The Two of Pentacles

The Two of Pentacles follows the Ace and is a type of mirror image of the preceding card. Therefore Two in any Minor Arcana suit can show an opposition of the Ace, change, something being divided, or a duality of sorts. The Two of Pentacles may show a man or woman juggling two pentacles between a rope. It seems that the beginnings of the Ace have multiplied, and there is suddenly money to play with. The initiation of financial endeavours has past and it seems that there are funds to enjoy or ‘two pennies to rub together’. All twos show where the energy of the Ace has divided or multiplied to create a pair or doubled meaning. The twos of the Minor Arcana also show where the querent first encounters opposing forces that go directly against the energy of the Ace, so in this situation it is implied that the Two of Pentacles is showing where one is able to divide their assets, or their assets may be multiplying. All of a sudden the querent could have something to share or could find himself with half of what he started with, depending on the surrounding cards.

When more than one two appears in the same spread, there is an additional message available to the querent. Pairs of twos shows the ups and downs, cycles, and ever changing dynamics in money matters and the realm of possessions while three of them points to trades and other transactions where people are exchanging things. This can imply dealing with commerce, buying, selling, and trading of objects and funds. Having four twos in a spread indicates change and coming to a crossroads, which is very fitting considering that roads are usually bidirectional and four roads diverging would create a turning point of some kind. The Two of Pentacles may show a choice of two different opportunities to increase one’s funds or possessions. There may also be a choice between buying two things, investing in two different stocks, or choosing from two luxuries when shown in this context.

The Two of Pentacles in an Upright Position

The Two of Pentacles can represent small, but pleasant monetary events when it is found upright in a spread. There can be small advances in the querent’s finances through refunds, small awards, or bank errors in the querent’s favour. There is also an indication of a pair of luxury items being given to the querent such as a pendant set, cuff links, or earrings. There will be some spending money coming in, but it is not as substantial as with other cards in the Suit of Pentacles. This is why there is a warning about resisting the urge to spend a lot of money at this time as the profits are small at this time. The querent could be living pay-cheque to pay-cheque, and is receiving money that could be used to get ahead if the querent is careful with spending. There may be a need to balance things surrounding possessions. For instance, possessions may be ruling the querent’s life, or the querent may be spending more than he can afford. This card calls for equilibrium in this area, and the querent may need to balance his chequebook. In addition, there may be a partnership the querent has undertaken where one side is taking on more responsibility than the other.

The meaning of all Minor Arcana cards can be modified by the cards that surround it. Court cards from the Minor Arcana (Pages, Knights, Queens, and Kings) all represent people. They have corresponding physical characteristics as well as their own astrological correspondences. The Two of Pentacles reveals a need for equal interests when it comes to finances. The querent will be able to identify any business partner or colleague that is the contributing factor to attaining equality or someone who is able to help the querent balance his finances for greater stability. The Two of Pentacles can also be modified and narrowed down in definition by the presence of Major Arcana and some Minor Arcana cards in the spread. If this card falls in the same area as the Lovers, the querent can expect a thoughtful gift from a love interest while losing a piece of jewellery can be seen with a Six of Swords.

The Two of Pentacles in a Reversed Position

The reversed position of each card of the Minor Arcana is really as it states: an inversion of the card’s meaning. The reversal of the Two of Pentacles shows us that the querent isn’t just juggling financial responsibilities but bending over backwards to keep his possessions and money form leaving his hands. There is a large possibility that the querent is becoming overburdened by too many responsibilities. The querent may also find that making money requires too much of his time, and he may feel like his life is becoming unbalanced in the pursuit of things. The querent may have been just treading water with the upright version of the Two of Pentacles, but its reversal shows where his spending habits have gotten him into trouble. There may be a collector coming to repossess some of the querent’s things, or the querent may need to get rid of some of his things through a yard sale where he can, as the card shows, receive a small check while bringing his level of possessions back into balance. There may be an issue with someone taking on more than the querent at work, and there could be resentment for the light load the querent is carrying while his co-workers are panicking about deadlines.

The Two of Pentacles can have some real eye-opening lessons ready for the querent. He may find that he has accumulated a lot of debt due to his spending habits. He may have an opportunity to learn about operating on a budget in order to take some of the pressure off during the tougher months. The feeling is that the Two of Pentacles in reversal points to losing precious possessions, giving away possessions, the idea here is for the querent to flip the script, and become an adult when it comes to ignoring impulses. This could also signify a need to watch one’s bank account and make sure that the numbers line up. Budgeting is a necessity with the Two of Pentacles, otherwise the financial outlook for the querent will be troublesome and create other issues with business partners and their ideas of correct spending.

Key Terms

  • Balancing chequebooks
  • Bank statements
  • Income Tax refunds
  • Jewellery Sets
  • Good news
  • Balancing partnerships
  • Assessing one’s spending
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