“The Second House of Finance Equals the Gate of Hades”

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Being Asian I have a tremendous respect for my elders and their wisdom, especially the ancient wise men of old who recorded their knowledge that we may have use of it.  I also find it difficult to throw out the old ways just because they seem antiquated in our modern world.  Although I am a modern astrologer I love reading the older writings to understand how we came to the set of rules that we delineate a chart with.  What I have found with our art is that we have kept all the rules, but have forgotten the reasons how we came to them.  The other day I started to reread “Ancient Astrology Theory and Practice – Matheseus Libri VIII by Firmicus Maternus translated by the Jean Rhys Bram” and it stated that the second house of finance was called by the Greeks the Gate of Hell.  This aroused my curiosity and interest in understanding why the ancients came to this title.  I believe the ancients were very careful in choosing their symbols, glyphs and titles, so that the meanings would stay clear to all generations after them.

I first thought the old adage “Money is the root of all evil” and that “Money can’t buy happiness or love” might have triggered the thought that money will bring you under the spell of Lucifer or Satan.  This made sense, but it was too simple to connect money to evil, as I feel money and possessions can do good as well as evil.  I went searching on the internet, but came up with pretty much of the same thoughts, plus that the second house is opposite the house of death and that the second may indicate death.  None of this really made me feel the title “The gate of Hell” was justifiable.  Then it dawned on me that in a sense when it comes to worshiping money and honors that we become like Lucifer fallen from the grace of God.  It is like the robber barons that became so rich, that they thought they were gods, and were trying to control the lives of others.  The moment we think we can do anything we want because we think we are god, we will be driven from paradise and be placed behind the Gate of Hades.

What this should teach and remind us is that money and thoughts are possessions and it is not how much we have, but how we put it to use.  The moment these things become our gods, we become prisoners and the gates are not to lock us in, but to keep out others from stealing our things.  Greed, selfishness and fear kindle the fire of our own hell.  So be aware of what you wish for, and if you do get what you want, that you have the wisdom to use it correctly.  When consulting an astrologer, it will be nice to know what your finances will be like in your life time, but make sure that he lets you know what your assets and liabilities will be in handling these resources.  This meaning for the Gate of Hades makes more sense to me because it forewarns the querent that this house can bring happiness and at the same time a living hell on earth, that will be a prison of our own making.

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