4 of Pentacles




Upright position:


Love of power or money, a lack of give-and-take, miserly or ungenerous nature


The 4 of Pentacles can be a card about holding on to things, people, money, or situations longer than is healthy or realistic. When this card appears in a reading, it's a sure sign that you must look carefully at what you are clinging to, and whether others are clinging to you in an unhealthy way. Relax.

General: In general, the 4 of Pentacles can point to anxiety/fear about money and/or a clinging to whatever it is that makes the querent feel secure. The key here is to try to realize that being anxious and grasping does NOT bring security. If any card in the Tarot relates to the old saying about "If you love something set it freeā€¦" this is the one.

Work: With regard to work questions, the 4 of Pentacles says that you may be doing something you don't like just because it's putting food on the table. Jobs and situations such as this have their place, but to better your situation, you must elevate your spiritual understanding and belief in yourself. What would it take to be in a situation work wise that fulfills you? What steps would have to be made to get yourself there? Believe that such a thing is possible, then start making it happen.

Love: The 4 of Pentacles is a card about fear, basically, when it comes to love. Either you are holding on far too tight to a situation or lover, or someone is attempting to do that to you. This clinging is not healthy. True love allows for space between the lovers, and no matter what, one can never really control another person. If you are single and think that you are ready for a relationship, realize that you will undoubtedly have to step outside your comfort zone to make it happen. True love will not just drop out of the sky.

Finances: You have some understandable anxiety about money and are trying to hold on to every penny. There is a fine line between fear-based grasping and being accountable and deliberate about where your money goes. You can break this grip of fear by reminding yourself that no matter what your circumstances, there is someone who is less fortunate than you are. Try giving a little, with an open heart, even if it's 25 cents. Often this can open up the flow of prosperity and bring even more financial security back to you. We are all in this life together.

Health: The 4 of Pentacles can indicate that you need to let go of old wrongs and wounds in order to move forward. It also can mean that others are trying to hold on to you and your health in ways that are not good for you or them. Help your loved ones to see the truth, which is that not everything is in our conscious control. Meditation, particularly around issues of freedom and relaxation, is useful now.

Spirituality: This is a time that you must look within yourself thoroughly for the places where you are grasping and/or fearful, trying to hold onto things. Non-attachment is also freedom. Learn about the energy centers in the body and meditate on how yours are functioning. Be open to change, as change is the only constant in life. Start where you are.




Reversed position:


Some earthly possessions may be lost, obstacles or delays in business affairs, a spendthrift.


The 4 of Pentacles reversed often implies that you are holding on to things, people, money, or situations far more than you should for your own well-being and piece of mind. It's time to relax and to remember that you cannot control what others choose to do. We all have free will. Focus on your own choices.

General: When the 4 of Pentacles is reversed, it can mean that the querent will move quickly through the fear-based clinging they have been exhibiting and suddenly learn to be more open, more generous, and more aware that fear solves nothing. Making a point to think positively will help.

Work: With regard to work questions, the 4 of Pentacles reversed implies that you are far too worried about the safety and security of your job. This is understandable in the light of the current global economic uncertainty, but it can be counterproductive to worry so much, as it can actually make your work suffer. Think positively and focus on producing the best work that you can.

The 4 of Pentacles reversed is a card about fear, when it comes to love. However, the reversal can mean that you are about to let go of the fear, and finally open yourself up in a way that is real, and which will give your relationship a fighting chance. If you are looking for love and get the reversed 4 of Pentacles, it is telling you to not let fear of rejection hold you back. Reach out, mingle, get to know people. You have to be open for love to come to you, and being full of fear is not helpful.

Finances: When the reversed 4 of Pentacles appears, it can show that you are finally getting beyond your worries about money, because you will have realized that your worry isn't helping you. You can make a difference in your financial situation, if you let go of your fear and get moving.

Health: The 4 of Pentacles reversed, although it may not feel particularly pleasant at first, can indicate that you are about to move forward emotionally, which will in turn improve your health greatly. When this card appears, you have almost certainly been carrying around a great deal of fear and worry related to your health, and you may finally find the courage to open up (or may not be able to keep yourself from opening up) about these fears. Speak your heart. Your situation will improve instantly when you do.

Spirituality: You are about to take a spiritual leap forward, as because of a combination of factors, you are likely to no longer be holding yourself back and will be more open to dealing with others and allowing them to affect you. This will give both them, and yourself, blessings and opportunities for growth.