Card by Card – Four of Pentacles

Radiant Rider-Waite Four of Pentacles

If you missed last weeks card by card post on the Five of Cups, you can read about it here.

Just like last week, I’ll be taking a look at several variations from different decks and gathering that particular Author and/or Artists thoughts and perspectives.

The Four of Pentacles is the randomly drawn COTW-card of the week.   What does it mean when you receive this card in a one card daily drawing or it turns up in a spread?

The first Four of Pentacles we will be looking at is from the Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. 2003.

Pentacles are also known as Disks, Coins, Platters, Stones, and the elemental association of Earth, just to name a few.

In Tarot Dynamics Unleashed, Anna Burroughs Cook lists the Keywords: Ambitious/Belonging and Security for Subject Card 72, the Four of Pentacles.  “Subject Card Four is all about your sense of belonging and security.” 

“Whether you’ve become too stingy or too free with your emotions, time or material resources, this is a reminder that no matter how hard you hope or try, you can’t have matters both ways.  The more stubborn you are now, the harder it will be to compromise with whatever changes are on your horizon, and the longer you will feel as if your back is to a wall.”  ~Anna Burroughs Cook

Arthur Edward Waite describes the Four of Pentacles:  “A crowned figure, having a pentacle over his crown, clasps another with hands and arms; two pentacles are under his feet.  He holds to that which he has.  Divinatory Meanings:  The surety of possessions, cleaving to that which one has, gift, legacy, inheritance.  (pg. 274 The Pictorial Key to the Tarot)

The first pair to examine are from the Tarot of the Sidhe by Emily Carding (Schiffer Publishing, LTD 2010)  & the Steele Wizard Tarot by Pamela Steele (Self-Published 2006).  The suit of Pentacles have been renamed, Makers in the Tarot of the Sidhe.  “The realm of the Makers, where real results and physically tangible effects are seen.  Makers speak of creative achievements, abundance or need, security, and stability.” (pg. 75)

Four of Pentacles - Tarot of the Sidhe & Steele Wizard Tarot

Taort of the Sidhe:  Greed, Over protective, stability, static, oppressive, selfish, fear of lossWhen one great tree keeps all the light, And rain to feed its greedy might, Then no new life may grow around, Leaving sad and empty ground…

Steele Wizard:  Legacy. Inheritance. Surety of possessions.  Respect the source of security and power in your life.  Solid material wealth.  Stability. The ‘Midas Touch’.  Sterile abundance.  The give and take of life is lacking.

The next pair are from the Steampunk Tarot by Barbara Moore & Aly Fell (Llewellyn Publications 2012) & the Simply Deep Tarot by Chanel Bayless and James Battersby (Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. 2012)

Four of Pentacles - Steampunk Tarot & Simply Deep Tarot

The Steampunk Tarot:  If you get the Four of Pentacles in your reading, take a look at your relationship to your resources.  It may be you are in a situation requiring a little tightening of the belt.  More likely, though, is the case that you are holding on too tightly.  In your effort to make yourself safe and secure, you are actually cutting off the flow of energy, resources, and people into your life.

Simply Deep Tarot:  Do you tend to use money for possessions as a security blanket?  Looking for loopholes in order to hold on to this will only block you from allowing productive energy into your life.  You are hiding because you don’t want to feel your own emptiness.  Learn to let go.  If it wants to stay, it will.  This will bring you more pleasure in the end.

The last pair are from the Robin Wood Tarot by Robin Wood (Llewellyn Publications 1991) & the Deviant Moon Tarot by Patrick Valenza (U.S. Games Systems, Inc. 2008)

Four of Pentacles - Robin Wood Tarot & Deviant Moon Tarot

The Robin Wood Tarot:  Miserliness, greed, selfishness.  Avarice, suspicion, mistrust.  Inability to let of of anything.  An emotional black hole; shortsightedness, imbalance, desperation.

Deviant Moon Tarot:  One who is tight with money.  Greed.  Selfishness.  Putting material gain over all else.  A miser.  Unprepared for his doom, the miser is escorted by a demon leading him into the roaring flames of damnation.  Looking back on his life, he clutches four pentacles in an attempt to maintain his worldly possessions.

For some additional thoughts and points of view, I offer the following:  An excerpt from Tarot Your Everyday Guide by Janina Renee.

“Among spiritually oriented people, there is a certain prejudice against the accumulation of money and material wealth, and this is even reflected in the graphic depiction of many versions of this card.  Often, the figure in the Four of Pentacles card is shown as a rather mean and miserly looking sort of person, and interpreters respond to this card rather negatively.”

“As an advice card, the Four of Pentacles reversed suggests that you unload things that are weighing you down.  In business and finance, this reversed card may recommend consolidation: dispose of interests and investments that are less fruitful, and concentrate on the proven winners in order to make life simpler.  Decide what kind of material things you want in your life, and how much value you want to place on them.”

Please join me over the next week as I’ll be looking at the Four of Pentacles more in depth and combined with a new COTD each day.  Stop over to the New Paths Tarot -Facebook page and get in the discussion!

I hope this has shed some new light on the Four of Pentacles!

Until next time, Happy Tarot’ing and May Your Journey be an Enchanted one.




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