The Four of Pentacles

4 of Pentacles Tarot Card

The Four of Pentacles Tarot Card Meaning

When faced with the Four of Pentacles in a reading it can indicate a great success in your life but also calls for balance.

Like the man on the card, there is wealth around you and it can be a time to protect your ideas, money, or other material aspects. It is a positive card though as well. Having this card in your reading shows that you actually have items or ideas of in your life value that are worth protecting. Now is a time that you want to focus on bringing together the aspects of your life in which you feel wealth or success and build upon them. The Four of Pentacles is a grounding card and you may want to take stock in the things that you do have in your life, rather than what you do not have.

The Pentacles as a suit tend to have dual meanings to the cards, more so than any other suit. This is because there is difficulty in sorting out the energy at hand. It is very easy to give into the temptations of stability, wealth, or monetary items. More than any other suit, the call of the energy is easy to give into and there is usually not an instant consequence for doing too much when concerning the pentacles. Unlike fire where if you give in, you see passion or anger right away, the pentacles can cause stubbornness or sluggishness in your life before you even realize it.

The Four of Pentacles warns against guarding too much. While you have excess in some areas of your life, it is a call to share your joys rather than hording them to yourself. Consider ways in which you are not giving like you should or where you are being selfish in ways that are not to your benefit.

The Four of Pentacles in Love

In love, especially in a relationship, the Four of Pentacles indicates that you are likely guarding your relationship too close or holding on to someone too tight. It could also be that you are experiencing this from a partner. Either way you are dealing with almost a suffocating aspect in a relationship where there is not room enough to breathe. You need to focus on ways to make your relationship more open and free in order for the relationship to thrive.

When looking for love the Four of Pentacles indicates unrequited love. The energy of the card is intense and often too much for a budding relationship. Be sure that the affections that you are putting out at this time are ones that are working for you. Watch how others around you are receiving your attentions and be mindful of their wiliness to reciprocate. Avoid wasting your own time on avenues that are not going to develop and focus on ways in which you can show your affections without coming on too strong.

The Four of Pentacles in Health

With the Four of Pentacles energy around your health it can give a mixed signal. On one hand there are definitely things to be celebrated in health but then you have to also focus on specific health issues. Rather than having a focus on health and wellness right now, pay close attention to what your body is telling you. It is likely that issues revolving your health are forming due to either high stress or increased worry. You may find that issues related to laziness are also exacerbated at this time.

The Four of Pentacles in Work and Wealth

Like the man on the card, right now is likely a time to be holding on to your wealth and keeping your monies close to you. It is certainly not a time to put yourself out there or to take a risk. Focus on areas of wealth that you can build on in the future and make sure that you sort out any budgeting or planning. In the work arena you want to be exceptionally careful about who is sniffing around your work right now. Either due to keeping a project secret or wanting to make sure that others are not taking your ideas and using them as their own. Not to say to be paranoid, but you really want to cover your behind in the work area to make sure that you are getting the credit where you deserve.

As always you want to be wary of being paranoid or sketchy. The card doesn’t tell you to share at all. In fact, it can be a good idea to give SOME information out to coworkers, especially if you are required to work as a team. It’s just a card to tell you to take extra caution at this time… more than you normally would.

The 4 pentacles Reversed

Reversed Four of Pentacles in a reading

The Four of Pentacles in the reversed position is a much more laid back card then when viewed upright. The reversed position says that you need to take time to allow yourself to experience generosity and freedom. Rather than instructing you to old on tightly to things or ideas and to seek balance while keeping these aspects to yourself, the reversed position allows for the sharing of excess. There is still a call to seek out balance but it is more of a suggestion than a demand that is placed upon you. When in the reversed position it can be a great time to plan for the future and start a new project. You have the ability and the time to dally along your path right now and you don’t have to make any hard or fast decisions. It’s a good time to consider the next step in a relationship or be open to casual relationships that have a strong potential to grow into more.

The one big caution found with the reversed Four of Pentacles is that it can represent an abuse of power around you. It is usually less of an indicator that you are the abuser and more of an issue of someone around causing problems because they are abusing their status. Typically this will be seen in the work place as a person who is not a boss or management, but a person who is acting more important than they are.

Upright Four Of Pentacles Meanings in Keywords

  • Possessiveness
  • Saving Money
  • Protecting your assets
  • Wealth
  • The builder and Worker
  • Hard Work
  • Miser


Reversed Four of Pentacles Meanings in Keywords

  • Greed
  • Spending Too Much
  • Protecting Assets
  • Penny Pinching

By Florance Saul
Jul 10, 2012