Exploring the Two of Pentacles

Welcome to Tarot Thursdays! This week we will be exploring the Two of Pentacles and how it can be used as a prompt or brainstorming in our writing.

Tarot is an interesting thing. It’s based upon symbolism and metaphors through imagery. With these images the subconscious mind is tapped into through the story provided. Not everyone gets the same thing from a piece of art. Each piece will influence each person in a slightly different way.


Introduction of the Card

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The Two of Pentacles is card number 65 in the deck and the second card of the Pentacles Suit in the Minor Arcana of the Tarot.

Let’s take a look at the following examples of this card below.


Card Examples

 

L-p2Notice the similarities between them and take note of their differences. Do any of these move you more than the others? Take your time and allow these cards to tell you their story.


My Analysis of These Cards

These cards all look very different from each other to me.

There is a lot of green in the Mythic Tarot card and there are grape vines lining up the sides of this card. In the center of the image the man is ready to start working at his table, which is evenly balanced upon two coins.

The Dragon Tarot card is also very green, but in a sedated hue. There are two ancient looking trees on each side of the card with two dragons each holding a coin between them. Evenly set above and below these dragons are a disk and pentacle.

Then we have the man juggling two coins inside the infinity symbol on the Universal Tarot card. He’s either in a big town square, or just outside the city limits. Either way, he looks very comfortable doing his thing.

The last card is interesting to me. Unlike the others that are on land, this one features the man walking on a platform that is just below the surface of the water. And you can see the waves washing up over it in the horizon. He’s clearly nude as he faces the sun and he’s reaching up to the coins in the air above him.


Themes of the Card

Each card has a set of keywords associated with it that serve as themes for its image. These keywords will vary somewhat depending on who you ask.

According to the Learning the Tarot website, the keywords associated with the card are:

  • JUGGLING
  • FLEXIBILITY
  • FUN

You can learn more about what this site has to say about this card here.

According to the Biddy Tarot website, the keywords associated with the card are:

  • BALANCE
  • ADAPTABILITY
  • TIME MANAGEMENT
  • PRIORITIZATION

You can learn more about what this site has to say about this card here.


What this Card Means to Me

This card is all about change and being able to balance and juggle that change. So look again at the set of cards provided above and consider what they have in common. In each of them, they are managing their changes or balancing their tasks as though they were masters at it. They know exactly what needs to be done and how to do it. Some of them even look as though they are enjoying this moment.

In many ways, this card makes me think of that mythical super mom. She’s got it all together and not only is she managing it all perfectly, she’s loving every minute of it. Who doesn’t what to be like that?

The keyword I choose for this card is: ADAPTABILITY.


Music Playlist

In this spirit of all this, these are the songs I have picked out for this card.


The Writing Exercise

This exercise is a free write. Permit yourself to write whatever comes to mind based upon the theme of this card. Choose a keyword or key phrase and run with it to see what you come up with.


I would love it if you linked or pinged back what you wrote so I could see where you went with this.

Happy writing!


Mythic Tarot by Liz Greene (Author), Juliet Sharman-Burke (Author), Tricia Newell (Illustrator) © 1989
Dragon Tarot by Terry Donaldson (Author), Peter Pracownik (Author) © 1996
Universal Tarot by Lo Scarabeo (Author), R. De Angelis (Illustrator), A. E. Waite (Designer) © 2001
Tarot of Dreams by Ciro Marchetti (Author), Lee Bursten (Author) © 2015

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