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The Four of Pentacles Tarot Card Meaning & Video

By Brett Almond

I love the 4 of pentacles Tarot card. It is not the most obvious card to love. I mean, it looks kind of boring with this King-type guy sat there balancing his pentacles.

The thing I love about it though is that it tells us that life is not static. Imagine if life never changed, I mean NEVER changed! Nothing would ever happen and we would forever stay the same.

So the man is sitting there in contemplation of this, wondering whether he should simply stay the same forever or whether he should take a little risk and go explore outside of what he has become comfortable with.

We get comfortable in our job, our relationships, our hobbies, where we go on holiday or even in our way of thinking. We can become creatures of habit. And the 4 of pentacles is related to habits also.

Sometimes situations have run their course and might benefit from something new. If we continually don’t listen to these new opportunities then there can be a sense of staleness, sadness and unrequited ambition.

This is where the ambitious come to the fore. The four of pentacles card could be seen as the place where you could make some luck by doing something new.

It is often easier not to take one of the four pentacles and do something different. It can be easier to just stay where we are. Because sometimes new ventures come off and sometimes they don’t. So in fear of what might happen we may hold back. 

So the 4 is about ambition, venturing forward, reinvestment, not getting too stuck.

It is also the realms of horders and misers and this card is very much connected to Faith. How much faith do you have in life that it will give you all you need?

So when the four of pentacles Tarot card shows up for you in a reading how does it feel? Is it stuck or is it raring to go? What cards are around it or connected to it in the spread?

If you find ourselves in the four of pentacles energy, you have probably put some hard work in to get to this point. So some acknowledgement of your achievements may be needed.

When I was a child we used to go sailing. My Dad’s motto was, “One hand for yourself, one hand for the boat.” That is, don’t take both hands off the boat when you are moving around the boat because if there is a wave you may fall completely in to the sea. If you always have one hand on the boat then you can move freely knowing you won't lose grip completely.

There is a sense of this with this card that you don’t have to risk everything to move forward

But we do need to be open to a bit of change.

Change can feel scary. But leaving it too long can lead to discomfort. There is a joke that goes something like this:

A man sees a dog howling while lying on a nail. The man asks the owner why the dog doesn’t move off the nail.

The man replies, “He’s not in enough pain yet.”

There can be a sense of waiting to take action until the pain or discomfort gets too great. And sometimes that is perfect because then we get the full picture. But there is also a lesson in this card that we can move sooner if we wish!

We may know that a job is not good for us. But it brings us money. Applying for another job feels risky as you might not like it and it takes a lot of effort. So we hang on. And the job may start to make us unhappy. And then when the pain is great enough we may choose to then apply for another job. This is a four of pentacles tarot card type experience.

Saving for a mortgage deposit could also be seen as a 4 of pentacles type experience. We need to hoard and not be frivolous. Say we need £20,000 for a deposit. We may cut back on many things and wait a number of years until we have saved it. You don’t go out so much, or drink so much and you are extra careful with spending - waiting, judging, timing, saving, investing.

I apologise in advance for this next quote, as it is a mis-quote. But it sums up the mood of this card really well:

“To move or not to move, that is the question.”

Some situations require something new, others need staying power. Through the reading and feeling what is going on you will hopefully be able to feel which is at play.

About the author / more information

Brett Almond is the founder and director of Holisticshop.co.uk. His main personal spiritual pursuits of choice are Tarot, community through how we treat each other and ceremony using fasting, dance and sound. He also runs a regular sweat lodge in Norfolk. He has a natural intrigue for personal development and all things spiritual.


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