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The Houses, Temples of the Sky - by Deborah Houlding  

The Second House

Main Rulerships:
Resources, material comforts, earnings and all issues concerning wealth or of a financial nature. The manner of attaining wealth (note sign on cusp, planetary ruler and its condition). Personal goods and belongings, assets, income, gain, money lent to others, profit (or loss when afflicted), support and assistance from others. Succeedent houses generally show the resources and support given to the preceding angle, ie., the 5th will show the financial status and assistants of the father, the 8th will show the wealth of the partner and the enemy's resources and supporters, and the 11th will show the friends and supporters of whoever is in power and the profit to be made from the business.

In Horary Astrology:
The querent's finances and assets; any personal or 'moveable' possession (property falls under the rulership of the 4th house, although the 2nd house is still relevant in showing the financial implications of property deals). If someone asks about the financial prospects of selling their car this is a 2nd house matter concerning a personal possession; in other matters cars generally fall under the rulership of the 3rd house of day-today travel issues. In lost property questions, judge by the ruler of the 2nd if the item is a personal possession of the querent. Always be aware of the condition of the 2nd house and its ruler in any question where money is important - where a financial agreement is sought, a strong 2nd house ruler applying to good aspects indicates financial benefit to the querent, but a weak 2nd-ruler and strong 8th-ruler suggests a loss for them and gain for the other party. This is equally true in questions relating to gambling and stocks and shares.

In Mundane Astrology:
The nation's assets and financial status. The treasury, the exchequer, revenue and all places and activities concerned with money-making; such as banks, the stock exchange, financial institutions, money markets and trade. Exports and money lent to other nations. Ibn Ezra placed food under this house and we may assume that in mundane charts it influences the status and value of the nation's crops, produce, and essential supplies.

In lawsuits or conflicts:
In war charts: allies and supporters of whoever initiates the conflict. Their ammunition and resources.
In lawsuits: friends, assistants, witnesses and those who act as a resource for the prosecution.

In Events:
As above applied to whoever initiates the action.

In Medical Matters:
The throat and neck, down towards the shoulders.

In Commerce:
The financial status of the buyer.


Succeedent, feminine, nocturnal.


Associated Planets:
No planet rejoices in this house. Cosignificators are Jupiter and Taurus
Lilly notes: "if Jupiter be placed in this house, or be lord hereof, it's an argument of an estate or fourtune. Sun and Mars are never well placed in this house, either of them show dispersion of substance, according to the capacity and quality of him that is either born or asks the questions". ([CA] , p.52). The Sun ruling the 2nd is not such an affliction.

Anaphora ('rising up"): House of Wealth and Substance.

12 ESE 3 NNE 6 WNW 9 SSW
2 ENE 5 NNW 8 WSW 11 SSE

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© Deborah Houlding, 1996; Extracted from the 1st edition of The Houses: Temples of the Sky - now available in a revised, expanded edition

House Rulerships

House 1 House 2 House 3 House 4
House 5 House 6 House 7 House 8
House 9 House 10 House 11 House 12