Shining a Light in Dark Places

Shining a Light in Dark Places

Runa's Oracle

“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”
― Mary Oliver

My Sun is in my 12th House, perhaps the darkest house in the astrological chart. According to astrologer Chani Nicholas, the 12th house is the house of suffering (eee gads), sorrows (yikes), self-undoing (guilty), hidden life (hmmm), secrets (yeah?), and behind-the-scenes work (oooooh!).

For the first 4 decades of my life, and then some, those first few words would have had me hiding under the bed (wait, that's a 12th house place symbolically), looking to others for advice. Now that I am 51 and learning more about myself and the ways of the world, I am no longer frightened but intrigued. I am especially interested in the hidden and the secrets. (Runa, incidentally, means secret.)

Astrologer Robert Hand takes us deeper into the 12th house by saying that it's all about coming out of the dark, newly risen energies, repressed and unintegrated energies. I can attest to that in my life. Letting my Sun in Leo shine in this house has been repressed for far too long. On the plus side, the Sun is in its own sign, Leo, meaning... if embraced, it retains all its own power.

Now that I have realized some of these nuances in astrology and particularly in my own chart, I can see that my purpose is to Shine a Light in Dark Places. Of course, I have a few years of evidence of this now, with my own journey, along with my focus on the repressed areas of the feminine, of oracles, of the imagination!