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.