Rollin’ down the street, smokin’ endo
Sippin’ on gin and juice…laid back
With my mind on my money and my money on my mind.
~ Snoop Dogg, Gin & Juice
I love the Second House. Not because I’m a shallow, materialistic snob. Rather, it’s because when I look at someone else’s chart, it reveals who is.
This is the House that explores our attitudes and feelings toward all things related to money and possessions, and gains and losses of both: our ability to save money (or lack thereof), how easily we tend to earn it (including you lucky bastards who always seemingly have it drop right into your laps), the ways in which we spend it — be it on a car, a home, a loaf of bread at the grocery store, gazillion-carat things of bling with which we proudly adorn our fingers, ears, necks, and/or other body parts, and pretty much anything else that money can buy. It also covers anything of personal value, be it a family heirloom that is worth no money whatsoever but is highly sentimental to you, your self-worth as an individual, and your sense of security.
I need a reminder, something I can see
Something on my finger, shines so brightly…
Don’t you know, diamonds are a girl’s best friend
When you go, they stay with me until the end.
~ Janet Jackson, Diamonds
Taurus is the second sign of the zodiac, thereby being the natural ruler of the Second House. As you will recall, Taurus is ruled by Venus, planet of beauty, pleasure, love, and luxury; therefore the Bull, fittingly, is the sign of possessions, creature comforts, and financial security, which is oh-so-important to them. Yes, it’s important to most folks, but to a Taurean, it can become a full-blown obsession; the be-all, end-all of their existence. The appropriate, though stereotypical metaphor here, would be the mattress stuffed with and/or lined with cash. If you ever come across one, chances are, it belongs to a Bull. Well, that’s not entirely true: it could also belong to a thrifty Virgo or an equally money-hungry Capricorn (both of which, like the Bull, are earth signs.)
The planets which are placed in your Second House will clue us in to how you handle all of the above matters concerning finances, possessions, and even your own self-worth. We’ll take a look at what each planet’s placement in the Second House means in just a moment, but first, you might recall that as I explained in my article on the First House, it’s also entirely possible that you have no planets in the Second House. After all, there are twelve Houses and ten planets (in astrology, the Sun and Moon count as planets), so everyone will have at least two vacant Houses in their chart…and probably even more than two.
So what does it mean if your Second House is empty, meaning it is void of any planets, nodes, or asteroids…just the faint sounds of chirping crickets or the occasional tumbleweed blowing by? Does this mean you are destined to a life of poverty, living in a tattered cardboard box under a bridge, and the apparent collective decision of every company on the planet to deny you employment?
No worries, dear reader. An empty Second House can be interpreted in many ways, including by taking a look at the zodiac sign that rules the Second House in your chart: we would examine that sign’s qualities which would shed some light on how you approach money matters. For example, let’s say Aries rules your empty Second House. Aries is impulsive and impatient, yet also quite generous, which tells us you probably spend money like it has a limited shelf life and make a lot of impulse purchases. An empty Second House could also mean finances simply aren’t one of the main focuses of your life; not that money is unimportant to you, but your world doesn’t revolve around your bank account balance. It can sometimes indicate that you are clueless when it comes to investing and managing your money. Or it’s possible that you are so flush with cash that you simply have no reason to concern yourself with financial struggles, ever. (If this is true in your case, I hate you.)
But for now, let’s take a look at the interpretations of each planet when placed in the Second House.
Sun in the Second House
A person whose Sun placement is in the Second House is often inclined to spend money to make themselves feel better. This is the person who is depressed and in an effort to cheer themselves up, they head to the mall and fling around the credit cards, buying all kinds of goodies which, although it lifts their spirits for a short time, ultimately results in buyer’s remorse for blowing cash or running up credit card bills for loads of crap they really don’t need or even want and probably will never use, ironically resulting in more depression…and round and round we go in a vicious buying cycle. The native is usually somewhat stubborn when it comes to how money is spent. A Second House Sun takes great pride in showing off all of the awesome stuff they’ve bought; they are the infamous Joneses with which others try to keep up. Depending on other aspects in your chart, the Sun’s placement here can result in others taking advantage of you because you make no secret about how much money you have and you will usually freely hand it out to a friend or family member in need. Furthermore, the Second House Sun native is known for making extravagant purchases (even if they can’t really afford it) in an effort to keep up appearances, because they are very conscious and concerned about how others see them.
Moon in the Second House
When the sensitive Moon is in the Second House, the native’s sense of emotional security is directly related to how much money they have (or haven’t) accumulated. The Moon is a nurturing planet and the Second House Moon individual can frequently be found spending money on those they care for, often putting their own needs on the back burner indefinitely (ain’t that sweet and oh-so-admirable, but not particularly healthy.) The thing with the Moon, however, is that in the same way it controls the ebb and flow of the oceans’ tides, it causes the native’s income and financial resources to do likewise: there will be times when money comes in with great ease with what seems like no effort at all, and at the other end of the spectrum there will be times that are so financially difficult that they could literally find themselves on the verge of homelessness. A Second House Moon native is prone to overeating in response to money problems and due to this, they often struggle with weight problems, the numbers on the scale yo-yo’ing up and down, essentially serving as a barometer of their current financial status. The native has a tendency toward hoarding and places tremendous sentimental value on almost everything. It is disturbing to them to get rid of anything, even if it’s a closet full of clothes that are six sizes too small and haven’t fit since their high school days thirty years ago, are beyond out of style, because “what if they come back in style and I lose weight and can wear them again?” My mother in-law, God bless her, has this Moon placement and she is a bonafide hoarder…and she knows it. While cleaning out her garage, I once came across several boxes of mail-order catalogs that were nearly twenty years old. Figuring they were beyond worthless except maybe as kindling, I dutifully started carting them to the Dumpster (what was I thinking?) when she shrieked in a panic, “No, no, no…I need to keep those; they could be worth money someday!” I nearly bit my tongue in half to stop from asking, “Worth money to who?!” as I dragged the dusty old boxes back into the garage, knowing full well that if I were to secretly toss those same boxes another time when she wasn’t around, she would never miss them. (Note: I didn’t. Ohhhh, I wanted to. But I didn’t.)
Mercury in the Second House
If Mercury is in your Second House, a hat tip to you, O Wise One. Not only are you incredibly intelligent, you are all about continuing education, seeking to gain as much knowledge as your massive cranium can possibly absorb because to you, that is the key to climbing the ladder of success to monetary gain. You’re a very adept communicator with a quick, agile mind and this serves you beautifully in any money-making endeavor of your choosing. Your financial decisions are cerebral and rational, not at all emotional. Although your exceptional communication skills play a huge role in your success, it’s also likely that you are a whiz with numbers and many Second House Mercurians are accountants, bookkeepers, or otherwise in finance-related careers. The dark side to all this is that the native often has no qualms about stepping on toes and leapfrogging their way to the top, which can understandably result in resentment toward them by those folks whose toes Second House Mercury stepped on to get ahead. Additionally, the native might find themselves saddled with an unhealthy obsession with money and possessions.
Venus in the Second House
As I mentioned previously, Venus is the ruler of Taurus, and Taurus is the natural ruler of the Second House; therefore, a Venus Second House placement is very favorable to the native (for the most part.) The Second House Venusian has an eye for beauty and value, and these individuals usually have some kind of collection: possibly antiques or art, but whatever it is, is typically something involving beauty. The native is often (accurately) perceived by others as a high-maintenance individual, due to their taste for elegance and their demand of high quality in everything from food and drink to furniture and decor. They want a partner to lavish them with extravagant gifts and are quite materialistic. This isn’t to say that if you have this Venus placement, you are a shallow, self-absorbed douche with no capability of feelings or love for others. It just means that you don’t settle for less than what — or who — you consider to be anything less than the best. Unless there are negative aspects in the chart, the Second House Venusian probably won’t have too much difficulty with finances, and they frequently are either born into money or marry into it. You know Paris Hilton, who has done absolutely nothing to warrant being famous (but plenty to warrant being infamous) other than being born into the family of an uber-wealthy hotel magnate? Yeah. She’s got this Venus placement. ‘Nuff said.
Mars in the Second House
Mars is an impulsive, go-go-go, action planet which translates to a Second House Mars native having a marked tendency toward spending money waaaay too freely, and who cares if it’s their last dollar because the good news for this individual is that they won’t have too much difficulty attaining more money. However, the bad news is that because of the aforementioned impulsive spending habits, the money is usually gone as quickly as it came. The native spends with a free hand, the cash flow is always moving, and in all likelihood you won’t find a Second House Martian with a fat savings account: they spend money before they have a chance to even consider saving a dime of it. This is a generous individual who loves to pick up the check and if there is something they want that they’ve got their Second House Martian eye on, they are stubborn enough to figure out how to make it happen, come hell or high water, regardless of their current financial state. The native is one helluva hard worker and highly money-motivated, though they’re also quite careless with possessions. While money does seem to come to them relatively easily, they usually won’t accumulate wealth because of that inability to save. If you have a parent with this Mars placement, you probably shouldn’t expect a massive inheritance upon their demise. The more likely scenario is that you will inherit their massive debt.
Jupiter in the Second House
Remember the earlier article where I explained that Jupiter is the planet of luck and abundance? Well, that’s true: it is. However, when Jupiter’s placement is in the Second House of money and possessions, it doesn’t necessarily have the effect one might naturally assume it would have — which would be an abundance of money and/or possessions. The problem here is that in whichever House Jupiter is placed in the natal chart is where the native feels lucky; hence, these folks tend to push their financial luck, taking chances with money, such as in gambling and questionable investments, and ultimately losing out. Sounds counterintuitive, doesn’t it? But it’s the harsh truth…sometimes…particularly if Jupiter is somehow negatively aspected in the native’s chart. Fortunately, more often, a Second House Jupiter individual accumulates significant wealth over their lifetime and they will find that money comes in so easily it’s as if it just drops right out of the sky and into their lucky little hands. Like a Second House Venusian, a Second House Jupiter native has extravagant taste and they can grow so accustomed to being able to stroll out to the money tree in their backyard that they behave like tantrum-throwing toddlers having snot-blowing fits during those times when things don’t work out that way.
Saturn in the Second House
Notorious for being the planet that throws obstacles in our paths at every turn, Saturn is kind of like the schoolyard bully who beats you up, gives you a wedgie, and steals your lunch money. When its placement is in the Second House of money and possessions, our first instinct is to assume that the native will experience a plethora of difficulties, obstacles, and terrible luck in financial matters. And while that’s not necessarily wrong, another likely result of this Second House placement is for the native to be particularly cautious and take fewer risks because they don’t feel lucky, unlike its Jupiter neighbor, which could mean the Second House Saturnian comes out ahead financially. And again, like we discussed previously about Second House Jupiter, it sounds counterintuitive but it’s nevertheless true. That said, the native here might not accumulate vast wealth because of their reluctance to taking risks, but at least they are cautious enough to avoid iffy investments, gambling, and the like, which ensures their financial affairs will at least remain steady. Saturn’s lesson for the native here is to recognize their tendency toward pessimism and learn to take more chances. This isn’t to say they should throw caution to the wind and invest their money willy-nilly, it just means the individual should up the ante a notch. A common problem with Second House Saturnians is that even when the native manages to overcome the obstacles and attain financial security and/or the material possessions they need and desire, Saturn’s pessimistic influence causes them to continue to feel like it’s still not enough. If the individual recognizes the tendency toward that way of thinking, they’ve won half the battle.
Uranus in the Second House
Uranus is the planet of eccentricity, the unusual, the unorthodox, and the straight-up weird. When its placement is in the Second House of money and possessions, all those characteristics apply. A Second House Uranian probably has an unusual career or source of income and they are often self-employed. That income can fluctuate wildly, so it’s frequently feast or famine with this placement. A person with this Uranus placement tends to get fired more than most folks as well. It’s also interesting to note that bizarre things often happen surrounding the native’s job or their place of employment. I mean, really unusual things such as national headline-making gossip about the company like the CEO claiming to have been abducted by aliens, or the building in which they work being destroyed in some way. Several celebrities have this Uranus placement. I have an Aquarian friend with this placement who is self-employed and for months at a time the work and the money just rolls in, literally hundreds of dollars a day, and then there will be stretches where there’s zero business, thus zero dollars a day, also for months at a time. Additionally, he always has a “you’ll never believe what happened today!” work-related story, which are quite common with most Second House Uranians. Many people with this placement don’t work a typical Monday through Friday, 9-to-5 job. Change is a constant when it comes to finances, sources of income, and employment with the native.
Neptune in the Second House
Here’s that damn Neptune again, ruler of Pisces, which as you surely remember is the Ascendant that causes me so much grief with its rose-colored glasses and hearing and seeing only what one wishes to hear and see. When Neptune is in the Second House of money and possessions, this is indicative of someone who tends to close their eyes to financial matters. Got a cut-off notice for your electricity or water? Eh, toss it to the side, cross your fingers, hope it all works out somehow, and put it out of your mind…til the electricity suddenly goes out mid-TV show or the water shuts off mid-shower, hair lathered with shampoo. Bank threatening to repo your vehicle? Nah, we’ll figure something out. Then you wake up one morning to head to work or the grocery store or wherever the day might take you…and guess what? Your car is gone. Clearly, this “lalalala-I can’t hear you-lalalala” attitude can cause a world of regret. The (difficult) lesson here is to face possible financial issues head-on from the get-go. This can literally be frightening for a Second House Neptune native, but life will be infinitely easier if this lesson can be mastered…even if it takes months or years to do so. However, it is possible that if Neptune is in a “good position” in the Second House, it can give the attitude that the native is wealthy, regardless of what they do or don’t actually have in monetary or material assets. And that’s a great thing! Because Neptune is the planet of artistic creativity, the dreamer, the poet, as well as medication, drugs and alcohol, the Second House Neptune could see income from anything running the gamut from crafts to paintings to books of poetry, songwriting, bartending, nursing or other medical careers, pharmaceuticals, or yup — even drug-dealing. But as one of my favorite astrologers, Bob Marks, reminds us, Neptune also rules prison (be it a self-imposed mental prison or a literal prison, as in correctional facilities.) So make sure things stay on the up and up if your career path takes you down the pharmaceutical or drug route.
Pluto in the Second House
Pluto is the planet of extreme highs and lows. If Pluto were a person, it would be diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Wherever we find it placed in a natal chart is often indicative of the focus of some obsession. In the Second House, the native can easily become transfixed on finances and material goods. Alternatively, the individual could find themselves at the complete opposite end of the spectrum and have the attitude that money and belongings are worthless. However, this one does place great importance on standing on their own two feet and will frequently resist financial assistance from others (doesn’t mean they will refuse it, but they will resist it.) Depending on other Pluto aspects in the chart, the native might find either they have incredibly good fortune with financial resources or the exact opposite: the proverbial rug is yanked out from under them with little or no warning (such as with sudden losses in the stock market, or even their home — and everything in it — being destroyed.) Pluto is the natural ruler of the Twelfth House, which covers secrets, sorrow, and self-undoing. Therefore, the native could be the creator of their own financial downfall, usually quite unintentionally. On the secret side, however, the Second House Pluto native might experience the good fortune of finding or uncovering hidden or unknown money or resources, such as a distant relative passing away and — surprise! — Second House Pluto receives an unexpected inheritance, which they very well likely might just blow right through on whatever strikes their fancy at the moment, finding themselves once again at a financial low, which illustrates the first point: the planet of extreme highs and lows.