Two of Pentacles Tarot Card Meaning - Upright, Reversed & More

Two of Pentacles upright

Two of Pentacles At A Glance

Keywords: Work/life balance, sustainable energy output, recuperation, equilibrium, resourcefulness, unorganized, chaos, burnout, stuck
Season: Autumn
Element: Earth (the physical, our bodies, health, resources like money, time and energy)

Two of Pentacles Tarot Card Description

The Two of Pentacles is the second card in the suit of Pentacles. Within the Rider Waite Smith system of tarot it is one of the 56 minor arcana cards. In the traditional artwork we see a man dancing whilst he juggles two coins or pentacles.

Pentacles are a five pointed star or pentagram stamped onto a coin. A pentagram is a symbol of protection featuring the four combined elements within a circle which represents the fifth element of spirit. The pentacle itself and its suit represent abundance of material goods.

These can be money, food, shelter and more. Pentacles can also embody abstract resources like our time, health and energy. As the man juggles the pair of Pentacles an infinity symbol hangs between them.

The art work conveys a sense of fluid movement. He is always in motion needing to constantly adjust for his position and know the trajectory of the pentacles at all times.

This implies that balance is not a stationary state. To remain balanced in life we too must make micro-adjustments based on the changes in our environment and circumstances.

Two of Pentacles Upright Meaning

When upright the Two of Pentacles asks us to take a more flexible approach to life and be prepared to adapt to the changes we encounter. We must not try to remain fixed or rigidly set on one state as this will only lead to mental friction and exhaustion.

Life will inevitably meet us with its peaks and troughs but the Two of Pentacles encourages us that we will always be able to overcome these.

We can learn from the juggling man in the image who dances between states that we shouldn’t wait for life to be perfect before we begin to enjoy it.

“You can't do a good job if your job is all you do.” - Katie Thurms.

Two of Pentacles Reversed Meaning

Two of Pentacles reversed

When the card is presented upside down in a reading then it is in its reversed aspect. In this case the meaning of the Two of Pentacles is that we may be facing a period of life which is out of balance.

For example this could look like either working too much or not enough, or perhaps spending too much energy or not enough so that we are either exhausted or lethargic. One way or another there is a part of our lives that is out of balance and this will lead to knock-on effects for other areas.

This is because we do not live in a vacuum and are not able to compartmentalize every aspect of our lives, they inevitably intermingle. So when reversed the Two of Pentacles reminds us it is never too late to make changes.

Sometimes only a small change is needed and it can lead to a big difference that in the long term maintains our equilibrium.

“The wise rest at least as hard as they work.” - Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Two of Pentacles: Yes or No

The Two of Pentacles can generally be regarded as a yes card as it discusses themes of finding balance.

When reversed though the Two of Pentacles hints at something being off balance and suggests we first tackle this before we consider saying yes.

Let’s Break Down the Two of Pentacles In Our Lives

How the Two of Pentacles meanings apply differently to specific areas of our daily lives.

Two of Pentacles In Love

The Two of Pentacles in love speaks of a happy and balanced partnership. There is equality of both respect and love between the couple. If single it could mean a new relationship of a similar nature is coming soon.

Reversed the Two of Pentacles can signify a turbulent love life if we are single. It can mean we are in a rut of bad dates with people we are incompatible with. If in a relationship it could imply that it has been stagnating for some time.

This does not mean the relationship is doomed to fail it just requires some intervention in order to balance out once more.

Two of Pentacles With Money

Receiving the Two of Pentacles in a financial reading suggests the solution requires us to diligently monitor our finances for the micro-fluctuations that could lead to bigger consequences in the future. We will be rewarded for our diligence in coming months with abundance and security.

Reversed the Two of Pentacles forewarns of potential financial losses. This could mean losing money or losing other resources that are crucial to us earning money.

It can also mean that the work and energy we are expending are not in proportion to the compensation we receive.

Two of Pentacles At Work

To receive the Two of Pentacles in a career reading suggests a well-balanced environment in the work place. It can also signify achieving equilibrium between work and life.

This equilibrium is precarious and ever-changing so we are advised not to get too comfortable. We must not forget to monitor and make adjustments to keep this state in flux.

Reversed the Two of Pentacles tells of an unorganized work ethic. Either there is too much or not enough. One viciously attempting to counter the other but this is leading to chaotic changes that are difficult to keep up with.

There needs to be a realistic structure established for a more sustainable work flow.

Two of Pentacles With Others

The 2 of Pentacles in answer to social questions suggests taking steps to find balance and harmony between ourselves and others. We may sometimes feel cautious and mistrusting but in time we can learn that by trusting in loved ones more we also restore our faith in humanity in general.

We are entering a period of time where we will establish lasting friendships and finding our favorite people that keep us grounded. We can find solace and support in those around us when we let ourselves be supported.

Reversed the Two of Pentacles denotes a chaotic social scene or fast-moving and changing friendship groups. This makes us feel out of balance and in need of support which doesn’t come.

We are comforted by the Two of Pentacles that it is possible to support ourselves if we find we are lacking it from others.

Two of Pentacles With Self

When we ask intrinsic questions about ourselves and receive the Two of Pentacles in answer we are in a state of maintaining balanced mental and physical health with ease.

This is not easy to achieve in this fast-paced world so we must continue to prioritize the protection of our mental and physical wellness.

Reversed the 2 of Pentacles suggests we are close to extreme burnout and exhaustion from overwork. We must make space for rest and form healthier habits and boundaries to recuperate the energy we have lost.

Two of Pentacles As Feelings

The Two of Pentacles feels like contentment when we find the right balance between two or more areas of lives or when we find calmness in our day.

It can also be the chaotic feeling of living our lives in disarray.