The Two of Coins in many decks is used to note the deck’s creator. I’m not sure where this tradition started, but I like that it connects me to the creative energy and intention behind the deck when it turns up.
On Pitisci’s Marseille deck, it includes “1969” (the year he began reading Tarot) and “2019” (the year of the deck’s first publication) on the banner. I’ve only been reading now for slightly over a year, so the idea of 50 years working with these cards is astounding to me.
Twos represent dualities, choices, opposites and partnerships. The flip side, the fork in the road, intertwined destinies, chance encounters, twins – think of anything that comes in pairs.
Coins, or Pentacles, have to do with the material conditions of our lives, and what we experience as material reality. They are where creative urges go to work, thoughts become things, and potentials are made manifest.
As the Ace of Coins represents the seed or germ, this Two represents propagation. Cells divide. Sprouts branch off. Decisions and opportunities form the structure of material and of life. How will things unfold? How will they interact? Where do we go from here?
Waite’s version of this card depicts a juggler, effortlessly passing the two Pentacles back and forth between his hands in a lemniscate pattern. So the card can also take on the meanings of balancing and skill. Practice makes perfect. Keep your options open. Learn to keep those balls up in the air as long as you can. The trick is to make it look easy.
When I look at this particular pip card version of the Two of Coins shown above, it reminds me of a winding, meandering path. The turns that I chose have made all of the difference, but what of the roads not taken?
For me, when this card comes up, it’s a reminder that the choices I make right in this moment have consequences. It also helps me prime my attention to opportunities and decisions that may present themselves soon.
Where do we go from here? The choice will be in our hands.