Lesson 34 – Two of Pentacles

All of the cards I have out for today’s lesson have a human figure on them.

There’s a man balancing a board on his head with two lumps of clay, eyes closed, focussed.  In the next on a man with his back to you, holding a baby in each arm. In another two hands entwined, creating the inifinity symbol with linked fingers. A fairy, mouth open, eyes alert, juggling two pentacles above her head.  A woman in heels standing on one leg holding a golden orb in each hand, graceful.


Juggling the demands of life.


The infinity symbol occurs in many of these pictures.  A sense that this task is never done.

Getting autobiographical for a moment I spent a decade seeking balance.  I had burned out and experienced some significant health issues after a lengthy period of overwork.  I wanted to find a way to work which would earn “enough” while ensuring I could stay healthy and find some time for joy.

It became an almost comic dance with circumstances and unintended consequences.  I took training courses to create this balance, meaning I became busier than before, I took on work roles which grew beyond expectations.  There were changes at home with the end of a marriage and teenage dramas with children…


Then I came across the notion of flow.  “Balance” is only ever momentary.  The laws of physics jump in, a strong breeze knocks us off kilter and the moment is lost.  I am learning now to flow (note: learning).  I think of the tide, it’s rocking motion, sometimes full, sometimes in retreat.  I think of the space it covers, how it is transformed twice daily. Or the flow of the river, low and parched in summer, full to overflowing after a storm. Neither is wrong, or right.  It just is.

Exercise 34

  • A few journal prompts:
  • What are you “juggling”?
  • How and when do you experience flow?
  • What does this card say to your life and circumstances?
  • What might you let go of in the next ebb tide of your life?




Published by fionabeth13

Here for modern witches, mystics, spiritual geeks and seekers. Word witch and midlife mystic.

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