This is the fifth and last installment in this Weekly Tarot Card series. The next series will begin on Monday. However, if you’d like to get caught up on the rest of the week, you can use the following links:
- Monday Description and Observation
- Tuesday Meditation
- Wednesday Suit/Element and Number
- Thursday Symbolism
On Monday we spent time observing and noticing not only the card itself, but what stands out to us, taking note of themes we see. On Tuesday we took ourselves into meditation with the 2 of Pentacles as our focus. On Wednesday we began our more universalized understanding of the card, looking broadly at the suit and the number, which was followed up yesterday, Thursday, with taking apart the symbolism in the cards.
Today we put it all together and come up with a divinatory meaning. I’ll give you the long conclusion of this week before I provide the short meaning and a few keywords.
Defining the Card
The ground is always shifting under our feet. When we consider the turbulent water in the background of the 2 of Pentacles, we are reminded that while the Earth itself might be sturdy, our emotions can often have a strong hold on us, and make our world feel tilted.
We are always preforming a juggling act, keeping multiple balls in the air through our daily life—our family, our work, our bills, our social life, and our own personal time. It is important to ground ourselves regularly to make sure that we can maintain all these balls.
It’s easy to think that we are only temporarily juggling, that once our career takes off, things will be easier, once we pay our mortgage or student loans off, things will get easier, etc. But the ribbon in the Rider-Waite system and the snake in the Thoth system reminds us that we will always be juggling. This won’t stop. The best we can do is see how we can effectively manage everything.
The 2 of Pentacles is an assurance that so far you’re keeping everything in balance. However, it can also be a reminder that you need to look after yourself in order to do so.
The juggler isn’t just juggling, but dancing, with one foot off the ground. This is the warning in the card. Be sure to keep both feet on the ground so that you don’t lose balance, so your Pentacles don’t go astray. Remember that the 2’s deal with balance and harmony. Only when you are balanced within yourself can you keep a balance on all the rest. There is the duality of internal and external. If you aren’t in harmony with your inner self, then your external dealings will likely suffer as well.
Grounding is the key. You will always have to juggle, but if you can keep yourself balanced, then the rest will follow suit.
The Two of Coins is a reminder of the ups and downs that life throws at us. The Juggler is doing well, and able to handle what is thrown at him. The ships might be on top of the waves, but as they persist, they will be at the bottom, but only to rise again. You can expect fluctuation, but all will be well if you can maintain the balancing act.
Keywords: duality, balance, fluctuation, obstacles, problem-solving, juggling, adaptation.
Thus concludes the 2’s of the Minor Arcana. Next week we look at the 2 of the Major Arcana, the High Priestess. I like to look at the Major Arcana after learning about the Minor Arcana because having an understanding of the elements and the number contributes to the whole of the corresponding Major Arcana Card. Likewise, some of the Minor Arcana are a lesser version of the Majors, and having them as a base to build upon can be helpful regarding the complexity of the Majors.
While defining the 2 of Pentacles, I mentioned toward the end the importance of grounding. There are many excellent tools to help with this. I personally find that keeping Hematite on me extremely beneficial. I know of many people who have small, flat pieces of it that they put in their shoes while working or under their feet while they’re sitting.
Meditation is an excellent means of grounding. Here are some links for grounding meditations that we have already covered.