasa for 15 days and if there is any left over, then it gets transformed into Rakta.
    • Transformations related to Rakta dhatu are mediated by the Rakta-agni.
    • Rakta is connected to the Pitta dosh.
    • Some foods which help Rakta formation are Pomegranates, Ghee.
  3. Mansa –
    • This is all the muscle, the flesh and skin. This includes the organs and the tubes that are the soft tissues of the body. The plastering and the gap-filling stuff! It grants form, strength, movement and protection.
    • Converting the essences of Rasa and Rakta into Mansa/flesh takes a further 27 days. So you need to eat nutritious food for at least 2 months to see a visible difference in the ‘fleshy’ components of your body.
    • This is the structure of the body thus linked to the kapha dosh. The intelligent energy of conversion associated with it is called Mansa-agni.
    • Ghee and Honey help in formation of Mansa.
  4. Medha –
    • This is the fatty tissues of the body, the ligaments, tendons and includes the lubricants in the joints.
    • It has an important role in brain function and normal intelligence and is used to build the brain, spinal cord and the insulating fats on the nerves.
    • It is responsible for lubrication, bulk, personal love and beauty
    • As per modern dietary standards, body fat is viewed as dangerous. In my opinion, one should be at the higher side of the recommended weight range. Medha is also the stored nutrients which are utilised in cases of emergencies e.g. falling ill.
    • Converting the essences of Rasa, Rakta, Mansa to Medha will take a further 41days. And the ‘fire’ of conversion here is called ‘Medha-agni’.
    • Medha is linked to the Kapha dosh.
    • Honey and drinking warm water helps in formation of Medha.
  5. Asti – .
    • Asti is the skeletal frame of the body – the bones, the cartilages and includes the teeth, nails and hair.
    • This supports and protects the vital organs.
    • Converting the essences of Rasa, Rakta, Mansa and Medha to Asti takes 52 days. The intelligent energy related to conversions of Asti is called Asti-agni
    • Asti is linked to the Vaat dosh of Ayurved.
    • Milk (desi cow) helps in Asti formation.
  6. Majja –
    • Majja is the marrow inside the bones and the innermost red/yellow cells of the nervous tissues, brain and spinal cord in the body. It ‘fills the spaces, and is responsible for sensations, memory and communication.
    • The processes linked to these are mediated by the “Majja-agni’.
    • 64 days required to convert the other essences to Majja. If you look at the time-frame, the cumulative days required to convert the energy of food into bone marrow is over 200 days!
    • Majja is linked to Kapha dosh
    • Ghee and honey are easily available foods which help Majja formation.
  7. Shukra –
    • And then finally, an additional 96 days are required to convert the essences of these six Dhatu into your reproductive cells, the seventh Shukra dhatu.
    • So this means that, first you have to eat food with sufficient ‘essential nutrition’.
      Then Rasa, Rakta, Mansa, Medha Asti and Majja are created in sequence, used in life, plus the daily wear, tear and repair. Then the remaining if sufficient in quantity will be used to create Shukra dhatu. No wonder problems related to reproduction are on the rise these days!
    • The bulk of this energy is used in creating the reproductive cells, the sperm/Shukra and ovum/Shonita. And a very minor portion used in creating the stem cells in small children. After adolescence, stem cells production drastically reduces as the sperm/ova/reproductive cell production starts in real ernest.
    • Shukra is linked to Kapha dosh and is responsible for reproduction, production of Ojas and emotional contentment.
    • Shukra-agni mediates the conversion processes associated with the Shukra-dhatu.
    • Milk (desi cow) and almonds help in formation of Shukra dhatu.

Ayurved - Sapt Dhatu 7 elements

Now for the spiritually inclined, Ojas. Ojas is created when Shukra is converted further. Shukra is the subtlest and most ‘refined’ dhatu of the body. If it is not utilized by the person it converts to Ojas, this takes 108 days. Nutrition and the ‘fires/Agni’  both need to be perfect to form Ojas. Ojas is the divine vitality, the ‘shine’ that you see on the faces of persons who follow a highly spiritual life-style. This process is faster when you exercise control over your senses and eat nutritious, vegetarian, simple food which you have cooked with your own hands. This is the real reason why over-indulgence in sexual activity ‘drains’ the body. Such intimate interaction with others plus the waste of the reproductive cells. You are using up the Shukra dhatu and very little remains for conversion into Ojas.

  • In men, if sufficient Shukra is created in the first place and reasonably limited sexual activity occurs, then significant amount of Shukra converts into Ojas.
  • In women, while she is in the reproductive age-group, a significant proportion of Shukra dhatu is lost every month with the monthly cycle. (After menopause however, the essences of Shukra dhatu are not lost like this, so significant spiritual progress is possible.) Added to this, if she engages in high levels of sexual activity then even more of it will be lost during the intimate interactions. But if she limits her sexual activity to reasonable limits, she will be able to maintain a reserve of Shukra to be converted Ojas.
  • For the spiritually inclined woman, the challenge is to navigate the menopause phase, while maintaining the emotional, mental and physical fitness. If she fails to keep herself fit, then she will be required to use the energy of her food etc to maintain herself first and enough may not be available for the creation of Shukra dhatu. And if no Shukra, then no Ojas. If you observe women who engage in rigorous levels of spiritual activity, their menopause occurs earlier, in the 30s itself.
  • This does not mean that one should remain celibate. It just means over-indulgence will drain. This is also a basic common-sense!

Ayurved is not just ‘Indian medical science’. It is a science of consciousness first taught by Bhagwan Dhanvantri. It discusses not only the physical body, but also the conscious layers of the body, the mind, the vital energy/pran flowing through the energy channels of the body and the soul. The body and its structure is linked to Astrology and also to Ayurved. Medical conditions can be diagnosed using the chart. And if you have ever seen a Nadi Vaidya (a doctor of Ayurved is called a Vaidya, ‘the one who knows’) in action, he can tell you the precise haemoglobin levels in your blood by reading your nadi/vital energy channel at your wrist. Saptdhatu, Panchkosh and Panchpran are how your body and mind works with your consciousness at the deepest levels. And so Ayurvedic treatments though slower than allopathic ones cure on the very deepest levels.

Ayurved - Sapt Dhatu 7 elements