Who Are Your Enemies?

Enemy.  Outside of formal war, this word seems to have dropped out of Western man’s vocabulary.  When Hillary Clinton claimed there was a “vast right-wing conspiracy” against her, she was called paranoid.   Why can’t we believe Hillary Clinton has enemies?  And why don’t we believe that we, too, have enemies?  Is our world so utopian that enemies have been eradicated, like a disease, like smallpox that no longer exists in the world?

Dictionary.com defines an enemy as “a person who feels hatred for, fosters harmful designs against, or engages in antagonistic activities against another; an adversary or opponent.”  You read this sentence and faces flash before you – your boss, your ex, a relative, a supposed friend or a co-worker.  Not everyone loves or supports you.

In the horoscope, the 7th house relates to open enemies and the 12th house those pernicious, hidden enemies.  Look to the sign on the cusps of these houses and the planets within them to see the nature of your enemies.  Your enemies, like you, have patterns.  Is it that people are always talking behind your back?  Look for Mercury.  Are people always letting you down?  Hello Saturn.  Are people strange and unpredictable?  That’s Uranus.  Is it that you are always trying to help people and they are so terribly selfish in return?   I would examine the sign where the moon is placed.

Why would your enemies be described in your chart?  Enemies are out there, separate from me, right?  My chart is about me, isn’t it?

Psychology carries the idea of projection – things we see in others and feel strongly about (both good and bad) are salient parts of our own personalities.  Projection is usually seen as denying the negative parts of ourselves.  But I believe that people with low self-esteem tend to project their own positive traits onto others and deny those positive traits in themselves.

Projection certainly doesn’t mean that the qualities we are seeing in others don’t exist – it’s that we are drawn to those people and situations that reflect this quality back to us.  The horoscope reflects our personality and the people and areas of life we are drawn to – including our enemies.

The 7th house in the horoscope is the house of “others.”  It opposes the 1st house or house of “self.”  The self is in natural opposition (180 degrees) to others in all of our charts.  Our “keeping up with the Jones’” is simply a way to understand ourselves.  How would I know if my car were expensive if there were no other cars to compare it to?  I am in constant opposition to others because my actions affect others.  If I take the last cookie from the plate, then you don’t get a cookie.  If I drive in the left lane at 40 mph, you can’t pass me.

The 12th house, on the other hand, represents hidden enemies.  The 12th house as a whole is hidden; the sign on the cusp and the planets within it (if any) are parts of ourselves we don’t show to others.  The 12th house is the house of the subconscious.  Everyone has secrets and this is the place to look for those secrets.  How are secrets and enemies related?

Often we hide unpleasant or traumatic past events. Those events in themselves may involve enemies — people who we have intentionally or unintentionally hurt or those who have hurt us.  Let’s say you find Saturn in a person’s 12th house.  I see that frequently with individuals who have lost a father in some way – not necessarily through death but because the father is absent from the person’s life.  Is the father the enemy?  Not necessarily.  Saturn doesn’t represent the father as much as authority figures in general.  The traumatic separation or loss of the father can create issues with authority.  You’ll probably find this 12th house Saturn person complaining about authority – “I’m the only one who got the speeding ticket when everyone else was speeding too” – and possibly even instigating authority through deliberate resistance and negative attitude.  I’m sure every cop can smell a 12th house Saturn from across the street.  Is authority out to get the 12th house Saturn or are they provoking authority?

I believe bad things do happen to good, innocent people.  I also believe that our energy patterns can create situations, such as enemy attack.  It’s not necessarily our bad qualities that bring enemies.  Jealousy and envy are strong motivations for others to dislike us and those jealousies and envies can result from things we do very well.  The 7th and 12th houses of the chart describes the qualities of other people, including those who may work against us – our enemies.

 “When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.”

African proverb (from Thinkexist.com)


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17 Responses to Who Are Your Enemies?

  1. Kim says:

    hmmm, so having mars and venus conjunct in Gemini in the 7th would mean I project qualities that would cause male and female Geminians to hate me? or maybe I am going at this wrong.

    • In the 7th, you’d attract interesting, intellectual and stimulating people into your life. You can get bored with people if they don’t offer up some interesting conversation. There may be a lot of confusion about friends vs lovers.

  2. Mary Morris says:

    With Pisces on the cusp of H12 and Mercury residing there would it be other Pisces Suns talking behind my back? I also have Venus in Aries in H12.

  3. aNuttyAcorn says:

    my H12 is scorpio with uranus, and lilith. I imagine my enemies to be manipulative and possible cutthroat? seems like having a scorpio H12 would make finding my enemies a bit difficult or too late…pretty much after the knife has already been inserted 🙂

  4. andrew padzik says:


  5. Marcello Linhares says:

    I have sagitarius in the 12th with saturn, uranus, moon and neptune there. The moon rules my 7th house. So, that would mean that a lot of people in a lot of contexts could be my enemies? Including my mom and a possible spouse ? Jeez, that sounds crazy!

    • The 12th isn’t solely about enemies. With those placements I’d say there is a lot about your family you might not know. That also suggests father not present & need for strong authority role models. Sagittarius suggests foreign background so possibly some family history is far away. You probably have strong desire for adventure which is difficult to actualize.

    • Also, Saturn is currently transiting Sagittarius. It’s a time when you should explore things in your background that are holding you back. It’s not enemies but maybe things you’re not aware you believe.

    • Andrew Padzik says:

      I have Sun and Saturn in Libra the 12th H and. I fully agree. Enemies, including my family. And yes, the word enemy become a taboo. It’s not cool to have enemies. Times we live in.

  6. Jarna says:

    Can you know my enemies; hidden or otherwise, from my horoscope? I am female, DOB 7 August 1979, Place Rajkot, Gujarat, India., Time 10:25 am. Thanks.

  7. Nimi says:

    So I’m trying to get my head round this. My sisters north node and Pluto is in my 12th house.
    Her mercury is in my 7th.

    Does this mean with her mercury in my 7th house she’ll talk about me behind my back?
    And with her Pluto in my 12th house would she want to abuse power over me?

    Also nodes are quite karmic but I don’t know how to interpret this? So if her north node is my 12th house does she possibly have lessons to learn from me to evolve in life?

  8. Nimi says:

    Oh I and forgot to add she has her mars in my 12th house too? Does she want to fight me or something?!

    • It sounds like her north node, Pluto and Mars are conjunct. That’s quite an intense aspect that generates reaction in others regardless of the synastry. What signs are involved?

      If her Mars and Pluto are in your 12th, she would trigger what you have in that house. She’s more the catalyst than the cause. It’s probably difficult to feel at ease around that type of connection.

      Pluto/Mars conjunct is intense and can be combative and intrusive. But conjunct the north node suggests lessons for her regarding the use of power and control. The sign in which they are placed provides the arena of focus. Is it Virgo with need for environmental safety and control? Is it Libra with relationship? Scorpio with emotional connection? Sagittarius with need for a cause?

      You might be sharing some connection in this way if she’s fated to learn it (north node) and you have it as a potential subconscious issue.

      Your assessment is probably on target but it sounds like there’s a lot going on in her chart which is difficult to handle in general for anyone.

      • Nimi says:

        Hi, thanks for the reply. Apologies but I got her Pluto planet mixed up for hitting my 7th house which is not the case.

        What I meant was my sister’s Mercury and Pluto in Virgo is in my 7th house. I’m not sure how Pluto in Virgo traits would play out. But I would imagine it would be quite critical and detached.

        It is her North Node and Mars in Aquarius that’s conjunct my 12th House.
        My sister has always been cold and calculating towards me since childhood and she’s still running this program to this present day!

        She also doesn’t want to acknowledge me and dismisses me most of the time. Do you think her behaviour reflects a lot of 12th house dysfunctional traits?! I just realised this is a lot like bullying as I am typing this!

      • If she has Mercury and Pluto in Virgo, the speech will be intensely critical, very cutting. She’s out there in your 7th as a constant critic.

        North node conjunct Mars in Aquarius is a strong drive for individuality. What is your sister’s sun and moon? Is it possible she’s unique in some way but can’t express it causing a lot of critical outbursts?

        Both Virgo and Aquarius are perfectionists in different ways so I’d agree there is a lack of ability to see that others need to do things in their own way. Maybe you’re just more easy-going and that’s difficult for someone who has this internal drive for perfection.

        I hope you’ve found friend in your life that can provide more positive feedback and a sense of what you need from your sister. It’s always good to remember that how we treat others is often how we treat ourselves so she may be bullying herself inside (which Virgo tends to do – you can’t talk them out of their self-criticism).

        Maybe you can invite her to a silent retreat and see how it feels to be around her without the verbal speech 🙂

  9. With Saturn in Cancer 12th house I learned very early that no matter what other people do “wrong”, I cannot do the same thing or else I’ll get caught. I have an inner authority that keeps me “safe” as long as I follow “the rules”.

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