A common misconception is that spirituality and materialism are diametrically opposed approaches to life. Materialism is often equated with a tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than spiritual values. Spirituality is sometimes described as a school of thought that claims spirit is distinct from matter, superior to the physical world. On occasion it teaches that spirituality is the only reality and the physical world and materialism should be subjugated or rejected.
In astrology the Second House of Substance in the horoscope corresponds to areas of life that have to do with our personal resources, money and possessions, and our material attachments. This house also contains themes and issues around personal values, how we attract abundance into our life, and the creature comforts we allow ourselves. Questions typically associated with this house include, “What conflicts do I have between having earthly possessions and my spiritual nature? How can I integrate my material and spiritual values? How do I create feelings of self-worth and value?” There is an underlying theme of incompatibility between materialism and spirituality, and the struggle to reconcile or balance the two.
The sign of Taurus is the ruler of the Second House, meaning its style of expression and areas of interest are naturally associated with the areas of life of the Second House. Taurus recognizes that spirit infuses all matter on earth. It loves and appreciates the natural world and all forms of life as vessels for spirit to experience physicality.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience. Through Taurus we learn to manifest the beauty of spirit through the physical body. We connect to the world around us via our physical senses. We value the material world and the tangible things the physical world provides to sustain and support us while we are here. We work with physical matter to create tangible objects of practical beauty that are creative expressions of our spirit. Through Taurus, we understand how spirituality and materialism are merged and unified. We find spiritual meaning in our physical existence.
“The body is condensed Soul.”
― LiYana Silver