The 2 of Pentacles: Balance and Equilibrium

Primarily a card associated with finance and the more practical aspects of life, the 2 of Pentacles extends the theme of balance discussed in my most recent post on the 2 of Swords. 2’s are the numerological element of partnership and balance, and in the 2 of Swords, we saw the need to make balanced, unbiased judgments based on our thoughts, attitudes and beliefs (Air). The 2 of Pentacles, however, point to more material and tangible concerns as the suit of Pentacles are representative of our daily routines, physical well-being, and financial undertakings. Here, mere decision-making will not suffice. Instead, we are being asked to transmute the mental into physical through practical, utilitarian action.

2 of Pentacles from the 'Gilded Tarot'

Most depictions of the 2 of Pentacles that adhere to the Rider-Waite tradition show a man juggling two pentacles on a shore with ships/ the ocean looming in the background. The main theme here is about trying to keep several projects/ relationships afloat while maintaining balance and equilibrium in other aspects of life. In terms of career, this could point to a person juggling two jobs or two sources of income, or a part-time student striving to balance night-school with a full-time job. In such cases, the challenge then becomes about prioritizing. Travel in the course of work is sometimes indicated due to this card’s association with water (ships/ the sea), especially if present with other travel cards such as the 6 of Swords, the 2 or 3 of Wands, and to a lesser extent, The World. Financially, this card is neither a positive nor a negative omen: it simply points to the need for balance with regards to your checkbook or savings account. Your resources are in a constant state of flux but unless the card turns up reversed, shows successful management of your financial affairs.

With regards to relationships, the 2 of Pentacles points to some challenges in balancing the public and private spheres of life. Oftentimes, this manifests as being unable or unwilling to find the time to spend with your significant other, as one or both parties might be juggling hectic schedules. When this card crops up in a relationship spread, it acts as a gentle reminder to reassess just what your current partnership means to you. If it doesn’t make the cut as one of your top priorities, then it is best to be upfront with your partner and let go rather than holding on, because that person might not be around any longer once you decide you want the relationship. Be honest with yourself: are you able to take on a relationship and all its inevitable demands and complications at this time? Are you in a position to fully commit to your partner? Romance does not require perfection; merely a willingness to find the time and the energy to devote to that special someone in your life.

Astrological Association: Jupiter in Capricorn

Jupiter in Capricorn is said to be debilitated because the naturally exuberant, expansive qualities of Jupiter are melded with the sober, restrictive force of Saturn (Capricorn). Luck and opportunities are often meted out with equal parts challenge and responsibility. However, the stable, secure and mature realism that is inherent to Capricorn lends a steadying influence to the sometimes over-optimistic qualities of Jupiter, promising much gain through hard work, diligence, and planning.

2 of Pentacles from the 'Deviant Moon' Tarot

Positively Expressed: 

  • Balance and equilibrium in all areas of life that matter
  • Having a sense of control over the issues that take up much of your time and energy
  • Merging the spiritual with the material to create physical, emotional and mental well-being.
  • Finding pleasure in juggling a variety of opportunities/ activities. Successful and skillful management of these resources.
  • Weighing the pros and cons of a situation before taking deliberate, calculated action.
Negatively Expressed:
  • Being overwhelmed by choices in life.
  • Unable to maintain balance in a situation.
  • Opposing factors/ conflicting sources that make it difficult to manage the opportunities for career or romance that seek you out.
  • Mismanagement of financial resources.
  • Focusing solely on the material to the detriment of the emotional/ spiritual.

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