Four of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings

Four of Pentacles’ Upright & Reversed Meanings

Four of Pentacles tarot card image
Four of Pentacles (Reversed, Lacking)

Ideas: Decluttering, inner security, sale

Traits: Adaptable, flexible, generous, liberal, open, relaxed, wise

Emotions: Disappointment, insecurity, nervousness, uneasiness

  • Actions:
    • Finding your inner security
    • Knowing that there are things which are more important than material security
    • Letting go of what no longer serves you
    • Loosening up
    • Selling or giving away your possessions
    • Spending money wisely
    • Stopping hoarding
Four of Pentacles (Upright, Balanced)

Ideas: Copyright, insurance, preservation, safety

Traits: Cautious, conservative, firm, frugal, protective, prudent, secure

Emotions: Contentment, gladness, relief, satisfaction

  • Actions:
    • Buying insurance
    • Copyrighting your work
    • Dieting in an effort to improve your body
    • Fasting as part of a spiritual practice
    • Keeping your personal belongings safe
    • Saving for a rainy day
Four of Pentacles (Upright, Excessive)

Ideas: Hoard, materialism, pinchpenny, security blankets

Traits: Greedy, inhibited, miserly, money-minded, possessive, power-hungry, repressed, selfish

Emotions: Envy, fear, jealousy, pride

  • Actions:
    • Becoming addicted to collect stuff
    • Clinging to power
    • Holding on to comfort objects
    • Refusing to spend money that needs to be spent
    • Taking care of your own needs exclusively without regard for the needs of others
    • Thinking that money is everything to you

Four of Pentacles’ Advice

Personal Growth

A mature person elects to be responsible for both the body and the bottom line. Try to understand better how your actions impact both your health and your wealth. Rather than obsess on restriction, think in terms of your goal. With it in mind, what actions are appropriate?

Relationship

Seek balance in both physical and financial matters. Too much spending and too much sex leave everyone feeling exhausted and dazed. Too little spending and too little sex starve the soul, making everyone bitter. The healthier the relationship, the more generous the spirits of those involved.

Career

Conservation makes sense—and can keep an effort afloat, even in difficult times. Taken to extremes, though, short-sighted savings can alienate customers and shatter opportunities. Every short-cut and every opportunity to save has a cost. Be sure your approach is appropriate for the time.

Spirituality

A stingy spirit hampers growth. You simply cannot give more than the Universe can return! Let love, compassion, and interest in others flow freely. Share insights and personal stories. Open yourself to new experiences, new companions, and new points of view. Review your charitable contributions; is it possible to give more?

Four of Pentacles’ Symbols & Insights

The Stingy King

By definition, the King owns it all; on many Rider–Waite–Smith-influenced cards, we see a ruler who takes this idea to extremes. His possessions are (literally) on his mind and close to his heart; they also anchor his feet to the ground. How might greed or stinginess be distorting your perspective today?

Reaching Limits

It’s possible to acquire so much, you render yourself incapable of receiving anything more. By letting something go you no longer need, you might open the door for new blessings.

Resisting Change

Sometimes we’re so intent on preserving what we have, we miss opportunities to have more. How might a blind dedication to protection be limiting your life?

The Marseilles Image

Four Coins surround an official seal. In your situation, what do the “authorities” have to say about your physical or financial situation? Are their verdicts designed to protect you—or their own authority?

More About Four of Pentacles Tarot Card

Prediction
A rainy day is coming—it’s time to save.
Timing
Between January 10 and January 19
Affirmation
“I use my resources wisely.”
Numerology Number
4
(the status quo: stability, equality, persistence)
Classical Element
Earth
Astrological Planet in Sign
Sun in Capricorn
Story Character
The main character must carefully manage a resource—time, money, people—in order to succeed.
Questions to Ask
What factors determine how conservative or generous you are?
What kinds of things must be preserved at all costs?
When is greediness or stinginess a good trait to have? When might generosity work against you?
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