Possessions, Gifts, Inheritance, Financial Security, Inability to Share, Holding onto Something
The 4 of Pentacles is the card of possessions. Often, those who get this card are trying to hold onto what they have. In other words, you’re trying to grasp that shit with all your might and not let go!
The 4 of Pentacles is associated with hoarding behavior. If you have recently received it, you will go through a period of clinging to what you have and not wanting (or be willing) to share it with anyone else. You may be unwilling to throw things away which no longer serve you any benefit. This interpretation can apply to not just physical crap but also emotional stuff like relationships.
Possessive relationships can be represented by the 4 of Pentacles. You know you want your lover and you are unwilling to let them go. You probably come across as being needy and overly obsessive; and your clinginess may be starting to annoy your partner.
Financially, the 4 of Pentacles can represent you removing your family members from your support. You do not feel as though you should be funding their lifestyle. Sometimes, this card can even symbolize cutting people out of your will and inheritance.
On a lighter note, because you have money to hoard, this card is a sign that your hard work will pay off. However, this card isn’t pulled by people who enjoy the rewards of hard work; you’re not a spender. Any money you do make you will sit on so you can watch it accumulate.
The Four of Pentacles’ Historical Meaning
The 4 of Pentacles (or Coins as it was known) was actually read rather favorably in ancient times. Although modern Tarot readers paint the man on the Rider Waite Smith Tarot deck as a greedy bastard, one must know that it has historically this was not always the case. In fact, Waite himself read the card as representing something positive.
In times now past the 4 of Pentacles was a card of gifts and legacy. It represents not only what you give to others but what you leave behind. Like many of the other Pentacles cards, the 4 of Pentacles is one of inheritance. Therefore, try not to fall into the habit of interpreting the 4 of Pentacles too negatively all of the time.
The Four of Pentacles in a Love Reading
If you’re wondering what a potential mate is feeling, the 4 of Pentacles is a double edge sword. It means that they are interested in you, but at a price. The 4 of Pentacles usually warns against a possessive and, even, an emotionally abusive partner who want to keep you under the thumb.
Alternatively, the 4 of Pentacles in a Tarot reading can mean that you’re the controlling partner. Your other half may be suffocated by your neediness and the 4 of Pentacles is telling you to cut that out. If you want to read what your partner needs from you, I have a Hopes and Fears spread in my Love Tarot Spreads e-book.
The 4 of Pentacles can also represent either you or your partner trying to hold onto the relationship when there is nothing left. The 4 of Pentacles in an outcome position is a bad omen, because it means that the relationship will fail but one partner will not allow the other to move on; this is clearly never a good sign.
The Four of Pentacles in a Business Reading
I often see the 4 of Pentacles in business readings when people are not willing to spend to grow their business. You don’t see the point in investing in, what you deem as, something which is unnecessary for your company. The 4 of Pentacles is telling you that the frugal approach is not doing you any favors.
At other times, the 4 of Pentacles comes up when business owners are financially secure but do not want to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Instead of going out and indulging yourself, all you do is save and invest. This all work no play approach is not doing your spiritual and emotional wellbeing any favors; you’ve gotta live a little!
The Four of Pentacles as a Yes or No
If you’re asking if something is going to be financially successful, or if your question has anything to do with saving and investments, the answer is a yes. For everything else, the answer is a no.
The Four of Pentacles as a Positive
In a positive reading, the 4 of Pentacles can predict;
- Financial gains
- Hard work rewarded
- Investments and savings
- Money put away
The Four of Pentacles as a Negative
In a more negative reading, the 4 of Pentacles can predict;
- Hoarding behavior
- Not enjoying the fruits of your labor
- A controlling attitude
- Being possessive
- An inability to let go
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Cards used in post are from The Divina Tarot Deck.