House Characteristics
House Characteristics
What's the Subject
The Houses
The Houses
1st  - The Body
2nd - Money & Values
3rd - Communication
4th - Home & Hearth
5th - Love & Romance
6th - Service & Health
7th - Partners
8th - Sex & Death
9th - Higher Learning
10th - Social Position
11th - Friends & Dreams
12th - Sorrows & Secrets

The Second House - Money and Values

The Second House Wheel


Money You Earn, Possessions, Values



What It Means

When I was first learning about astrology, back in the '70's, the second house was the house of money.  In recent years, money began to be considered a bad word and many astrologers repaced it with the word "values". 

For me, the word "values" doesn't conjer up the same images at all.   What kind of values are you talking about?  Moral values? Family Values? Work ethics?  Religious values?  Okay, I'll buy material values, but the others belong to other houses.

When you talk about the second house, you have to talk about money.   In this case, it refers to the money you work for, money that you exert yourself to get, whether through a highly respected position in business or through the dark streets of the underworld.  The issue is getting the money so that you can get the things you want with it.  On the most basic level, the focus of the second house is our possessions...those things we call “mine”.


There are many ways that money can impact your life.  The lack of it can cause immense stress and feelings of hopelessness and inferiority.  It can be given up in the name of religious fervor.  It can be foregone in the name of true service to others.  Or, it can be abundant in your life.  If it is, what then?  Do you become arrogant and lord it over those who have less?   Do you use it as a tool to better the lives of others or do you hoard it, keeping it all to yourself?

The issue of possessions weighs heavily on the second house. “Things” need to be used and taken care of.  If they are not taken care of, your needs and desires cannot be fulfilled.  But at some point, the responsibility of owning “things” can begin to weigh you down.  Getting free of them, however, is the domain of the eighth house.