It’s not easy to juggle a pregnant wife and a troubled child,
but somehow I manage to fit in eight hours of TV a day.
~ Homer Simpson
In the week that brings us the most sacred festivals in the Earth-spirituality calendar (it’s Beltane in the Northern Hemisphere, and Samhain in the lands below the Equator), we receive a card that is simple, but powerful. For the first time in several years, we welcome the Two of Pentacles.
In the Two of Pentacles, we see a young man dancing as he juggles his coins or disks. A lemniscate (the infinity sign) loops around the two Pentacles, suggesting there is magic at work. Or perhaps, since the Pentacles are about material matters, his worldly dealings may have a spiritual dimension.
In the background we see two ships riding the waves – cruising the ups and downs of life. Perhaps this is not the smoothest sailing, but more like a roller coaster ride. Is it frightening, or is it exciting?
This week, you may need to juggle a number of demands. Although you can do so in a way that looks like child’s play, it will take focus and skill. You have those skills, just remember to be flexible and adaptable when surprises come your way.
If you are being asked to make a choice (often the case with the Twos), you might consider that you can have your cake and eat it too, if you are willing to stay in motion. First one thing, then the other, then back again, and so on.
Look for the opportunities in any setbacks, and find a sense of fun in these challenges – for truly this card is about relishing your abilities, maybe even showing off a little! After all, the young man is standing on one of Pamela Colman Smith’s “stage” settings.
While you don’t get to shirk your many responsibilities, how can you find ways to make them more interesting and amusing?
Now is not the time to be rigid. Flexibility and a light heart are both more fun and more effective.
Take special care of your finances. Pay attention to details, for if you are (like most of us these days) obliged to sometimes juggle priorities and money, a mistake could bring an embarrassing crash.
This week, be prepared for some interesting multitasking. What do you need, in order to stay balanced? How do you know when enough is enough? Avoid agreeing to more than you can really handle.
Instead, be fully present in each and every moment. Focus your attention on what’s on your plate already, and remember that sometimes a side step, or even a back step is the wisest way forward.
The best jugglers don’t focus on any one ball; they find a place in “the zone” where everything just flows.
Dance through whatever obstacles you encounter, have fun, and let laughter fill your sails.