Card by Card – Two of Pentacles

Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot Two of Pentacles

If you missed the last Card by Card post on the Knight of Pentacles, you can read about it here.

Once again, I’ll be taking a look at several variations from different decks and gathering that particular Author and/or Artists thoughts and perspectives.

The Two of Pentacles is the randomly drawn COTW-card of the week.   What does it mean when you receive this card in a one card daily drawing or it turns up in a spread?

The first Two of Pentacles we will be looking at is from the Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. 2003.

“A young man, in the act of dancing, has a pentacle in either hand, and they are joined by that endless cord which is like the number 8 reversed.  Divinatory Meanings:  On the one hand it is represented as a card of gaiety, recreation and its connexions, which is the subject of the design; but it is read also as news and messages in writing, as obstacles, agitation, trouble, embroilment.”  ~Arthur Edward Waite, The Pictorial Key to the Tarot. 

In Tarot for Life, author Paul Quinn has this to say on the Two of Pentacles:

     “The young man here successfully juggles the dynamic and detail-oriented matters of how, when, where, how much, and with whom.  Such prioritizing and alternating of energies is vital to the management of everyday affairs and to overall psychic balance, as the infinity symbol suggests.  For example, one’s health may require countering a heavy work schedule with an active social life or compensating for extroverted periods with contemplative ones.  It is easy to imagine that the green infinity symbol containing the Pentacles is a giant rubber band, as it sometimes takes quite a stretch to keep the demands of one’s life moving in a state of flow.” 

Quinn further lists aspects and keywords in regards to the Two of Pentacles (upright) as follows:

  • Keyword:  Juggling.
  • Being:  Resourceful, flexible, adaptable, accommodating, willing to please
  • Doing:  Managing priorities; displaying multiple talents; multitasking; keeping up with chance; juggling the demands of family, work, money, and relationships
  • Shadow:  Having too many balls in the air, trying too hard to keep everyone happy

Now, let’s see what else we can discover about the Two of Pentacles.

This first pair are from the Old English Tarot by Maggie Kneen (U.S. Games Systems, Inc. 1997) and the Golden Tarot by Kat Black (U.S. Games Systems, Inc. 2003).  Note that both these decks used the suit title Coins rather than Pentacles.

Two of Pentacles - Old English Tarot & Golden Tarot

Old English Tarot:  Difficulty in launching new projects, difficult situations arise, worry.

Golden Tarot:  A man juggles two coins in a green rope at the end of a cane in the distance, two boats ride on a wavy sea.  Harmony in midst of conflict and change.  Successfully balancing conflicting priorities.  Control maintained in a stressful situation.  Temper kept under control-tact and diplomacy will see you through difficult times.

The next set are from Pearls of Wisdom Tarot (2nd Edition) by Roxi Sim (7th House Publishing 2008) & The New Palladini Tarot by David Palladini (U.S. Games Systems, Inc. 1996).

Two of Pentacles - Pearls of Wisdom Tarot & New Palladini Tarot

Pearls of Wisdom:  Seeking balance between your spiritual life and your material life.  The balance is hard won and difficult to maintain.  Change is the constant which creates perpetual struggle.  Remember the unity within the duality.

New Palladini Tarot:  A young man maintains a pleasant, alert outlook as the pentacles balance back and forth in the symbol of the harmonious universe.  Finance and projects are difficult to develop; however, the budding plant in the foreground promises things will blossom soon.  Harmony during change.  Juggling finances.  Money goes up and down.  Change of employment.  Success is in the future, keeping the ship afloat is of concern now.

The last set are from the Deviant Moon Tarot by Patrick Valenza (U.S. Games Systems, Inc. 2008) & The Halloween Tarot by Kipling West (U.S. Games Systems, Inc. 1996).

Two of Pentacles - Deviant Moon Tarot & The Halloween Tarot

Deviant Moon:  The belly dancer performs under the light of the crescent moon, balancing two silvery pentacles against the sky.  Although her moves seem effortless, they come with great practice and concentration.  Balance and harmony with effort.  Handling multiple situations.

Halloween Tarot:  Weighting two choices, balancing two situations.  Competition, duality, conflict of interest.  A struggle for harmony.  A bit of wealth on the way.

Author Anna Burroughs Cook – Tarot Dynamics Unleashed – has this to say on Card 70 the Two of Pentacles.  Subject Card Two signifies your attachments.  Ambitious/Attachments.

     “Multi-tasking can (or may need to) be your specialty now.  In addition to balancing our budget and schedule, with the Two of Pentacles, it’s not unusual for romantic, financial or even legal opportunities, as well as a stroke of unexpected good fortune to crop up when and where you least expect it. The easier it will be for you to juggle matters on your agenda.  This is a good time to review and possibly restructure your economic future – focusing on long-range benefits.  It’s easier for you to separate the essential from the non-essential issues in your life and recognize your priorities.  With Card 70, the more adaptable you are now, the easier and more quickly you can adjust to any ups and downs that might otherwise complicate your daily routine.”

Please join me over the next week as I’ll be looking at the Two of Pentacles more in depth and combined with a new COTD each day.  Stop over to the New Paths Tarot -Facebook page and get in the discussion!

I hope this has shed some new light and understanding on the Knight of Pentacles!

Until next time, Happy Tarot’ing and May Your Journey always be Enchanted.