Two of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings

Two of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings

What does the Two of Pentacles card mean in a Tarot Reading?

Light and cheerful Two of Pentacles is a rather auspicious sign in the spreads. It is a Tarot card that personifies a lack of seriousness and stability that leads to the search for balance. Chaos matters a lot. Sometimes it helps to look at problems from a new angle, to see fresh perspectives, to test yourself.
To understand this card, imagine a children’s swing for two: they go up and down. The Minor Arcana Tarot card Two of Pentacles describes situations that are characterized by constant movement. But at the same time, events always return to the point of balance.

Goal: The Wisdom of the Fool
Element: Earth
Planet: Jupiter, Mercury
Astrological sign: Capricorn, Gemini, Libra


We see a young man dancing in a decorative dress. He holds Two Pentacles connected by an intersecting cord that forms the sign of infinity. In the distance, ships are battling big waves, bravely trying to stay afloat.
(For a detailed depiction, analysis of the Symbols and all Elements of the Two of Pentacles Tarot Card, click here)

The Main Meanings of the Card In an Upright Position

Key Words and Phrases

Balancing multiple responsibilities. Walking the tightrope. Feeling that you are being pulled in different directions. Everyday affairs. Financial instability. Work simultaneously in two or more places. Scattered resources. Balanced action. Hard work to make ends meet. Creative funding. Resource allocation.

Two of Pentacles Tarot Card

Employment in several projects at the same time. Responsibility for many cases. The need to make a decision. Good news. Gift. Change of place of work or change of environment. New relationship. Cruise. The move or travel that will change your life. Travel. Everything is changing. Easy Come Easy Go. Borrow from Peter to pay Paul. To go with the flow. Time is money.

The main meanings of the card in an upright position

uncertainty, choice between equal options;
great emotions;
play, optimism despite the difficulties of choice (decision);
spontaneity, agility;
lack of their own point of view, sycophancy;
high adaptability;
a fine line between infantilism and wisdom of the royal jester;
a lot of promises, a lot of worries / affairs;
difficulty, obstacle, obligation;
embarrassment, turmoil, excitement;
quarrel, confusion, difficulty, delay;
anxiety, concern, bewilderment;
the vicissitudes of fate, thrift;
balancing, news;
the ability to achieve your goal, mastery of the situation and yourself;
luck, joy, pleasure;
change for the better, good news.

Two of Pentacles. Witchcraft Tarot by Ellen Dugan
Witchcraft Tarot by Ellen Dugan

Situation and Advice

You are trying to do several things at the same time. You may not enjoy your job as much as you did in the beginning, because it has become a responsibility over time. Maybe you are trying to please someone else with your work, and not to realize yourself? You need to manage your time wisely. Your financial affairs are in disarray, you need to take time to get them in order. This may cause you to experience difficulties in the early stages of your new project. Most likely, you will have financial problems and have to “borrow from Peter to give to Paul”. You will not receive the money you expected, but it is possible that the necessary money will come to you in a different way. It may happen that you have to share the income with your partner.
There is a possibility that you will be forced to work for a long time without any remuneration, or you may be too preoccupied with money issues. You need to make a decision that will help reduce your stress levels. Perhaps changing your job or your environment will improve the situation in some way. The most optimal thing you can do now is adapt to the circumstances and go with the flow. A trip awaits you soon. Taking responsibility will certainly lead you to success. Perhaps someone will please you with good news or you will receive a gift. You must constantly be prepared for the vicissitudes of fate.

Persons designated by Upright Two of Pentacles Tarot Сard

Those who have to keep too many promises made. Those who take on everything at once.

The Main Meanings of the Card In a Reversed Position

Key Words and Phrases

Those who manipulate their finances and cannot properly manage them. Failure to achieve balance. Swim against the current. Instability. Imbalance. Disorganization. Futility. Inflexibility. Frequent mood swings. Anxiety. Indecision. Aimlessness. Debts. Unreasonable waste. Wrong management of finances. Poor financial situation. Inadequate effort. Difficulties. Lack of concentration. Sad news. Confrontation. Depression. Postponement or cancellation of the trip. Failure to put everything together. Everything goes down the drain. Everything is bursting at the seams. The partner has too many resources at his disposal. Buying too many items on credit. Bureaucracy. The urge to bite off much more than you can chew. The eyes are much larger than the stomach. I have dedicated myself to the well-being of my company. I can’t take it anymore.

The main meanings of the card in a reversed position

if you make a decision, it will only get worse;
many events, many things to do;
bad news;
failure of plans;
labor, book, composition;
dispatch, message, letter;
literal meaning;
inability to direct the situation in the right direction, loss of control;
wrong view of the situation, delusion;
doubts, self-doubt;
material problems, the need for savings;
lack of clarity, poor self-confidence;
forced fun, ostentatious joy;
a bad omen.

Situation and Advice

You may be feeling completely overwhelmed by the fact that you have to fulfill many different obligations at the same time. At the moment, your life is full of complications. You have to pay attention to many small details. Perhaps you had to deal with bureaucracy and you are “fed up with it”.

Two of Pentacles. Mirage Valley Tarot by Barbara Moore
Mirage Valley Tarot by Barbara Moore

It may be difficult for you to stick to a goal-oriented course when too much is opposed to you. It looks like you have bitten off much more than you can chew. You have not calculated your strength, and now you have to make ends meet. What you need is this: concentrate on only one task at a time. Your partner may be overly aggressive with shared resources, so when you need money it can be difficult to get it. On the other hand, you yourself may have mismanaged your finances, wasting money or making too many purchases on credit. Now it is difficult for you to pay the debts.
It can be difficult, but you have to learn to be flexible, you have to force yourself to go with the flow. Reevaluate your goals and make sure you have the skill and determination to move on.

Persons designated by the Reversed Two of Pentacles Tarot Сard

Scattered people. Impulsive, immature, inflexible people. Financially troubled people who squandered all their savings.

In the Spreads

Two of Pentacles is a Tarot card of light chaos, unforeseen situations and bustle. It heralds a change that forces you to move and try to restore stability. By itself, the Arcana is positive. The person copes with all metamorphoses, maintaining optimism and confidence.
The interpretation in the spreads depends on the scope of the issue and the position of the card, as it has the following semantic nuances.

In an Upright Position

In the upright position of the Two of Pentacles Tarot card means that you have every chance to turn the situation to your advantage and benefit. Even if the circumstances are not all favorable for you, and there are a number of difficulties and problems, you have a lot of opportunities to direct the situation in the direction you need.
The Two of Pentacles card indicates business acumen, dexterity and flexibility, the ability to find a compromise and a way out of the most difficult situations, the ability to balance on the brink and always stay afloat.
That is why the presence of the Two of Pentacles in your spread predicts the success of your plans and great financial profit. True, get ready for the fact that wealth will not float into your hands by itself. It will require you to be energetic, quick-witted and willing to take risks. But the result will be worth the effort.
The first interpretation of the Tarot card Two of Pentacles is a change, although not always for the better. Problems and setbacks are likely, but firmness of character and ability to adapt to circumstances will enable the querent to achieve an effective solution and establish a balance of rival forces. When it comes to finances, the Two of Pentacles is a good Tarot card, but it is recommended to use resources sparingly.
The Tarot card of Two of Pentacles can mean good luck, fun and joy. News, messages (most likely written), already received or expected soon. Obstacles and difficulties: how they will be and how serious, will reveal other cards in the spread. Possible confusion. Financial or income problems.
The upright position of the card speaks of unexpected changes, knocking the ground out from under our feet, which prompts us to solve problems and try to restore balance. But at the same time, these changes are perceived as a game, as something uncritical and funny, which is easy for us to cope with.
Two of Pentacles in a upright position is a card of changes, a player’s card, and also a card of a person who does not care what decision to make. It shows that a person knows how to adapt to the vicissitudes of life and endures its ups and downs without unnecessary worries. In the area (or in a person), on which the spread is made, changes have occurred, are occurring or will occur, and most often quite significant. The card is generally neutral, but still with a positive bias. The changes it points out are usually positive, and they happen quite softly, harmoniously, without shaking too much.
Sometimes Two of Pentacles shows a person with temporary financial problems, as his income has decreased. A person feels a shortage and makes a lot of effort to regain his previous state (looking for a new job, trying to increase productivity and earn income). Here you can also tell about a person who is constantly trying to climb the career ladder.
In the old days, the Two of Pentacles was considered a bad card, although it makes no sense to call it such for our generation. It carries activity, perpetual motion. Now every person living in a metropolis spends every day in a stormy rhythm, constantly having some kind of worries. You have to do something all the time. This is the dynamic. Times are good, then not so much, and this is life.

In a Reversed Position:

The Reversed Two of Pentacles Tarot card indicates the querent’s lack of a clear understanding of the state of affairs, indecision and disorganization when trying to cope with changes of state. As a result, there is a feeling of loss of control over some aspects of life, and the querent abandons plans too gently for resolving future problems.
In a reversed position, the Two of Pentacles Tarot card warns the querent that the situation in business is getting out of his control, and this may have a bad effect on his financial situation.
The presence of this card in your spread means that your well-being is at risk. Perhaps you do not have the necessary information, overlooked something, or are slow and indecisive in business. One way or another, the Two of Pentacles warns that you need to be smart and flexible in order to stay afloat.
To avoid financial losses, you should seek the help of an experienced and dexterous business person or draw up an ingenious plan of action yourself. The main thing for achieving success is not to break through, but to act flexibly and wisely, to seek balance, compromising and even turning difficulties to your advantage.

Two of Pentacles. Tarot by Alphonse Mucha
Tarot by Alphonse Mucha

The reversed Tarot card of Two of Pentacles means an unpleasant experience. Forced fun, feigned pleasure. Exchange of letters. Settlement of both financial issues and relationships. Doubt, anxiety, uncertainty.
The reversed Two of Pentacles can have several interpretations. Either now is not the best moment for active action, or you do not want to solve pressing issues and problems, or you pretend that everything is in order, although in reality it is not.
The Two of Pentacles in a reversed form shows that the contradictions are aggravated, the balance is unstable, and the person simply adapts to the environment. The card predicts doubt, anxiety and hesitation. It tells that the joy of the querent will be feigned, and a good mood will be pretense. Circumstances will develop in such a way that the person will be forced to pretend that he is happy, in the depths of his soul shuddering with a presentiment of trouble.
There are more and more problems, everything begins to put pressure on a person, with even greater power. It becomes hard to breathe and to solve emerging problems. Internally, in his subconscious, he thinks: how wonderful it would be to end this fuss. I want calmness, I’m tired of all this activity and frantic rhythm.
The person may have temporary health problems. The person can have irritability, loss of appetite, or energy will disappear. For example, a person sits at home watching TV, and tomorrow it is time to submit a report, which he has not even touched. This is a state when you do not want anything and everything becomes dull, indifferent.
The reversed Two of Pentacles indicates a bad time for contracting. The person is entangled in events and does not follow the development of new ones. He’s just wasting his gift. Stop stepping on the same rake. It’s time to try something new, or look at things from a new perspective.
The reversed Two of Pentacles also denotes material difficulties, perhaps loans, a lot of debts and stuff like that, and also indicates letters, official messages. In this form, the card carries an unfavorable time for any changes. Better to stand still, so as not to make things worse. It is believed that any change now can destroy everything. You need to be more careful and hide for a while.

In the Spreads for Different situation

In an Upright Position:
In fortune-telling, the situation promises favorable changes. It can be a change of profession for a more promising one or positive changes in the way of life. Dynamic transformations await you, leading to increased stability.
In a Reversed Position:
The reversed Two of Pentacles appears in the spread for the situation in case of fatigue and apathy of the querent. He does not want to do or decide anything, there is no motivation. You need to get together, pull yourself together.

In the Spreads for Relationship

In an Upright Position:
In the case of love, it will symbolize relationships as a game in which emotions dominate, and not deep feelings. It can be flirting, sex without obligation, or starting a relationship when you don’t yet see each other as life partners.
Two of Pentacles in an upright position indicates a period of carefree, unclouded joy, or a period of infantile frivolity and whims. Which of these sides will manifest itself more strongly depends on our own attitudes and expectations. After all, capriciousness can be viewed as simple-minded indecision, attractive precisely because of its insecurity. The card can mean the time of grinding in characters or manipulation: specifically to attract and repel in order to bind you more tightly. It can mean a settlement in a non-monetary relationship or serious changes in the relationship of partners to each other.

In a Reversed Position:
In the reversed position, the Two of Pentacles predicts the receipt of conflicting information about the partner, which, at first glance, there is no reason to believe, but it is no longer possible to forget about it.

Two of Pentacles. New Vision Tarot
New Vision Tarot

Also, the card can talk about obstacles and delays, symbolize inflexibility and inability to quickly perceive what the partner offers.
Avoiding problems, unwillingness to solve difficult situations, or a chaotic change of partners.

In the Spreads for Dates

In an Upright Position:
Your relationship is now in limbo. The development of events can go in any direction. A lot depends on what desires you decide to realize.
In a Reversed Position:
Too much hesitation, doubt and uncertainty – they destroy the possibility of happiness.

In the Spreads for Family

In an Upright Position:
You are surprisingly good at balancing the conflicting demands of your family and the outside world.
In a Reversed Position:
You are too busy with your own affairs and neglect someone from the family. You will not be able to return the time that should have been spent with your loved one.

In the Spreads for Friendship

In an Upright Position:
Friends have put you under pressure, but you manage to balance conflicting demands.
In a Reversed Position:
Don’t pretend it’s okay when it isn’t.

In the Spreads for Money

In an Upright Position:
When fortune-telling about finances, the situation is also unstable. There is also regular earnings, but the amount is variable.
In a Reversed Position:
Inability to spend money wisely, calculate your income and expenses, and live within your means.

In the Spreads for Education

In an Upright Position:
You are doing your job quite well.
In a Reversed Position:
Learning is now a low priority. Bring balance back to life: focus more on your lessons, and less on people.

Two of Pentacles. Illuminati Tarot
Illuminati Tarot

In the Spreads for Career

In an Upright Position:
In the spreads for a career, Two of Pentacles means chaotic activity. There may be small mistakes at work or an emergency, the need to solve many cases at the same time or communicate with many people.
Inability to organize the process. When problems or difficult situations need to be addressed, you are often unable to focus and prioritize.
In a Reversed Position:
Inability to organize the process. When problems or difficult situations need to be addressed, you are often unable to focus and prioritize.
In a reversed position, the Two of Pentacles speaks of fatigue, lack of energy, unwillingness to move forward. At the event level, it usually predicts the receipt of incorrect information, financial losses, lack of time and energy to complete an important project or business.

In the Spreads for Health

In an Upright Position:
In matters of health, Arcana has a good interpretation. Health is variable, but not bad. It symbolizes optimism and good spirits. If there are any diseases, they are not serious. If a person is sick, then the card predicts a slow recovery.
In a Reversed Position:
In the reversed position, Arcana means mood swings, jumping emotions. In the case of illness, it is either improvement or deterioration. Indicates exhaustion of forces, weakened immunity. Disease prevention is needed.

Answer to Yes / No Tarot Spreads

In an Upright Position:
Rather yes than no
In a Reversed Position:
More likely no than yes

Self-Development Lesson

Look for harmony in your life. You seem to have endless powers of balancing several things at once, and your life can easily become chaotic. Try to be more focused.

Type of person in an upright position:

The card means a person that is easy to communicate with. Fast in movement, dexterous, agile. He is sociable, quickly makes acquaintances, knows how to keep up a conversation on any topic, albeit superficially. He has many friends, but few real friends.

Type of person in a reversed position:

The card means a restless, fussy, curious person beyond measure. Disorganized, irresponsible, always late everywhere. Irritates those around him with idle chatter, makes them want to get rid of him as quickly as possible. Very lonely at heart.

Two of Pentacles. Wizards Tarot by Corrine Kenner
Wizards Tarot by Corrine Kenner

Arcana’s warning

You need to be active in the near future, until the chaos in business turns into a complete collapse. The time for laziness is over, problems need to be solved.

Final Advice of Arcana

Relax and unwind. Sometimes it’s helpful to be as lighthearted as possible. However, you should not get carried away with this for a long time.

In an Upright Position:
If a problem has arisen – do not be silent, consult with other people, find out their opinion. Avoid idle communication and loss of time.
In a Reversed Position:
Think that you write and speak, the word is not a sparrow. Delays in implementing plans should not force you to abandon your original intentions.


It seems that this young man is frozen between two options and is now trying to make a decision. The sea is seething, his emotions are overflowing. However, he seems to be able to balance the various forces affecting his life, and his dance indicates that he looks at the situation with amusement and does not allow his indecision to overwhelm him. If you pull this card out, you might find it difficult to get new projects off the ground, but keep going. It would be helpful to show great determination.
Two of Pentacles is a sign that you can relax a little. Don’t be afraid of change. You have enough strength to solve all the cases, while maintaining good spirits.


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