The Second House represents the meeting point between the individual and their potential for development in the surrounding environment, the first connection between the ego and its forms of sustenance.
The 2nd House represents the environment from which the personality draws the potential for its development. It is nourishment that will allow it to grow and face the challenges that will gradually arise along the way. So the first drive that the ego has to manage, once the first needs are met, refers to the control and continuation of the sustenance factors over time. In adulthood, these become the issues related to money, direct forms of earning and procurement of goods, and to real estate as a sort of self-protection and enlargement of the material structure. It is also the hereditary genetic material coding the individual’s substance. These similarities refer to the same symbolism of Taurus, the material substance which, as a passive element, collects and fixes the expressive instances of the human being.
Judicial astrology offers a series of meanings going beyond the mere concept of material good. Diet is a predominant aspect of the house, considering that the food meets the assimilation potential needed for physical sustenance. In the social field, the Stock Exchange is a vehicle of economic growth, material dominance through financial speculation, together with the banks and organisations such as the Public Treasury. Trade is part of the symbolism of the Second House, but only as a source of economic accumulation and not as a medium of exchange – the latter is a feature of the Third House. Finally, the ministers understood here not precisely in the sense of components of a government but instead as adjuvants or helpers (which is the etymological meaning of the word). That is, the minister is the one who focuses attention on the dictates of a higher authority, who brings the orders received from above to the level of material activity.
A strong emphasis on the values of the 2nd House can lead to protectionist attitudes or the accumulation of solid foundations contributing to economic and financial well-being. In many cases, one prefers to have rather than to be, and the anxiety of possession becomes a fetish. It is a way to calm the insecurity of an ego unable to ‘fertilise’ the surrounding environment to derive a lawful income and security in terms of livelihood. The opposite attitude is the contempt for money and material goods. Still, in the latter case, it is necessary to understand that individual experience is nothing without the structures allowing physical sustenance, without the substance that shapes the light of being. The drive to individuation – which finds its analogue on the physical level in the information encoded in the DNA – requires nourishment allowing it to take advantage of this inheritance, just as the genetic sequence needs the transcription in the protein chains.
Therefore, the Second House represents the environment the individual exploits to draw the basis of their manifestation. It is a passive element, a potential that must be triggered, just like any material good that only acquires value when used.
The zodiac sign – or signs – hosting the House will inform the underlying modalities conditioning the individual’s relationship with the environment. Water signs will provide an emotional approach to material matters, while Fire signs will bring out the initiative. Earth signs will predispose to a natural environmental accommodation. Air signs will favour the network of exchanges and relationships for economic purposes.