Two of Pentacles

Two of Pentacles

Two of Pentacles

The Two of Pentacles represents balance, adaptability, and the art of juggling multiple priorities. It is within the suit of pentacles that we consider the practical aspects of daily life. We are reminded that life is constantly changing, and we must learn to adapt to different situations and maintain balance between our various responsibilities. This card invites us to explore the concept of duality and equilibrium. It reminds us that there are always two sides to every situation, and that finding harmony between opposing forces is essential to achieving balance in our lives.

When the Two of Pentacles appears, it often means it is time to embrace the ebb and flow of life, and to be open to new experiences and opportunities. This card also urges us to remain centered, grounded, and confident in our ability to navigate everyday challenges with ease. By remaining flexible and focused, you will find yourself able to navigate even the most challenging situations with grace and poise.

Two of Pentacles Reversed

The Two of Pentacles reversed often indicates a struggle to keep up with daily life. You may feel pulled in different directions and are having a hard time finding your footing. It may be that you have taken on too much, or that you are not focusing on the things that truly matter to you. It is important to remember that this card position is not a sign of failure or inability. Rather, it is a reminder to take a step back and to reassess your priorities. This card can be a wake-up call to get back in touch with your values and to make sure that you are living in alignment with them.


“I am centered, focused, and able to balance all aspects of my life with ease and grace.”

Two of Pentacles reversed

Two of Pentacles Zodiac Sign

The zodiac sign of Capricorn is associated with the Two of Pentacles tarot card.

Two of Pentacles Love

In matters of love, the Two of Pentacles tarot card can indicate a struggle to find balance and harmony in one’s romantic relationships. This may mean juggling multiple partners or feeling overwhelmed by the demands of their current relationship. It can suggest a need to take a step back, re-evaluate priorities, and to communicate openly and honestly with their partner(s) about their needs and boundaries.

Alternatively, the Two of Pentacles can also indicate a period of transition or change in one’s love life. This may mean exploring new relationships, or considering leaving a current relationship in order to pursue a new path. It reminds us that finding balance and harmony in love requires us to remain centered and grounded, and to be open to new experiences and perspectives.

2 of Pentacles Yes or No

In a Yes or No reading, the Two of Pentacles can generally be interpreted as a Maybe (Prioritize flexibility over concrete decision-making).

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Minor Arcana Symbolism

Tarot Card NameTwo of Pentacles
Card Number EnergyAntithesis
Numerological MeaningDuality, balance, a settling of the energy, union, division, cause and effect, decision, cooperation, tension, complement, harmony, equilibrium, love, partnerships, opposites, connection, togetherness, polarity
Classical ElementEarth
Traditional Upright MeaningMulti-tasking, flexibility, movement, financial decisions, time management, flux, multiple obligations, yin and yang, adaptability, growth through change, work/life balance, prioritization, resourcefulness, stretching or balancing resources, equilibrium, ups and downs, juggling money, a balance of giving and receiving, perseverance, ebb and flow
Traditional Reversed MeaningImbalance, no back-up plan, overworked or swamped at work, disorganization, incomplete tasks or projects, discord, trying to do too many things at one time, overwhelmed, need for reprioritization, overextending, lack of work/life balance, chaos, buckling under pressure, disharmony, need to slow down, resisting change, financial mess, overcommitted
Jungian Personality TypeSensation
ChakraRoot, Sacral
Astrological CorrespondenceJupiter in Capricorn
Crystals and StonesRuby, Mookaite Jasper, Garnet, Fire Opal, Red Coral, Fire Agate, Red Carnelian, Red Jasper, Brown Tourmaline, Chocolate Opal, Coral, Petrified Wood, Smoky Quartz, Axinite, Carnelian, Dunilite, Black tourmaline, Obsidian, Tahitian Pearl, Apache Tears, Hematite, Onyx, Lodestone, Jet, Black Kyanite, Coal, Shungite, Lava Stone, Citrine, Melo Pearl, Orange Calcite, Amber, Boulder Opal, Orange Tiger’s Eye, Tangerine Quartz, Cognac Diamond, Orange Tourmaline, Coral, Hyacinth, Petrified Wood, Orange Selenite, Smoky Quartz

2 of Pentacles as Feelings

The Two of Pentacles can suggest a sense of duality or ambivalence. Riding the waves of life can produce an incredibly wide range of feelings, ups and downs that can change quickly. One minute you may feel torn between multiple options or priorities, struggling to find a sense of balance or harmony. The next minute, you find yourself feeling capable of managing multiple responsibilities and challenges, embracing change and new experiences with open arms. Be patient with yourself as you navigate the ever-changing landscape of your life.

Two of Pentacles Meaning

Tarot Through the Ages

Tarot was originally invented as a card game in the mid 15th century. French occultist Jean-Baptiste Alliette, also known as “Etteilla”, was the first to assign divinatory meanings to the cards in the late 1700s. Many others have followed in his footsteps, bringing their own unique interpretation of the cards. In our exploration of the Tarot, we weave together contemporary insights with the timeless wisdom of the past. This blending of past and present perspectives offers a more holistic view, allowing us to connect with the evolving narrative and lineage of wisdom that has shaped our understanding of each card over time. Let’s dive into some of these historical interpretations…

Two of Pentacles Meaning

Harmony in the midst of change, alternation of gain and loss; change of occupation; travel in quest of wealth; ups and downs of fortune; a visit to friends.


It implies discontent, foolishness in the management of resources, restricted condition of material affairs due to bad management; the Querant is probably too talkative and too suspicious. He is kind, but inconsistent, and should avoid arguments.

Time period

Astrologically, the Two of Pentacles (Two of Coins) governs the first decanate of Capricorn, from December 22nd to December 31st, under the rulership of Saturn.


On the face of the cube, surrounding a pentagram, is a zodiacal wheel, corresponding to the Qabalistic attribution of the Sphere of the Zodiac to the divine number 2. The faces on the two coins suggest polarity, for one is male and the other is female.



Modern Translation of The Oracle of the Tarot by Paul Foster Case (1933)

Two of Pentacles - RWS

The Minor Arcana: Two of Pentacles

Upright: Embarrassment, obstacles, obstruction, emotion, confusion, difficulty, hindrance, unrest, etc.

Reversed: It is given as a message, writing, doctrine, literature, work, book, production, composition, a letter, elements, principles; checks.


The Two of Pentacles represents the influence of Fire on the Sixth house, which corresponds to Virgo. In this case, the commonly accepted meanings of this house seem to be those traditionally associated with the reversed position of a tarot card. This illustrates the need to avoid placing too much importance on reversed cards. The traditional interpretation of this card is not very clear overall.

The term “emotion” is not relevant, while “embarrassment” is accurate. The fiery influence of the Sun and Venus on this house, which represents endless possibilities, naturally leads to the difficulty of choosing one thing over another, and paying too much attention to small or subordinate things and people. There is little harm in any card from the Pentacles suit; the worst possible outcome might be earning too little profit compared to the amount of labor expended.

On the other hand, this card must represent good and conscientious work, as well as the loyalty of employees, agreeable and satisfying work, fair compensation, and consequently, happiness. The agreeable stimulation provided by this card to the nervous system might lead to joy, recreation, and good health.


This card suggests good work, reasonable satisfaction, and satisfactory results. It represents agreeable occupations, but also warns against overexertion and the need to use resources, money, and health sparingly. There may be difficulty in making choices. It suggests having trustworthy and good employees, treating them well, and experiencing joy, gaiety, and recreation. This card is associated with physical well-being. It also denotes machinery, technology, and technical skills.

Modern Translation of the General Book of the Tarot by A.E. Thierens (1930)

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Two of Pentacles Tarot

Upright: On the one hand it is represented as a card of gaiety, recreation and its connections, which is the subject of the design; but it is read also as news and messages in writing, as obstacles, agitation, trouble, embroilment.

Reversed: Enforced gaiety, simulated enjoyment, literal sense, handwriting, composition, letters of exchange.

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot by A.E. Waite (1910)

Two of Pentacles Card Imagery

A young man, in the act of dancing, has a pentacle in either hand, and they are joined by that endless cord which is like the number 8 reversed.

-Modern Translation of The Pictorial Key to the Tarot by A.E. Waite (1910)

Two of Pentacles -  Symbolism Infographic

The Lord of Balance

Two wheels, disks, or pentacles (similar to the Ace) are connected by a green and gold serpent, bound around them like the figure eight. This serpent holds it’s own tail in it’s mouth and a radiant white angelic hand lies in the center of the symbol. There are no roses in this card. Above and below are the symbols of Jupiter and Capricorn. It is a revolving symbol.

Symbolism: This card represents harmony of change, gain and loss, alternating between weakness and strength, a constantly changing occupation, restlessness and dissatisfaction with any fixed condition of things; now elated, then melancholy; industrious but unreliable, fortunate through wise management but sometimes unaccountably foolish; alternates between talkative and suspicious. Shows kindness but is inconsistent and wavering. Fortunate in travel. Argumentative.

Chokmah of HB:H (Pleasant change, visit to friends).

Therein rule the Angels  HB:LKBAL and HB:VShRYH.

Modern Translation of The Tarot of the Golden Dawn: Book “T” by MacGregor Mathers and Harriet Felkin

2 of Pentacles

2 of Pentacles

The Meaning of The Two of Pentacles Card Throughout History

The Tarot deck is a beautiful synthesis of esoteric thought and archetypal imagery. The journey of the deck, shaped by the events and values of each era, has continued to evolve and take on new significance as it adapts to a larger cultural story. Often a tarot card will have a variety of names and meanings. Exploring the historical interpretations of each card will create a deeper understanding of this powerful method for divination and self-discovery.

Various Names For The Two of Pentacles

The Two of Pentacles has taken many names throughout history such as Two of Disks, Two of Coins, Two of Deniers, Two of Stones, Two of Discs, and Two of Diamonds.

Tarot de Marseille (1650)Two of Coins
Golden Dawn (1888)The Lord of Balance
Papus (1892)Two of Pentacles
Rider-Waite (1910)Two of Pentacles
Thoth (1943)Two of Disks
2 of Pentacles Yes or No

Significations of The Two of Pentacles

  • Opposition to the commencement of fortune. Difficulty in well establishing the first landmarks of good fortune.

-Tarot of The Bohemians by Papus (1892)

Two of Pentacles Symbolism

Upright: Embarrassment, Worry, Difficulties.
Reversed: Letter, Missive, Epistle, Message.

-The Tarot by S.L. MacGregor Mathers (1888)

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The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

Two of Pentacles - The Illustrated Key to the Tarot published 1918, public domain
Two of Pentacles – The Illustrated Key to the Tarot published 1918, public domain

This guide by Arthur Edward Waite, the designer of the most widely known Tarot deck and distinguished scholar of the Kabbalah, is the essential Tarot reference. The pictorial key contains a detailed description of each card in the celebrated 78-card Rider-Waite Tarot deck, along with regular and reversed meanings. Contents describe symbols and secret tradition, ancient Celtic methods of divination, and wonderful illustrations of each Tarot card. This book is the perfect complement to old-style fortune telling and also serves to make the Tarot entirely accessible to modern-day readers. The Pictorial Key to the Tarot is the classic guide to the Rider-Waite deck and to Tarot symbolism in general.

Pre-Raphaelite Tarot

Two of Pentacles  – Pre-Raphaelite Tarot by Luigi Costa ©2019 Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. All rights reserved, used by permission.
Two of Pentacles – Pre-Raphaelite Tarot by Luigi Costa ©2019 Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. All rights reserved, used by permission.

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Universal Celtic Tarot

Two of Pentacles - Universal Celtic Tarot Mini by Floreana Nativo, Christina Scagliotti © 2022 Lo Scarabeo srl, All rights reserved, used by permission.
Two of Pentacles – Universal Celtic Tarot Mini by Floreana Nativo, Christina Scagliotti © 2022 Lo Scarabeo srl, All rights reserved, used by permission.

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