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The Second House

The 12 houses can be subdivided into four groups: the angular houses (1st, fourth, 7th and 10th) that fall counterclockwise away from the horizontal and vertical  angles in the above model; the succedent houses (2nd, 5th, 8th and 11th) that follow them; and the remaining four cadent houses (the 3rd, 6th, 9th and 12th) immediately clockwise of the angles. The angular houses are by far the strongest group. The second strongest group is the succedent houses and the second house is one of them. The succedent houses are involved with your desires and your emotional nature and have a stable or fixed nature similar to the fixed signs of the same ordinal numbers.

The second house describes both inner and outer resources. We draw on emotional and mental inner resources in dealing with the situations with which life presents us. These assets form our sense of self-worth and self-esteem. Our outer resources are our finances and physical possessions: movable property that we own (as opposed to real estate). These assets form our sense of security. Some of us identify with what we own; others with what we are. They both, however, are what we value, and we attract to us what we value. Thus the second house is where we build in true value and our power of attraction. Planets here show how and to what we are attached, and the degree of our possessiveness.

The second house also symbolizes our strongest desires and the manner in which we meet our obligations. Isabelle Hickey said that this house indicated "that which the life is dedicated to redeem", and is thus related to one’s peace of mind.

A planet is said to rule a house when it is the ruler of the sign on the cusp or beginning of that house. Using this concept, locate the ruler of your second house, then notice the house it occupies. The house the second-house ruler is in holds experiences that can help you develop independence by establishing an authentic sense of self worth and self reliance based on what is truly of value to you, and from that place attract the resources and possessions you need (second house). That's what the second-house ruler is doing in the house it occupies: gaining experience to fill the needs of the house it rules. The second-house ruler's aspects and sign show its ease or difficulty in fulfilling those second house needs. These principles are true of every house ruler and every planet. In this case, oppositions between the rulers or occupants of the second and the eighth houses highlight finding a balance between your material independence and sharing your resources with others.

Distinguished individuals born with an accentuated second house (Moon and Venus in the second) are/were Davy Bonilla, Margaret Bourke-White, Peter Breuer, Carol Burnett, Franco Corelli, Amelia Earhart, Michael J. Fox, Rex Harrison, Rollo May, Ramakrishna, Auguste Renoir, Salmon Rushdie, Tom Seaver, Linda Tripp and Joanne Woodward.

Astronomically speaking, the second house is that one-twelfth sector of the local sky midway between the eastern horizon and the nadir, or fourth house cusp (see above model) occupied by planets two to four hours before they rise.

This Second House of Astrology Houses page and much of this 600-page resource website are taken from You and the Universe.

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