Inspiring Enchantment & Illumination with Tarot & Intuitive Guidance


Imagine no possessions,
I wonder if you can…

~ from Imagine, by John Lennon

In February, we are delving into the matters of the Second House of the astrological chart. The Second House rules our material resources, possessions and the whole idea of “having.”

As the First House could be likened to the child who first discovers, “Me!” the Second House is one of the first things you will hear a toddler say (in that warning voice that brooks no argument) — “Mine!”

The urge for acquisition and ownership is natural and deep in the human psyche. But of course it brings lifelong challenges.

Astrologer Dana Gerhardt muses, “The ground in your Second House must be worked. You have to transform what you find there. As an infant, this House was a veritable Garden of Eden. Everything you needed—toes, food, and teddy bears–was magically supplied.

“Yet as you grew, you learned that gardens must be maintained. Vines need pruning, fruit trees must be planted, flowers have to be fertilized. Earth is a paradise, but it’s also full of reality. Pests can destroy your garden, predators can steal your crops. If you don’t learn how to increase your garden’s yield, your needs won’t be met, your desires can’t be satisfied. If you wait for manna to drop from the heavens, you’ll starve.

“In other words, you have to get real in this House. You must learn how to use, protect, and manage its resources, or you’ll suffer a fall from grace.”

When we are helpless infants, most of us have all our survival needs met. But even from the cradle, there may be other needs that are neglected. As we grow up, we may discover we are in a family where financial difficulty is always stalking our well-being. Or in some families, privilege is an expectation, and we assume our every whim will have people hopping to please us.

Attitudes from Mom and Dad about money, scarcity, and our relative wealth in comparison to others, are absorbed without question. This can be so deeply ingrained that we are hardly aware of it years later.

In my practice, I can’t begin to tell you how many people I have met with, who, behind their glittering jewelry and designer clothes, are forever haunted by ghostly wolves at their door.

Less commonly, but in the same vein, I see people who are in absolute denial about the reality of their financial circumstances. They believe they deserve to live the high life, so they max out credit cards and mortgage everything in order to live a lifestyle that their parents enjoyed, or that they feel they are entitled to.

So our first meditation in the Second House is to consider what you assume about ownership of things. Let’s start with some of your earliest memories.

Do you remember your first toy? The first thing that you called your very own and may have had trouble letting go of, even many years later? Maybe that first possession wasn’t a toy at all, but a blanket, pillow or some other special comfort item.

Did you have siblings or others with whom you were expected to share your most cherished possessions? What do you remember about that? How did you feel about it at the time? In hindsight, what do you feel about it now?

Were older family members generous with you? Were there forbidden treasures you were never allowed to touch?  Please share your memories.

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  • February 11, 2011, 11:33 am judy

    I have an old black and white photograph of my brother and I fighting over MY tricycle. I was about 3 and he was about 7. It looks quite similar to the photo in your post. The emotions are so obvious and raw. I look like I’m fighting for my life and he looks amused. I can still remember the feeling of fighting for what was mine.. it was very powerful and very hopeless. It may have been the last time I tried(cue the violins). I think I was fifty something and newly divorced before I tried that again.. and finally ‘won’.
    I know that this is about letting go of all that “MINEness” but my experience shows me that it doesn’t work if it comes to you from force or intimidation or even just giving up. Only works when you freely share, when it is your decision to let stuff go.
    Hah!.. you sure triggered old memories today, Beth, with that picture.
    Here’s to free will sharing!.. Judy

  • February 12, 2011, 11:26 am madeleine

    I had DOLLS. Lots of dolls.My grandmother bought them for me. I wasn’t very close with my Mom but Nanny made sure I “had enough.” As an only child, my dolls were my little friends.We had tea parties,I talked to them and dressed them and took very good care of them. I was a real girly girl.Many people think only children are spoiled or selfish.But, I never felt LACK so sharing came easy to me..I gave dolls or toys away frequently, and to this day I don’t have a huge attachment to my “stuff.” I ENJOY IT, I have worked for it, but my stuff is not my LIFE. It always seems to be there’s “More where that came from” in case more is what you need, I guess..

    Second house issues: I have been ecstatically happy living in a trailer on the edge of a cornfield, an old victorian apartment with tiny kitchen a larger home here in the desert,we’ve slept on sleeping bags, mattresses on the floor, and pillow tops.All good.As long as I am cozy with my DH and my son,I am a happy little clam.I can make a warm and happy home ANYWHERE.. and enjoy what I have when I have it..trying always to be loose with my attachment to “it..”

    Wherever you go and what ever you “have”..THERE YOU ARE.

    When I work I expect a good salary.I went to school to make sure I’d always have skills. I learned a few “trades” along the way and would clean houses to pay my bills if I had to..

    Money and RESOURCES are two different entities!

    Meditate on gratitude and second house issues start to take care of themselves (IF you put in a little sweat equity!)

    Blessings and hugs Beth, Am loving this series…

  • February 13, 2011, 2:47 pm Beth