©5-2-2010 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
The 2nd house shows our earning potential, but just as importantly, it reveals how we manage our income. It’s great to earn plenty of money, but if we spend more than we earn, we can wind up as worried and hounded by bills as someone who earns very little. Here are some common earning and spending patterns that can be seen in the chart.
People with the Sun, or to a certain extent, the sign Leo, in the 2nd can be very resourceful and do fairly well, because their core qualities appeal to others. However, many of them are self-indulgent or they overspend on themselves or lavish presents for others because they want to shine, so they may not hold on to what they earn.
People with the Moon or Cancer planets in the 2nd may be prone to emotional spending at certain phases of the Moon and during certain Moon signs. They spend money on their home and family, but may earn extra money by caretaking others, cooking, or working in family businesses.
People with Mercury in the 2nd can have many skills that become money-making endeavors, especially communication skills like sales. Depending on the sign and aspects, they can love fads and the newest and trendiest gadgets, so money doesn’t stick around very long.
Venus in the 2nd can be a fairly lucky placement, mainly because their people skills or appearance appeal to others. Money generally doesn’t stick around long because it goes into fashion, luxury, or presents for loved ones.
Those with Mars or Aries planets in the 2nd often are driven to earn money and can do very well, but they tend to spend it fast due to a competitive streak that has them wanting to show up their rivals. Fast cars, anyone?
Given decent aspects, Jupiter in the 2nd is another “lucky” position, partly because optimism attracts more positive energy than pessimism. There is a strong tendency to spend way too much in the belief that God will provide.
Having Saturn in the 2nd doesn’t doom you to poverty—I read an article once that showed this position in the charts of some very wealthy people. There is a tendency to be very conservative of money, however, and to worry about it a lot. Saturn gets better with age, and so years of hard work and diligent money management can pay off.
There are links below to articles on Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto in this house. If I haven’t covered your 2nd house placements, there are enough examples here that you should be able to figure it out for yourself. (I don’t do cookbook!)
All is not Lost! Conscious Change and 2nd House Transits
What if your chart reveals unwise ways of dealing with money? By becoming conscious of self-sabotaging behaviors, we can change them. If I can learn wiser ways of handling money in my 60s, then it isn’t too late for you either!
Be particularly alert for those times of the month when the Moon goes through your 2nd, as that can trigger emotional spending.
Also reel yourself in during the month or so each year when the Sun, Mercury, and Venus pass through that house. Mars and Jupiter transits can boost your earning power, but it’s an easy come, easy go interval.
Finally, longer transits can be windows when financial patterns change significantly—you could either make serious errors with lasting consequences or you could learn better ways of making and managing money. We’ll be looking at transits by the slower moving planets next.
Readers, what does your 2nd house show about your money management patterns? Tell us about it in the comment section.
Articles in the Astrology and Finances series:
- Readers Ask: Q & A about the 2nd House
- Your 2nd House—A Clue to Extra Income
- Uranus in the 2nd—Freedom & Individuality, vs. Financial Stability
- Neptune in the 2nd—Money, Boundaries, & Codependency
- Money and Pluto in the 2nd House—The Haves vs. the Have Nots
- The Unsuspected Role of the 8th House in Fiscal Fitness
- Astrologers’ Hang-ups about Money—How they Hurt our Clients
- Thought Forms–How They Add to Money Blocks
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