“Context is the necessary link that gives meaning to everything we observe.”
–Gavin de Becker
In general the second house is ruled by Venus and shows the very basic template for our personal values. Venus rules two signs: Libra and Taurus. Libra is in tune with the relationship aspect of Venus and Taurus with resources. It is Taurus that is associated with the second house realm, Taurus that is known for the slow-moving tenacity that is associated with the deeply ingrained qualities of personal values. Values show what is important to an individual, what is deemed positive or negative. “Values” show how one ranks the importance of what they innately believe to be truth.
Values then become an ingrained set of rules for behavior. Values are not “sexy” but they are likely the single most important factor in predicting behavior. People may or may not be in tune consciously with their values and many of these qualities are hierarchical: one is held more important than another and a lower ranking value may be overridden by a higher one in a specific circumstance.
A person may be mistaken about their values or they can consciously mislead in communicating them. It’s not always clear whether this manipulation is meant to consciously mislead or if they are simply espousing what they wish to be true or wish to think of themselves. One great example of this is when people say to their children, “Do as I say, not as I do.” They are trying to instill in the child a concept they value which is hierarchically overridden in themselves.
If you want to know how someone is likely to act, look to their values. If you wish to see what someone’s values truly are, look to their actions. Past actions are a great predictor of future actions, but only if you correctly determine the motivation behind them. Actions follow values and values are tenacious.
The sign on the second house cusp gives a general flavor to a person’s value system. Any planets there have further importance, as well as their aspects. It’s also useful to look to the placement of the ruling planet of the sign on the second house cusp.
Where is your second house cusp? Can you see its influence in your system of values?