4 of Pentacles Tarot Card - All the Card Meanings

4 of  Pentacles Tarot Card - All the Card Meanings:

The 4 of Pentacles of the Tarot is a fallback card. This Tarot card has several facets. It is at the same time the celebration of what one has acquired and the fear of losing this acquis. There is a subtle boundary between the two. This card has one of the meanings of the 5 of Pentacles. The latter being the consequence of an exaggeration of the fear of losing what one has. The 4 of Pentacles represents an aspect of the Emperor's card, for the major cards.

To fully understand all the meanings of the 4 of pentacles, read the explanations below. ​

Keywords related to the 4 of Pentacles Tarot card

  • ​​The 4 of Pentacles of the Tarot upright : save, secure, control
  • ​​The 4 of Pentacles Tarot reversed : overprotection, greed, avarice

Description of the Tarot's 4 Pentacles Blade

The 4 of Pentacles represents four Pentacles at the four corners of the card. It has a coat of arms in the centre. The coat of arms represents a phoenix. The four Pentacles seem to protect and guard this coat of arms. They surround it. Vegetation passes between the Pentacles and surrounds the coat of arms as protection. But the center represents the principle of impermanence and eternal restarting through the image of the phoenix that never dies.

The centre of the card seeks to make us understand the temporary nature of all things. There is a warning for those who do not accept this principle. In this, it also presents the principle of flows (like Temperance) but in another aspect. That of the warning not to remain sclerotic in material possession.

Like all pentacles cards, the 4 of pentacles is about possessions and money. However, this card really seems to focus on this aspect in a very emphatic way.

The meanings of the 4 of Pentacles card in the Tarot deck upright

The card of the 4 of Pentacles Tarot is an interrogation card. This Tarot card asks you to take a closer look at your behavior towards money. It tackles head-on a taboo, that of your relationship to money.

Are you more of a squirrel or a roller coaster? Are you desperate to keep and save for fear of running out of money in the future?

The 4 of Tarot Pentacles already expresses a form of wealth in itself. In any case, the card indicates that you have already succeeded in accumulating wealth. But, until now, you have succeeded by staying focused on your goals and a little bit in a stiff attitude towards money.

You have opted for long-term financial security (which is good in itself). But you've limited your spending and tried to accumulate by restricting outings. This allowed you to protect yourself and your family for the future. However, you need to realize that generating money is not about saving it. Or even worse, to get it in but never out. The way money works is the same as anything else. You have to know how to find the right balance.

Read: Cards Talking About Money in the Tarot

Your attitude towards money

However, the Tarot's 4 of Pentacles also shows a very particular state of mind with regard to money. Especially about material goods and possessions. Thus, the card shows that instead of enjoying life, you tend to want to hoard. This is mainly based on the fear of losing...fear of being robbed, fear of the future..., et cetera. In short, your motivation is based on your fears.

Read: Find out what your relationship to money is with the Tarot?

The consequence of this behaviour is a tight, conservative, strict budget that takes you away from the pleasures of life, social life, opportunities, leisure, travel and anything else that will make life enjoyable.

Money is made to circulate

You must understand that money is an energy. When we hold it back, we become sclerosed. Withholding money without using it for its primary purpose prevents you from finding fulfilment in your life. If this resonates with you, think about finding a balance between the desire to save and the fear of spending. You will find that allowing money to circulate more will be more fruitful and multiply more easily than trying to hold it back with all your might.

The value of money

The card of the Four Pentacles to the place mirrors what money means to you. It is an indication that you attach too much importance to material goods. You are too focused on the material life and not enough on the spiritual life. If you do not react, this can lead you to the 5 of Pentacles which will then be a real suffering for you.

The 4 of Pentacles asks you not to let yourself be dominated by the material side of life. Don't focus on your income, on expenses, on how much this or that thing costs...

Respecting money as energy

One of the greatest lessons of 4 de Pentacles is to respect money and the wealth it produces. But like everything else, you have to learn to be detached. This means not allowing yourself to be dominated by your power. Otherwise, you fall into the hands of the Devil and it will be difficult for you to get out of it.

Knowing how to save

It is also possible that you may have financial problems. In this case, the 4 of Pentacles of the Tarot deck at the place will be a good advice. It will ask you to better manage your budget in order not to live beyond your means. Here the 4 of Pentacles advises you to save more. It asks you to better understand how the principle of money works.

Success breeds success, just like money breeds money...

Control, another aspect of the card

The 4 of Pentacles of the Tarot is also a control card. For example, everything in your life goes away and you need to regain control. But the opposite is also possible. You have a tendency to want to control others too much, your business, your life...

In a sentimental relationship...control can be disastrous. For example, you may be overprotective, or you may not give your partner freedom. It could even create feelings of jealousy or lead to possessiveness.

You may also be overly conservative in general. Rooted in what you've learned and what you believe is right. From then on, you will be in resistance as soon as there is talk of change (of your habits, your convictions...).

In either case, any action will seem like a threat to you.

The Meanings of the Reverse Tarot Card

The 4 of pentacles card upside down is not negative. It is presented as a focus. A form of inventory.

This is about getting your finances in order. Cutting back on what isn't important. The 4 of Pentacles upside down asks you to reconsider your position on money.

For example, you realize that until now, material life has been too important in your life. You finally realize that you have cut yourself off from the essentials of life. You realize that it is not amassing money that will make you happy.

In fact, you have just understood that what can make you happy, is within you and not in a source external to you.

The 4 of Pentacles Tarot upside down, pushes you to make a 90° turn in your life. And, especially in your vision of life, from the point of view of wealth and the material world.

It is possible that you are afraid of life in general. The 4 of Pentacles of the Tarot will show that you seek security, stability because you are afraid of the future.

Silver leaks

Conversely, the 4 of Pentacles, upside down, will show that the money goes too fast, like a pierced basket. You spend too much. You also want to spend to get a feeling of happiness that you cannot achieve. All of this just causes stress and anxiety about money.

Read more: How to Read Reverse Cards in a Draw


The backwards 5 of Pentacles can also speak of greed. For example, you keep wanting more money, but at what price! You work hard, you go beyond your strength because the most important thing for you is to earn more and more money. Or, worse, you seek to make a profit on everything and everyone.

Summary of the 4 of Pentacles Tarot Card

The 4 of Pentacles is a card that talks mostly about finances. It highlights your attitude, behaviour, emotions and feelings about money and wealth. If you pull out this card in a Tarot deck, it will be important to ask yourself questions about how you see and manage money. Your relationship to money, and what it implies in your life.

You Extract the 4 of Pentacles Tarot card thinking of one person

in particularIn the

professional field :

You're dealing with someone who is very conservative in the way he works. She will manage the business with an iron fist. But she will find it difficult to adapt to changes. It will be difficult for her to work in a team unless she controls everything. In short, it will not be easy to work with her.

In the sentimental realm:

To meet a 4 of pentacles is to ensure a secure material life but at a high price. Indeed, this person will probably be rich, but he or she may also be stingy. Unless he is possessive and seeks to control everything in the relationship in the desire to protect you. Feelings will not be externalized.

In the financial field :

The 4 of Pentacles thinks only of money and finances. He thinks of creating money, of making it bear fruit. This card is a finance card. This person knows how to create money and how to make more money.

The message of the 4 of Pentacles of the Tarot

Money is an energy, it can only flourish by circulating.

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