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matthew currie ask an astrologer making money astrology(This is part of the “Ask An Astrologer” series, where I occasionally try to demonstrate how getting a consultation can genuinely help and provide real guidance, using real-life examples. Want to find out for yourself? There’s a link to my e-mail at the bottom of this blog entry.)

JB writes: I saw your online article about money in the birth chart and having an empty second house. I was wondering if you could help me to understand a bit more about it . I have an empty second house in Cancer and looking at other correlations i get confused and feel like they contradict my life path and how to make money. I’m trying to connect the dots and see for myself but I can’t make sense of it.

As with most things an astrologer deals with, the answer to your question is both in the birth chart and the transits you have experienced and will experience in future.

When we are looking at cash on hand, regardless of where it came from, that’s the Second House of the birth chart. The version I have posted here is probably different from what you are used to seeing online. That’s because I use Whole Sign Houses. Whether one uses Whole Sign Houses or the more common Placidus House system, we are headed towards the same answer.

The ruler of the Second House of your birth chart is either the Moon or Mercury, depending (again) on the House system you use. In your birth chart, the Moon and Mercury are conjunct in Pisces (by the way, don’t be fooled by the usual descriptions of Pisces as being all wishy-washy and flippy-floppy. George Washington was a Pisces, and he didn’t take crap from anyone).

The fact that the ruler of your Second House is in your Tenth House is significant. The Tenth House is the general ruler of work and career. Having the ruler of your money House in your work House is a pretty clear indicator that ultimately you’re going to have to work for the money. That doesn’t mean money is going to be a struggle to find throughout your life. It just means that you are not likely to get handed a big chunk of money by anyone for no reason at all.

The ruler of your Tenth House, and all the Pisces stuff in your birth chart, is Neptune. Your natal Neptune is in Capricorn. That particular Sign has a strong association with material gain, and that’s a good thing as far as the question you asked. At least it is in the long run. There are a couple of obstacles to overcome first.

First of all, the fact that Neptune is the planet in your birth chart which is highest in degrees indicates there is a possibility (or at least the sense) that the department Neptune rules in your life will be “the last thing in your life that comes together for you.” Don’t panic though. That doesn’t mean you have to wait until retirement age before you find your dream job. It simply indicates overall that this area of your life will seem like more struggle than it should be.

There is a second factor we need to take into consideration. Transiting Neptune has been conjunct the Moon and Mercury in your birth chart for a couple of years now, and has a couple of years to go yet. On the one hand, having the ruler of your 10th House (Neptune) passing through your 10th House is usually a good time for work and career.

On the other hand, this is Neptune we are talking about. Neptune has a reputation for being deeply spiritual, and for bringing gifts from the Universe at large. That’s great, except you may have noticed that “prayer and meditation and affirmations” aren’t always as effective when it comes to finding a career then doing up your resume and applying for jobs is. But that’s okay. Neptune may do its thing the Neptune way — but it still does its thing.

Like I said, Neptune has a couple of years yet before it completes that transit. As a result, you will probably find that the next two years or so are a time where you may struggle both with money and with the idea of whether or not you are doing the right job.

My advice to you is to relax. There are no obvious signs of economic disaster here, and you will probably find that in the long run your discomfort with your financial situation is replaced by a greater sense of security. Even better, that security will come from doing something that you genuinely like, enjoy, and are well suited to doing.

I believe you have great things coming to you, financially and otherwise, starting in the next two years. Use the time you have now wisely. Ask yourself if what you’re doing for a living is really “what you want to be when you grow up” (which is a question a person can face at any age, by the way). In the long run, the money will come.

Now is the time for you to figure out what you want to do in order to get that money. And no, that doesn’t simply mean picking out the best-paying career path you qualify for. You’ve probably heard that old cliché about “doing what you love and the money will follow.” It doesn’t always work out that way for people, but in your case I believe it will. Congratulations!

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