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Card Meanings:

The Major Arcana...

0 or 22 -The Fool
1 - Magician
2 - High Priestess
3 - Empress
4 - Emperor
5 - Hierophant
6 - Lovers
7 - Chariot
8 - Strength
9 - Hermit
10 - Wheel of Fortune
11 - Justice
12 - Hanged Man
13 - Death
14 - Temperance
15 - The Devil
16 - The Tower
17 - The Star
18 - The Moon
19 - The Sun
20 - Judgement
21 - The World

The Minor Arcana...

Wands (Rods):
King of Wands
Queen of Wands
Knight of Wands
Page of Wands
Ten of Wands
Nine of Wands
Eight of Wands
Seven of Wands
Six of Wands
Five of Wands
Four of Wands
Three of Wands
Two of Wands
Ace of Wands

King of Cups
Queen of Cups
Knight of Cups
Page of Cups
Ten of Cups
Nine of Cups
Eight of Cups
Seven of Cups
Six of Cups
Five of Cups
Four of Cups
Three of Cups
Two of Cups
Ace of Cups

King of Swords
Queen of Swords
Knight of Swords
Page of Swords
Ten of Swords
Nine of Swords
Eight of Swords
Seven of Swords
Six of Swords
Five of Swords
Four of Swords
Three of Swords
Two of Swords
Ace of Swords

Pentacles (Coins):
King of Pentacles
Queen of Pentacles
Knight of Pentacles
Page of Pentacles
Ten of Pentacles
Nine of Pentacles
Eight of Pentacles
Seven of Pentacles
Six of Pentacles
Five of Pentacles
Four of Pentacles
Three of Pentacles
Two of Pentacles
Ace of Pentacles

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The Two of Pentacles
Two of Pentacles

Card Nicknames: The juggler, the balancing act, the balance card, the management card.

Short meaning: The Two of Pentacles card often depicts a juggler, or someone struggling to maintain balance. It can indicate change and fluctuation, much like the Wheel of Fortune, but this card is more focused on efforts to manage life's cycles and keep things under control. The juggler may simply refer to a very busy person, a person managing a challenging project, or someone with a complicated life. Because this card is a part of the Pentacles suit, it can refer to money or finances, indicating the need for careful financial management in order to be successful. The card may also refer to any balancing act in a person's life, perhaps family problems, health issues, or other tasks requiring extra effort. When describing an occupation or someone with similar personal characteristics, it usually means a person whose regular efforts are oriented toward maintaining balance, such as a peace maker, negotiator, or energy healer.

Full meaning: The Two of Pentacles refers to maintaining balance. Because this card belongs to the suit of Pentacles, it often means balancing limited financial resources.

Overall, this is a positive card, showing a person who is able to maintain balance despite challenging circumstances. The card is sometimes called the "juggler card" because the drawing on many decks depicts a juggler. He represents somebody subject to life's ups and downs, but one with the capability of managing them. Sometimes this card refers to balance in health or relationships, or the balance of money with other circumstances such as family life versus employment, or health versus financial gain.

When referring to financial circumstances, the Two of Pentacles could represent income fluctuations, an ability to make ends meet, limited resources, hard times, a small sum of money, a modest income, or financial gains that aren't meeting expectations.

The card often has non-financial meanings as well. The juggler is a symbol of multi-tasking and personal flexibility, the card of a busy lifestyle, or of a person dealing with several challenges at the same time. Sometimes the Two of Pentacles is called the management card because of these skills. A juggler is also the picture of someone who is having fun.

When referring to health, this card could represent a person maintaining balance, a healer dealing with balance such as an energy healer, good health, or mood swings. If describing relationships, it can mean diplomacy in the midst of many personality types, or the balance between home life and work.

Huggens (see Sources) writes, "The physical exchange of money, trade, and favors is indicated by the duality of this suit of Earth. It can also represent natural change and flux in the world around us, as well as the balance of our everyday lives and tasks -- not easy for many people who have families, careers, projects, spiritual lives, and hobbies to fit into a single day! Often the card of struggling, students or single parents, the Two of Coins advises us to budget carefully and walk the fine line between feast and famine." (Huggens , p. 251)

According to Moore, "When this card comes up, it is easy to think of multi-tasking. Doing several things at once is common for most of us, at least sometimes. There are hectic times when everything we are attenpting threatens to fall. But then there are those times when everything goes amazingly smoothly, almost like magic. The Two of Pentacles is that kind of balancing. We are directing rather than controlling. We are in a Zen-like state. We are working with the flow of the universe. The card is not necessarily about doing things but about balancing the flow of our lives in a graceful and natural way." (Moore, p. 195)

Two of Pentacles Reversed
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