Tarot by the Mouthful Theresa Reed and Kyle Cherek

Kyle is a foodie who loves Tarot. Theresa is a Tarot reader who loves food. 

Together, we host Tarot by the Mouthful: a mouthwatering, multi-media culinary tour through the world of Tarot. 

Sublime recipes. Soulful stories. Essays, videos, interviews and delicious surprises. 

Join us every Sunday for a new installment — and get ready to sip, slurp, crunch and savor your way through the entire Tarot deck! 

This week: Two of Pentacles

Tarot by the Mouthful - Two of Pentacles

Two of Pentacles – A juggling act.  Trying to do more than one thing at the same time.  Multitasking. This card symbolizes the unsteadiness we feel when we have too many balls in the air – or not enough money.  Seeking balance. The Two of Pentacles can also represent having difficulty making a decision – weighing the pros and cons.  Lastly, there is a travel element (the ship in the background). Where to next?

Theresa – Juggling Acts

The Two of Pentacles is the card of the juggler. This week, Kyle is doing just that – between meetings and appearances – and family life, he’s very much living this card.

Most of us can probably relate. These modern times demand multitasking.  We’re all hustling. But there are some who make this look effortless.

Take professional chefs for instance.

A few years ago, I was sitting with an old flame at the counter that faces the open kitchen at Momofuku, one of my favorite New York haunts.  We watched in silent amazement as the chefs whizzed about the small space, deftly chopping, pouring, frying, and moving around each other as if doing some sort of culinary ballet.  Not a move or noodle was out of place.  Some of the chefs were doing multiple tasks without skipping a beat or bothering to look up.

The restaurant was packed to the gills yet everything came out quickly…and perfect.

This is Two of Pentacles in action – flexible, adaptable, able to complete the goal without dropping a ball.

Ambitious home cooks know that they have to maintain this same delicate balance even when creating a humble weeknight dish.

We must still find a way to handle several things at once – not just the food but the ringing phones, the demanding cats at our feet, the family’s schedule and changing needs.  It’s our own version of the dance that the pros do.  Equally challenging but on a different scope.

Day in and day out, the skilled chefs come into the restaurants ready to feet the public and do that dance while we home cooks do our jigs between homework, housework, and work work.

We’re all trying to find our way, to manage our lives, to create balance…in our kitchens and our lives.

Juggle on.

Bon Appetit!

Theresa and Kyle

© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2016

photos from personal collection and Jessica Kaminski

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