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2 of Pentacles | Weekly Tarot Card Pt 2: Meditation

This is the second installment of the Weekly Tarot Card. You can read the first installment, ‘Observation and Description’ here.

Yesterday we spent time getting to know the layout of the 2 of Pentacles. We looked at the description of several decks, and hopefully you spent time observing and recording what you noticed about the 2 of Pentacles in your own deck(s). It’s helpful to continually spend time observing various versions of a card to gain a more rounded perspective of the card.

Today we will work to ground the dancer in the 2 of Pentacles through meditation. This is your opportunity to delve into the card and explore what it means to you. What you pick up through this meditation is your own personal experience that will contribute to your personal understanding of the card.

Preparation

Find a comfortable and quiet place where you can keep a pen and paper near you, and ready to write what you find. If you are not a writer, or aren’t in a position to be able to write, making a video recording or a voice recording is just as good. Just try to avoid typing your responses during this exercise. You can transfer your findings onto a computer later, but not during the exercise.

Be sure to put your devices on silent or on Airplane mode so as not to distract yourself.  If you prefer meditative music while you do this, try to avoid streaming anything, as any advertisements might disrupt this process (unless you have paid accounts).

Pick the 2 of Swords from the deck you intend to work with, or all of the decks. This meditation is for your connection with the card, and your developing understanding.

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Meditation

Close your eyes and allow yourself to breathe. As you inhale, feel the parts of your body expanding with the breath, and focus the pure white energy entering your Root Chakra in the at the base of your spine. As you breathe in, it glows a hot red, growing brighter. As your Chakra brightens, you feel yourself opening up, ready for any messages that are for you to take in.

As you exhale, let go any tension you’re holding. Relax your shoulders, your neck, your tongue, your toes, your fingers. Mentally move through the body and notice anywhere that is clenching, pressing, tightening, and let relax those parts.

Breathing in, draw in the white light, feeling the energetic red of your Root Chakra brighten. It gets brighter and brighter with each breath you take, and you extend yourself down, through your spine, through your legs and into the ground.

Down, down the roots go, stabilizing you with the Earth.

Envision yourself walking along a boardwalk by the seaside. With each step you take, roots extend from you into the ground, yet you walk with ease. Feel the cool air in your lungs and the warmth of the sun on your face. You can taste the salt in the air and hear breaking of waves.

Ahead of you is a figure struggling to maintain balance. Their feet don’t seem to want to hold them, and they have two yellow orbs they can’t seem to keep control of.

You make your way to the person, steady and sure-footed. You gently relieve the individual of the two orbs, noting their weight, and easily manage to hold onto them. They are weighted, wanting to shift, but you’re grounded, and can keep them with ease.

Note the difference between you and the other. Why are you able to keep so rooted and yet they struggle over their own feet?

You know the balance you’ve drawn from the earth has given you the confidence and fortitude to manage the two orbs. Feel the roots through your spine and into the ground, and know that this stability is achievable whenever you feel balance is threatening to give way.

When you are ready to finish the meditation, draw a deep breath in and let the orbs go, wherever that may be. As you exhale they disappear. Breathe in again and notice the sensations of the seaside slipping away, quieting as you were moving away from it, until you can no longer hear it.

Breathe in a third time and when you exhale, open your eyes.

Pull out your journal or recording device. Take time to jot what you notice, what you feel, what you think. Spend as much time doing this as you want, fill as many pages as you’d like. After you’ve recorded, or before even, do something to fill your creative desire. Paint, sing, play music, write, draw, create.

The suit of Pentacles represent Earth but they are more than that. In this meditation we experienced all the elements. It takes all the elements with the addition of Spirit to represent a Pentacle, and when all these come together a new beginning is on the horizon.

Spend time thinking about your experience, about the figure in the 2 of Pentacles. Look at your own card, and consider why it is he is off balance. What is preventing him from grounding himself? Ask yourself what’s stopping him. If you’d like to read more card meditations, you can visit the meditation page here.


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Decks Used

The Aquarian Tarot in a Tin by Italian-born, American-raised David Palladini, was published originally in 1970 by U.S. Games Systems Inc, and then republished again in 2016 in a smaller size. Named after the Age of Aquarius, the Aquarian Tarot is a midieval depiction of the Rider-Waite Tarot system. The images are closer, and thus might give the impression of being more character-based rather than relying on symbolism. This intimate deck provides a stark reflection of the human condition in it’s journey through the tarot.

Faerie Tarot

Faerie Tarot by Nathalie Hertz, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc, 2008. Hertz is a French artist, and the creator of several other beautiful tarot decks. The Faerie Tarot was ‘inspired by the flora and fauna of the French countryside,’ and ‘invites you to see the world in a delightful new way…blending fantasy, whimsy, and nature.’

Impressionist Tarot

Impressionist Tarot by Arturo Picca (artist) and Corrine Kenner (author), published by Lo Scarabeo in 2015. This deck takes works of classic impressionist paintings and recreates them to fit the meanings of the tarot. It pulls from works of Edonard Manet, Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gough, and Paul Gauguin. A truly beautiful deck, especially for those who have interest in the art world.

Prisma Vision Tarot

Prisma Visions Tarot by James R. Eads, 3rd ed., published in 2016. The deck itself is beautiful, though perhaps not for the beginning tarot reader. The suits all fit together to create a master picture displaying the energy and progression of the suits. The figures and images flow from one card to the next, showing movement within the stationary cards.

Rider-Waite Tarot

Rider-Waite by A. E. Waite. The deck used in these photos is currently out of print. I won’t say much about this deck, as it is fairly standard and probably one of the most produced decks. It serves as a standard for many tarot readers and artists, depicting classic images relating in part to the original playing cards that tarot developed from.

Spiral Tarot

The Spiral Tarot by Kay Steventon. With turn-of-the-20th-century style art, this deck takes from the classic Rider-Waite deck and brings it up to the late 1800-early 1900’s, a time of industry and contemplation for the western world as it moved forward into a more technological era. I am a little biased toward this deck as it’s been my main deck for 15 years. The cards are thick with additional symbolism that can be tricky to pick out of the traditional Rider-Waite, and adds layers of Greek myth throughout the Major Arcana.

Thoth Tarot

Thoth Tarot by Aleister Crowley (designer and author) and Lady Frieda Harris (artist), published by U. S. Games Systems, Inc., in 1978. This deck takes from most esoteric imagery, and requires the reader of the deck to have deep, initiate knowledge of the symbolism used. There is nothing within the cards that is without meaning. However, on a more surface level, the deck draws from Egyptian symbolism and from the style of the Marseille Tarot (mostly seen within the Minor Arcana). For those looking for deeper understandings of the universe, I recommend this deck. I would caution that this deck is highly advanced, and might be avoided for the budding reader.

Vampire Tarot

Vampire Tarot – by Nathalie Hertz, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. in 2000. As mentioned above in reference to the Faerie Tarot, Hertze is a French artist who gained her notability through the publication of her tarot decks. The Vampire Tarot was a bestselling deck upon its release, and plays on more gothic symbolism, providing more jarring interpretations to allow for the accepting of negative forces within the world to compliment the positive forces. The deck brings together myths and legends in the form of vampires, which ‘gives tarot readers a macabre passport’ into the world of divination.

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