The great Russian Fyodor Dostoyevsky, (Crime & Punishment) whenever he wrote a succesful novel, would feel that the financial security he had gained made the act of creation unnecessary. He would take his entire savings to the casino and would not leave until he had gambled away his last penny. Once reduced to poverty he could write again.
Okay, so Dostoyevsky had North Node (true path) in Pisces and in the 2nd House. This is a kind of extreme example but you can see how the desire to dissolve and transcend (Pisces) led to this constant diminish and refill vibe, right? Almost like he took his own financial tide out and then in again.
The 2nd House is fascinating. It’s the $$$ sector and transits through this house often correspond with changes in the financial circumstances of the person. But it’s also your attitudes toward wealth/no wealth/prosperity/poverty consciousness, self esteem and consumption.
People with strong 2nd houses are often well-off but they’re also strongly invested and emotional about consumption, not being ‘ripped off’ and/or desiring financial independence.
Here is a good example: This is Jay Leno, who has his Taurus Sun-Lilith in the 2nd house. You can see it right?
The little numbers in the middle of the chart are the sectors or houses and the angles (the borders of the 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th houses ) are marked on the outside.
Anyway, Jay Leno is a successful talk show host and you can see that in the gregarious Sagittarius Midheaven – Aquarius Rising also. Chelsea Handler has Aquarius Rising and a Sagittarius Midheaven also. They connect with the people, they vibe ‘honest’ and genuinely enjoy relating to a big audience.
But that Sun/Lilith in the 2nd House vibe says that the person is fierce about financial independence. This is someone who would way rather see their cash liquid and in the bank, where they can deploy it if need be, rather than on their feet in the form of fancy shoes or in a big status object.
Here is Leno on his $$$:
When Jay Leno recently retired from more than 20 years of hosting the Tonight show, he shared a little secret: He never spent any of what he earned from the show ($15 million annually in the final years), but instead continued to live off income from his standup comedy act. “When I was a kid, I had two jobs,” wrote Leno in Parade magazine. “I worked at a Ford dealership and at a McDonald’s. I’d spend the money from one job and save the money from the other. That’s still the way I am now.”
And then, speaking of Chelsea Handler, she’s Venus in Aries in the 2nd House – in sync to Uranus.
I had so much money saved by the time I was 12, because I was, like, Oh gosh, I’ve got to get my own apartment soon. And then, I remember looking through my parents’ financial records, and confronting them and saying, ‘Why isn’t Mom’s name on the deed to this house?’ And my dad said, ‘Where’s the deed?’ I’m like, ‘I just found it, with my birth certificate, and why isn’t Mom’s name on the deed?’ And my mom was like, ‘Oh, never mind, Dad is in charge of all that.’ And I thought, why is he in charge? What if something happens to him, God forbid—it never has. Why isn’t your name on there? And my mom said, ‘Because, I trust him, he’s my husband.’ And she had no idea—and I was 12, and I’m like, that’s not right! Everything could go wrong in a second. Anything could happen, and, you know, in life things do happen.
There is more here, in Vanity Fair, and it’s deeply instructive of a 2nd Houser.
Another example: Cher and her Mars/Pluto in Leo in the 2nd House.
“I’m scared to death of being poor. It’s like a fat girl who loses 500 pounds but is always fat inside. I grew up poor and will always feel poor inside. It’s my pet paranoia.”
Eminem- North Node in Capricorn (as opposed to Dostoyevsky’s Pisces) in the 2nd House:
“I always try to be smart. I try to treat all the money I’m making like it’s the last time I’m going to make it.”
Don’t buy into old propaganda about Saturn (for example) being a negative influence. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has Saturn here and on Pluto for extra oomph. Sometimes it can indicate early financial fears and insecurity that inform the person with wisdom and discipline beyond their years. Sophia (Saturn in the 2nd) Loren has always said she counts “growing up in poverty” as one of her greatest blessings.
So when you’re looking at the 2nd House, the more loaded it is, the more emotions and psychic energy there are tied up in $$$. These can play out in chic frugality, no matter what the income level OR in crazy, debt-ridden chaos. But it won’t be just on a neutral setting.
The classic MOGUL aspect or transit is Jupiter in sync (trine) to Pluto. Bill Gates has this in the 2nd house. Dude is rich, obviously. You see this time and time again with people who have great wealth, be it self-made or inherited. Warren Buffett has Jupiter-Pluto conjunct as well – you’ve gotta love this aspect – but in the 7th House and with Lilith in Aquarius in the 2nd House. Time and time again, he has bucked conventional wisdom around making money and won.
Transits through the 2nd House and any sort of Jupiter Pluto activation what-so-ever are the ones to watch for $$$. Saturn transits through the 2nd House can bring financial challenges but they can also bring more money and the responsibilities that go with that. For instance, you get a hefty rise in some job, it throws out the power balance in your relationship and you’re busy all the time so the partner resents the new deal. Or your biz goes gang-busters and all of a sudden you’re dealing with a tax bill you did not provision for.
The main thing with the 2nd House is work with what you have: First look at the sign on the cusp of the house, as that gives it is back-drop. Aries likes to hustle. Virgo likes to analyze. Libra needs – yes – balance. So work with that and do something that fits the sign. Then assess the planets & try and see them as characters that are alive in your financial psyche no matter what you earn. What do they want?
Lastly, look at the transits as – especially the outer planets – are like visitors to this sector/house and they’re going to be there a long time, manifesting as eras and evolution in one’s life. For instance, Uranus through the 2nd house often first feels like the rug is pulled out beneath one but then wham; innovation and the resulting independence and Anti-Fragility.
Venus through the 2nd is a good time to strut out and score extra cash, investors or a loan, whatever. But with the deeper meanings of the 2nd House, it all comes back to self-worth – do you feel deserving of what you or your business earns? Or do you feel that something inherent within means you lose money once you have it? Or that it’s not moral to have it?
Do you horde it or binge spend it? What do you consider to be status? The freedom to move and respond to unexpected events or, you know, a Gucci watch/really nice soft furnishings? Have you ever done things for money that you would really rather not have done? How has your experience of wealth/poverty shaped your psyche? The 2nd house does not get as much oomph as some of the houses but it’s totally fascinating to think about.
On a really baseline level, you can think about it as how you can make money the most naturally. Mercury there = money via your words. Jupiter-Pluto = hey you’re made already.
Two more examples to think about: Paris Hilton and Oprah Winfrey – both arguably at their peak fame during the Neptune in Aquarius years (late Nineties to 2011) – have Venus, Sun and Mercury in their 2nd House. Winfrey is self-made, Hilton is obviously not – although doubtless she would argue this – so what is the difference in these astrological positions?
Oprah Winfrey has Saturn square her Aquarius stellium in the 2nd – that’s work but also the wisdom she’s honed and her contribution to society. Like her or not, she evolved the culture. Hilton has Jupiter and Pluto – not conjunct – but together in Libra and the Pluto is TRINE the Aquarius.
Image: Goldie Hawn – The Heist