--By Hyperion Night
The Two of Pentacles
Balance in the face of turbulence. Juggling priorities. Challenging Times.
Where were you when... the Challenger exploded, the towers fell, man first set foot on the moon? Some friends and I were playing that game over tequila the other night, and I realized that most of these "where were you when" days were awful. Not the moon-landing thing, but I wasn't even a glint in my father's eye at that point. They all sent us spinning--for a time at least. And in some instances, the reactionary changes that followed stuck, and rarely for the better.
We can't control these big events. All we can do is control our reactions. We can be the man in Tarot's Two of Pentacles, dancing on the shifting sands in front of a storm-tossed sea, unable to affect or assist the ships floundering on the high waves. All we can manage is our little world, the pentacles in our hands. In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, the course of those two pentacles is traced by an infinity sign, reminding us that it's a constant effort. The world goes on, we're small pieces in it, and as long as we're alive, we need to dance with it. Not to dance... Let's not go there.
When life strikes, good or bad, large or small, are we reacting, or are we dancing, keeping our balls in the air, staying internally centered? To lose our center is to lose our balance, and then those pentacles will come crashing down. This Tarot card challenges us to find our center. It asks us where we are internally, so we can manage what's happening externally as best we can. And it reminds us that when everything's going to hell, we need to keep the important pieces of our own worlds intact--whether that means keeping up an exercise regime, not burying our sorrows in food and drink, and just continuing to get up, get dressed, brush our teeth, and do the work. On a more prosaic level, it asks us what balls we may be dropping that shouldn't be dropped.
The Two of Pentacles reminds us to stay centered, to stay balanced. You may not be able to control the whirlwind around you, so focus on what you can manage. You can control you.
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