The Four of Pentacles tarot card is like a toddler – completely self interested, yet absolutely lovable. Traditionally, this card shows a man wearing a crown, sitting in front of a large town. He holds a pentacle in his hands. Two pentacles are underneath his feet and one is balancing on his head.
When you see this card, you know there are lessons about money and other resources. The Four of Pentacles is about gathering, investing, and sharing what you have.
There are two ways to read this card, one with a positive spin and one focused on the negative. Looking on the bright side, this card is about investing in yourself to create a solid foundation. You are feeling extremely security-conscious. You want to take care of yourself and build a future for the people you love.
On the other side of coin, it’s about hoarding and always wanting more. This results in the Four of Pentacles being a greedy miser who takes but never gives.
Use the other cards in the tarot spread, the situation, and your question to determine which way to read this card.
Keywords for the Four of Pentacles Tarot Card
- Hoarding and greed
- Investing in yourself
- Desiring long-term security
- Fear of change
Keywords for the Four of Pentacles Tarot Reversed
- Poverty-thinking and focus on lack
- Don’t be such a miser
Patterns and Correspondences of the Four of Pentacles Card
- The Pentacles = rules the material world and money
- Suit of cards = diamonds
- Timeline = months to years
- Number 4 = practical foundations
- Zodiac sign = Capricorn
- Element = Earth
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Four of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings for Love
If you have unmet material or emotional needs and you are looking for a partner to fill that hole, you are setting yourself (and them) up for heartache and failure. Until you are able to take care of yourself, you will always be a bottomless pit of emptiness, desperation, and endless taking.
Desperation is always unattractive. It is your job to take care of your own physical and emotional needs. Asking someone else to do the work you need to do to make yourself whole is unfair, selfish, and ineffective. That’s not how true-love partnerships are built.
If you are looking for a new relationship, ask yourself if you are the type of person you want to be with. In other words, are you modeling the behaviors, lifestyle, and habits you want your future partner to have? If not, what do you need to change? To attract your ideal partner, you must become someone your ideal partner would be attracted to and want to spend time with.
If you are in an existing relationship, you may be so focused on your own desires that you are blind to what your partner needs. It’s natural to want more, but you also have to give. In this case, give more than you think is fair. Love isn’t about “fairness.”
Focus on the areas you can create intimacy together, through shared experiences, honest communication, and an active sex life. Do not hoard your affections for when they “deserve” it. Sex and intimacy aren’t resources you barter and trade so don’t be a miser with your attention or your affections.
Four of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings for Work
It’s time to invest in yourself. You recognize the value of your own assets and want to see them grow. Spend time and money on learning new skills, investing in better tools, and building the assets to create a strong foundation for the future.
But be careful! In your quest to become better at work, remember it’s not only about you. Share what you are learning and support the work of others. You can’t hoard the power for yourself.
Reign in your baser instincts. Control and power are assets, but only when used within yourself. Trying to rule over others to increase your own status will backfire and leave you isolated and alone. True power comes from self-discipline, generosity, and confident humility.
Four of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings for Health
If you don’t change your habits and patterns, nothing in your life will change.
Desiring comfort and security is perfectly normal. It’s also perfectly dangerous. You will have to take risks to see change in your life.
You may not have complete control over your health or the way your body looks. But you can completely control what you put into your body and how you use it.
Beware emotional eating and extreme behaviors. If you turn to food to soothe an emotional hurt, you’re feeding your pain and the pain will grow.
You don’t need to reward yourself with treats. You’re not a dog.
Instead, treat yourself (and your body) like the treasure you are. You deserve better, so give yourself the best.
Four of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings for Money and Finances
Don’t be a greedy miser! Money, like all energy, needs to move. Share what you can with the people who need it and you’ll soon see more money coming your way.
Invest in yourself. You are the master of your resources. Investing in education, side projects, fun hobbies, your health, and your community will build a foundation of strong assets. Your health, your talents, and your support system are the most important resources you have. Do not be stingy about investing money or time to grow and maintain them.
Four of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings for Spiritual Guidance
Ultimately, the quest for spiritual knowledge and understanding is a search for meaning and connection. Even though we all walk our own path, none of us walk it alone.
As you learn and grow, don’t be possessive of your new knowledge. Share what you know. Teaching what you have learned and being a guide for others will help you clarify and cement your understanding. By sharing and giving back, you’ll find the meaning and connection you crave.