Two of Pentacles

2 of Pentacles

Keywords for the Two of Pentacles


In the image on this card, we see in front of us a man dressed in an outfit quite similar to that of a court jester. He seems to be juggling two pentacles in front of him. 

Each of these is connected in an endless loop by the green ribbon drawn around them in a “figure 8” or “infinity” symbol, similar to the ones we saw earlier in the Magician and Strength.

This likely indicates that the activity expressed in this card is key to the expression of our will through magic.

This is further emphasized by the movement evident in the image, uncommon in the suit of Pentacles. The ships in the background appear to be gliding quickly across the surface of a tumultuous sea. 

The juggler himself appears to be dancing, swiftly shifting his weight from one foot to the other, never missing a step as he moves with the ever-changing beat of the music of life.

This further links him to the Fool and The World dancer, who may be considered the alpha and the omega of the Major Arcana, and are also the beginning and the end of our soul’s journey of development. 

Life is movement. The Two of Pentacles reminds us that we cannot afford to cling to anything too rigidly, whether that be material possession, habits, ideas or beliefs. We are much better off when we decide to go with the flow and dance with the rhythm of life.

2 of Pentacles Interpretation

When the 2 of Pentacles comes up in a reading, it can mean that we are being called to juggle the many disparate elements which compose our lives with agility, flexibility and grace. We must learn how to keep each part in balance, constantly adapting and flowing with the challenges that life sends our way.

Alternatively, the 2 of Pentacles can also signal that we may have two (or more) options from which we are being asked to choose. This is especially true when this card appears to us in a reading as reversed.  It can also mean feeling a bit unclear about which choice is best for us, or being reluctant to give up any of our options at all.

In many cases, this card points to the kind of attitude which helps us to face life’s challenges with skill, with ease and with grace. A light heart and a sense of humor can get us through challenges which a serious attitude would only hinder.

This card indicates a certain sense of ease and enjoyment of the ups and downs inherent to the dance of life. It asks us to approach life with a spring in our step, with a light and carefree heart, and a smile on our face. 

This playful attitude can help bring us grace in all we do, while giving us the energy, vitality and resilience of spirit we need to face any unexpected or challenging situation that may present itself.