Re: 12th House and Asc. in Scorpio
I was once told that if the 12th and 1st house are in the same sign and the ruler of that sign makes 'difficult' aspects, one is one's own worst enemy. This is never more so than with Scorpio, the most emotional of signs whose sting can be so self-destructive because it is inclined to emotionally hold on to that which would be best released into the ocean of experience( 12th house). Your friend also has Sun-Pluto inconjunct, which could intensify this nature until an 'old way of life' dies and the transition of the phoenix rising from the ashes occurs and she makes a totally new way of life possible for herself. By co-incidence she happens to be a Sun in Aquarius; the sign associated with the independence of freedom of spirit.