Inverted, this card represents a great release. This doesn’t feel natural for fours and pentacles. This release might find you grasping at the material, trying to regain your stability. Or you might just as easily find yourself walking away and embracing asceticism instead.
This card is not a good sign if you are wondering about investments, because it represents a lack of structure and control. But much of the time this card comes with a sense of relief. It indicates material burdens and obstructions are falling away from you. That leaves room for more emotional and spiritual pursuits. Let this bit of chaos wash over you. Try not to scramble to chase after the coins that are rolling away from you. Let your arms settle in your lap. Take in the beauty that surrounds you. Breathe.
The Four of Pentacles only interacts with a couple of cards.
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.
There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:
- Blocked or Resisted
- Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
- Inner, Unconscious, Private
- New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
- Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
- The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
- Misused or Misdirected
- The Upright Meaning Backward
- A Rectification or Cure
- Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous
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