Shadowscapes Study – Two of Pentacles

The 2 main colors of this card are green and yellow. Most of the characters look up and those that don’t are curious in relation to what happens in the picture.

From Dara’s post: [Read more here.]

This image is of a horned man on the ball of one foot, on a platform balanced on smaller, very unstable stones. He juggles two pentacles and maintains the balance, of not only the pentacles but also of his self on the platform. There’s a monkey with a butterfly on its face and a fairy dangling a bell from a red ribbon. There are red ribbons also tied to the man’s right arm. He also has a red triangle on his chest and each foot. There are fairies all about, a lizard in the circle motif of the pinnacle, and a green bird/dragon perhaps adhered to the standing platform.

What is interesting is that the weight distribution seems more heavy on the right side, with the monkey and fairy sitting on that side, a hole carved out of the left side and a bird adhered to the right. That means the person must work extra hard perhaps to maintain this balance of his self.


My post:

This card makes me think of more pragmatic things: an accountant or even better a manager [after reading both the explanation Stephanie gave, and the meaning of the two of pentacles on this page]

This is no ordinary man – he has horns, and he is confident that whatever he does is right and that works, and he has ‘high spirits’ [you can even see them on the card above the pentacles] he’ll be able to do it for a long time. Being no ordinary man, he could be right.

He looks away from us and he’s also not looking at the big coins he is balancing. He also wears a mask – is this a sign of his dual personality? is he two-faced, perhaps? I perceive some managers to have 2 faces. I think this character has grand ideas: the light behind him indicates it, as well as the direction of his stare.

Perhaps he looks up to draw inspiration or strength. He also appears to be almost atop of the world – the mountains in the distance are a bit taller than what he dances on. So, maybe, the answer to the problem will come from Above, from God, if we ask Him for it.

The monkey is there to remind us that while we think we can be this Being for a long time, any wrong move or sudden change can ruin everything. I see monkeys as unpredictable, not to be trusted and tricksters.

The triangles could mean he’s passionate [as they could be a stylized flame], he has fire in his heart and this gives his feet a lot of power to perform this balancing act.

He is of course, passionate, full of energy. His horns and the monkey also point to a wild side of the character.

Besides the horns and the mask, we also see the following symbols:

  • The Fibonacci spiral –
    • it’s the tail of a green chameleon in a little round hole, under the stone on which he’s doing his balance act.
    • the monkey also has a spiral on its hip,
    • there’s another creature, bird-like with a curled up tail
  • The reb Ribbon – attached to his right hand and one held by a little creature sitting next to the monkey. There’s a little bell hanging from this ribbon.
  • Circles – the one in which the chameleon is in, another a bit higher,

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