The 1st House began with your birth, when you left your mother’s body and became a separate, autonomous being all on your own. It now contains everything that you are. The 2nd House came very soon after, with the physical, mortal body you were given to further define yourself by. It now contains everything you have. When you were a newborn baby, the list of what you had was very small. You had hands, and feet, and pudgy little legs, and a round little belly. But as you got older, and you learned you could possess other things and call them your own, and the list of what you owned got a lot longer.
As you grew from a baby into a toddler, the word “MINE” became a powerful declaration of ownership. Sharing just wasn’t an option. You clung to your possessions and demanded the things you wanted be given to you, as your mind hadn’t yet begun to understand the difference between a want and a need. You felt your toys were just as much yours as your arms and your legs were. And would you ever be asked to give those up? Of course not!
The things which were yours immediately became that much more valuable than all the rest of it. Your mother was special because she was yours. The movies you had and watched over and over were your favourites because, well, they were yours. Your pets were better than everyone else’s, not because they were better behaved or nicer than everyone else's, but because - you guessed it - they were yours! And the things that made you special, gave you power, or made you feel safe, happy, and comfortable, were the most valuable of all. Money very quickly became a top priority, for it above all else was what you could use to acquire the other things you wanted. And the more you had of it, the more you could buy for yourself, and the happier you would (assuredly) become.
IF YOUR NATAL CHART WERE AN ACTUAL HOUSE
The 2nd House would be the property itself, and all the things that give it any kind of value. On a personal note, it might be what the home means to the people inside it. Perhaps it was the one they grew up in, in the first one they bought together, and it holds sentimental value. But on a financial one, it could be how much the house is actually worth to those who want to buy it for themselves. The 2nd House would be the land the house was built on, how much it is worth today; the structure and condition of the home, the yard, and the fencing around it. It would also be the possessions that decorate the home, and the money stashed away safely inside.
DOMAIN OF THE 2ND HOUSE
- Money (finances, currency, cash)
- Property (possessions, valuables, stocks and bonds)
- Adding what you “have” to your identity - your toys, your clothes, your pets, your mother, etc.
- Ethics and values; what you deem worth having, important, valuable, admirable, or useful
- Self-esteem, or whatever gives YOU worth or value
planets IN THE SECOND HOUSE
You were born in the middle of the early hours of the day, before the sun began to rise over the eastern horizon. As it always had for millennia before, the night was starting to give into the day’s forceful rise upward. But the night still claimed the earth for a short time longer, and it stubbornly held onto it while it could.
You are a very materialistic and money-oriented person. You are likely to accumulate wealth, property, material possessions, and collections, all because of your drive for ownership. Money tends to come and go rather quickly, but you have enough creativity and frugal financial skill to save up for emergencies, bigger purchases, later investments, and your future properties. Saving and spending are who you are; delegating resources is what you are all about!
Money equals security in a lot of ways, and you earn it in order to feel safer in life. But while you hoard away money through the security it brings you, and protectively guard it in case anybody were to try and take it, you are also very generous. To those you love, you give endlessly. For your family you may spend on luxury home furnishings, squirrel away money for their university tuition, dress them in high quality clothes, and save all year for Christmas. For your spouse may save for retirement and vacations together, or plan on buying a second income property.
You are particular about buying for luxury and about quality over quantity. Much of what you buy is likely to increase in value over time; timeless antiques and houses, for example. Money makes you feel powerful, property makes you feel safe, and your possessions and collections make you feel proud. These things can become status symbols, reasons to think you are better than everyone else. And in this way, you run the risk of over-identifying with these things and becoming shallow, greedy, and pretentious. A fear of losing or letting go can make your obscenely possessive and territorial of your belongings, which can create rifts in your relationships with other people. Too much pride or shame attached to things outside of yourself (like what you own, how much you own, or the quality of the things you own) can brings highs when you are rich but extreme lows when you are poor. You must learn that you cannot rigidly control every outcome in order to protect yourself from loss. You must learn to share. And you must learn to value your inner resources as much as your outer ones to protect your ego from being damaged by hard times.
You must begin to love yourself for what you have instead of trying to impress other people with what you own. When you can begin to admire your own creativity, ideas, opinions, values, and desires, you can lessen the fear that insecurity has over you. You are a strong, courageous, and persistent person who can overcome anything. Determination to succeed is a hallmark of this placement, and is perhaps one of the greatest contributors to your success You can work towards any goal and achieve any milestone by steadily moving forward and managing your resources wisely. Creatively, the beautiful way you express yourself is particularly special. You want to create something of value like a precious work of art; something that is a beautiful and poignant expression of your own inner world. Influential people are said to admire you, and you are said to gain much wealth from those who admire you.
Purpose and personal fulfillment are big themes when talking about the Sun’s house placement. With Sun in the 2nd House, you may believe that your life is all about accumulating money, property, resources, and possessions, then showing it off in big purchases so everyone knows what a success you are. While it is true that the material side of life is a large focal point for this placement, your true purpose lies in your own definition of security and wealth. Love can fill these holes and make you feel more secure than anything else can. Self-love can erase your need to build up your image with cash, fancy clothes, and expensive houses, helping you to lessen the hold competitive material has over you. And the love of other people can make you feel as if everything is going to be alright, forever.
At the moment you were born the moon was sitting under the world, comfortably nestled between the Sun’s lowest point and the upcoming horizon. In this place she sat in darkness but she knew that soon she would cross the eastern border between earth and sky and rise up once more to greet the outer world. Here, in the 2nd House of your Chart, your Moon is cuddled up with your money, property, morals, and that that lives under the domain of “yours”. Your emotions are deeply invested in holding onto these things and keeping them safe and secure, thus guaranteeing they stay there forever. Your moods are stable as long as everything else remains consistent. If something were to disappear, be taken, your ownership be questioned, or your morals disagreed with, your moods would according drop to harrowing depths of anger and sorrow. But a sudden spike in your earnings, a person that agrees with your values, and a prized possession falling into your keep all inspire love and joy inside your heart.
This is a marvellous placement for your Moon. Your Moon seeks security and protection because it is a reactive (as opposed to active) force in your chart. When we are babies it is our mother that first shelters us and provides us with all we need in order for our emotions to grow stable. Your mother’s love protected you, calmed you, and made you feel safe inside this new, uncertain world. As you grew older and became more of an individual (separate from your mom), your external sources of security changed. That feeling of safety and protection that had once solely stemmed from mother was found in the things that you owned.
“Sentimental value” is perhaps one of the strongest emotional bonds you can have to anything, be they the values inherited from your family, old friendships, or the trinkets you have had since you were a child. Your feelings are all tousled up with that which you own; your emotional fluctuations are based entirely on their changing condition.
The idea of finding comfort in things outside of yourself makes perfect sense. The Moon has no light of its own, only reflecting the light of others. Your emotions are responses to what is going on around you. They reflect, take the form of, and react to the conditioned impulses and desires you have been building since birth. As your moods change based entirely on external factors, the more routine and predictable the environment you are in the more routine and predictable your emotions become. You need a strong, reliable source of income from a career (or industry) you have lots of experience in. You need good food and happy, nostalgic memories of the past. Shelter is obvious, as you need a secure home environment for you to feel that you (and all that you love) are safe inside its walls. And we all need other people with shared moral values to feel safe in expressing ourselves. These may seem like the obvious, basic needs every person has, and they are. But you in particular need these items for you to have any kind of emotional stability at all. While other people may be able to be flexible and deal with short-term shortages if they absolutely had to, for you, it would be utterly catastrophic to your emotional well-being.
You can see, then, how relying entirely on outside sources of security can be challenging with life’s unpredictable ups and downs. When everything has its place, your income is steady and your home is happy, you will be relaxed and comfortable with what life has to offer. But every person is bound to face challenges that force them out of their comfort zone, and your 2nd House Moon is no exception. Those items that you have previously taken care of can still break, or be lost, or be stolen from you. The bonds you have with close friends and family can be unfastened by time. Your home, your job, and even your income, can all change rapidly with little to no notice, even if you spend a lifetime building it up. The point is, change happens to every person, for better or for worse. And change can bring new opportunities, new resources, and new points of view. Your emotions cling to who and what is comfortable, always. But do not favour the familiar over your own happiness! Sometimes it is better that you just let go and move on.
You need to be reminded of the internal resources and sources of security you possess. You are stronger than you think. Emotions are sensitive, but they endure. Compassion, empathy, sensitivity, and other traditionally feminine characteristics are all sources of strength in your personality. You are well suited to work where you can use and express these qualities freely, building income and relationships at the same time. You fear standing on any foundation that is not guaranteed to be there forever, moving slowly through life with a quiet caution. Yet, you are not as fragile as you may initially think. There will come a day when you will be stripped of all exterior sources of security and be left only with your naked self. And then you will understand how resilient you actually are.
Mercury’s sign placement describes how you think. The house placement shows what you like to learn and talk about, where you accumulate knowledge, and what topics occupy your mind the most. Having this placement in your Natal chart shows that your mental powers are devoted to the physical worlds of finance and material items, where you seek to accumulate more and protect what you already have. You find the delegation and organization of money to be quite interesting. You may even possess a mind for business! But materialism can dominate your mind in ways that are unhealthy, too. You need to find balance between spending money erratically for sport and saving some for later, as Mercury in the 2nd House can easily get out of hand if you let it.
Your mind was made for handling material resources. You have an intelligent understanding of money, property, and possessions and how to manage them wisely. Financially, you do well because you know how to think rationally, organizing your wealth into pools and delegating funds to where they need to go. Alternatively, you are vulnerable to your own carelessness and impracticality, both of which can undermine your efforts. Your mind is quick and alive, but it is too easily bored, and your impatience in saving and spending money can spell disaster at the wrong times. Still, you can use Mercury to your advantage if you learn to move with its energy in the most productive way. Often, you find yourself happier with more than one source of income, pulling money from various different places. It is suggested that you earn from intellectual enterprises, communication, technology or mechanics, as your bank account is most prolific when you use Mercury to make money. These include everything from writing, public speaking, teaching, singing, accounting, and sales to working with your hands. Your 2nd House Mercurial nature means you possess a quick mind for financial opportunities and can manipulate resources to work in your favour; selling and bargaining skills accompany this, furthering your abilities.
What you choose to spend your money on is also under the influence of this placement. And with Mercury here, there is no shortage of random possession under your roof. You like to own things that reflect upon the qualities of Mercury: communication, intelligence, practical skills, mental stimulation. Phones, computers, televisions, tablets, video games, internet, and other communication technologies are big in your world. Books and education are a close second, for you have a great appetite for learning materials. Travelling is another expense you’d gladly pay for the opportunity to pick up and leave on some exciting trip somewhere; whether the trip is across the globe or within driving distance doesn’t matter, as long as you are out and about doing something. But, as mentioned before, you must watch that you do not spend money carelessly. Even little impulsive increments can add up. As Robert Kiyosaki once said, “It’s not how much money you make, but how much money you keep, how hard it works for you, and how many generations you keep it for.”
Morality, ethics, the beliefs you have, and what you give value to are also under this domain. Here is where the cementing nature of the 2nd, which wants to keep things still and the way they are, comes to blows with wayward Mercury, who wants to flit from one thing to another and pick up influences along the way. A few things can be said for certain. Knowledge makes you feel safe, even powerful. You value intelligence, rationality, logic, mental prowess. You believe in the power of science and the promise of technology. Cleverness and wit delight you. As do talking, socializing, teaching, and learning. You wish more people were taught practical skills and how to use reason. Common sense is not so common, and you shake your head at the people too dense to use the brains they have been given. Try not to judge the more emotional types of people who use intuition and compassion to guide their lives. They may make foolish mistake, as we all do, but you turn away in disgust whatever you sense stupidity and delusion.
Let Mercury keep an open mind when lingering on different types of people, and allow your mind to sample different ways of thinking about the world. Let your brain become cemented in other ways. Study topics deeply and retain information inside of your head. Become especially well-versed in the interesting items of the 2nd House. And when you can, learn to make money off of your Mercurial talents. Delegate your funds practically as well as intelligently, limiting the amount you spend wastefully. Save up for bigger purchases of greater beauty and quality, instead on smaller items that you impulsively buy but never use. Money, possessions, property, resources, and things of value colour your mind every waking moment; your brain is hardwired to think through the 2nd House, after all. You have all the potential to master this area of life, if only you can sit still long enough to do it!
Venus, in your chart, sends her roots deep into the earth and grows slowly over time, connecting her earthly delights to the light and love of heaven’s skies. In old folklore she is the Ash tree called “Queen of the Forest”, working to bridge the physical and spiritual worlds together. She is subtle, and she is sensual, but she is also a powerful protector of women and children. Harmony comes to you through others that rock gently with your beliefs and values; those that deviate from your system, who lack respect and honour, are an irritance. Lady Venus gains from the commitment of marriage and the guarantee of ownership. Comfort, in turn, comes with the ownership of beautiful belongings, fine foods, elegant scenery, and all her wondrous possessions. A note of materialism accompanies your exquisite taste and style. You love to surround yourself with things, as it is within the security of physical items that you lay your roots down and drink from sentimental waters.
This is a very pleasant placement for Venus. The 2nd House is associated with all things of value to you, ranging from the physical things you own to the principles by which you run your life. Venus is at home here, as this is the part of your personality associated with all things harmonious and beautiful. Your inner femininity (or goddess) adores anything that gives it pleasure, most often placing materialistic endeavours on a pedestal above all other sources of happiness. Venus in the 2nd House means you have highly refined tastes for the finer things in life. You are the kind of person that insists on the real and the expensive, preferring a handful of authentic goods to a lifetime of cheap plastic knock-offs. You buy for value and enjoy every penny spent. Rich foods, stylish clothing, expensive furnishings, pampering vacations, and exquisite properties – these are all lavish items you spoil yourself with. Although you work hard and save up money well (and guard it jealously) you are not afraid to spend it when it is worth the investment. You do not waste money and spend thoughtlessly but you do treat yourself, sometimes spontaneously, when your desires turn into something delicious or beautiful. That is what you care about, and that is where your values lie.
Your beliefs center around similar Venusian principles of pleasure, beauty, and harmony. You buy for quality because you care very much about getting the best items for every dollar spent, guaranteeing that they will work and last a lifetime. One may call you materialistic for placing such value on these things, and they may also call you vain or shallow for caring so much about beauty – these are both characteristics of feminine values colouring what you desire for yourself. The heart of this placement lies in coveting the goddess: her allure, her class, her attractive good looks. You believe in what she stands for, and you likewise desire the high-end radiance she emits for yourself. It is a fact that when we desire something enough we have a way of drawing those things to ourselves. And not only do you draw Venusian themes into your life, but you do it in a Venusian way. Money and possessions move their way to you because people want to give them away. It is as if you seduce fortune and lure it towards you. In Greek Myth, in exchange for declaring her the most beautiful of the goddesses, Aphrodite appeared to Paris naked and offered him the love of Helen of Troy. Thus she won his favour by enticement, as do you gain by your charm and attractiveness.
Venus is also a planet associated with relationships and one’s expression of love. Having her in the 2nd House, the house of Taurus, means you are attracted to those with planets in Taurus or in the 2nd House. These people understand the aforementioned value you place on beauty, commitment, exclusivity, and security. You prefer to have a very small group of close friends with a deep, long-lasting bond, and in this small group there is likely to be at least one other Taurus-type. Especially in romance, you look for a stable, beautiful partner who knows how to cook and shares your love of home. You expect to marry once and be with them forever, raising a family in a cottage in the countryside. To them you give your loyalty, your undying love, and you place them on a pedestal with the rest of your values and possessions. Unfortunately, people are dynamic and relationships need to change and grow as you do. Hard lessons you must learn are that people cannot be treated as property, jealousy is not healthy love, and that your feelings of inner peace and security should never depend solely on another person.
Venus in the 2nd House means that all the things that you value are either beautiful, pleasurable, loving, or want to bring harmony into your life. You do not need to deny how important money is to you, not only for the security is brings but for the purchasing power it has. You can draw income in through feminine ventures such as art, music, design, and by building relationships with other people. Once acquired, you can indulge in as many carnal pleasures as you like. Be aware of your tendency to fill your heart with things instead of enduring love and experiences, and make note of how you favour the beautiful despite what others have to offer. Go out of your home and create new memories with the people you care about. But most importantly, learn to find pleasure outside of these things and find something less tangible to invest yourself in. These can’t be taken from you, and never will.
Like a thick-stemmed oak tree towering over the world, King of the Forest and pagan symbol of strength, your masculine energy imposes itself heavily upon the rest of the world. He grows slowly, steadily, over a long period of time; growing harder and taller with each passing year, withstanding the abuse of changing seasons, never questioning his purpose or why he is where he is, never ceasing to grow. Mars in the 2nd House is one whose values center around hard work and the accumulation of wealth, which he sees as an admirable way to spend his energy and earn his power and prestige. Money is important, high quality possessions and properties are important, beauty is important, and he wants to own all of these things. He is at once sensual and Puritan, simply down-to-earth and lavishly materialistic. Mars here suffers in two ways. One, he has absorbed strong, disciplinary messages about how he is allowed to express himself. And two, your ambitions become centered around amassing material wealth instead of personal fulfillment.
Mars is not especially potent when placed here. True, he has strength and stamina and compelling work ethic. You do well in business. But the realms of the 2nd House do not coincide with the willful actions of Mars, and so the two do not mix well. Mars wants to exert his will upon the world. His purpose, as your source of power, is to get you what you want through aggressive, direct, forceful action. He is your drive for ambition, achievement, impulsive action, and sexual fulfillment. Totally, he wants to run wild and fight any opposition; he is the warrior inside of your heart. On the other hand, the 2nd House rules over everything that you value. This encompasses your money, possessions, and all things of material value, as well as your morals, your beliefs, and what you care about, all of which are taught to you by influential figures and the culture you live in. You are always ready to fight for and defend what you believe is right and true. Yet you also force your beliefs, tastes, and values on others and condemn those who do not share your worldview. Your strength in all these things is admirable. But you must not allow yourself to become narrow-minded.
There are obviously very good qualities that come with having Mars in the 2nd House. You are gifted with a strong conviction to following what you have always believed in. You are a determined, hard-working, and goal-oriented person who recognizes the need to move slowly and carefully throughout life. You are a loyal and reliable worker who works well independently and never expects anything to be given to you. Your drive and willpower are applied to achieving status and wealth, two things which you value highly and are intent on getting. You desire money, beauty, and expensive possessions because they are sources of strength and symbols of prestige. But while you are exceptional at accumulating various kinds of wealth, you are no stranger to indulgences and it seems you have no issues about spending money carelessly on things for yourself. You work exceptionally hard, earn a lot of money, then spend that money impulsively, and so have to start all over again. But nobody can say you have bad taste.
Due to the nature of your natal Mars, you are likely to attract and be attracted to those with planets in Taurus or the 2nd House. This is particularly true about your relationships with men or of those which involve sex. Sharing your work ethic and your love of quality, these people aspire to the same level of earthly pleasure and accomplishment as you do. Time spent with them is warm and casual, and probably involves sharing a good meal and deep conversation about the world. The simple life reigns supreme, and you can be sure that regardless of the demands of daily life that grind against your soul, regardless of the fleeting passions and emotional fits that strike you, you can always come home to them. There are, of course, times where you two will rail against one another, as you both share equally strong opinions and especially potent beliefs. Neither of you want to share or compromise, only to each get only what you wanted. Your fighting comprises of two very stubborn, strong willed people not giving in (not even an inch) to the other. But you also admire those who believe as strongly as you do and who are capable of standing up to defend themselves. As frustrating as it is, you see yourself and what you want inside of them too.
Under the rigid chains of expectation you can only grow upward in a rigid way. Growing up on the family and culture that you did, you were conditioned to value certain things. You grew up amazed at the power that money held, wondering at the clothes, the houses, the properties that the wealthy had. You also grew up in a culture that taught you that anger was not to be expressed, that sex was sinful and yet intriguing, and that the only allowable outlet for the drive inside your heart (that which lusted and coveted) was Protestant work ethic. Thus, you only expressed your Mars in pursuing material gains and learned to also condemn anybody who deviated from the path set out before you. Simply amassing wealth is never enough for any person to feel truly fulfilled. Mars needs to exert his will in a way that you become happier, more independent, more self-confident, and generally more accomplished in what you have done. You need to find richer inner sources of power and learn to value yourself (and others) outside of all the things you/they have. Changing your entire value system is not easy. But with acceptance and an open mind, it is certainly possible.
Ceres is the mother earth archetype, connecting lines between that which grows from the soil to that life which you bear yourself. This is how you nurture others, how to take care of your children, and how you fulfill your role as parent. The 2nd House is all that you place value on, from money and physical resources to the moral dressings you find yourself in. Thus, applying your nurturing spirit to material realms means you take care of others by providing for them. Ceres here is a fertile farm, freshly planted and ripe with potential. Traditional living, with home-grown food and a home full of memories, is where you lay your roots and build a family. You find peace in a steady income and money saved; your home filled with precious possessions and handed down items. Mother Ceres takes care of others by steadying them with resources and routine. And she provides them with a richness of moral teachings, complete with the values of taking care of others.
Ceres begins with what made you feel nurtured as a child. A family that cuddled you, rubbed your back, hugged you tight and feathered your skin with kisses quelled your crying with physical touch. They fed you when you were hungry, giving you a long-lasting appreciation for fine home-cooked foods. Perhaps they had enough money to give you a safe, secure home filled with toys and familiar comforts. Perhaps they did not, and you grew up yearning for it. In either case, you now wrap yourself up in material security whenever you need to coddle yourself from the cold. You feel safe when you have money, and plenty of it tucked away in a savings account in case of a rainy day. Your properties and possessions – the items you own all to yourself, the things you say are “mine” – also give you a sense of soothe you against you fears of going without. You surround yourself with things in your home. Your favourites are the sentimental ones related to the past, and to family: old photographs, antiques, old children’s toys, things which have been passed down through the generations. A close second are your most luxurious items in your home: the bed, the couch, the armchair, your favourite sweater and your cosiest blankets.
When it comes time for you to take care of another, you give them the same things that nurtured you. You cuddle, hug, caress, kiss, and massage them into relaxation. You offer them money when they need it, supporting them financially when times are tough and saving for the rainy days in their life. You provide them with a calm and happy home to come back to every night, armed with all the space and luxury you can afford. Gift-giving and feeding people are how you show that you care. By surrounding them with material possessions you offer them to same comfort and security that made you feel good as a child. You believe in the same principles of mother and journalist Peggy O’Mara, who once told parents, “Don't stand unmoving outside the door of a crying baby whose only desire is to touch you. Go to your baby. Go to your baby a million times. Demonstrate that people can be trusted, that the environment can be trusted, that we live in a benign universe.”
As well as the material items that we place value on, the 2nd House also emphasizes moral values as well. Here are found ethics, morality, the principles that we build our life around, and the rules we live by. Ceres here dictates that much of your moral compass has been passed down to you from your parents, inherited through your family line. Exactly what constitutes “traditional family values” is different from family to family. Some families have more religious teachings to bear while others share their political leanings or life lessons they learned from experience. It is nearly universally agreed upon that loving and protecting one another is a value we all must share, especially between family members. Compromise, respect, empathy, taking care of those in need, fulfilling one’s responsibilities, being kind to one another – all are examples of lessons taught to you that you still believe are right. You may be more traditional or conservative in your leanings because your ethics are so closely tied to your own family history. It may be worth reflecting on.
Like all small children, you needed plenty of support, love, and material security in order to grow into a happy and healthy adult. You needed to know that you had a home to go back to and food on the table, and loving parents who would be there for you no matter what. Some children are lucky enough to have these things. Others may grow up without them in pockets of their lives, hoarding material items in an effort to get back that lost feeling of security. Whichever fit your circumstance, you now find comfort in material items and calling things your own. And when it comes time for you to nurture those under your care, you give them the same feelings of security, stability, safety, and sanctuary you craved growing up. But do not put too much importance on money and gifts when your children also want love, affection, and moral guidance. As Billy Graham said, “The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one's life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.”
Here is very fortunate placement! Jupiter, the planet of luck, indulgences, expansion, growth, and wisdom, is placed inside your 2nd House of money, possessions, property, resources, and all things of value. The combination brings plenty of wealth into your life, seemingly out of nowhere, as if the gods and the angels were smiling down on you. Whether you were born into riches in high society or a poor child down on Skid Row, Jupiter on your side can propel you into a life in the lap of luxury. But you have to be smart with this placement. Jupiter can get you plenty, but irresponsible spending on pleasurable indulgences can take it all away. Money comes to you almost effortlessly, and you get rid of it just as easily. Such is the nature of this planet of big appetites and a hunger for more.
To say that you are lucky with money would not be wrong. But to paint an image of funds just falling into your lap unprovoked would discount the efforts you do put in to gain it. You gain money easily because of your talent for finance, and your confidence in your resourcefulness carries you further than you might imagine. Here, in the 2nd house, you are honest in all your dealings and visionary about your potential to earn more. You can achieve the most when you use Jupiter to further your career forward, bringing gifts of generosity, kindness, enthusiasm, humour, and drama to everywhere you derive an income from. You do very well in the art and entertainment industries for these reasons. People are attracted to your charisma and trust in your abilities. Often you benefit largely from these social contacts, never discounting how important they have been on the road to your success. Other areas where you prove successful include gambling, travelling, and education – three very different fields that each epitomize Jupiter in different ways. To gambling, you bring luck. To travelling, a wandering spirit. To education, an open mind which never closes, that makes you both perpetual student and lasting teacher. In general, you do well in any sort of business, as you have a knack for it.
But you are also prey to your own materialistic indulgences, which can undermine your income at every turn. Even though you can gain large amounts of money at a time, you also spend wastefully on reckless and unwise expenses, effectively clearly out your savings on a whim. You like to spend money on parties, foods, drinks, shopping, travel, and other hedonistic pleasures. Items are amassed from travels or education most frequently, as all your other money gets spent on fleeting experiences. Your possessions all have significant meaning to you, but sometimes it is the hunt for something special that is the real pleasure, not the owning it part. When things come so easily to you it can be easy to take them for granted. These experiences of fruitful gains and sudden losses are lessons you learn along the way. For Jupiter leads the way to wisdom and you become a wiser person through your many dealings with money.
With Jupiter at home here truths and enlightenment come to you through your 2nd House, opening your eyes to the ways of the world. In the legend of Buddha he began his life as a prince who knew only pleasure, blind to the pain, suffering, and death that existed in the world. He lived a charmed life where all his needs were met and all he could have ever asked for was there. Yet, once he discovered what the world outside was really like, he could not return. He dedicated the rest of his life to finding and then teaching his enlightenment. And you, in many ways, may find yourself doing the same. You can achieve all the money and fame and pleasures in the world, but your eyes will still be drawn to those who have less than they should. Perhaps it is because you don’t really know the true capitalist value of what you have, and thereby never really felt an attachment to it. Or perhaps it is because your personal value system is tied to your religious, philosophical, or spiritual beliefs. Perhaps it is thanks to your big heart or your generosity. But through your 2nd House experiences you learn a lo, become a sort of philosopher on the subject, and then aim to be teacher to the masses about the nature of money, possessions, property, values, and resources. No doubt you have a lot to teach the world, as others with this placement have done before you.
Legendary businessman Bill Gates, long reigning as the richest man in the world, shares this placement with you. His personal net worth tops the GDP of many small countries. Some may say that Jupiter made him lucky in making money, and they would not be wrong. But the exuberance of this planet was also backed up with plenty of hard work and ingenuity of his own. To date, he and his organizations have given away billions of dollars to multitudes of charities across the world, proving that while Jupiter grows and expands his 2nd House, it also generously gives much of it away. Princess Diana also shared this placement. Born into a prominent family and marrying into an even bigger name, she nonetheless spent much of her time raising funds for the various social causes which touched her heart. Jupiter will aid you in amassing great wealth in your lifetime. You have all the potential great and successful people have had before you. But it is likely to leave you in great amounts as well, either due to indulgent spending on yourself or generous spending on behalf of others. Think of this placement as a good luck charm to accompany you. You need to go out and work hard just like everybody else, but Jupiter can help to make the road more fortunate along the way.
Money, status, and wealth are everything to some people. When money is placed at the top of one’s list of values – and at the list of their most gut-wrenching fears – it can corrupt people. Yet, one needs to be wise with their money in order to get ahead, and a lack of funds can be devastating to a person’s life. Money is power, and money is security; those with it go on to have a great impact on the world, and those without it live in abject poverty, going nowhere. These are the harsh realities of our world. Saturn is a planet of stability, safety, discipline, the attainment of goals, responsibility, fear, and limitation. The 2nd is the house of Value, containing everything we own, everything we place value on, and all of our moral, ethical values as well. Put these two together and Saturn makes you fearful of losing what you own, goal-oriented about attaining wealth, and responsible when handing your resources.
Saturn always begins with some form of hardship. Your family could have been born poorer than church mice or as wealthy as royalty, but you still felt there was a lack of financial security and that your parents were constantly worried about money. A fear developed then. A fear that all your money, possessions, property, resources, everything you owned and everything that made you feel safe, could be taken away from you at any moment. You have became anxious, overly-cautious, and quite controlling of all that is yours. With money especially, you scrimped and saved and hoarded it away. Like the dragon Smaug, you wrapped yourself around your riches and protected them with your life, fearful of the day when someone might creep in and steal everything away from you. Poverty scares you the most, and you bear great loads of financial stress when your bank account runs low. You feel your best when you have enough money to pay all your bills on time, a roof over your head, possessions kept safe, food on the table, a job to go to, minimal debt, and other conventional signs of a stable life.
Wealth also begets status and success, which is another reason you chase after it. The underlying issue of Saturn in the 2nd House is that you doubt your own self-worth if you have nothing to show for it. This can manifest in your chart in one of two ways. In the first, you seek to amass wealth to build up your image as well as for security. Like royalty or celebrity, you seem bigger, more influential, more powerful when you are surrounded by all the luxuries of the world, and this makes you feel better about yourself. It makes you feel valuable. Those who go this way may become materialistic and status-seeking, ambitiously climbing up the social ladders of high society. The other way s the opposite, where you may shun materialism altogether. Belittling the formers who care only about how much money they have and what sorts of things they own, these people take the moral high ground of humility. It is an underlying jealousy or bitterness at not having that causes this side of Saturn to come about, and low self esteem for the former. Neither extremes are particularly healthy, nor are they productive uses of a placement with so much potential.
Yet despite some initial hardship, you actually do very well handling your resources. The principles of business and economics come to you very easily, as you have a natural knack for handling your finances responsibly. You are not above being stingy or thrifty when you need to be. Caution is painted in yellow across your finances, and ambition blazes overhead. Once more, you plan for the long-term. Instead you like to tuck away your savings and watch the piles grow, persevering through your self-applied poverty so that later you may reap the rewards. It may take you longer to amass wealth in your lifetime than other people, and you are bound to encounter delays, restrictions, limitations, and difficulties on your journey. But because you built up your empire yourself, it is made to last. When you do buy things, they are big, luxury purchases, as you buy for quality. The things you buy are built to last a lifetime. You possess a practical mind set and a commendable work ethic; you earn every penny you receive and get out exactly what you put in. Grace Kelly, who also shared this placement, once said of her father, “My father had a very simple view of life: you don’t get anything for nothing. Everything has to be earned, through work, persistence and honesty.”
Saturn in the 2nd House breeds difficulties with money, starting from insecurity as a child and continuing into fearfulness as an adult. You will have to jump over hurdles and pinch every penny in order to get ahead in life. Meanwhile you will see others who get ahead out of sheer luck or happenstance and bitterly resent their foolish spending while you are forced to earn every little bit you see. But do not fret, for your wealth is made to last for a long time, while theirs is fleeting. Monetary success is inevitable for you, it just takes a very long time and a lot of hard work and discipline. But the lessons Saturn has to teach you are not solely about how to be responsible with money. You also need to learn how to relax and enjoy this part of your life more, or else it becomes a chore. If you tuck all your money away for years without any recreation (complaining that you are “too broke” to go out and do anything) your life won’t be any fun! So be the dutiful savor of cash that you naturally are, but try to let go of your fears about not having. You are good enough with money that you can pull yourself out of any bad situation and get yourself back on track again.
There are many great quotes about money and how wise men think of it. Jonathan Swift is quoted as saying, “A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.” Benjamin Franklin said, “Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.” And Erich Fromm once spoke the words, “Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.” These three quotes surmise the journey of having Chiron placed in the 2nd House.
This placement, like many others, begins in childhood. It is true that you struggle with value and security problems for most of your life. That is the nature of Chiron, after all. Growing up, your home life was unstable, likely to do with your parent’s relationship and torrid financial dealings. You may have moved often or very suddenly, and that uprooting combined with other factors made you feel as though you had no safe, secure place to go. As well you were given little affection from those you loved, causing your self-esteem to plummet to rock-bottom levels. With little self worth of your own, you allow others to dictate how you should feel about yourself against arbitrary scales, like how much money you make, what kinds of properties you own, what sorts of possessions you have, etc. You then overcompensate for your lack of confidence by accruing money, property, possessions, or clinging to people in the hopes that they can give you that missing sense of security. Come from such a turbulent household, it seems natural that you would protectively (and obsessively) attach yourself to things and not let them get taken away from you. But the more importance you place on having, the more devastating the eventual loss becomes.
Whether you grew up rich or grew up poor, you were raised in a climate of fiscal insecurity. You inherited your parent’s money worries and their preoccupation with wealth and social status. Unfortunately, you did not inherit a good sense of how to manage property, finances, or valuables; more often than not, your money dealings are a mess. Through difficult times you may adopt an anti-materialistic value system to undermine the potency of your failures. Yet even when you do so, you cannot fully shake off what values you adopts from your family. By gaining a vast amount of wealth you gain an image you feel is worthy of awe and respect. Now, with riches and fancy property and luxuries in tow, you can finally feel like you’ve lived up to the world’s standards of success. But it doesn’t matter how much you own; it never fills the hole inside of you, nor does it every truly raise your self-worth. In fact, placing all your value on what you earn or what you have only weakens your self-esteem, as you give yourself a monetary scale to be measured on. Embarrassment and shame hit you very hard when you get into debt or lose a lot of money. How can you feel good about yourself when you don’t have anything to show for it?
Healing a Chiron wound is no simple task. This is where you are weak, in pain, raw, and exposed; the wound is sensitive to the touch and seemingly unbearable. You may try to ignore it or you may try to pamper it, but neither approach will get you what you want. You tend to focus too much on what you don’t have, what you haven’t been given, what you can’t do, and how you fail to live up to society’s fanciful ideals of the rich and powerful among us. In order to heal your Chiron you must make an effort to see what is there, and then follow up by helping others with their own 2nd House struggles. First, you must start with yourself. Make an effort to acknowledge what you have received from the people who care about you. Recognize that you were given these things – some material, some emotional, some spiritual – because they love you. Secondly, list off the many talents and favourable qualities you admire in yourself. This is will help to heal some of the self-esteem issues running under your greater insecurities. Once you have done some work on yourself you can begin to help other people. For example, you may have made many mistakes in your own finances, but you can show others how to learn from your experiences.
From a childhood that was inherently unstable and a value systems that ranks people based on how much money they earn, your Chiron wound began to fester inside of your 2nd House. No matter what you do you never seem to find the security you long for, not can you amass great swaths of financial success without a long road of obstacles to overcome. Throughout your life you struggle with the pain of it all and experiment with different coping mechanisms. Becoming too materialistic or abandoning materialism altogether; both make you feel good for a short time, but neither soothes you completely. The only way to truly heal yourself is to find non-material sources of wealth and self-esteem, such as love, talents, and the finer qualities you possess, and to acknowledge all that has been given to you in the past. From there you can continue on to help other people discover what you have learned for yourself. At your best, you can heal, empower, and help the world by funding charities, distributing wealth to where it needs to be, and aiding others in finding their own worth. Chiron hurts, but that hurt is what inspires you to heal your wound in other people.
Ask any financial guru, and they will tell you that we should squirrel away our savings for a rainy day, invest wisely, keep our incomes as consistent as possible, pay all bills and debts on time, and generally keep our finances as uniform as possible. That is just sound business. Ask any traditional, conservative person in the western world and they will repeat customs of sexual decency, family values, religious faith, service to one’s country, capitalist economics, and the liberation of the people. Those are just good values. But what of the people who do not ascribe to the way things are supposed to be? What of those rebellious souls who wish to live their life out in the world, unbound by money or material possessions? What of the child who ran from their family values to start their life off with their own ideas, who were so wild that they could not live under someone else’s laws?
With unpredictable Uranus placed in the 2nd House, your life is marked by spontaneity. In your childhood, your house was built on the sand. You experienced erratic changes and sudden disruptions which led you to feel quite insecure growing up. In your adult life money comes and goes in and out of your life faster than you can count it. Sudden losses, impulsive spending, opportunities that come up unexpectedly – your bank account fluctuates up and down, but it is said that you will gain overall. Sometimes these changes can be devastating, as they strip you bare of all that you own. Other times it can be exciting, giving you new chances to make more money. Try as you might, your finances will remain fairly inconsistent your whole life. Luckily for you, get used to it.
The way you earn money is likely to be unusual in some way, outside of conventional business economics, as you approach this area of your life with an inventive mind and an intellectual bent. The way you earn your income is different than the way most people do; many artists, writers, sports stars, and entertainers have this placement. (Perhaps it is your attraction to certain areas of work, coupled with your tendency to spend quite heavily, which explains your unreliable income?). You appreciate money for the freedom it gives you, as this is a planet that needs freedom to express itself on a whim. But you do not want to be bound by attachment to material items. In fact you may shun materialism altogether and spend your money on experiences rather than possessions. The things you do own reflect your Uranian inclinations, showing off your weird, different, alternative side. You like things that show off your uniqueness or your individuality, your unusual hobbies and your unconventional interests. You have an eye for value, and when you really want something, can be quite resourceful.
Moving onto the moral aspects of the 2nd House, this is where many of your personal beliefs reside. Uranus lends individualism, invention, innovation, revolution, and “different” sort of outlook on life, as well as scientific thought and intellectualism. There is not uniform belief system with this placement. But whatever it is that you ascribe to, there are two things for certain. One, your beliefs are entirely unique and individual to you. And two, your values will radically transform with every spontaneous change in your life. Many with this placement support more radical economic systems which organize wealth very differently. Many also hold very contentious views, attitudes, and beliefs themselves which challenge conventional attitudes of the time. The highly controversial aristocrat and philosopher Marquis de Sade had Uranus in the 2nd House. He believed in “extreme freedom, unrestrained by morality, religion, or law”, but he is infamous for his attitudes towards sex and violence. At the time he was declared insane and locked away for most of his life. But many others in the two-hundred years or so since he died have claimed that many of his views were ahead of his time, declaring him an early socialist, an existentialist, and a nihilist, all before those movement existed.
Your finances may not be solid and stable all the time. Your bank account has highs and lows alike, erratically timed to your unusual income and your spontaneous spending habits. Values of originality, inventiveness, science, individuality, and intelligence colour your view of the world. But unforeseen circumstances can sweep into your life at any moment and completely revolutionize the way you think about things. Your views may never become as extreme as Sade’s, but your own are bound to be so unconventional that it makes traditional people uncomfortable. You cannot help but challenge the conventional ways people make money, how people view religion and politics, and the values which are the “fabrics” of society which hold our culture together. To some your views are inspirational; to others, they spark outrage. Your 2nd House is a unique place of new ideas and progressive trends, where you flex your individuality and rebellious nature alike.
Neptune, in her dark waters under the earth, drifted under your chart at the moment of your birth. She is a Planet of unseen depths, swallowing your 2nd House under waves of underlying emotional currents and many veils of deception. This planet serves as a vessel through which you experience the collective unconscious, allowing you to feel and experience all that cannot be proven or seen in reality. Neptune rules the imagination, spiritual beliefs, escapist tendencies, and various kinds of illusions. In your chart she is placed in the 2nd House which rules all that you own and believe; this includes wealth, possessions, property, and all of your values. Combining these two halves means that all your 2nd House subjects are swathed in delusional (yet creative) reasoning, making it difficult for you to view material affairs in a concrete way. You do not see your financial reality as it is, but rather how you would like it to be. Likewise, you do not bend your values to fit a realistic frame. However, you are benefited with compassion and imagination in these areas, as well as an intuitive understanding of universal values.
Neptune, being made of spirit, does not understand the workings of the material world. Neptune creates chaos and delusion wherever it is placed in your chart, and in the 2nd House that means your personal finances. She swathes the way you view money, property, resources, values, and possessions in a foggy haze, leading to financial difficulties throughout your lifetime. You have an idealistic image of money and the power it can bring you. Often you fantasize about being wealthy, possessing expensive, big ticket items, and owning high end real estate. You dream up visions that are so out of touch with reality that when you finally do get what you work for, it ends up being a major disappointment. But seeing the material, financial world clearly is not in this placement’s vocabulary. Many unforeseen difficulties have had a negative impact on your bank balance. They seem to descend out of nowhere, making you victim of fraud, poverty, and bad investments. In reality you fall on hard times due to your own confusion, financial negligence, laziness, and impractical decision making. Even when you are buried under a mountain of debt, however, many with this placement are able to keep up the illusion of wealth.
What Neptune does give you is a loftier, more spiritual view of the 2nd House. Being separated from the material world, you are gifted with apathy towards money that shallower, more materialistic people lack. Your possessions mean more to you based on their sentimental value, not their commercial value. You collect items which reflect beauty, spirituality, imagination, your hopes and wishes and dreams. You hold onto a vision of what you have, seeing what you own through emotional eyes. Sometimes you feel guilty for the amount that you have compared to everyone else and seek to generously share it through charity towards those you care about. Other times you get frustrated and believe other people’s wealth should be given to you. Furthermore, you indulge in Neptunian escapist routes like entertainment (movies, music, nights out, trips abroad), drugs, alcohol, shopping, and creative projects. This planet sees you bank balance as better than it is one minute, then cries about how little you have, then spends carelessly, then feel elated at the many wonderful things you now own. Money is worshipped by you as the key to everything, the fulfiller of all your fantasies and saviour to your victimhood. Yet you also remark it with casual indifference, reminding yourself than there is more to life than what you have.
This is a contradictory, confusing, and complicated planet. Nothing is ever straightforward or easily organized with Neptune. Working with her – instead of against her – is the best way to go, since this planet will be expressed through this part of your life no matter what you do. You naturally possess great imagination and artistic abilities, and it is recommended that you try to make money from them. Healing, spirituality, arts, entertainment, and offering methods of escapism are also good options when you work with other people. Good business is all about finding a need and satisfying it for other people, and with Neptune in your 2nd House you are very good at understanding what people need emotionally from one another. When you earn money through helping you also gain that deeper understanding of money that you have always looked for as well. True safety and security does not come when you hoard your cash and surround yourself with stuff. All of that can be taken away at any moment, as you well know. Instead, you feel your best when you recognize the qualities inside of yourself that have value: imagination, art, empathy, compassion, and healing.
In your lifetime you gain and lose so much that it can be difficult to see how anything other than fate is controlling the system. It is easy for you to cave in and feel sorry for yourself when things get hard. But that is when you need to work harder than ever. Use your instinct in your financial dealings, and she will show you where deceptions lie. When it comes to money many use practicality and logic to find their way. But you need to use your empathy, compassion, and psychic intuition to guide you. Security will not come to you in owning money, property, or material possessions, as you had dreamt it would before. Instead you will find the security you crave in your spirituality and the love you receive from other people.
The final and most distant planet used in astrology is similar to the climactic battle that every story ends with. A hero is tested not only on what he has learned throughout the story, but on his inner reserves of strength that have been developing up to the final leg of his journey. Pluto shows the last and most karmic battle of your life, where your deepest fears and greatest anxieties lie. The transformations you must go through involve facing these fears and allowing yourself to be destroyed by them, sometimes forcefully, so that you may emerge healed and stronger for it. At the end of all this struggle, you find meaning, purpose, and end your journey with where you leave a legacy. The 2nd House’s domain includes all things that hold value to you, including material resources, possessions, money, and property, but also includes cherished items, nostalgic memories, your code of ethics, and your own personal value system. Having Pluto here in your natal chart suggests that your fears (and follow attempts at reining control) revolve around these subjects, and that your ultimate transformation into the person you are meant to be comes about in this area of life.
This planet and its lessons seem to counter to the goals of this particular house. Money and things of value are supposed to be saved and accrued gradually, and they are supposed to be a lasting source of security, and they are meant to bring a feeling of reliable safety to a person. Pluto is here to destroy, uproot, and devastate you to teach you lessons in change. The two simply do not work well together. The struggle between two opposing forces mixing inside of you was sparked when you were still a child. In your younger years you were made to feel insecure by others who put you down, bullied you, belittled you, and fought you. In your short life others had stripped you of the value you held as a person and reduced your self-worth down to pennies. Without strong inner resources to fall into when things got tough, you relied on building outside safety nets to make yourself feel safe and big in world where you felt very small. In effect, you regained a sense of worth and a sense of power from the idea of being wealthy. It is very important that you dig into and explore your motivation for your obsession with gaining material things. The origins which, no doubt, will be rooted in fear and unhealthy emotions tied to the past. Both of which will be present well into adulthood.
While Pluto’s major traumatic events will be over by the end of adolescence, her darker and more ruthless shades will only be just beginning when you become financially independent. As you accrue more and more resources – making your own money, owning your own property, buying whatever you want – your fears of losing everything become more prominent. Like a dragon you amass your gold under the mountaintop; hoarding it, worshipping it, obsessing over it, guarding it against thieves and protecting yourself against loss. Wealth is your gateway to the good life. Wealth is what gives you a sense of power, a feeling of control, and it a way of proving your worth to the world (in literal dollars and cents). Bolstering your image with lavish spending, as an idea, is a luxurious one. But with it comes a swarm of underlying problems: possessiveness, jealousy, envy, greed, stubbornness, and the ever-present fear that it can all be taken away from you. Pluto will see your flaws and weaknesses and attack them with no holds barred. You will find yourself experiencing bold swings of poverty and affluence as she shifts your resources from pocket to pocket. One day you feel safe, and the next day you could be forced to give up everything you have just to get by.
These sacrifices to fate are not just you falling on hard times with a string of bad luck tying your life together. They are actually major karmic lessons that are meant to turn you into a better, stronger person. Rough experiences where you are made to face your biggest fears and overcome overwhelming challenges force you to look deeper inside of yourself for a reason to carry forward. Pluto will strip away the gold and varnish – all those protective, materialistic, false covers – the fancy house, the bank account, all those beautiful things – and make you look at the naked person underneath. All your young life you felt as though you had no worth. And as a response, you built up an image that demanded respect. But Pluto wants you to recognize the beauty and the value you hold just one your own. All the cushions for your ego now gone, you come to realize that you will nothing at all are still standing despite everything that threatened to bring you down. You are stronger, you are braver, and you are more resilient than you think you are. And when you have finally faced your fears head-on, all those challenges will suddenly go away.
You are seriously dedicated to amassing wealth due to the fears that keep you from letting things go. Commitment to obtaining and hoarding things of value breeds a razor-sharp instinct for building your resources and keeping them away from harm. But a lifetime of challenges wrought throughout your 2nd House is telling you to think differently about what determines whether or not you have value. Your legacy will be left here – for the material things you made, or perhaps as a person who was able to make it big, a person who lost it all, or someone who overcame insurmountable insecurity. Your Pluto karma is one of the most difficult to face of all, especially given how people in our society view one another. But you hold enough courage in your heart to see that you do not lose everything to fate.