Apr 03 2015
Two of Pentacles
Today you may find yourself juggling all of the different areas in your life and trying to find ways to maintain some sort of equilibrium in the process.
You will need to be flexible and adaptable, as well as being able to shift from one task to another without losing focus.
The “Pentacles” the figure juggles in this version of the card are not Pentacles at all — although in her world they may very well serve as currency. She’s juggling buttons, balls and clothes pins. She stares off into space — never losing focus (although the same can’t be said for her head).
Maybe she feels confident because she’s off in her “zone.” Or maybe she’s so invested in trying to balance out her priorities that she doesn’t even notice it. One thing’s for sure: if she loses her concentration and ends up dropping one of those balls, everything she’s striving for will fall out of balance.
In the context of this card Pentacles refers to more than just money. While it can mean juggling funds — robbing Peter to pay Paul and seeing money go out as soon as if comes in. And these are certainly possibilities you want to be aware of. But it can also refer to tasks, commitments and external obligations.
It could be work and responsibilities vs. pleasure and play. It could be relationships vs. autonomy. Or it could even be up time (productivity) vs. down time (rest). Whatever it is, you don’t want to be so focused on weighing your options that you lose sight of what’s going on around you.
Think about what you need to balance in your own life today as opposed to what deserves your undivided attention. It may require levels of skill and dexterity that you didn’t even know you had. If you can pull it off though and find ways to satisfy one area without neglecting the other, it should be tremendously rewarding for you in the end.
Feb 06 2015
Two of Pentacles
Today’s opposition pits the Sun (your ego, will, and life-force energy) against Jupiter (the planet tied to growth, expansion and personal evolution). You may be torn between these two opposing forces or you may be feeling the urge to heed the call of both.
The figure in this card — from the Morgan Greer Tarot — appears to be leaning in both directions. One on side — with his heart — he leans toward travel and adventure (Jupiter). The sea, the boat, the wind in his hair and a longing to immerse himself into the turbulent realm of emotions.
On the other side — with his head — a flock of seagulls rise and take flight. These are symbols of logic, intellect, higher mind and learning. Mind over matter. Head over heart.
While one of the giant pentacles he holds in his hands appears heavier, it’s really just an illusion — you can see that the coins are attached to one another in a lemniscate formation, illustrating the ebb and flow of one’s decisions, values and desires. As one comes up the other moves down, in an infinite and never-ending cycle.
Your job today should be to recognize these imbalances as much as it is to right them. In fact righting them will probably be secondary.
With all of the activity going on around you today (much like all of the motion in the background of this card) you want to stay on your toes. You want to remain adaptable, agile and observant. Giving into the call of one desire without neglecting the call of another should be foremost on your list.
The idea is to be alert enough to remain aware of your surroundings and flexible enough to immerse yourself in them fully. Although there are bound to be distractions and demands on your time, the Two of Pentacles says you have it in you to stay centered and attend to your obligations by pulling those opposing forces together and striking a balance between them.
Nov 07 2014
Two of Pentacles
Today it’s going to be all about juggling the different areas in your life and finding ways to maintain some sort of equilibrium in the process.
It’s about needing to be flexible and adaptable, as well as being able to shift from one task to another without losing focus.
.Notice the two pentacles the woman in is juggling deftly on this card. They look identical, and this may refer to their level of importance in the realm of larger considerations. But as far as what you want to accomplish today (as opposed to what needs to get done), they’re probably not equal at all.
It could be work and responsibilities vs. pleasure and play. It could be relationships vs. autonomy. Or it could even be up time (productivity) vs. down time (rest).
Whatever it is, you don’t want to be so focused on weighing your options that you lose sight of what’s going on around you. In the midst of all this rocky terrain the woman in this card stands on solid ground. Yet there’s a storm brewing in the background and shipwreck taking place right behind her.
Maybe she feels safe because she’s somewhat sheltered from the storm. Or maybe she’s so invested in trying to balance out her priorities that she doesn’t even notice it. One thing’s for sure: if she loses her concentration and ends up dropping the ball, everything she’s striving for will fall out of balance.
May 30 2014
Two of Pentacles
Today you may need to see both sides of an argument where you weigh one side against the other. These two sides are totally opposite so you need to be on your toes that you don’t get too caught up in one side at the expense of the other.
Have you been trying to decide that you wish to do something and nearly have yourself talked into it?
You’ve weighed up the pro’s and the con’s but then suddenly you take a 180 degree turn and find yourself looking at your decision from the opposite side and feel as if you can’t make a move.
This type of decision making can keep you caught and stuck in thought so long that you end up not making your mind up and therefore may miss an opportunity that has presented itself to you.
The snake curling throughout the coins suggests that with whatever decision you come up with; change will be required.
Think of a snake shedding its skin… its that type of change: a total transformation whether this be in your thought processes, relationship, finances, career, etc.
Your indecision may come from not wanting to get “bitten” if you make the wrong choice and with this in mind you need to look what you really want and if there are any downsides to one decision over the other. All avenues must be explored.
Feb 02 2014
Two of Pentacles
Today you may be reflecting on the changes that you need to make to bring your world back into balance.
The two of pentacles is all about finding a comfortable compromise between opposing forces. That could mean between work and play, head and heart, fantasy and reality or material vs. spiritual values.
In this version of the card, we see the Sun shining brightly in the sky and a flower-like disk reflected below. The two birds hovering in the upper corners of the card appear to be lifting the Sun, while two plants sprouting from the earth appear to be anchored to the flower.
The smiling face on the Sun is replaced by an inverted Venus symbol stamped on the flower’s face.
All this brings to mind the hermetic principles of “as above so below” that reflect the essence of the two of pentacles (or any of the “two” cards for that matter).
What’s apparent on the surface (the Sun in this case) is not literally reflected beneath the surface (the flower), but is instead a complementary force.
The Two of Pentacles is most often associated with money, but that’s only one small part. While Venus (the symbol we see inverted on the face of the flower) is associated with money, it also represents love, romance, aesthetics and personal values.
Jan 05 2014
Two of Pentacles
You’re likely to be weighing the pros and cons of an important decision today. Whether this is related to business, relationships, money, or even a new way of approaching existing problems, it’s bound to be weighing heavily on you.
Pentacles relate to tangible or material concerns. In this respect it could be as simple as juggling funds — as in trying to keep afloat financially. You may have to figure out what needs to be attended to right this very minute, and what can safely be put aside until later.
There’s a certain agility that’s required here. Even though in this version of the card the Pentacles are encircled by a cord (fashioned into a figure 8 or infinity symbol) it’s still necessary to hold onto both of them so that you don’t drop the ball.
Patience and dexterity are also necessary, to not only maneuver around the obstacles that may be preventing you from managing your priorities, but also for getting in sync with your own intuition.
The infinity symbol itself is important: even though the figure in this card may appear to be in a hypnotic trance, he’s more likely just aligning himself with the natural rhythms of day to day life. It takes as much concentration as it does skill to be able to pull that off.
Oct 30 2013
ARIES: This month you’re going to be weighing different options and opportunities as you work toward manifesting your goals. If you’re feeling pulled in different directions, you’ll be working on bringing the divergent areas of your life back into focus.
You may be juggling funds, career options, or even relationship choices, and are called upon now to find a middle ground. Moderation and balance are integral parts of satisfying the dual desires of this archetype.
In this version of the card, we see a Gypsy fortune-teller performing an exotic dance ritual under a crescent moon. Her movements are fluid and effortless; in fact she almost appears to be in a trance.
She holds a pentacle in each hand — the light of the moon balanced between them.
Pentacles relate to mundane areas and material concerns. Therefore you may find yourself juggling funds this month, or you may be torn between saving it up and spending it on something you just don’t need.
You could also be trying to decide whether to make a major purchase or hold off on it until a later date. With Mercury retrograde until the 10th, your best bet is to hold off.
I always liked the idea of “one hand feeding the other” with this card: you don’t want to put all your eggs in one basket as you risk coming up empty handed. It’s best to keep some of your options afloat, until you’re clearer about the direction you want to go.
Feb 01 2013
ARIES: The World
This month you may see the long awaited completion of a project you have been involved in or a part of your life you have been wanting to bring together in the best possible way.
This image on this card comes from German painter Hans Memling famous for many great works of art, including this painting of Saint Urslula of the Holy Virgins.
In this painting, Saint Ursula stands shielding her handmaidens against certain death.
The four corners of the card show the images of the four fixed astrological signs: Aquarius, Scorpio, Taurus and Leo.
They’re also said to represent the four Evangelists: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
This card is about using all of your gifts to reach out and accomplish your goals.
As the last card of the Major Arcana, it symbolizes completion.