(The above image is a copy of The Two of Pentacles card in a standard Rider-Waite Tarot deck. The 5 symbols pointed out above are explained below.)
The Two of Pentacles illustrates a man juggling the pentacles while balancing on one foot. Whenever we are faced with a lot of responsibility, we may feel like this man trying to keep the performance going. This card encourages us to seek out the balance that this man has achieved.
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Point 1 – MAN
The Two of Pentacles features a playful man dancing and juggling the two pentacles. The man’s carefree nature reveals how we should approach life. Instead of a dreary serious scene depicted in other two cards, this one is lighthearted. We need to approach the ups and downs of life’s material possessions with grace and joy.
Point 2 – HAT
The man’s hat is an homage to The Fool’s red plume. Hilariously large, the hat illustrates the need for fun in one’s life. It reiterates the man’s association with The Fool and enlightenment through playfulness.
Point 3 – PENTACLES
The pentacles themselves illustrate the high and low points of our material possessions. There are times in our life where we have it all and other times where we are scraping by. The Two of Pentacles suggest that we carry each of those times equally.
Point 4 – GREEN BAND
A green band wraps around the pentacles and forms the infinity sign. This reveals the infinite variations of experience in between the highest and lowest points of our lives. The infinity symbol is also a call back to major tarot cards like The Magician and The Strength.
Point 5 – SHIPS
In the background of a turbulent sea, there are two ships that bob up and down. This is meant to be a reflection of the high and low pentacles. Something to note is that despite the turbulent sea, the ships are sailing successfully, implying that we can survive any number of hardships.
An Upright Two of Pentacles suggests that you are having to manage various responsibilities. Perhaps you have a new job or are a new parent. You are trying to determine what your priorities are. An Upright Two of Pentacles encourages you to be mindful of the decisions you make and to take confidence in your choice.
A Reverse Two of Pentacles warns you that perhaps you lack a balance in your life. Maybe you are working to hard and forgetting your friends and family. Maybe you are making risky financial decisions without a backup plan. A Reverse Two of Pentacles encourages you to take a moment and to rearrange your priorities to the best of your situation.
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