Two of Pentacles Tarot Card Meaning

By Charrette Vachon

The man on this card is dressed jovially in a tall red hat, and in his hands, he holds two coin-like pentacles as if about to start juggling them. Though he’s posed like he’s in the middle of dancing, there’s nothing but focused concentration on his face. After all, if his attention slips, he may drop one of the pentacles. They’re bound together by a green infinity sign, implying mastery in this task and the practice that comes with frequent cycles of motion. Ocean waves swell up from behind the man, symbolizing the ups and downs of life and all the challenges that come with it. There are two boats out there on the waves, but they look well-equipped to handle the rough seas, symbolizing the ability to ride out hard situations.

This is a card of motion and a delicate balance between work and place. Although juggling and dancing are fun, it still requires focus and adaptability. Though the ships are out there riding the waves, there’s still the threat of danger if they’re not careful. The Two of Pentacles is the same thing. It says that though you may have your hands full, you’re not just managing your tasks, you’re finding ways to enjoy them as well.

  • Element: Earth
  • Planet: Jupiter
  • Astrological Sign: Capricorn
  • Key Dates: December 22 – 30

The Two of Pentacles Card as a Person

As a person, the Two of Pentacles is someone flexible and adaptable, who handles life’s ups and downs with ease and the occasional bout of wry, sarcastic humor when the situation calls for it. They don’t fear taking risks in life, recognizing that it’s sometimes necessary to get what they want, and with Jupiter ruling over the Two of Pentacles card, it often works in their favor. However, they lose it all just as quickly as it came to them. They always manage to handle the loss with aplomb, quickly moving on to their next idea or their next project.

These are the types of people who can multitask like a pro and make light use of a planner to keep track of events in their life, but aren’t so rigid that they have every detail scheduled for them. Though to anyone else, having such a busy life may look hectic and stressful, to someone described by the Two of Pentacles card, they need to have several things going on at a time to keep them from getting bored.

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The Two of Pentacles Upright

Upright, the Two of Pentacles is about balance in all aspects of your life. Looking at the figure on the card, it wouldn’t take much more than a strong gust of wind for the coins he’s juggling to fall from his hands if he’s not careful. The Pentacle suit in general tends to be about the more physical aspects of life, such as money, career, and resources, so take a look at those areas of your life first to make sure you aren’t juggling too much at one time and that you aren’t at risk of letting something important slip past your fingers.

The rocking ships in the background of the card could also imply that you’ll soon be on the edge of an exciting adventure, one that may require you to travel. Though you might have to rearrange your schedule a bit, the rewards of it would be well worth your time and effort.

Love and Relationships

If you’re currently looking for a relationship, the Two of Pentacles could appear to ask you whether or not you have the time to put your energy into a serious, committed relationship. Relationships take work, especially at the beginning, and if you’re too busy trying to keep the other aspects of your life in balance, you won’t be able to give the relationship the attention it deserves.

If you’re already in a relationship, this card might come up as a warning not to neglect your partner’s happiness. You may have so many other distractions in your life that your relationship is suffering as a result. Now is the time to look at your priorities and decide where your relationship falls. If it’s important to you, what things can you put to the side so you can devote more attention to your partner instead?


When the Two of Pentacles comes up in a career reading, it’s a sign that you could benefit from mixing things up in the workplace. That might mean spreading your skills or diversifying your workload, but it could also imply taking a bit of a larger risk by leaving a full-time job so you can explore new options and try your hand at developing skills in a different field. As long as the potential reward balances out the risk, the Two of Pentacles ensures success.


In terms of finances, the best advice from the Two of Pentacles is to not keep all your eggs in one basket. Even if you’re not great at money management, the Two of Pentacles is a positive card, and diversifying your investments, savings, and methods of income helps increase your chances of garnering a good return. As long as you’re not careless with your spending, you should find success in coming financial decisions.


While there are no looming health problems yet, the Two of Pentacles card suggests that you should balance your work and social life with your health. Start an exercise routine, make time for your annual checkups, and try to cook healthier meals at home even if it might take a little bit longer. If you neglect to make time for it now, your health may force you to make time for it later down the road with more serious issues.

The Two of Pentacles Reversed

When it comes to juggling, the more balls you have up in the air, the harder it is to keep track of them all and the easier it is to drop them. Once one slips, the others seem to follow and the whole thing falls apart. That’s what it is when the Two of Pentacles show up reversed in a reading. The careful balance and rhythm that allowed you to keep up your juggling act has faltered, and things are starting to fall apart as a result.

Now is the time when you need to get organized. You need to step back and reassess your priorities so you can pick which ones are the most important to concentrate on, and which ones you can put on the back burner for later when you’re not so busy. If you’ve been feeling frustrated by all the time you’re putting into a task that seems to be resulting in nothing, devote that time to something you find more fulfilling instead. There’s a chance things will work out better when you approach that project again, with a clearer head.

Love and Relationships

This card signifies a lack of balance in your romantic life while upright, but when it comes up reversed, the situation is more dire.

You may feel like everything else in your life is constantly getting in the way of you finding a romantic partner. Work calls have you canceling dates, and emergencies with family or friends have you leaving early, or maybe your head is just elsewhere while you’re around a potential new partner and they take that as a lack of interest. Either way, your relationship status won’t be changing until you work on settling the other areas of your life first.

If you’re already in a relationship, you may be taking unrelated stress out on your partner without meaning to by bringing your work home with you or getting short and agitated with them when you’re actually upset at a family member or friend. This leads to unnecessary conflicts and arguments that could, if not rectified, lead to the end of an otherwise wonderful relationship.


In a career reading, the Two of Pentacles reversed when you’ve been spreading yourself too thin in the workplace and are overwhelmed with the amount of responsibility and work you have to do. As a result, your work has been rushed and sloppy, and you’ve been stressing yourself out trying to get everything done on time. Slow down and take some time to rest and organize. Your superiors might not be happy with the slowed pace, but they would prefer quality work over something quickly thrown together.


When the Two of Pentacles shows up reversed in a money reading, it is never a good thing, usually signifying poor financial decisions resulting in a significant loss. It shows a lack of planning and balancing with your finances, with all your income and investments tied up with one thing that’s not proving to be lucrative and poor spending habits resulting in financial strain.

You’ll need to be careful when budgeting with what money you have left, and use this as a lesson not to tie all your money up into one project.


Due to taking on more stress and responsibilities in other areas of your life, you’ve let your health decline and you need a serious break. The best thing you can do for yourself to remain productive is to take a good week or so off so you can work on resting and getting your life reorganized so that once you return to them, you have time between your responsibilities to take a breath and focus on yourself for a little bit.

Your Past, Present, and Future

In the past position, the Two of Pentacles represents the beginning of some new project in your life, whether it’s work-related, personal, or social. It says that you need to strike a balance between your old way of living and this new project if you want to be successful with it.

In the present position, the Two of Pentacles says that you’re currently in a busy, productive period in your life and it comes with the reminder to balance your time wisely so you don’t spread yourself too thin and exhaust yourself.

In the future position, the Two of Pentacles indicates that you may be pursuing a new opportunity soon and that you should take an honest look at your strengths and weaknesses and what effort you’re willing to put in before fully pursuing it.

Important Card Combinations

Two of Pentacles and Fool

The Fool represents optimism and new opportunities, and when paired with the Two of Pentacles, it suggests that pursuing a new opportunity will be a lot of work, but that you’ll find joy in the feelings of productivity that come with it.

Two of Pentacles and Hanged Man

The Hanged Man represents indecision and new perspectives, and when paired with the Two of Pentacles, it shows that you may feel stuck on a current project and are unsure how to proceed with it. The Hanged Man implies a need to step back and find a new approach before continuing.

Two of Pentacles and Six of Swords

Six of Swords represents travel and transition due to hardships, and when paired with the Two of Pentacles, it represents the need to be flexible and adaptable with any upcoming travel plans. You may experience flight delays and car troubles, and even though you’ll be stressed and frustrated, you’ll have an easier time working out other travel methods if you keep a calm head.

Two of Pentacles and Page of Cups

The Page of Cups represents creativity and messages of love, and when paired with the Two of Pentacles, it represents a budding new romance with someone you’ve been talking to or exchanging messages with recently.

Two of Pentacles: Yes or No Questions

The Two of Pentacles doesn’t provide a set yes or no on an answer because more time is needed before the answer becomes clear. It’s a firm maybe, but not right now.