The Second House in Astrology

Zodiac Sign Ruler: Taurus
Astronomical Ruler: Venus
Element: Earth
Type: Succedent (stabilizing)
Traditional Associations: money, self-worth, possessions, values, esthetics, and ability to prosper (Oken, Rulers of the Horoscope, 194)
Modern: What I have and value within myself and offer to others. (Oken, RotH, 193) Approach to money, physical resources, possessions. That which gives pleasure, comfort, and security. One’s attitude toward the physical body and bodily needs (sensual gratification). Focus on attachment and ownership. Issues around safety and stability. The way one acquires physical security and possessions, and what one acquires. (Perry, An Introduction to AstroPsychology, 361)

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What Role the Second House Plays in Your Life?

Since the Second House represents our Quest for Resources, it is the area of the chart representing that quest by Signs and Points (if any are in this segment of the chart). If you have no Points in this House or Sign, then the energy is waiting to respond. Therefore, Points that progress or transit into this House will activate the energy at specific times in your life. People who have Points in the Sign that rules your 2nd House will also activate this area of your life.

If you have a Point or several Points in this House, then the values and concerns of this House will take on the significance of the Point or Points involved. Suppose your Sun occupies this House. If so, then your Life Path will be devoted to “what you have and value within yourself and offer to others”. Your approach to money, your body, and your possession will take on primary importance in your life journey.

The Second House and the Zodiac Signs

The Second House in astrology reveals your energetic disposition to safety, security, and your home. Depending on the Sign of your 2nd House, astrologers can interpret how you work, act, and make choices to feel secure and get your needs met. The Air Signs will use their intellect and communication to get their needs met. Fire Signs will use creativity and action. Earth Signs will be practical and conservative. Water Signs will invest their emotional energy and use close connections to be safe.

Aries Ruling the Second House

Aries is a Fire Sign overlaying an Earth House, so individuals with this Sign/House combination will rely on independent and maverick behavior to get their needs met. Resources can come and go rather easily because they get what they need in the present moment, which is not a sound strategy for building and accumulating wealth. However, these people will rarely be without; and if they are, they can quickly get what they need through immediate action to resolve the problem. They are also likely to be “nomadic” or see home as “where the heart is”.

Taurus Ruling the Second House

Taurus is the Earth Sign that rules this House, so individuals with the Sign/House combination prefer to establish themselves and put down roots to get their needs met. Resources are carefully gathered, stored, and protected, so they can accumulate and build wealth slowly over a lifetime. These are people who like to leave a legacy of resources behind for others to use. Home is most definitely a physical place, and hopefully, somewhere they can be rooted and feel as safe and secure as possible.

Gemini Ruling the Second House

Gemini is an Air Sign overlaying an Earth House, so individuals with this Sign/House combination will rely on information gathering, networking, and communication to get their needs met. Resources can come and go rather easily (like Aries) because they see so many ways to obtain them and would like to try different ways to do so. If lack happens, they can quickly remedy the problem by adjusting their network of support or creating an entirely new one. They, too, can be “nomadic”, building a home in their mind rather than in a place in the world.

Cancer Ruling the Second House

Cancer is a Water Sign overlaying an Earth House, so individuals with this Sign/House combination will rely on family and nurturing emotional connections to get their needs met. Resources hold emotional value for these people, and like Taurus, their concerns around finances and security are deeply rooted in their ability to have a place to build memories and keep themselves and others emotionally safe. They will be thinking about their children and their parents when it comes to personal finances and the home. A fantastic kitchen and dining space will bring them great joy.

Leo Ruling the Second House

Leo is a Fire Sign overlaying an Earth House, so individuals with this Sign/House combination will rely on creativity, performance, and recognition to get their needs met. Resources are important as reflections of their success, and their efforts to be recognized and please others. This Sign exemplifies the idea that a person’s home is his or her castle, and they will want to be king or queen of their domain. Appearance and status matter, so they will work hard, and even use debt if they feel it is necessary, to create a beautiful and inspiring home. They feel most secure when valued by others.

Virgo Ruling the Second House

Virgo is an Earth Sign overlaying an Earth House, so individuals with this Sign/House combination prefer to manage the details of life and serve others to get their needs met. Resources are carefully gathered, managed, and utilized, so they can secure what they need through their much-needed skills and problem-solving ability. These are likely to manage their resources carefully, but use them as well, so they will prefer to have what they need and some extra stored away for rainy days. Home is needs to be practical and functional, efficiently designed, with space for projects. They can work efficiently from home as well as out in the world.

Libra Ruling the Second House

Libra is an Air Sign overlaying an Earth House, so individuals with this Sign/House combination will rely on working one-on-one with others and providing guidance to others to get their needs met. Resources can come through and are sustained by partnerships, so the better the partner the more secure and safe these individuals will feel. Their wealth, or lack of wealth, will depend largely on the healthiness of their relationships. Because they are so responsive and interdependent with partners, they put down roots or move based on the negotiations of the needs of their partner to be grounded or mobile.

Scorpio Ruling the Second House

Scorpio is a Water Sign overlaying an Earth House, so individuals with this Sign/House combination will rely on changing circumstances, their ability under pressure, and sex appeal to get their needs met. Resources represent power for these people, so they are likely to use sexuality, emotional power, and secret decisions to accumulate and control what they need. They will see their intimate partnership as a key source of stability, so the stronger the connection the safer they feel. A home with a hidden wall safe, underground bunker, or ready survival pack would make them happy.

Sagittarius Ruling the Second House

Sagittarius is a Fire Sign overlaying an Earth House, so individuals with this Sign/House combination will rely on expertise, worldly knowledge, and broadening of the mind to get their needs met. Resources that help them become invaluable experts or allow them to form networks across their country and the globe will solidify their security. This Sign exemplifies the idea that the world is their home, and they are at home in the world. Freedom of movement or access to great knowledge are part of their resource drive. They feel most secure when they can act as the authority people want and are willing to pay them for their wisdom.

Capricorn Ruling the Second House

Capricorn is an Earth Sign overlaying an Earth House, so individuals with this Sign/House combination prefer to be highly productive and successful to get their needs met. Resources are deployed, invested, and gathered, so they can secure what they need through their ability to produce at high levels and in vast quantities. These are likely to manage their resources aggressively, but with a constant eye towards gain, so they will want to have enough excess that their success and wealth can eventually provide them with passive income from investments. Home is needs to be a base of power and their command center, or conversely their complete retreat. Probably best if they have both, in different locations.

Aquarius Ruling the Second House

Aquarius is an Air Sign overlaying an Earth House, so individuals with this Sign/House combination will rely on working with a group, friends, the community, the state, or the nation to get their needs met. Resources come through the societal value they provide through relationships and networking, so the better they can fill a needed role in the community or society the more secure and safe these individuals will feel. Their wealth, or lack, will depend largely on the health or problems within their community and society. Because they are so tied to the needs of the community, they will want to make their home in the community, which may be a personal residence or a business. They can spend a lot of time in other people’s homes.

Pisces Ruling the Second House

Pisces is a Water Sign overlaying an Earth House, so individuals with this Sign/House combination will rely on spirituality, guiding others emotionally, and adapting to the needs of others to get their needs met. Resources flow with these individuals, whether they want them to or not, which means they will or will not have what they need according to the people in their lives and the impact of their circumstances. They need a dream, or to attach themselves to another person’s dream, to get what they need. They can flow in and out of home and will often find home through others or “at the mercy of the world”.

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