12th House Lord in 3rd House


Last updated on June 6th, 2020 at 12:31 pm

What does 12th House Lord in 3rd House mean?

When the planet that governs the 12th house of the natal birth chart is located in the 3rd house from the ascendant sign, it means to have this planetary combination.

As a general effect of this combination, the significances of the 3rd house, such as valor, courage, motivation, skills, efforts, ability to take action, hobbies, short travels, mental strength & intellect, written & verbal communication, communication technologies, as well as cousins, younger siblings, etc. are influenced by the significances of the 12th house, such as long term investments, expenses on self, charities, creativity, dreams, bedroom comforts, visions, the power to manifest visions into reality, foreign land, as well as deception, hidden enemies, losses, isolation, obstacles, limits, etc.

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As the 12th house carries malefic energies it is called a Dusthana Bhava as per sidereal Vedic astrology. Hence, the positioning of its lord in any house causes obstacles and difficulties.

Nonetheless, despite carrying malefic energies, the 12th house is still vital for existence. In fact, auspicious outcomes can be extracted out of the 12th house under a certain condition. That condition is that if the 12th lord should be in good dignity.

Moreover, when the 12th lord is in the 3rd house, it is in 4th from its own sign which adds auspicious intonation to this combination. That is so because the 4th house is an auspicious quadrant house or Kendra Bhava which signifies peace of mind, thinking patterns, learning capabilities, comforts, luxuries, conveyances, motherly affection, domestic happiness, etc.

The 12th and 4th (disposition) houses belong to the triangle of salvation or Moksha Trikona while the 3rd house belongs to the triangle of desires or Kama Trikona.

The connection between these house types indicates a deep desire to detach and escape from reality in order to become enlightened and attain peace of mind.

Results of 12th House Lord in 3rd House

Difficult Early Experiences

This combination causes difficult experiences especially at an early age due to issues regarding emotional satisfaction and security.

That is because of the 4th disposition, which signifies parents, caretakers, or any people who are responsible for providing the basic needs to the native.

With the malefic energies of 12th house, the native feels lack of it. They were faced with a situation where their caretakers could not offer enough but despite this tried their best, if the 12th lord is dignified.

As a result of this, these natives develop thinking patterns that having their necessities satisfied by others is something to be ashamed of.

Moreover, as the 3rd house belongs to the triangle of desires, they feel that fulfilling desires is unattainable or simply not moral.


As a result of difficult experiences regarding insufficient care and protection from their significant caretakers, these natives develop an illusion of self-sufficiency.

To be specific, these natives become detached from their caretakers, friends, or other significant people and feel ashamed when asking/accepting any help or assistance.

On the positive hand, if the 12th lord is dignified, it motivates the natives to take care of their needs by themselves and take charge of their lives. They are fascinated by the idea that they are enough for themselves and with effort, they can provide anything they desire or dream of.

Negatively, if the 12h lord is undignified, the difficult experiences decrease their valor which also damages their ability to take action. Hence, they develop the mentality of being highly dependent on others.

That is, they believe that they must rely on others to be successful and achieve peace of mind. They always feel threatened and because of lacking inherent valor, they seek support from others. Despite feeling ashamed of asking help, it becomes their only option so they ignore that feeling.

Lacking Motivation

This combination also causes obstacles regarding fulfilling ambitions and desires. However, depending on the strength of the 12th lord, the native either overcome these obstacles or lose will power in the process.

It is often said that putting in hard work to attain goals is a virtue. It is very true as there are always some obstacles on the path of attaining goals and ambitions.

With this combination, the obstacles are dramatically increased because the given combination is formed between two malefic houses and the 3rd house is of growth.

However, if the 12th lord is powerful and dignified, it indicates that these natives have the necessary strength, will power, and motivation to over come limitations and obstacles to successfully attain their desires regarding comforts, conveyances, emotional security, and happiness all of which fall under the significances of the 4th disposition formed by this combination.

In this situation, there is a relief to difficulties and gradual improvement of any hard condition as the 3rd house is of gradual growth and improvement.

It also indicates that they receive moral and practical support from relatives, siblings, and their local network which raises their confidence and motivation.

As a result of this, they become determined which in turn motivates them to regain control of their life.

Alternatively, as the 3rd house signifies ambitions, this negatively formed combination of 12th lord in 3rd house causes loss of motivation to take action. Therefore, they always become dependent on the opinion of others and definitely require approval from others before deciding.

In other words, they become entrapped by the opinions and criticism of other people.

Moreover, they also become pessimistic as the weakened 12th lord casts a direct aspect upon the 9th.

Expression & Communication

The difficult energies of the 12th house also impact the communicative abilities of the native, which are signified by the 3rd house.

That is to say, they feel a lack of freedom in expressing themselves freely and limitlessly because the 12th lord limits the communication (3rd) of the native.

They are often afraid to say no to the requests of others, even if these requests damage their interests.

However, if the 12th lord is strong and dignified in the 3rd house, it provides these natives with necessary valor and courage to express themselves despite heavy censorship they receive from the local network. They manage to find the courage to overcome obstacles regarding their expression.

As the 12th lord casts aspect upon the 9th house of luck, fortune, and optimism, these natives have the ability to notice positives in every situation and concentrate on positivity with a high level of optimism. That ultimately guides them out of any trouble.

In fact, the 3rd house signifies communicative abilities, publishing capabilities, and related skills. Hence, a strong 12th lord in this house provides them with great writing or speaking skills that enable them to prosper in creations that are related to the significances of the 12th house, such as spirituality, enlightenment, salvation, isolation, foreign matters, fantasy, dreams, manifestation, etc.

With that being said, these natives find true peace of mind while writing or sharing information about spiritual topics with their local network or group of people.

Their writing or speaking skills get highly amplified by their creativity and power of imagination (12th). What is more, the 12th lord influence on the 3rd house also makes their style of communication different or unique in some way. A strong 12th lord enables them to shine with their uniqueness, even if it confronts the traditions or general opinion.

If the 12th lord is weak or undignified, these individuals are also often judged for their words and style of communication which put them in constant pressure.

As a result of this, they become rather passive and rarely express themselves openly because of fear of rejection. They also miss many chances of developing their writing or communication skills.

Alternatively, it indicates that they waste their valuable energy and communication abilities on immoral or unacceptable ways by creating false theories, gossips, or similar.

They also tend to become constantly complaining and talk about negative things or that cause them unhappiness. By doing this, they waste their time and energy on negativity which does not improve their situation but rather makes it worse.


According to classical source Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra, individuals with this combination are inclined to pursue the satisfaction of their desires in unnatural ways. That is, they are inclined towards self-nourishment.

The main reason that causes this effect is the malefic effect of the 12th lord upon the 3rd house and at the same time forming the 4th disposition.

To be specific, the 4th disposition is all about affection, emotional security, motherly care, and caretaking in general while the 12th house signifies dissolution, detachment, lack, and loss.

Hence, with this combination, the person feels a lack of emotional security in life due to a lack of caretaking offered towards them, especially at an early age.

As a result, the native starts to seek unnatural ways to promote self-nourishment. This initiative is triggered by the energies of the 3rd house, which signifies hard work, effort, the power to take action, courage, valor, skills, etc.

In other words, the natives put in lots of effort to counterbalance the lack of emotional nourishment and protection.

There is a possibility of dual outcomes from this effect, which is highly dependent on the 12th lord.

Namely, if the 12th lord is dignified and strong, it indicates that the native takes their struggles regarding lack of emotional support as a blessing in disguise. They use their negative experiences to learn from them to create a better future and condition for themselves.

In fact, the 3rd house is about self-made success. Therefore, these natives with this positively formed combination are capable of providing good self-nourishment to themselves.

That is, these natives have the ability to take responsibility for fulfilling their own desires, needs, and wants while accepting the fact that some part of their emotional satisfaction remains dependent on others.

On the contrary, if the 12th lord is undignified, it indicates deep wounds caused by the rejection of emotional closeness from caretakers, parents, or other significant people.

This causes a condition where the native develops bitterness towards others and refuse any co-work or assistance from others, whoever happen to offer it.

Lacking Fraternal Happiness

Sage Parashara also states that this combination causes being devoid of happiness from siblings.

That is because the 3rd house denotes younger siblings while the 12th lord impacts it adversely.

As a result of this, it indicates losses or mental stress caused by younger siblings because of disagreements, bitterness, or other issues.

However, if the 12th lord is dignified in the 3rd house, it indicates that compromise is possible through understanding and support. This ultimately resolves issues between the natives and their siblings.

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Classical Sources Used: BPHS, Saravali, Brihat Jataka, Lal Kitab, Yavan Jataka. Regarding General Observations: Please include what was and wasn't accurate in the comments. Share the article with your friends using social media buttons below.

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