The second house is associated with self-worth, cash and one’s possessions. In medieval times the second house was known as the ‘Gate of Hades’ because houses in no aspect to the ascendant were considered malefic. Materialism is still regarded as an ‘evil’ by more spiritual types. In Hindu astrology, the second house is still considered malefic probably because of the notion that attachment to possessions can be the cause of such suffering.
William Lilly says of the second house;
““From this house is required judgement concerning the estate or fortune of him that asks the question, of his wealth or poverty, of all movable goods, money lent, of profit or gain, loss or damage.
It represents in man the neck, and hinder part of it towards the shoulders; … It’s a feminine house and Succeedent. It hath cosignificators Jupiter and Taurus; for if Jupiter be placed in this house, or be lord hereof, it’s an argument of an estate or fortune; Sun and Mars are never well placed in this house.”
Mercury doth also joy in this house, because it represents the head, and he the tongue, fancy and memory: When he is well dignified and posited in this house, he produceth good orators: It is called the Ascendant, because when the Sun commeth to the cusp of this house, he ascends, or then ariseth, and is visible in our horizon.”
Planets In 2nd House Meaning ~ Transits
Sun Transit 2nd House
The material world will hold a great fascination and you may feel too attached to luxury items at this time. The best way to use this pampering, sensual energy would be to share the indulgence with others. This is nice because pooling your resources gives everyone a feeling of abundance, and like attracts like, right? In a negative sense, this could purely be the need to show off one’s bling. It might be difficult to rein in spending. You could feel the need for retail therapy if you have been working too hard and feel like you deserve a treat. Resist being too ostentatious with your new possessions. To some, it could become obvious that your material goodies are over-compensating for your own lack of self-worth.
Moon Transit & Full Moon in 2nd House
You may become sentimentally attached to objects or your own possessions. You might build a fortress of your stuff around you in order to feel secure. This is not a good time to buy anything mechanical or utilitarian because you are more likely to build something that reminds you of childhood or your first love rather than its practical considerations. On the other hand shopping for antiques might actually be quite profitable if you have a feeling for a certain era. You could instinctively sniff out a genuine period piece that could be valuable in the future. You could make you feel very nostalgic so it is quite a good time to visit museums or go to retro clothing markets where you can actually stroke some musty old velvet. It will feel very comforting! You could feel so strongly identified with your values that any attack on them will feel very upsetting, however. Try not to take it too personally if someone does not have the exact same taste as you. You might actually receive a gift that has great value to you.
Mercury Transit 2nd House
A fantastic time for buying. You have your merchant hat on for this period and will be quite obsessed with getting the best deal going. Haggling for the best price is one of your greatest skills at this time so use it for all its worth. This might not be the most successful period in terms of money coming in, because you will have to speculate to accumulate.
You will be gifted in the realm of sales at this time. The results of this month’s endeavours will bear fruit in a couple of months time so try to be patient. You could sell off things that are not that important to you just to clear out stock to make room for the new. Maybe have a sale, but don’t expect any surprise high bidders on eBay!
Venus Transit 2nd House
You are more likely to fall in love with a funky new pair of shoes than a human being. Venus rules money as well as romance, so her covetous, material tendency can come out very strongly at this time. On the positive side, at least you will attract more cash into your life too, so keep your eyes out for ways to monetise your business rather than just being seduced by shop windows.
The temptation will be to indulge in luxury goods rather than in wise investments, so try to have a little self-control. You might need your partner to show their love for you through gifts and fancy dinners, but this may be because you feel a little insecure at this time. Maybe it would be better to show your vulnerability, rather than getting them to break the bank in order to prove their love. A genuine hug and kind words will feel unexpectedly precious if you drop the diva act.