Two of Pentacles

Much like one of its meanings of juggling life, here you have a young man holding two pentacles in an infinity symbol and dancing in front of boats navigating huge waves in an ocean. If that doesn't encompass the business of life, I don't know what does.

When I see the Two of Pentacles in a reading, sometimes it could mean someone juggling various projects or it could mean someone who is unsure of something and weighing their options. But as a card of advice, it advises that if you are feeling lost, or stuck, to start getting a couple of balls rolling in your life to start shifting your energy forward.

One of my favorite pieces of "pass-it-on" advice, especially for those who don't even know what to juggle or feel incredibly lost or incredibly overwhelmed, is to focus on the next intentional action. You don't need to see your whole life, your whole project, your whole whatever, just what's next. This could mean something as small as brushing your teeth. While it seems stupid that something so small could really amount to anything, it actually, metaphysically speaking, activates your energy and starts to prime you to throw larger things into the mix.

Perhaps there is a class you've always wanted to take, perhaps you just want to go out for a walk. Perhaps you need to take just the next step in a big project. Whatever the action is, it will shift the chemicals around you and start the forward motion, and give you a sense of the movement that you are searching for.

When you are feeling the most lost, it is integral at that time to cut yourself a break from trying to figure out your whole life. I liken this to the kid in the classroom who always gets yelled at for messing up. The kid is not going to be able to think with clarity and act with pure action if they are constantly trying to accomplish something while worried that they are going to mess up and get scolded.

The same thing happens with your inner thought process. It's hard to listen to where your gut is wanting to go if you are worrying you are going to mess up your whole life, or that you aren't in a place where you feel you should be, or you are worrying about failure at all - which happens to all of us on our bad days. But, as I have mentioned in other postings, everyone is in process. Even the people you think are at the top of their game. They are still in process too. Start at the smallest beginning andhave faith moving forward.

Let's say you already know what you want and aren't lost. Maybe you are just fearful of what's next. Then this card suggests getting the ball rolling a bit in that area. Again, if you need to start off with the most practical basics (which often, if not most of the time, you will), then do that.

Reach out to the person who can help you move this forward, list what you need, see what is in your control and what isn't, and then focus wholly on the things you do have control over. If you are feeling paralyzed with fear, getting the ball rolling is what will extinguish that fear, because you are leaping into the action your body wants to take. One of my favorite Marianne Williamson quotes is: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world."

While some of you might say, "No, it's definitely because I feel inadequate", you have more power than you know. Start taking the small steps forward to get to that person that you have the potential to be. And remember, nobody starts off perfect, no matter how much they wish that were the case. Time, effort, faith is what gets you to top form.

To get back to the imagery on the card, the smaller detail in the background of the ship navigating the huge waves is showing the ability to navigate life's ups and downs smoothly. We could also say the waves could be emotions. Either way, this navigation takes being kind to yourself, takes patience, takes being okay with yourself in the moment. Maybe make these part of your next intentional step, and remember, as some of my good friends also say, “Stay in your lane."