As a reminder, the suit of Pentacles is driven by feminine energy and represents values related to stability, growth, and material aspects in the life of the Querent or subject of a reading. Scholars and academics have connected the suit of pentacles to the classical element of earth, and most of the cards from that suit embody the symbolic attributes of this element, one way or another.
Minor Arcana: Positive elements of Two of Pentacles
The traditional figure depicted on the two of pentacles (in the Rider-Waite Smith deck and various derivatives) is a dancing young man obviously happy with what he is doing. He is holding one pentacle in each hand as if they were juggler balls.
Another crucial detail of this card from the suit of Pentacles is the deliberate shape drawn around these two pentacles and connecting them together, like a large number eight. In the actual scene itself, it might represent a thread or rope, used for some trick or another since the character is obviously making a spectacle of himself. In context, it might also be a more arcane symbol on the card meant to echo the usual symbol used for infinity, something boundless and endless.
The main character on the two of swords minor arcana card is obviously juggling with his two pentacles but manages to do it without dropping either of them. As such, the main meaning of the two of pentacles in a reading is usually one of balance and equilibrium.
This minor arcana card encourages finding the sweet spot where two concepts or priorities that have vastly different requirements reach some kind of balance regarding time management and commitment.
Finally, the two of pentacles lets the Querent keep a smile on their face and keep their cool when such a situation arises, ensuring that the decision they make and how they balance it will be done fairly, taking every requirement into account.
Negative elements of Two of Pentacles
The balance and harmony usually channeled by the two of pentacles are completely broken when the card appears reversed in a tarot reading or spread. In that situation, it is a sign of disorganization and poor time management skills, wasting a lot of time in the process. This usually represents someone moving from one project to the next, in a kind of scheduled Ponzi scheme that will eventually catch up with them.
The other meaning of a reversed two of Pentacles might refer to someone making a spectacle of themselves, or putting on a show to hide their true feelings and emotions. In that way, the skillful juggler on the illustration is replaced with the archetype of the sad clown, putting on a show for other people and hiding the distress and pain they feel inside.
Two of Pentacles and love
A love-based tarot spread that features the two of pentacles will usually mean one of two things. Combined with other positive cards, it can simply suggest a particularly happy time in your romantic relationship, where you manage to balance the requirements of your love life with the other requirements in your life.
Combined with cards with more deceptive meanings, the two of pentacles in a love spread could represent the Querent or subject balancing two relationships at the same time, splitting his time and attention between a spouse and a lover. Combined with positive cards, it might represent a successful polyamorous relationship, and if the two of pentacles is reversed it might signal complications arising from a double life.
Two of Swords: Traditional meanings
Usually, a positive card, the two of swords represents a kind of flexible joy and the skillful art of balancing several priorities in life without neglecting any of them. In a more generic kind of reading, the two of swords is usually a good sign that the Querent finds a way to equally balance all the important aspects of their life, like love, family, material stability, and professional achievements.
Keep an eye out for a reversed two of swords though, that might wreck that careful balance apart like the proverbial grain of sand on a crucial cog in the machinery of your life
Balance, flexibility, time management, multitasking, and spectacle.
Reversed: Stress, bad priorities, and too many commitments in too little time.