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)