House, Domicile, Room, and Place, or Ptolemy used the term house to refer to the sign a planet rules, for example, Taurus is the “house” of Venus and Libra. We astrologers certainly have many names for an imaginary segment we divide the skies into. We also have gazillion house systems we use to create this division of a 360° circle into twelve segments.
The majority of the house systems agree on the angles, which mark the angular houses, namely the ascendant (on the horizon at birth), midheaven (directly above at birth), descendant (the zodiacal sign setting at birth) and the imum coeli (directly below at birth – the night sky), i.e. these are typically identical between house systems – well, of course there are exceptions, we are astrologers, who cannot agree. Needless to say the preceding represents an area I will not tackle nor address, this is a look at the inherent value of the second house.
There are three types of houses the angular ones, 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th, represented by the cardinal signs in the flat chart. This set of houses is about all kinds relationships with self, others, family, parents, authority and of course that significant other. The succedent (following) houses, 2nd, 5th, 8th and 11th, represented by the fixed signs in the flat chart.
This set of houses is about a set of values regarding money, time, love, children, creativity, death, reincarnation, commitment and friendships, acquaintances, and about the importance of acquiring material possessions. The cadent (falling) houses represented by the mutable signs in the flat chart. This set of houses, 3rd, 6th, 9th and 12th, is about learning the basic ABCs, the coping skills in life, the philosophical and religious knowledge, and to trust the unseen, i.e. to have faith.
Taurus is the second sign of the zodiac and it is associated with the 2nd house. Venus is the ruler of Taurus and the natural ruler of the 2nd house.
We, astrologers, often use the words associated with the zodiacal sign and the house interchangeably the same as we call succeedent houses fixed. Houses represent areas of life. They form the stage for types of activity – in the 1st house we have our physical body, in the 4th is our home and in the 6th is our health. While we think of Taurus as stable, sensuous, materialistic, determined and practical, these are not necessarily the matters of the second house.
Money is the most notable 2nd house matter, the 2nd most notable is still money – because in this world we need money to simply make ends meet whereas in an agrarian society we could barter with things other than currency, but alas our world has changed.
Now if Taurus in Venus was indeed the ruler of this house or Taurus the sign on the cusp we could perhaps draw the conclusion that this individual might be materialistic and want a stable source of liquid assets. Provided, of course, that other parts of the chart support this statement – always note that one qualifier is not enough.
Now that we have emphatically noted the importance of money and its association with the 2nd house, let’s look at other matters pertaining to this house of security. Before taking that leap the 3rd most notable matter that belongs to the 2nd house is our priorities.
Priorities define what is important, more important and most important comparatively. Time also belongs here – could it be – hence the saying time is money. In this house we have possessions, the kind that can be readily turned into cash, accountants call these liquid assets the fixed assets belong to the 8th house.
These are personal resources, which is not limited to money, but means at your disposal. Your ability to produce is an asset than can be turned into cold, hard cash. Personal values are 2nd house matters, as are material resources, self-worth, inherent qualities in your personal make-up and your earning and purchasing power.
This house by the virtue of its ruler and the sign on the cusp shows how you identify with material possessions. Physical senses, especially the sense of taste and touch are 2nd house matters. Talent in terms of a productive skill belongs to the 2nd house. I personally think that the 2nd house also has a lot to do with music and sound.
Our security needs are matters of the 2nd house, and as our self-worth is strongly linked to this place in the chart, we need to learn to separate our self-worth from our monetary worth, rather than treat these two interchangeably. With an earth sign on this cusp or an earthy planet ruling this house we might be more inclined to ensure that our financial picture is healthy in order to function in the material world.
A water sign on the cusp or a watery sign ruling this house might make the need to have and own an emotional one and those are some of the strongest needs we have. If we think back to a psychological hierarchy of needs the main one is food, shelter and security – then would it not stand to reason that in order to have other needs met we have to be on first name basis with our 2nd house so that we have a solid foundation to build our lives on?
This is the house of substance and sustenance; there are other houses that deal with money and resources as well. In the 5th we do not appear to have a direct correlation to money, but let’s explore for a moment – it is the house of children.
In traditional societies children are bread to support and provide for parents in their old age. In that sense it still is the house of security and support. In the 8th house we have joint resources as well as loans, debts, mortgages and inheritances. In the 11th we have income and resources we bring in from career type activity. But before we can leap into the other houses we need to build a solid, secure foundation in the first of the money houses the 2nd house of Taurus.
Every year the inner planets, at the very least, transit your second house. Pay attention how focal do money matters and priorities become during that time frame? If you want to check this out faster watch for Moon entering this house and bringing these matters to the forefront for a couple of days. When the big boys enter this house, there are changes coming. Jupiter tends to bring in more as well as increase expenses. Saturn limits cash flow and “forces” you to take a more cautious, long-term approach. U
ranus tends to upset the apple cart, by making cash flow unpredictable – easy come, easy go. Pluto can eliminate the source and replace it with something else. Now, do understand that the planets themselves do nothing, they simply describe what is happening, and as I stated earlier one qualifier is never enough other parts of the chart need to support any conclusion made astrologically speaking.