FOUR OF PENTACLES

DESCRIPTION

Spend time with a 2-year-old, and you will soon hear the sounds of the Four of Pentacles: “No!” and Mine!” These are the cries of the ego, which is just developing in the young child. The ego tries to guarantee power by imposing its will. The desire for control is the hallmark of the Four of Pentacles.

Some control is valuable. In chaotic situations, a firm hand is needed to provide structure and organization. Too often, however, the urge for control gets out of hand, stifling creativity and individual expression. In readings, this card asks you to weigh carefully the level of control in your situation.

The Four of Pentacles can stand for issues of ownership. You may be involved in getting and keeping money or some other commodity. You may be having problems with possessiveness or jealousy. Use the energy of this card to preserve and defend, but not to lay claim. People need to be free to determine their own lives.

The Four of Pentacles also implies blocked change. It’s as if the stubborn little man on the card is thwarting your every move. Opposition may come from those who want to maintain the status quo. It may also come from within yourself. Are you resisting change that is truly needed? We often cling to the familiar even when we know it’s not for the best.

The lesson of the Four of Pentacles is that control is impossible. We stand in the world as in a great ocean. Who could manage or possess such power? The only way to keep from drowning is to ride the currents. The ocean will support us as long as we swim with the flow.

FOUR OF PENTACLES

General Meaning
This suit, most often named Coins or Pentacles, is a symbol for a magical talisman that represented wealth or potential. This suit represents something supportive that is available to you — whether it be health, some kind of talent, a material or financial resource.
A Four in this suit has been used to express the paradoxical aspect of material security — the two-edged sword of having been well supported and protected. It sounds completely idyllic until one investigates the real demands that prosperity places upon people — the pressure of big decisions, responsibilities toward dependents or employees, and even tougher decisions in times of insecurity.
An immature person thrust into such a position would lack the perspective to sensibly assess risks and rewards, would be vulnerable to bad advice or surprise developments, and could even put the livelihoods of loyal assistants at risk. This card also can refer to the subtler dependencies that comfort encourages, allowing laxness and self-indulgence to quietly degrade one’s reserve of will.
The character this card represents needs to move slowly and deliberately if change is required, as the consequences will affect more than just her or himself.
Note: In the English decks, like Rider-Waite, we see a person who is stuck in their misunderstanding of how the material plane works. He’s afraid to let go of his four measly coins, because he doesn’t know he has to give in order to get. When looked at this way, this is the card of poverty consciousness.

In the Advice Position
Study the responsibilities you have inherited rather than just looking at the advantages they represent.
The card in the Advice position suggests a course of action which will harmonize what you want with what is currently possible.
The Four of Coins in this position signifies a young person, naive and pampered, who has been left an estate. Think conscientiously about all those people whom your activities impact, including those whose work and effort went into building what you inherited and those whose welfare depends upon your right management.
What you have been given is abundant; still, it is not without limits. If you are prudent and responsible, the endowment will grow. However, if you are frivolous or foolish, your behavior could undermine both your inheritance and the well being of others who are connected to it.
In many decks, we see the image of a person who is stuck in his or her misunderstanding of how the material plane works. He’s afraid to let go of his four measly coins, because he doesn’t know he has to give in order to get. When looked at this way, this is the card of “poverty consciousness.”

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FOUR OF PENTACLES TAROT CARD MEANINGS KEYWORDS
Upright: Control, stability, security, possession, conservatism
Reversed: Greed, materialism, self-protection

FOUR OF PENTACLES TAROT CARD MEANINGS AND DESCRIPTION
The Four of Pentacles shows a man sitting on stool, away from his home town. He tightly holds onto his pentacles or coins in a very defensive posture as though he were hoarding them for fear of loss. One pentacle is balanced on his head, one clutched between his hands, and two are securely placed underneath his feet. He is making sure that no-one touches his coins! And, he cannot go anywhere because his feet are busy holding the coins down. In other words, this man is so tied up with his possessions, that he cannot do anything else. His eyes appear darkened from hard work but his mouth betrays the hint of a smile, which comes from the self-satisfaction of his accomplishments.

UPRIGHT FOUR OF PENTACLES TAROT CARD MEANINGS
The Four of Pentacles generates both positive and negative perceptions. On the one hand, this card signifies that you have accomplished many of your goals and have attained great material wealth in the process. However, on the other hand, there is a risk that you will come to value only material wealth, thus becoming possessive and/or greedy in ensuring that no-one else takes away your wealth.
The Four of Pentacles indicates that you are in a position where you are financially stable and secure with solid investments. You are very conservative about money and are not inclined to gamble in financial matters. You are very protective of what you have accumulated over time, and slowly and steadily you increase your net worth through saving money and safe investments. You are self-sufficient both financially and emotionally, as you often equate money with emotional security.
Although this card shows a practical and financially stable person, it often indicates possessiveness, greed and an overly cautious approach to life. You may be afraid to take risks, both financially and emotionally for fear of losing everything that you have attained so far. As a result, you may be vaguely unhappy and unfulfilled. Deep down you are starting to realise that you have sold out for a conservative and overly ‘safe’ approach to life.
Thus, the Four of Pentacles indicates one of the dangers of prosperity, the temptation to value money far above its real worth. If wealth and financial success lead to a miserly or penny-pinching attitude, then you have found yourself in a narrow-minded state where nothing is perceived to have any significant value other than money. This attitude is an expression of extreme attachment to the material ‘things’ of the world and is unhealthy in the long-term. Sadly, possessions have become your life and you now assess your self-worth based on how expensive your car is, how many bedrooms and flat-screen TVs your house has, etc. What this also means is that you must continually work hard to generate an income to sustain this standard of living and to sustain your ongoing obsession with material possession.
Sometimes, the Four of Pentacles can indicate an inflexible attitude that is resistant to change. You have already established a way of living that now works for you, so why change? Change appears to be a threat to your certainty, safety and security, and may place you at risk of losing all that is important to you. Any suggestion of doing things differently is therefore going to be met with resistance for fear of how it will impact your personal sense of security. Thus, you are more likely to favour tradition and tried-and-tested ways of doing things, rather than taking any risks at this point.
The Four of Pentacles can also indicate a need to control your environment. You want to be in charge to ensure that your world does not get altered or changed, and as a result, you demand compliance and you insist on having things your way. You want to create order amidst the chaos, to bring a state of calm and stability back into your life. However, the downside is that you cannot always have things your way and you may prove to be too much for some, isolating yourself from friends or family.

REVERSED FOUR OF PENTACLES TAROT CARD MEANINGS
Reversed, the conservatism of the Four of Pentacles has turned to greed and stinginess. You are haunted by a fear of poverty that compels you to be materialistic. You are extremely defensive and self-protective materially and emotionally, fearful of opening up and trusting other people. You are very reluctant to spend money and you are keeping a very tight rein on your cash. On the flipside, you may be spending too much money and need to get a better hold of your financial resources.
In relationship reading, the Four of Pentacles reversed suggests that you have spent your time recently focused on career-building and material acquisitions, rather than your relationships. This approach to life has been quite successful financially but is very limiting when it comes to connecting authentically with others. You have created a prison for your time and your energy by building up this solid wall of work and financial responsibilities, and will need to release and escape from this to some extent if you want to focus on more personal issues. The important thing to realise is that success in your career is beneficial but only to a point. You may need to examine your life and determine what you can give up, particularly in terms of effort and time put towards work and other similar activities, so that you can have more energy available for developing personal relationships.
The Four of Pentacles reversed asks you to loosen your hold on your need for security and stability and step outside your comfort zone. While it will feel a bit shaky at the start, this is an important step in your personal development.

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Four of Pentacles Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Holding on to people/possessions/ issues, deep seated/past issues, hoarding, stinginess, control, possessiveness, financial stability, financial security, saving for big purchases or retirement, greed, materialism, wealth, penny-pinching, isolation, boundaries, keeping to yourself, lack of openness

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context, the Four of Pentacles Tarot card can indicate that you are holding on to people, possessions, situations or past issues. It can be an indication that there are deep seated issues affecting you that you need to process and let go of. This Minor Arcana card can indicates that you may be trying very hard to cling onto the people or possessions that give you a sense of security. You may be holding onto things in an unhealthy, possessive, controlling or toxic way or someone may be holding onto you in such a manner. It can indicate that you need to establish your boundaries or respect the boundaries of other people. The Four of Pentacles can also indicate a lack of openness, blocking or obstructing progress, keeping to yourself or a sense of isolation. It can represent wealth, greed, materialism and penny pinching.

Health
In a health Tarot spread, the Four of Pentacles can indicate that you may be holding on to old negative energy from past issues or experiences that may be having a knock on effect on your health. It might be a good idea to try reiki or some form of energy healing to help you release those energies. If you are holding onto old emotional or psychological baggage, talking to a friend or professional counsellor might help you to release some of those issues. It is also a card of retention so you may be suffering from constipation or water retention when it appears.

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot reading, the Four of Pentacles is not a great card to get. If you are in a relationship, it can indicate that either you or your partner may be acting in a possessive, jealous or controlling manner which could be having a negative effect on your relationship. Be careful not to hold on so tight that you squeeze the life out of your relationship. It can also be an indication that one of you is holding onto past wrongs or a grudge or that there are deep seated issues causing issues in the relationship. If you partner has wronged you in some way you will need to make a decision to either forgive them and move forward together or let go of the relationship. Holding onto grudges is toxic and breeds resentment. If you are single, the Four of Pentacles indicates that you may be holding yourself back from meeting someone new. This may be because you fear change, you are not approaching new relationships with an open mind and heart or it can be an indication that you are still holding onto feelings for an ex and are not ready to move on. Whatever the cause you will need to resolve these issues before you can fully embrace a new relationship.

Money & Career
In a career spread, the Four of Pentacles usually indicates that you are in a stable position in your career. Do not let fear of losing that position rule your life, you can be careful about maintaining your position without being paranoid or isolating yourself. It can signify being weary of sharing with others in a career setting which could take the form of being possessive of your clients for fear of someone stealing them or unwilling to share ideas with co-workers as you worry they might take credit for them. This may be a valid concern in some situations but don’t go overboard. It may also indicate that you are holding on to a job that doesn’t fulfil you because you fear losing the financial security it gives you. Alternately, the Four of Pentacles can represent someone withholding something from you such as an employer holding a promotion or pay rise back. If you have your own business it can indicate that you are attaining success through honest hard work and building on it. In a financial Tarot spread, the Four of Pentacles usually indicates financial security and stability. It also indicates that you are trying to hold onto your wealth. This may be in the form of saving for a big purchase such as a house or car or putting money away for your retirement. However, it can also indicate materialism, penny-pinching or greediness or stinginess.

Spirituality
In a spiritual context, the Four of Pentacles indicates that you may be holding onto the past and resisting going forward on your spiritual path. Fear, regret or negativity may be holding you back and you may be closing your heart off to others or focusing too much on materialism. You need to take time out to figure out what you are holding onto and why. Try meditating or energy work to help this process along.
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Four of Pentacles Reversed Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Shedding the old, letting go of people, possessions or issues, generosity, sharing, giving to others, making large purchases, openness, generous to a fault, financial insecurity/ instability, financial loss, losing something valuable, reckless behaviour, lack of control, gambling, theft

General meaning and interpretation
In a general context, the Four of Pentacles reversed Tarot card can indicate that you are ready to let go of people, possessions, situations or past issues. You may be releasing toxic people or situations that are no longer healthy for you, shedding old issues or letting go of regrets or fears. You may also be feeling generous and sharing your wealth or possessions by giving to others. Be careful not to go to the extreme in this aspect and allow others to take advantage of you. This Minor Arcana card can indicate that you may have let go of or lost something valuable through theft or gambling or it can be an indication that you are out of control or are engaging in reckless behaviour. However, the Four of Pentacles reversed can also indicate that you having stopped trying to control people or situations and are approaching things with a more relaxed and open attitude. Look to the surrounding cards for clarification.

Health
In a health Tarot reading, the Four of Pentacles reversed indicates that you are releasing or are ready to release the negative energy you have been holding onto and move forward in a positive, healthy way. Maybe you have been suffering from anxiety and have shared your worries with someone you trust and lightened your load or maybe you’ve forgiven someone who wronged you in the past and let go of your anger towards them. Whatever the situation, you should see a significant improvement in your health or general well-being as a result.

Love & Relationships
In a love Tarot spread, the Four of Pentacles reversed is a good omen. If you are in a relationship, it can indicate that you are letting go of fear and resentment in order to allow your relationship to move forward in a positive way. If you have been in a toxic relationship, it can be an indication of letting the relationship go. However, this should ultimately be a positive decision in your life if that is the case as it is something you need to do to move forward. If you are single, the Four of Pentacles reversed indicates that you are ready to let go of fear and get out there and meet people with an open heart. If you have been struggling to let go of feelings for an ex it can be an indication that you are ready to release those feelings and move forward in a positive way.

Money & Career
In a career spread, the Four of Pentacles reversed in a positive aspect can indicate that you will be generous to those in your work environment. This may involve giving them your time or assistance, brainstorming and sharing ideas or sharing the credit for successful projects. However, there are many negative associations for the Four of Pentacles reversed in a career setting so you really need to look to the supporting cards for confirmation. The Four of Pentacles reversed can indicate job losses, letting go of a failing business or even bankruptcy. Now is not a time to take a career or business gamble as this card can represent losing valuable opportunities through risky behaviour when it appears in your Tarot spread. The Four of Pentacles reversed warns you to pursue success through honest hard work and determination and to avoid taking short cuts as they could backfire. It can also signify theft of ideas, business or clients so be careful who you trust with your client lists, ideas or trade secrets. In a financial Tarot spread, the Four of Pentacles reversed indicates not holding onto your wealth. This can take the form of losing something valuable through carelessness or theft or financial losses through reckless behaviour such as gambling, getting involved in “get rich quick” schemes or risky investments that fail. It can signify financial insecurity and instability. However, it can also represent not holding onto money for positive reasons such as using your money to buy something important you’ve been saving for like a house or car, being generous, giving to others or sharing your wealth with those close to you.

Spirituality
In a spiritual context, the Four of Pentacles reversed indicates that you are ready to go forward on your spiritual path and will make huge progress in the right direction as you let go of any fear, regret and negativity you were holding onto. This is a great time for you spiritually as you approach things with an open mind and open generous heart. Make sure you stay grounded and keep enough of your energy for yourself!