Ever shuddered at an accurate AF horoscope prediction? Suppose the stars insist on making some “big changes” in your direction. Lo and behold, your best friend starts a new relationship, your aunt gets a new haircut, and you get a big raise at work. These are in line with the baseline predictions, but very different in detail. This is where the houses in astrology come from. The 12th house rules different aspects of your life: your auntie is going through her 1st house shift, your best friend is going through some 7th house changes about partnerships, and you’ve experienced planets lighting you up to represent income and the second house of property.
Since it is a material world, the 2nd house is a major topic of discussion among astrologers and astrology lovers. But really, anyone can learn about their second house in astrology to piece together their relationship to money and the material world.
But first, What the hell is a house, and why should you care? fair question. As the Greek astrologer Dalanah of the Moon Matters puts it on the Astrology Podcast, there are four important parts of astrology that make up the complete picture of the universe: the zodiac, planets, aspects, and houses. “If the planets are the subject and the constellations are a smell, then the house is Where It’s happening,” Dalarna explained. The house maps out the flight path of your life, detailing what happens in every nook and cranny.
When you look at your natal chart, you will notice that you have planets in different signs, and then they fall into a numbered house. For example, you can have your Moon sign (your inner world, emotions, making you feel at home) in free-spirited Sagittarius, all in the second house. You may be someone who craves adventure and personal freedom, especially when it comes to your income and possessions. Your emotional world is also highly correlated with your financial and worldly security, but with a Sagittarius, you can be a little impulsive, especially on things like comfort items.
The 1st to 6th houses cover the personal areas of your life, while the 7th to 12th houses describe your interactions with others. As a house of “you,” the second house is where astrologers seek information about one’s dealings and attitudes toward the material world. Here’s everything you need to know about your second house in astrology:
How do you know about your second home?
First, you must find out which sign is the cusp of your second house. This could not have happened without an accurate date, time and place of birth. The exact time of your birth will determine which sign was ascending on the eastern horizon when you were born, which gives you your first house (your ascendant) – the anchor of your chart. Then the rest of your house lines up after that.
Once you have all the necessary information, just put it in the online birth chart calculator. The site will then calculate your entire natal chart, including all your houses. But – yes, there is a but – there are many ways to determine the house, so your actual zodiac sign for your second house will vary. (*Scare for newbies in astrology*.) Never mind, don’t worry — here’s what you need to know:
Your natal chart is a screenshot of the sky at the moment you were born. Different house systems are just different ways of dividing the sky into circles. No matter which system you use, you’ll always start with the same sign in the first house, but from there, the calculations for stacking the rest of the houses vary by method. You might have a birth chart on one astrology app that says you have these signs in this and that house, and another website will show something completely different. That’s because everyone uses a separate method to count houses.
The two most common techniques are the overall symbology and the Placidus system. The latter is often the default setting for various charting calculators, so be sure to pay attention to which one you use. In Placidus, houses are determined based on the apparent time the sun crosses the sky. The division of houses is unequal, so some signs may be skipped and not belong to any house with Placidus.
Whole Sign, on the other hand, is exactly what it sounds like: a complete sign taking up the entire house. Each sign is represented by a house occupying an even 30-degree wedge. This is a clear dividing line, starting with the 1st house, and then assigning the following constellations to the houses in zodiacal order. When you use Whole Sign, you can determine each house of a person based only on their ascending order. For example, if you know someone is Libra Ascendant (1st house), then their 2nd house is the next sign, Scorpio, and so on.
There are many other formulas for dividing houses, but in most cases astrologers will use one of these two. It’s a matter of personal preference of your choice, but it’s worth noting that the overall logo is easier to depict and understand, and doesn’t rule out any logo. This is also the recommended method for people born in extreme latitudes, with Placidus you can get all kinds of confusion.
What is the second house in astrology?
The second house is thought to represent what happens after your birth. “If the first house is where you came into this world, then the second house is the physical world itself,” Dalarna said. The second house, often referred to as the “house of values” or “property,” contains everything related to material goods, security, stability, and resources. “Resources are not just money,” Dalarna explained, “but also time, energy, [and] emotional resources. Food is also considered a 2nd house topic as a sustenance for the body, she adds. Income, money, worldly resources, what you have, indulgence, all fall under the 2nd house category.
Familiarizing yourself with your own second house will detail your attitudes toward money, spending, and saving, as well as your views on material “things.” As Dalanah elaborates, “Are you someone who cares more about emotional value, or are you a true doer who always wants to make money?” Are you obsessed with material things? Are you a big foodie? Super saver? Whatever you do here, Dalanah says, “will give you an attitude or taste for 2nd house events.”
For example, someone with Scorpio (deep and possessive) in the second house may associate emotional values with objects and keep them forever, Dalarna explained. “Geminis in the 2nd house,” she suggests, “may be a little more relaxed and free of their time, resources and energy.” Of course, the exact nature of Gemini’s 2nd house also depends on any aspects there, as well as the presence of any planet. Do you have Saturn in your second house? Is it square with your moon? All these little details round out your 2nd house of signs.
In Vedic astrology, a traditional Hindu practice with profound spiritual significance, houses are also associated with the four life goals of Hinduism: Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Moksha. Dharma comes first and it describes what you are to do in this life. “Then our next driver is to make money so we can sustain ourselves,” Camila R. Quintero of LCSW, a licensed psychotherapist and professional Vedic astrologer, told Elite Daily. The second house handles the second drive, Alsa. “[This is] Your sense of accomplishment, your job, your financial stability, your way of making a living, your career, etc.,” she explained.
Which zodiac sign rules the second house?
Remember the different ways to count houses? Well, the nuances don’t stop there. There are also multiple ways to practice astrology as a whole, which can lead to more confusion and controversy. So, which zodiac sign rules the second house? Better yet, do the zodiac signs exactly align with the houses? It really depends on the style of astrology you use.
For example, if you take a Hellenistic approach like Dalanah, you might make the mistake of not having a correlation between signs and houses. “It diluted the signs and the houses,” Dalarna said. In Greek astrology, she points out that the other meanings of the houses are not entirely related to the zodiac signs. With that in mind, she doesn’t recommend studying housing in this way.
On the other hand, you have different schools of astrology. If you followed a Vedic practice like Quintero, you might say that the 12th house is definitely related to the 12 zodiac signs. “In this approach, yes, each house is associated with a sign,” Quintero affirms. “So if you look at it that way, then you further divide it into four goals in life,” she continued. According to Quintero, each life purpose in Hinduism is paired with an element. Dharma is associated with the house of fire (1st, 5th and 9th), Artha is the house of earth (2nd, 6th and 10th), Kama is the house of air (3rd, 7th and 11th) and finally Moksha represents water Palaces (fourth, eighth and twelfth). Each house will then be linked to the zodiac sign in the corresponding seat in zodiac order. As the second sign of the zodiac, Taurus will rule the second house.
When you look at it this way, there are some additional meanings that apply to the second house. Taurus was previously established as a 2nd house theme because it is about indulgence and stability as it relates to material life. “It’s also about your family,” Quintero added. “so [learning] Your second house, you will understand how to make money in life, how to find stability in life, [and] What is your home life like,” she continued.
Also, the zodiac signs are located in specific areas of the body, which can then be associated with the corresponding house, depending on the practice you use. In some modern branches of astrology, as well as in the Veda, the second house is responsible for the Taurus body part. “It’s about your face, your voice, your throat, [and] Your thyroid system,” Quintero explains. As such, it is believed that certain 2nd house positions and aspects can indicate things like a beautiful voice or face, thyroid problems, ease or difficulty in making and saving money, or neck or throat injuries Propensity.
Again, there is no right or wrong approach to astrology, but examining multiple theories can be very useful to broaden your understanding of houses and horoscopes.
Transit to the Second House
Going back to the concept of horoscopes, you can predict which types of energy might affect your sense of stability, finances, eating habits, and more by noting your second house transit. What is a Second House Transit? It sounds fancy, but it really just means that the planet is currently passing through your 2nd house sign. Suppose you have Leo in your second house. When a planet moves through Leo, it is activating your second house.
What does that look like? Well, you’ll take the meaning of the planets – such as Saturn (structure and boundaries) – and apply it to 2nd house themes. In this case, your traffic may trigger a reassessment of your assets. “[This transit] It really makes you restructure, redefine, and let go of anything that doesn’t work with your finances,” Quintero said. “It can make you so uneasy about your finances that you have to start taking them seriously and restructuring them.” ,” she continued. Or, if Venus is transiting your second house, you may experience a period of preoccupation with self-care or indulging in luxury food or beauty rituals.
The second house becomes very useful when you are trying to understand and improve your relationship with money, resources, food, and stability. Trying to make a budget? Analyze your second house. When should you ask for a raise? Second house. Why did you impulsively spend all of your salary on Shein? Second house. This little corner of your horoscope has all the teas on these mundane themes.
Camila R. Quintero, LCSW, Licensed Psychotherapist and Professional Vedic Astrologer
Dalanah, professional Greek astrologer and host of the Moon Matters Astrology Podcast