The Four (4) of Pentacles, Coins, Disks, Stones, Platters, Diamonds; also commonly referred to as
“The Miser” card.
The 4’s are structure, stability, stagnation. As we have looked at the other suits of the 4’s and the different nuances in the artwork, there are lots of different meanings to choose from depending on the reading and spread used. I really like to compare the same corresponding cards from different decks and the different meanings that are included in the LWB for a particular deck. Of the decks I have to choose from of my own, the 4 of stones from the Shining Tribe Tarot, (Rachel Pollack) stands out as the most “different” 4 compared to the other decks I have on hand. However, stability and structure are the first two keywords that are listed in the book. Also mentioned here is; A look into the past. (time reference)
Traditionally the Four of Pentacles will usually indicate control and protection of resources; focusing on getting material goods, power, wealth, and keeping them. In the extreme, hoarding your money, resources, and or time. I will have to admit that when I usually see this card, my first thought is someone being stingy, in possessions as well as attitudes.
Gold will be slave or master.
‘Tis more fit that it be led by us than we by it.
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I know the Deviant Moon Tarot has been out for a couple of years, but I just recently got my copy. I have had my eye on it for quite awhile. I love it for the most part. The big draw-back for me though is the length of the cards. They are a bit longer than the decks that I normally use. I can barely grasp them to shuffle.
Check out “Aeclectic Tarot”, they have a great review and according to their site, this deck is rated most popular of all time.
The Artwork is wonderfully on the darker-side, and a nice change of pace from time to time. The images are quite captivating and some are a bit disturbing. There are several cards that I really like, such as the Queens of the Court, The Moon, and the 4 of Swords (which I nick-named, Poor little dead girl), and many more.
The Two of Pentacles is my favorite. With two pentacles juggled over head like tambourines, the gypsy dances to a sultry beat, that if you listen close enough you can hear. To me her image sums up the deck. I would have liked to have seen her character appear more in other cards, (but that’s just my humble opinion).
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A great deck for any Tarot enthusiast.
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After reading all the great reviews on Amazon, I’m not sure there is anything left to say. It appears that everyone who has read this book pretty much share the same sentiment. Its wonderful! For me it was like sitting down with an old friend and talking about one of my favorite things, the Tarot. I have quite a few books in my Tarot collection and I have learned something from them all. But this book is a treasure trove with shared insights, methods, and practical advice that everyone can use. From beginner to master, you will find something here for practical everyday application. It has been a joy to read and work with. I am recommending it to all the folks in my Tarot Study Group, and students for workshops. Absolutely anyone who has an interest in the Tarot should have this book. My copy will be at my finger tips for all my Tarot work!
In thinking of the 4 of Swords and looking at different decks and artwork, I keep coming back to ‘Death’. Death in the Major Arcana XIII (13) and reduced to 1+3=4 would make sense then as corresponding to this card as well. The Death card speaks of transformation and change coming from ruin or decay. In the Legacy of the Divine Death card, we see the renewed life of the white rose springing up from the mound of rot. This rose is also shown in the RWS card, and The Gilded Tarot card as well.
In these 4 of Swords cards I see death, like in the RWS deck that shows the knight in effigy. The 3 swords hung above the sarcophagus suspended, and the 4th underneath, reminds me of suspended animation from science fiction films, a different kind of death. Continue reading
I love spreads and I am always looking for new and insightful spreads to use. My favorite daily spread is a basic 3 card with, I think a very cool twist. It’s call The Bridge. I saw this on a chat board a while back, (I’m not sure of the author, or if this variation has been published).
1st position, Where I am.
2nd position, Where I’m headed.
3rd position, How to get there gracefully.
(this card placed sideways to Bridge the other two cards)
I feel this is a very elegant spread to look at a lot of different situations. Whether affirming more positive cards or being helpful if the spread is a bit troublesome, the Bridge card can give you great advice and insight to get where your going hopefully with grace and maybe a lesson learned in arriving there.
I hope this spread can inspire others. Share some of your favorite spreads here.