Family, Food, and Money: When Food Becomes Love

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The 2nd house is very connected to family, early childhood, and the ancestry we inherit. It becomes an expression of how we were raised. As we grow older, our values change and often go beyond what our family taught us to eat and consume, and it becomes an extension of the 1st house in terms of expanding our identity. Like the natural 2nd house of Taurus, it becomes a place of choices for what we consume and what sustains our comfort. It also reflects our attitude toward money.

The 2nd house is important for understanding our relationship with our family and nourishment that we were fed and enjoy. Eating problems are intimately connected to family problems of not feeling nurtured or nourished. If in our family we did not find the love and nurturing that we needed, we might continually seek to fill that lack with food. I often see this with Rahu or Ketu interacting with the 2nd house or 2nd house lord. Our attitudes toward money are also inherited from our family.

The 2nd house, which is a place of nurturing, food, and comfort, becomes a source of wealth or poverty. It is also intimately connected to family love. If there is a sense that we were not loved by our family, then that often moves into addictive patterns with food or substance abuse. If we cannot deal with emotional trauma from family, we often turn to alcohol, tobacco, or drugs to drown out those unpleasant emotions. In the new age, the contemporary addiction may experience as chocolate or sugar.

If we have poor eating habits or eat poor quality food, such as canned or fast foods, it becomes a reflection of our sense of family wealth. If we want to improve our bank account, we have to improve our relationship with high quality cooked food, made with love otherwise we are feeding our low self- esteem.

Here is a guide to food, family, and speech for planets connected to the 2nd house. Remember there is always a positive and negative placement based on planetary dignity and malefic or benefic aspects.

The Moon in the second house shows a wavering value system and can easily be thrown about by the whims of one’s family. A weak or afflicted Moon here in Scorpio or connected with Rahu or Ketu, Saturn, or Mars may create the most difficult food addiction problems and feelings of not feeling nourished. The Moon, a signifier for mother, nourishment, and food, benefits when connected to houses like Cancer, Taurus, or Libra. Beneficial aspects like that from Jupiter or connected to auspicious signs like Sagittarius or Pisces also help to ensure a strong attribute of abundance present. Mars and Moon combined or connected to the 2nd house may lead to problems with alcohol when afflicted.

Mars in the second house may lead to aggressive speech patterns and arguing. There may be a rebellious reaction to family upbringing and a need to assert one’s own values and beliefs. Cursing may be common. Fighting with family may be a strong tendency, as Mars’ ego always wants to assert its identity out of the family to support individuality.

Problems with substance abuse like tobacco or alcohol is also indicated, making this a difficult placement if Mars is afflicted by other malefics or has low dignity in an enemy’s sign or weak in Cancer. This may be a way of drowning out the emotional discomfort of dealing with charged family issues.

Mercury in the second house supports speech and as a benefic does well in the 2nd house suggesting good communications with family and positive domestic matters. Still, if afflicted by malefics like Saturn or having low dignity in Pisces or Aries, Mercury may lead to low-paying clerical jobs. Speech problems, issues managing money, or not having a sense of how to handle finances may be possible. On a mental level, it may bring up the following kinds of thoughts:

    • I have trouble keeping financial records and hate dealing with finances.
    • I’m afraid to learn that my expenditures exceed my income.
    • I’m afraid to know the reality of my money situation.
    • I don’t know how to budget.
    • My income is limited but my expenditures unlimited.

Jupiter in the second house often creates a religious person and one whose sense of self-worth comes from higher, philosophical principles. Yet, there may be disagreements with family members over personal philosophies and religions, and I can attest to this one having Jupiter aspecting my 2nd house of Sagittarius but Rahu being present. Jupiter is the natural significator for the 2nd house of storage/accumulation and may present itself as too strong in this house. It may create over-emphasis on “my family” and a sattvic attachment that leads to disappointment. Inevitably, children leave the nest and we are left with a deep sense of loss. Sometimes children turn against their parents and the deep sense of betrayal leaves one with emptiness in one’s heart.

If Jupiter is well placed with dignity in the 2nd house, it will be good for family wealth supporting a sense of abundance and good food. Stationary Jupiter aspects my 2nd house and my family owned a grocery store: I always felt wealthy and to this day, if I have food in the refrigerator or go shopping at the market, I feel a strong sense of abundance.

Jupiter afflicted in the 2nd house or having low dignity may be wasteful with money, overspending on charitable or spiritual causes, spending money before the check even arrives in the mail, and other bad habits. The trick with Jupiter is that it likes to save and we have to develop good habits around money and if we lack prosperity habits, then we have to study with money Gurus and learn from them. This is one of the secrets of the 2nd house.

Venus in the second house when it has strong dignity in Libra, Taurus, or Pisces, or connected to other friend’s houses like Gemini or Virgo can easily produce wealth, comfort, and support creativity, beauty, and comfort. This placement when in dignity will create sweet familial relationships and harmony and an appreciation of good food including sweets.

This position may also support refined tastes and gains from women. When afflicted in an enemy sign like Aries or Scorpio, or connected with malefics like Ketu or Mars, one may experience excessive sensual indulgences and over spending on extravagances so one does not hold onto money.

Saturn in the second house creates conservative values in family. One may be overwhelmed by family responsibilities.  Hard work over a long period of time can grow savings and wealth via patience if Saturn has dignity and positive aspects. One might be economical with food or not eat fresh foods and be rushed in their eating habits. The tendency may be toward traditional family foods and passing down the family recipes. If Saturn and the 2nd house is associated or afflicted by malefics like Mars, Rahu, or Ketu or tenanting enemy signs such as Aries, Scorpio, Cancer, or Leo, then family life creates suffering stemming from conservative family values, strict rules, punishments, deep fears, and/or criticism. This can be a very difficult placement and could lead to addictive patterns with drugs, alcohol, or tobacco, and poor eating patterns, eating disorders, consuming old stale food, leftovers, fast food, or frozen foods. This is also a challenging placement if afflicted for saving and holding onto money. If Saturn is strong, then one would be very economical and prudent benefiting financially over time.

Rahu in the second house may create black sheep and mavericks in family life opposing the continuation of family traditions and influencing the native to leave home placing distance from family life. Rahu is an enemy of Jupiter and in the 2nd house, it tends to rebel against traditional family values in order to develop its unique qualities. If Rahu is strong in Taurus, Gemini, Virgo, or Libra, or connected to friends like Mercury, Venus, and even Jupiter, it can be clever in creating money. It can involve working with foreign exports and countries indicating competence with gems and metals, and enjoy good liquid assets and currencies. Still, it will never feel like it has enough money, thus never satisfied. If Rahu in the 2nd house is afflicted and connected to Scorpio, Aries, Leo, Cancer, or Capricorn, or otherwise aspected by Mars. or connected with the Moon or Saturn, it may be estranged from family, develop addictive patterns with alcohol, tobacco, or drugs, eat too quickly never feeling satisfied, and encourage food addictions. One may be attracted to eating foreign cuisine. Experiencing trouble holding on to money feeling financially pinched and not having enough may also be indicated. Speech may be non-trustworthy and prone to lies and deceit.

Ketu in the second house often shows dissatisfaction with the values in which one was raised, thereby feeling isolated and feeling alone within the family. If Ketu is well placed in Pisces, Sagittarius, Leo, or Scorpio, then one might have a very spiritual family, be attracted to foreign and exotic foods, be adept at foreign languages, and find unusual ways to accumulate wealth. With Ketu ruling crypto currencies, one might think this placement could lead to an attraction to this arena. If Ketu is poorly placed in Virgo, Gemini, Taurus, Libra, or Aquarius, or afflicted by malefics like Saturn or Mars, one may experience ups and downs in finances and the inability to hold onto money because it feels spiritually dirty. These persons may have poor food habits and experience addictive patterns.

Here, dissatisfaction and emotional emptiness around family may lead to eating disorders due to a deep sense of feeling as an outsider and a lack of family love. One may not want to hold onto money because it is connected to rejecting the family and its values.

So, what are the remedies to this intimate connection between family, food, and money, and their complex interactionsIf you do not have good food habits, then change. Enjoy nourishing fresh organic foods. Take a cooking class, have more meals with your family even if it is difficult. Watch your eating habits, eat more slowly, and chew your food carefully with awareness.

Become aware of addictive patterns created by family and get counseling to heal them. Give up sugar, tobacco, drugs, and alcohol because they may temporary drown out family suffering but ultimately create more problems. It takes a conscious effort and awareness to instill new habits to clear these things up.

Develop good money habits by taking classes, reading books, staying out of debt, saving money, and learning to manage money more effectively.

Ultimately, the secret of the 2nd house is that we have to heal our relationship with our family and our emotions and then that can lead to healing money and food-related issues. You and your family can be whole again but it will take work!

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