TWO OF PENTACLES
KEYWORDS: Adaptability, Change, Balance, Versatility, Flexibility, Fun, Finance Juggling
CARD DEFINITION: There is a need for maintaining a good budget and taking care of finances. You may be good at handling multiple tasks. This is the beginning of a new venture where a lot of effort is required. You need to be flexible and highly energetic. This is a symbol of fun and good times.
REVERSE DEFINITION: You may not be able to handle multiple matters. You may spend beyond your means as there is no proper planning. You need to recognize the signs indicating trouble. You may reckless and rash. Projects may not be completed.
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Interpreting The Two of Pentacles
When it comes to the minor arcana, the number two is always associated with certain concepts. Balance is without a doubt one of them. However, it is important to remember that balancing acts are nevertheless dynamic acts - acts that require constant vigilance and the maintenance of dexterity. This is the concept at the heart of the Two of Pentacles. It's all about the balancing act that helps us all keep simultaneous aspects of ourselves and our lives co-existing smoothly at all times.
The Two of Pentacles is also strongly associated with the concept of change. Although it is only natural for some people to want things to stay as they are in an attempt to maintain safety and equilibrium, one of the most important lessons in life that anyone can ever learn is that change is the stuff life is made of. Without it, we stagnate. However, one must be careful to take things slow and not change too much all at once. Rushing a natural process can lead us to make life so much harder than it really needs to be.
The traditional tarot image of the Two of Pentacles illustrates these ideals perfectly. The focal point of the image is a young man, a juggler. Some experts believe he is also depicted in the act of dancing. In each hand, he holds a gold pentacle. The pentacles are joined together by a golden cord in the shape of the sign for infinity. This posture personifies the themes of dynamism and constant motion that is one of the hallmarks of this card. To many, this is also an image that is about joy and gaiety - pleasure taken in living life the way it was meant to be lived, fully but harmoniously. However, it is important to note that the juggler very much has his hands full with what he already has. Could we throw a third pentacle into the mix and still see him maintain the juggling act? Maybe… but there is always the possibility all the pentacles could simply fall to the ground instead.
When the Two of Pentacles makes an appearance in a tarot spread, it often is showing up as confirmation of what the querent may already realize - that he or she is currently maintaining several huge projects or aspects of life all at once. Because the Suit of Pentacles deals primarily with the realms of finance and earthly achievements, these would most likely be either projects related to productive hobbies or professional projects, but family life or a relationship could certainly also be specified. The Two is also here to remind the querent of the importance of balance and moderation. If he's been working too hard lately, he should take it as a sign to take some time off and play a little. If he hasn't been working hard enough? It's time to buckle down and keep his nose to the grindstone a little bit more of the time.
One thing is certain when the Two of Pentacles appears. This is not the time to take on more projects. Of course, there is a chance that the querent would be able to keep all the balls in the air as far as his own juggling act is concerned, but there is a very distinct possibility that this would not be possible at all, resulting in great loss or too much stress. Should a golden opportunity come along that simply can't be missed, it would be advisable to reprioritize. Perhaps a trade should be made - one current project dropped in order to make room for the new one, perhaps. Better to lose one thing than lose everything.