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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Week at a Glance: 2 of Deniers

The purpose of drawing a "Week at a Glance" card is to get a sense of the sort of energy, circumstances, or personal qualities I might need to be aware of during the upcoming week.

For the week of February 24, 2013 I am using the 1JJ Swiss Tarot published by AGMuller in Switzerland and distributed by U. S. Games. Versions of the 1JJ Swiss have existed for over a century. One was created by Swiss cardmaker Johann Georg Rauch circa 1831-1838. I owned this deck in the 1970s but was convinced to get rid of it by my then-husband. I later got rid of him, and picked up another set of the 1JJ Swiss cards.

My card is the TWO OF DENIERS
(also known as Pentacles, Coins)

A banner on the card reads "FABRIQUE DE CARTES A SCHAFFHOUSE" meaning "Cards made of/in Schaffhouse" [Switzerland]. 

As you may recall from last week's Week At A Glance post, my mother was hospitalized after a fall, while I was still trying to get over a bad cold/bronchitis. I am feeling much better. Mom has been transferred to a rehabilitation hospital, and the staff thinks she will be able to go home on Friday. She lives alone, so my siblings and I will be reconfiguring her house, getting it ready for her. We'll be making decisions about what sort of in-home care she needs, etc.

So... Two of Deniers. The 1JJ Swiss deck has "unillustrated" pips, meaning that there are no scenes or people on the pip cards. The image on the Two of Deniers communicates balance and harmony to me, with equally sized ornate disks at top and bottom, fitted into a graceful "S" shape. The number Two commonly suggests an emphasis on balancing polarities/dualities, choices, partnership, cooperation, union, and possible tension. The suit of Deniers is the suit of Earth, representing life in the physical, material world (including domestic activities, health, finances, property).

In Stuart Kaplan's illustrated guide to this deck (Tarot Cards for Fun and Fortune Telling / U.S. Games Systems, Inc.), he provides the following Divinatory Meanings:
  • Upright Two of Deniers - difficulty in launching new projects. Difficult situations arising. New troubles.
  • Reversed - Literary ability. Agility in handling matters. Simulated enjoyment. Enforced gaiety.

Taking all of this together, I can easily see how it would apply to the upcoming week. Cooperation will most certainly be required among my family and myself, not to mention my mother! Possible tension? Yes. Choices? Yes. The importance of keeping things balanced and harmonious is obvious.


  1. And I sincerely hope you succeed in keeping children enter now delicado.Vejo this Arcana as changes that will emerge in the material, but may find some resistance, but surmountable.
    It is the phase of rehabilitation. Good Luck!

    1. Thank you, AugustoCrowley. It also just occurred to me that we can see the Ace, Two, and Three of any suit as representing the initial stage of something -- and Mom is moving into the initial stage of at-home recuperation.

  2. A perfect card for the coming week, one where maintaining a balance is important but also the co-operation between those involved in order to achieve this. I don't see tension is this image at all, just a nice balance between the two disks and a harmony achieved between the colours.

    Best wishes from me as you know for a smooth week!

    1. Thank you, Helen! I appreciate your optimistic outlook. I agree that the image doesn't seem to suggest tension -- although it could be there under the surface. I'm thinking I may just need to be aware of that possibility in order to prevent something minor from becoming major.

  3. Good Evening, I bought this deck from a flea Market a few weeks ago but did not have the book that came with it. Do you have all the cards meanings in your blog or on file somewhere? I went to your table of content, but not sure where to looks for the cards. I found this page on google.
    Thanks for any help you could offer me.
    Blessed Be

    1. Hello Cassandra! The book that I used with this deck is the one I mentioned above: Tarot Cards for Fun and Fortune Telling by Stuart Kaplan, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. You can purchase used copies of this book at Amazon and other online outlets.


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