The power of manifestation gifted to us via the Ace of Pentacles has suddenly become a bit of a problem. Now we have stuff we have to deal with it. In this age of “having it all”, we find that male/female traditional roles have melted and merged like a Dali painting. We have ramped up the speed of life to obtain material items and have new experiences. So now we have careers and homes and families and vacations and lovers and pets and huge TVs and money and lack of money… how do we manage all these things?
The Two of Pentacles is a card of conflict, not with others but within ourselves. Women struggle with guilt while men struggle with their identity. Women want children, but they want careers as well. Men want to be the family provider, but sometimes have to deal with a wife who earns more. Teens want to have fun, but they have to cope with pressure to do well at school. We must have the latest gadgets and belong to the most popular social media sites to prove that we have busy and interesting lives. Many of us are confused, rushed and feeling ever-so-slightly left behind.
The Rider-Waite Tarot depicts the Two of Pentacles as a young man juggling two golden disks within the confines of the symbol of infinity, the lemniscate, or horizontal figure eight. He wears a tall red hat, matching red leggings, and a soft orange tunic with bright orange sleeves. He also wears a slightly stressed expression as he struggles to keep his disks moving in balance. In the background, two ships navigate an ocean swell.
The Two of Pentacles in a reading indicates you could be stretching yourself too thin; trying to do and achieve too much. You feel overwhelmed by “should’s” and “shouldn’t’s”. The pressure to keep up, get everything done, and still look gorgeous is enormous. All these things cost money, and your budget is stretched to its limit.
The card advises a long, hard look at how you organize your life. Can you restructure it? Could you bring in more resources, i.e. assigning tasks and chores to others in the family? Could you ask for help? You may need to set your priorities, manage your commitments and allocate your time more efficiently. Once you achieve balance (remembering that balance is a moveable feast and is always, in reality, “re-balancing”), you can juggle your life with aplomb.
Reversed, the Two of Pentacles may reflect that it’s all gone too far, and the structure of your life is falling apart. Stress threatens to overwhelm you. All you want is a good night’s sleep. You are in a nosedive; you have to pull up now, or you will crash.
Interpretations in Various Areas of Life
If this card shows up in a work- or career-related reading, then it could be telling you to slow down for a while. Take a step back and re-prioritize your goals. Are you being asked to do too much? Replying to every email as it arrives in your inbox? Talking to everyone who stops at your desk? It’s time to get off the hamster wheel for a moment and work out how you can get everything done yet remain sane and in control.
If you are looking for a job, stop trying for every vacancy under the sun and decide what it is you want to do. Focus in on the career that would make you happy, and create a persona in the image of the candidate who could do that job perfectly.
This card often signifies that your busy life has got in the way of your most important relationship. You have to find the time; you have to stick to the commitment you made. All relationships have to be nurtured, and no relationship is sustainable when the individuals haven’t got time or energy for each other.
Sometimes the Two of Pentacles will appear when you are attempting to maintain two romantic relationships. Watch out — sooner or later, one or both of your pentacles will crash to the ground, and your life will be in tatters. You are running a huge risk – what can you not afford to lose?
You could be having difficulty making your money last to the end of the month. Some restructuring of financial commitments may be necessary. If it means giving up cable TV, then it must be done. If it means telling your kid they have to wait for the latest cell phone, then so be it. Use a spreadsheet to manage your budget. Be resolute and stick to it – pretty soon your finances will flow freely again.
You may need to have a health check, and it may mean waiting for test results. As this is a “two”, then you could be offered a choice of treatments. If you are healthy, then make sure to maintain stasis by keeping a good balance between diet, exercise, work, and relaxation.
Given all that you have to do, you probably haven’t got time for a spiritual life. Given all that you have to do, this is more important than ever. Having a little time, even just a few minutes every day for a short meditation will help well-being to flood through you, relieving tension and stress and enabling you to cope with all that busy-ness.