Four of Pentacles

Interpretation

Four of PentaclesThe position of the pentacles in this card seems to suggest that whatever you are holding in your mind and your hands is what you also hold in your heart. Getting this card is an opportunity to ask yourself what you are holding on to, and for what purpose.

If you receive this card, you might want to assess if your saving has become hoarding. If it has, try introducing some spontaneity into your life. This can take the form of buying a little something that is not in your budget, calling a friend for an impromptu gathering, or trying a new recipe. It doesn’t have to cost a lot to feel like something fresh, and it might help to loosen the soil around your roots.

Interactions

The Four of Pentacles only interacts with a couple of cards.

Major Arcana

Emperor: In a spread, the Four of Pentacles stifles the energy of the Emperor. Any cards from the suit of Pentacles can indicate an offer of a position of authority. This position is likely to involve finance and carry heavy responsibilities.
Hierophant: In a spread, the Four of Pentacles with the Emperor suggests there might be a misuse of power, deception, or spiritual manipulation present in the situation.

The Suit — Pentacles, Coins, or Diamonds

The pentacle is a symbol of earth magic. The coin is wealth and wages. The diamond is a symbol of wealth, pulled from the ground and refined by human hands into something enduring and elegant. This suit represents all things related to the earth. It represents the work of our hands. It represents those conspicuous signs of wealth that show us and our neighbors how successful we are, but this is merely material wealth. We can pass this on to the next generation, but it is worthless if we choose to bury it with ourselves.

Number — 4

Four is a number of order, foundation, and stability.

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2 thoughts on “Four of Pentacles

  1. This is how I’ve always “felt” about this card, but so often you see it referred to as the “greed” card. I’m glad to see your interpretation looks like mine 🙂

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    • I think greed can definitely play a role in this, but that’s not a very generous interpretation in some instances. What struck me when I wrote this, was the grounded aspect of this card. It’s a Pentacle, which represents earth, in the stability of the Four. It’s easy to get too grounded and even little stuck in this energy. There’s no greed in that, but it can be comfortable. Of course, if you fear discomfort, you can become a little greedy in your quest to remain comfortable…

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