Discover what four of pentacles tarot card symbolizes based on its upright and reversed positions.
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The Fourth card of the Suit of Coins is a rich, if not sad, card. By the image alone, we see a man sitting on a bench.
He stares directly at you, somewhat confused, yet also seemingly very protective of the coins he’s holding. Three of them are placed in such a way that he’ll be able to put up some kind of resistance if you take any of them away, while the fourth one is tied to his crown, as though money is always on his mind-- literally.
A bustling metropolis stands directly behind him, indicating perhaps a sense of distance, and the fact that the view we have is angled such that the towers are smaller than he is indicates a kind of selfishness. All of this seems to indicate the need for financial security and a sense of control over one’s income.
Naturally, there’s nothing wrong about needing these things, of course. After all, money is what allows you to get the materials you need to keep on living.
But too much emphasis on security and control can alienate and literally force you into a position of loneliness, much as his anxious overprotective stare shows. As a result, you need to realize that security is not everything in life-- that it’s okay to lose money in order to get something greater, such as happiness and wisdom.
The upright position represents an over-attachment to existing wealth. This could mean a relentless desire to keep on earning money, or perhaps an enslavement to material things such as electronic device.
On the one hand, it gives you an obvious sense of joy, and since we’re wired to stay to the things that give us joy, you’ll definitely want more of it. But be warned: being too attached to material things can ruin your life in other key ways.
For example, attaching yourself to money could make you more difficult to deal with, while an attachment to technology could make you forget the intimacy of actual relationships. To prevent this, you need to rethink your perspective Card on Wealth by welcoming love and affection in its place.
Greed is a lethal enemy of any relationship, and if there’s any clear indicator of this, then it is the Four of Pentacles. Being one of the few cards which deviate from the usual formula, the upright position represents the negative: you are at your greediest, rarely contributing your finances to the overall stability of a relationship.
This behavior is not only unacceptable, but it is also unfair towards your partner. They might be contributing more than their fair share in paying for your house bills while you hoard your money for no good reason at all.
It is burdensome to them but a blatant display of your disregard for the longevity of your relationship. This could also mean that you’re not spending enough time with your partner, making them think that you don’t really love or even think about their welfare.
Change your ways before a breakup changes them for you. You need to put in the effort and go the extra mile for your partner.
Just because they are there in your life, it doesn’t mean that they would not exist in a heartbeat once they decide that you are too much and your relationship only benefits you alone. The money you have right now may bring you the things you’ve always wanted, but it will not get back a person you’ve rejected because of your selfish desires.
If you are not careful of the things you do, then you can expect that you will end up with your heart empty.
All those who behold the Four of Pentacles in its upright position have one thing in common with the man on the image: you are as ambitious as you are isolated. You may have a lot of money with you right now, but you’re not developing your wealth on other areas.
As is the oft-repeated maxim, the systems we employ are undoubtedly social because we ourselves are socially inclined. Without connections, therefore, you are literally removing a key source of income; this could backfire in cases where you may need friends to get more money for sudden, critical costs.
While you still can do so, create linkages with groups and individuals you think will help you if things go down badly. The support system they will provide will boost your standing and provide backup if you might lose your job.
Maintaining your relationship with these people can often be tiring, but it is necessary if you still want the momentum of your success to keep on going. Remember that there is no assurance that the wealth you have right now will stay that way; you need to take some precautionary measures.
If you do not do this step, you are risking the security of your finances and your own self. Establish your connections now, reaps the fruits of such labor later.
You may not realize it at present, but the people you linked up with today will be your ticket to improving your fortunes someday in the future.
In contrast to the upright position, it represents an obsession with wealth you don’t have. This can cause you to be impatient when it comes to new business ventures or particularly aggressive when it comes to gambling.
This obsession typically comes from a certain emotional lack which you may be trying to compensate for. The difficulty of dealing with it is that it’s way more difficult to identify the source of your personal struggle alone, which is why you need to seek advice from friends or even your tarot reader to help you deal with your specific problem.
In the reversed position, the Four of Pentacles shows that both you and your partner are immensely generous with one another. You can always count on each other to stay together especially when something becomes particularly difficult to fix, and even when you two are far apart, nothing seems to be able to truly separate you.
You are financially judicious, never letting frivolous expenses prevent you from doing the right thing and thinking about important things such as bills, mental health, and your children’s needs. As such, your relationship is as resilient and sturdy as it should be.
Overall, this card ensures that you will not have any problems in the foreseeable future. You and your significant other are sure that you have done everything you could to help one another, which will only reinforce your partnership's foundations.
The cooperation that the two of you put in will also be a source of bonding for all parties. It may seem weird, but the mere fact that you work together to resolve any problem, especially those monetary, will only bring you closer together.
Should your finances finally allow it, buy a little something for your partner as thanks for everything they have done to keep your relationship alive and going. This small gesture of gratitude will go a long way, indeed! It can improve the strength of the bond you share and reassure them that you will always be there for them, no matter if it is rain or shine.
The reversed Four of Pentacles is good news for a lot of people, because it reverses the image, making the man, in fact, someone who is authoritative and trustworthy to the people around him. In your case, this means that your people trust you and will do anything to accomplish the goals you set for them.
For many people you know, your opinion matters, and since you have a well-developed relationship with them, you can ask for their aid when things go south for you financially. This makes you secure on the financial front, and dependable on the work front.
Because you prioritize having a good work ethic over being one of the biggest moneymakers in your company, your career will most certainly soar to even greater heights. Your good character, along with the dedication that you put in your output, are your keys to ensuring that fortune will be on your side.
Your coworkers will see you as a beacon of hope and an inspiration to them. The opportunities you will soon be presented with are a testament to your excellence, thus adding substance to your already decorated resume.
Indeed, an excellent work ethic will pay off! Your financial status will be at its peak during this period. Your gains will be more than you’ve ever dreamed of.
Yes, this is your time to live your best life and to shine your brightest in your otherwise competitive industry. Take this time to hone your skills and make your expertise known to eager employers!