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What I See:

Boy can I relate to that poor dad! Grocery shopping with kids is the pits, LOL. Yet this is a fabulous image of balance. We all juggle family and home, work and friends, balancing our budgets and paying the bills. We see the Earth element in the produce the man is looking over. We also see the test of choice as he decides what to buy. The crocodile on his shirt shows us adaptability — the crocodile lives in the water yet breaths air.

General Earth element/Pentacles suit:

Please refer back to the Ace of Earth.

Light (upright) Reading:

Centered, you’re balancing your responsibilities.

  • Keywords: Balance, Movement, Multitasking, and Changes.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

Beware of your attention being pulled in a different direction.

  • Keywords: Disequilibrium, Disorganization, Inflexibility, and Unfocused.

Plots:

Typically, this card shows a man with two coins joined by the infinity symbol (which has ties to the Magician and Strength). A clown or court jester come to mind. A traveling act/performer? What if the high wire performer falls in love and loses their balance, their focus?

Perhaps a blending of families? How about living in two worlds like the crocodile? Or living a secret life? Maybe there’s a two-timing back-stabbing plot thread? Perhaps this tells you to write two different points of view.

  • Two Themes: Balance, Attraction, Receptivity, Duality, Reflection, or Choice.

Pentacles (Coins) relate to material losses or gains, perhaps your character is balancing two jobs to make ends. Or maybe they’ve lost their job? Received a raise or promotion?

Characters:

Adaptability in the midst of demands on time and attention.

  • Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Merchants, Business, and Professional class.

Additionally, look up one of the Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) for personality traits.

For more information on the Twos in general, please refer back to the Two of Fire.

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide

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