With the beginning of self-discovery in House 1, House 2 gives us the task of giving substance to who we are. Now we are assigned the mission to develop a stronger sense of our worth and our qualities. The "I" is defined.
We need to know what we have, what we can call "our." We must also have an idea of what we are worth, what we would like to be and structure our lives.
- Sphere - Resources, security, and personal property
- Planet - Venus
- Sign - Taurus
- Element - Earth
- Quality - Fixed
- Polarity - Female
- Position - Successor
- Physiology - Neck, Throat
- Places - Banks
- Color - Green
- Keywords - Material world, wealth, earthly goods, personal resources, money, security, values, self-esteem, expenses, potential
2nd House in Astrology
House 2 is associated with the sign of Earth, Taurus, and the planet Venus. It is traditionally described as the House of "values, possessions, money, and resources." Although this description refers, almost instantly, to material goods, House 2 is also linked to the development of the "I."
In this House, we realize that we have a different bodies. In addition to ego consciousness (in House 1 ), we now find that ego has a physical form, a body (ego-body or ego-physical).
This sense of unique identity evolves in the 3rd House, where, in addition to the ego and the physical body, we acquire an awareness of our mind (ego-mind).
As we become aware of this individuality, the limits of our ego continue to expand. The notion of our uniqueness allows us to continue to develop our own identities. In House 2, we realize that we are beings that exist beyond the mother figure. That when it is not present, we continue to exist, being.
House 2 and the Sense of Security
But this discovery of our individuality is a terrifying phase that marks early childhood. We are vulnerable and limited. Our haven, our source of food and emotional warmth, can no longer be present all the time. After all, the mother (the center of the world of all babies) can disappear.
The awareness of this fact, of the existence of two separate and independent entities (mother-baby axis), is a dramatic moment for all human beings. How to guarantee our safety?
The "ME" understands that it needs to protect itself from external threats. We focus on our body, our physical existence, and our safety.
Over time, we realize that we have other abilities, such as walking, saying words, and doing things alone. Our identity continues to develop, to gain substance as we become more independent and better able to shape the world according to our will and interests.
House 2 and Material Goods
House 2 describes what we have or want to have. But also the resources or attributes that, when developed, will give us a sense of substance, value, recognition, and security. For most people, this means money and material goods.
Having a comfortable income level allows us to do more things in a positive sense. We invest in developing our capacities, improving skills, having access to new opportunities, and having the financial means to do things that we would not otherwise have the opportunity to achieve.
On the downside, an excessive focus on the materialistic side of life can lead to despair, frustration, low self-esteem, and low self-perception. The life we idealize for ourselves does not happen.
House 2 symbolizes our need for security. This may come from financial income, but it is not just that. Like other aspects of personality, the notion of security also varies from person to person.
Pisces or Neptune in the 2nd House, spirituality or religion. Gemini or Mercury in the second House, for example, values knowledge. Mars in the second House reveals a tendency toward impulsive purchases and the need to build a fortress.
Meaning of House 2 in the Astral Chart
In the birth chart, the signs and planets present in House 2 are like lanterns that point to the qualities and talents that we must develop to fulfill our safety plan. Inherently, what we achieve is reflected in the quality of our self-assessment.
If we achieve our goals, regardless of what it takes to feel safe and healthy, our evaluation of ourselves will be better. Indeed, we will be better when we create the conditions that allow us to live a comfortable life without worry.
House 2 also shows our relationship with material goods. Do we make compulsive purchases? Do we buy more than necessary because we need the pantry to be always full? Are we disconnected from money and live with little? Do we save? Do we waste it? Are we generous in sharing our assets?
For example, Mars or Aries in the 2nd House indicates both an eagerness to accumulate money (build a fortress) and a propensity to spend it impulsively. On the other hand, Venus in the Second House sees financial ability to increase her capacity for seduction.
The signs and planets positioned in House 2 encourage us to develop a sense of what we are worth (our sense of identity), help us understand what we need to feel safe, and, consequently, the level of our worldly ambition. In Astrology, the interpretation of this House is fundamental since our whole life is based on these criteria.
House 2 shows what we want, value, and attracts us into our lives. We can face situations that lead us to change our values and what we want throughout life. Planet transits and progressions for House 2 indicate these times of change.
The lesson we can learn from House 2 is the need to learn to recognize the potential that lies in each of us. Only she allows us to pursue and achieve our dreams, fulfilling our mission.
The Second House sheds light on the qualities we can develop to fulfill our life project. After all, we are the ones who build our future. It is in our characteristics where the success factor lies. Carl Gustav Jung said: "We only discover what sustains us when everything we thought was sustaining us stops sustaining us."
The 12 Houses in Astrology
- House 1 - Individual Identity (the "I")
- House 2 - Money, Earnings, and Possessions
- House 3 - Mind, Environment, and Brothers
- House 4 - Home
- House 5 - Creative Self-Expression, Hobbies, and Fun
- House 6 - Work, Health, and Small Animals
- House 7 - Couple and Marriage
- House 8 - Sex, Death, and Birth
- House 9 - Philosophy and Adventure
- House 10 - Career and Social Statutes
- House 11 - Friends and Community
- House 12 - Spirituality and Subconscious