2 of Pentacles | Weekly Tarot Card Pt 4: Symbols

This is the fourth installment of the Weekly Tarot Card. You can read the first three installments in the following links:

Yesterday we spent some time getting to know some of the broader universal symbols to describe and get to know the 2 of Pentacles. The fourth installment of the Weekly Tarot Card involves looking at symbolism in traditional decks—that is, decks from the Rider-Waite tradition and the Thoth traditions.

This post will look at colors, the ribbon on the two coins, the astrological significance, the keyword ‘Change,’ and the scenery.

Colors: Grey, Blue, Brown, Red, Yellow


In the Rider-Waite 2 of Pentacles, the sky is blue, as well as the sea. Blue represent clarity, but also spiritual understanding through balance, and peace.


The clothing in the juggler in the Rider-Waite deck is wearing a brown tunic, the color of which represents Earth and the Material world.


The Grey of the ground the juggler dances on while can represent neutrality, can also represent stress.


The leggings and hat of the juggler are red, which represents energy.


In the Thoth Tarot, the color purple paints the background in various shades.


In the Thoth Tarot, the ouroboros is portrayed a snake eating its own tail. If you recall in the Aquarian Tarot, the belt of the Magician also was a snake eating its own tail. Likewise, in Rider-Waite-based depictions, there is a ribbon which wraps around the two coins being juggled.

This represents an eternal cycle of life. Thus, in the 2 of Pentacles, there is always this balance at play.

Astrology: Jupiter in Capricorn

The Planet Jupiter is that of luck, and the ruler of Sagittarius, which is right before Capricorn. Capricorn is represented by the goat, who balances on the ledges of cliffs with seemingly impossible ease.

These two combined represent positive luck regarding the balancing act often associated with the 2 of Pentacles.


In the Thoth 2 of Pentacles, the keyword is ‘Change.’ Change is perpetual, the only constant in the universe, and thus, like balance, and like the ouroboros represents in the card, is always present. The coins represent inner and outer self, and thus, they are constantly changing, and we must work to balance these two aspects.


There is often a stormy sea in the background of the 2 of Pentacles upon which two boats sail. Some interpretations revolve around the ups and downs of commerce, tying in with the nature of wealth and the Pentacles. However, they can also be interpreted as the ups and downs of life that must be dealt with.

What do you associate with the symbols in the cards? What symbols are in your own decks that I didn’t cover? It’s good to take a moment and compare what you think or feel about a sepcific representation that compares or contrasts to the information you read about it.

Symbolism is a means of accessing messages in the unconscious self, and thus, while there are some representations that seem universal, the only ‘real meaning’ is that which rings true for you.

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