Four of Pentacles Tarot Card

The Tarot Suit of Pentacles

The Tarot Suit of Pentacles is associated with the suit of Diamonds in standard playing cards.

The suit of pentacles is also known by other names, such as coins, discs or disks in some tarot decks.

The suit of pentacles is associated with the element of earth and material concerns. It is also associated with the season of winter, and with the direction North. As far as personal attributes are concerned, the pentacles refer to physical talents and mastery.

The pentagram (five-pointed star) is used to illustrate the pentacles in many of the most popular tarot decks. This is a Pythagorean symbol of health and knowledge. It can have negative connotations if inverted.

The 'Fours' in the tarot deck are the cards that begin to define situation and set relevant boundaries. These incorporate order and structure but not repression of expression or self-discovery.

The theme of the 4 of Pentacles is security of physical and material possessions. This is illustrated to an extreme in the Rider-Waite and Robin Wood tarot decks, both of which depict a figure with one foot on each of two pentacles, a third on his head (weighing him down), and the fourth held in front of his chest.

The 4 of Pentacles tarot card can be interpreted in various ways according to the context of the reading and the position of the card in the spread. It may suggest that the situation has evoked in the sitter a sense of threat and therefore a need to protect his or her resources be they money, skills, power, position, etc.. Alternatively, the 4 of Pentacles might suggest that a stalemate has been reached such that nothing can progress until at least one of the pentacles is releas, even if temporarily.


Keywords and phrases for some of the many possible meanings of the 4 of Pentacles Tarot Card include:

  • Desperation
  • Greed
  • Inability to let go of anything or to take risks
  • Mistrust of others and of situations
  • Suspicion
  • Loneliness
  • Financial security, though possibly within a joyless existance

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What about the Four of Pentacles Reversed ?

Some interpretations of the meaning of the 4 of Pentacles reversed include:

  • Mental preoccupation with financial concerns
  • Risk of financial return lower than its potential due to someones timidity, even paralysis by worry, about money
  • While the 4 of Pentacles Upright can simply refer to the need or situation of 'holding-on to what you have', reversed this concerns unnecessary and unjustified fear of material poverty. It can therefore refer to mean-spirited misers.

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