The Second House

The second is the house of livelihood. It relates to earning capacity, our ability to provide for ourselves in life. It does not indicate career but helps indicate the financial success in it, particularly what accrues through our own labor. Relating to the face it can show beauty or how we appear in life. Relative to the mouth, it shows our appetite and may indicate taste, not only in food; it can also show our sense of taste in art. As the house of speech, it shows intellect and the capacity for communication. It represents education and as immediately following the first house, shows the period of childhood. Afflictions to it can show unhappiness as a child or separation from the parents. Basically, it shows how we operate and express ourselves in life, our capacity for communication and commerce, whether in the material, the social or the mental realms. According to its strength it may give wealth, social prestige or powers of speech and writing. Afflicted it may show excessive spending, harsh speech or excessive self-expression.

Most of its indications relative to the ability to acquire material resources are the same as in Western astrology. Yet most of its indications of intellect fall under the third house in the Western system.

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