The 2nd House in Astrology

The 2nd house in astrology pertains to your money, personal property, income and overall security. It governs your personal possessions and belongings that are tangible, like a car and clothing. The 2nd house corresponds to Taurus and is ruled by the planet Venus. Planetary aspects and positions that take place in this house will indicate something about the status and health of your personal finances, and material wealth and resources.

While the first house highlights your inner self-worth, the 2nd house focuses on the value of objects that are outside of the “self.” This is true, especially regarding material objects that enhance one’s personal sense of self-worth, or that serve as evidence of it to others.  For example: having a nice car, new clothes, and a comfortable home.  These are the types of things that can provide a sense of security that is above and beyond the basic and essential needs for our survival. The 2nd house in astrology can show how relatively abundant or difficult your situation is or will be in this lifetime.

Jupiter and The Great Benefic

It is here, in the 2nd house, that reveals the financial ups and downs that can be experienced in one’s lifetime. It shows where periods of long sustained prosperity or scarcity may be signified by the planets of Jupiter or Saturn’s placement. Because of these planets’ long transitory periods and energy of expansion or contraction, their placement effects tend to have a wide generational influence that can impact the economy as a whole. On a more personal level, Jupiter, The Great Benefic, in the second house of a birth chart, can signify an individual for whom everything they need tends to come with relatively little effort. These individuals may enjoy a lot of perks and privileges that they didn’t necessarily earn or have to work hard to attain. If the planet of Jupiter is afflicted in some way, it can indicate a problem with extravagance, addiction and/or a penchant for taking things for granted or overestimating the true value of things.

Saturn and The Planet of Karma

Now, by contrast, when there is Saturn, The Planet of Karma and The Great Teacher, positioned or transiting the second house, it can signal scarcity or periods where the needs and wants of an individual do not come as easily. In this house, Saturn can force a very meticulous and responsible attitude about finances and a true appreciation and understanding of an object’s value. Saturn here, can make this person very mindful and careful about their spending habits and budget. To pay attention to details and be disciplined with personal finances. They are always going to try and save money when possible. If Saturn is afflicted, it can bring about a tendency toward hoarding and acting as a miser. Wealth and success can be amassed over time through persistence and hard work,  but at the same time, also with a lot of struggle and self-sacrifice.

Needs, Wants, and Desires

In addition, the 2nd house in astrology represents what the person wants and needs in order to feel safe and secure in themselves. It encompasses all the material things we need to survive and feel comfortable, shielded and protected. This includes the basic necessities like water, food and shelter, but also the luxuries of fine dining, a fancy car, and trendy clothing. The quality and abundance of resources available to us are all indicated by the second house. Our short and long-term goals and investments are covered here, as well as business in general. Your income and personal net worth are the focus of this house, and transits here can reflect the total sum of your bank account.

It is here that you will see your material needs as opposed to your emotional or spiritual needs. The second house indicates what you value, your perception of value, how well you handle your personal finances and resources and the type of lifestyle that you prefer to lead. For example, having expansive Sagittarius in the second house can suggest a very generous and limitless attitude about spending and possibly for splurging on travel and sports-related expenditures or putting a lot of money toward coursework and higher education.

Our Hopes and Dreams

The second house also entails what you hope to gain in life which can change and evolve over time. It says something about what you are motivated by…be it money, fame or romance. Also, the second house along with The Great Benefic, Jupiter, can also indicate in what way we are best able to attract and acquire money and resources needed to further ourselves, especially with regards to business. When Mars is in the second house, money tends to come and go and is spent often on impulse and to satisfy spontaneous, exciting and impassioned desires. Uranus here prompts people to choose an eccentric career or to even show their talents in unexpected ways so they can gain a special status.

The second house can reveal how superficial or eccentric an individual is. Neptune in the second house, for example, can suggest someone who places less importance on material wealth and vanity possessions. Neptune would elicit a stronger appreciation for a more spiritual form of wealth and wealth of wisdom. They would be more interested in accumulating karmic credits than actual cash or money. For this person, their peace of mind is achieved from giving more and taking less, and in aligning themselves with what they feel is meaningful and in harmony with the universe.