of the four suits in tarot, pentacles are the one i draw the least - by quite a lot. i relate deeply to the emotional cups, love delving into the mental space created by the swords, and seek out the crackling, fiery energy from the wands - but those earthy, grounded pentacles rarely come up for me in readings. today's card is one of the few in the suit i've drawn before: the two of pentacles. strong and bold, with large, beautiful wings balancing two pentacles, this butterfly is powerful, open, and full of stable energy. the most obvious interpretation here is balance, with her asymmetrical wings and those pentacles delicately sitting on her massive wings. the rainbow lemniscate connecting the symbols adds the only touch of color, but keeps everything tied together beautifully. but this card can also indicate inevitable change, as the butterfly herself goes through a complete transformation in order to acquire those glorious wings. she may look fragile, but is much stronger than she appears - she's able to quickly change direction, catch a slight breeze and use it to her advantage. there's an unexpected strength along with easy flexibility that makes her unique, dynamic, and able to balance change in a beautiful way.
pentacles are tied to work, home life, possessions, finances, and earthly matters, so i can't help but consider my career prospects whenever they come up. i have a busy week, packed with a variety of shooting gigs - live music for a singer/songwriter friend, my regular work with restaurant menus, a queer women's cocktail event for pride, and social media images for a catering business. i love weeks like this, that push me to constantly adjust my style and perspective, forcing me to grow and adapt as a photographer, but they can also be challenging - every day is more different than usual, and it can take more energy to do everything well. this card can remind us to stay flexible, prioritize what matters, and embrace changes that may come along the way.
of course, this card could also be speaking to other types of change - perhaps a new job opportunity is coming, or another move is on the horizon. but it feels to me that balance is the message today, remembering to honor all of my commitments and approach every task with purpose, flexibility, and creativity.