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Two of Pentacles Tarot Meanings

The card of balancing, multitasking & adaptability.

Last Updated: March 16, 2024.

The Two of Pentacles highlights the theme of maintaining balance through life’s inevitable changes, depicted by the image of a person gracefully juggling two pentacles, which are kept in a loop by the symbol of infinity, emphasizing the constancy and inevitability of fluctuating change, and a personal need for agility.

In a world where change is the only constant, many find themselves continually juggling work, personal life, and unexpected challenges, often leading to feelings of overwhelm and uncertainty. The Two of Pentacles, a tarot card deeply literal of this dynamic equilibrium, speaks directly to those moments, offering not just a reflection of our current state, but also a guide towards managing life’s perpetual “balancing act”. 

Let’s shed light on how this card reflects the need to stay adaptable, the importance of maintaining equilibrium amidst life’s ebbs and flows, and the genuine potential for harmony even in the midst of turmoil. 

By the end of this chocker of an article, you’ll understand the subtle yet profound teachings the Two of Pentacles offer regarding flexibility, holding yourself with strength in the face of adversity, and the natural rhythm of life’s alternating challenges and triumphs.

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Illustrative Symbolism

Two of Pentacles from Rider-Waite-Smith deck

Each card in the Rider-Waite-Smith deck is filled with symbols and imagery that are rooted in traditional tarot iconography, but they also incorporate elements from a variety of esoteric traditions, including Kabbalah, alchemy, and astrology. 

This makes the deck particularly appealing to tarotists who look beyond the surface images to understand the deeper, more hidden meanings.

2 Golden Coins

The central figure is juggling two pentacles, which are symbolic of material aspects, such as money, resources, or other palpable matters like your physical body (and therefore, your health). The act of juggling initially suggests the need to manage multiple priorities or responsibilities at once.

Infinity Sign

The pentacles are connected by a lemniscate (infinity symbol), which is floating around them. This symbolizes the concept of infinite possibilities, and also the continuous flow of energy and connection between the material aspects being juggled. It suggests a balance that is dynamic rather than static, supporting that the person is either managing their affairs in a fluid and adaptable manner or absolutely should.

Oversized hat

The hat’s prominent size can suggest that the reader’s thoughts or mental state plays a significant role in their ability to maintain balance and adaptability. That’s not saying you “need” a mindset shift – but it does bring awareness to how you’re thinking about stuff that influences the practical movements in your daily life. It might also indicate that the situation requires a considerable amount of mental energy or focus to manage effectively.

Rough Seas and Ships

In the background, there are rough seas with ships riding the waves, which can represent the ups and downs of life and the external circumstances that can affect a person’s stability and balance. The ability of the ships to navigate these choppy waters mirrors the reader’s/client’s need to stay afloat amidst changing conditions. Something you need to remember is – the juggler is on land, and not in the waters of high emotion, and this is in your favour.

The Juggler’s Footwear and Posture

The juggler is typically depicted wearing one shoe and one boot, standing in a somewhat awkward pose with one foot on the ground and the other lifted. This could symbolize the reiterating need for flexibility and adaptability in how you approach life’s challenges, or the importance of being grounded while also ready to adjust your stance as necessary, e.g. who are you showing off for, and why? Is it time for an ego check?

Important Associations

Upright keywords

Balance, Adaptability, Multi-tasking

Reversed keywords

Disorganization, Imbalance, Stress

Yes or No






Ruling Planet


Astrological Sign


Interpreting the Two of Pentacles in the upright position

The Two of Pentacles is the second card in the suit of Pentacles (also known as the suit of coins, suit of disks, or suit of rings) and one of the fifty-six suit cards from the minor arcana. In divinatory tarot, the Suit of Pentacles represents the physical, material, financial and earthly aspects of our lives.

For myself personally, whether upright or reversed the Two of Pentacles indicates there’s some work to be done. It truly is one of those nebulous cards where no matter what meaning you arrive at, there will always be a catch! 

When upright, assume the Two of Pentacles is asking you to: weigh your options, prepare for more than one opportunity, balance a few things or relationships in your life, or mind your finances.

In Tarot, 2’s are usually symbolic of relationships (personal, romantic or otherwise) and pentacles are symbolic of resources, stability and the material world. When we combine the two together, this card can give us messages regarding our relationship to the tangible things around us like money but also the intangible things around us—like time.

upright two of pentacles

What it means for love

In a love reading, upright Two of Pentacles can mean you and your partner are doing a great job at balancing your lives together, or a message to prepare for more to be added to your plates! New jobs? Marriage? Moving in together? Are you ready to take on more? 

If you’re single it could mean new dating prospects to weigh and getting clear on what you want from a prospective relationship/partner. 

If you’re not looking to date yet, it’s a great time to manage the other priorities in your life, leaving space for you to grow into a relationship if that’s what you decide.

What it means for career

In a career reading, upright Two of Pentacles can mean new opportunities coming your way as well as more responsibility or even the possibility of a second income stream—just make sure you’re not taking on too much! 

If you own a business, this card shows up to remind you to balance the books and your finances need a keener eye – revisit profit and loss, revisit best banking options for yourself, and look at ways to tidy up the profit so as to not increase any loss (such as switcher to a cheaper vendor supplier where you may have a better relationship).

The Two of Pentacles as feelings/emotions

If you are asking the tarot how someone feels about you, pulling the Two of Pentacles can mean this person is unsure of their feelings! While that might not be the answer you’re hoping to hear—the silver lining is that Two of Pentacles gives us choice. You now have the space to choose for yourself how to proceed and prioritize your OWN feelings instead. Perhaps the Two of Pentacles is reflecting your own indecision back to you? Look inwards. 

The Two of Pentacles as a person

As a personality archetype, the Two of Pentacles represents someone who might be having trouble discerning where their money, resources, time and energy go. Alternatively, they could be excellent at handling finances, can be fantastic for frugal fun and bring out new choices for bringing balance to our lives. 

They are usually ambitious and want to have and do it all. It’s very admirable in theory—but much harder in practice! Enjoy being motivated by them, but use your intuition for key guidance

The Two of Pentacles as advice

If you are asking the tarot for advice regarding a specific situation in your life, pulling the Two of Pentacles means that you need to weigh your options carefully and work to strike a balance.

Check-in with yourself often to make sure you’re directing your energies in the right place to see the best results. 

Astrological Association

The Two of Pentacles is associated with the sign of Capricorn. Capricorn is the workhorse of the zodiac. As a cardinal earth sign, they are known for being ambitious, and occasionally this can result in them taking on too much and having to balance multiple things at once! Something the Two of Pentacles want us to mind.

The Capricorn zodiac symbol is the sea goat. Symbolizing their connection to both the material world and the spiritual one. This blend of elements (earth and water) exists in the symbolism of the Two of Pentacles as well. We see it in the pentacles being balanced, and the tumultuous sea carrying two boats. 

This is a reminder that our outer world often reflects our inner world. Capricorns work very hard to make their dreams come true—but it should never come at the expense of their peace of mind. Going with the flow and being adaptable is key.

Is the Two of Pentacles a yes or no card?

The Two of Pentacles is neither a yes nor a no card. It’s always a maybe. Frustrating? Absolutely! But if you look closer, you can see the Two of Pentacles is not here to tell us what to do—but instead to help us choose for ourselves and be flexible and adaptable in those choices.

Below are some of my interpretations based on different types of questions:

Question: Will I get the job?

Card Interpretation: Is this the job you want? If not, be open to more opportunities. If you are in a role already but want something different, look at what is financially viable for you right now, and whether it’s a good option not to move roles at this time.

Question: Is this new person in my life good for me?

Card Interpretation: Where are your doubts coming from? If you feel like they are likely to cause an imbalance, this card shows up to confirm it.

Question: Will I achieve my current goals?

Card Interpretation: Are you prioritizing the things that will help bring you closer to success? This card has “hard work” energy about it, but if you are juggling too many things right now you may end up dropping the ball.

Question: Should I start my own business?

Card Interpretation: Are you prepared to take on all the responsibilities of having your own business?

Two of Pentacles as Timings / Timeframes

Tarot timing involves assigning precise timeframes or durations to the events and transitions indicated by the tarot cards in a reading. Personally, I use the tarot decan wheel, an astrologically-based method that aligns each Minor Arcana card with a distinct segment of the zodiac calendar.

Based on that, I determined the timing of the 2 of Pentacles to be from December 22 to December 30. 

Interpreting the Two of Pentacles in the reverse position

Right-side up or reverse the Two of Pentacles is one of those cards that almost means the same thing no matter how you look at it! Just like the infinity symbol on the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith deck, Two of Pentacles reminds us that what we put in is what we get out. 

How can you prioritize and redirect your energy to see better results? Where is the stress coming from and what can you take off your plate to alleviate yourself and find more balance? How can you create more flow in your life?

reversed two of pentacles

What it means for love

In a love reading, upside down Two of Pentacles can mean you need to prioritize your partnership more. If you are in a couple, maybe work and financial worries are sucking the romance and passion out of your relationship. This can be a message to make time to reconnect. 

If you’re single this card can signal being overwhelmed with the dating pool! Get more clarity on what you expect from a potential partner.

What it means for career

In a career reading, inverted Two of Pentacles can mean you are taking on too much at work and are reaching your limits. It can also indicate an unwillingness to move on or let go. Is it time for a new job? Have you avoided asking for a promotion? It’s time to take matters into your own hands.

This card can also show up when you own your business and financially things are a bit of a mess – it’s time to balance those books and deadhead any flowers that aren’t blooming for you in terms of profit.


Despite its association with mysticism and occultism, the tarot has grown to become much more than a simple “fortune-telling” tool. For many tarot practitioners, it is a complex system made of symbolic imagery and psychological considerations (Tarot archetypes for example) that can be used for self-exploration, meditation, and personal transformation.

When the 2 of Pentacles appear in a reading, it is often a sign that you will have to juggle many different responsibilities in the near future. However, it is also a reminder that you are more than capable of handling whatever comes your way. Keep your head up and stay focused, and you will be able to achieve anything you set your mind to.

Have you ever pulled the Two of Pentacles in a reading? I’d love to hear how it played out for you. What’s your personal take on this card?

I’m all ears for your stories and insights, so drop them in my inbox! Plus, if you’re curious about the whole tarot deck, take a peek at my comprehensive guide to all 78 tarot cards and their interpretations.


Written by Kasandra Martinez

Kasandra (she/her) is a professional Astrologer, Tarot Reader and Founder of Style By The  Signs. She is a triple earth creatrix who loves providing misfit unicorns with creative guidance and making cute AF cosmic shit for witchy babes. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter  (@stylebythesigns) or book a reading with her at