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Four of Pentacles
Tarot Card Meaning

Four of Pentacles. (Aquarian deck published by US Games) Four of Pentacles. (Morgan-Greer deck published by US Games) Four of Pentacles. (Universal Waite deck published by US Games)





Some Keywords Fitting for Four of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings:

  • Gain
  • Pride
  • Tight
  • Stingy
  • Closed
  • Limited
  • Isolation
  • Hoarding
  • Insecurity
  • Blockages
  • Immaturity
  • Constipation
  • Shortsighted
  • Incompletion
  • Self-interested

Line up each suit in chronological order and you'll get a story.

To get a better story of the four of pentacles we back up one chapter. The third pentacle card points out our tremendous commitment to hard work at our craft and/or forging our will.

In fact, we worked so hard that we've manifested some pretty lucrative rewards. The four of pentacles reflects our success and just rewards for all our efforts. At last, we are in the money, in the pink, high on the hill. What's more, we have only ourselves and our own ingenuity to thank for our success.

Or do we?

Our hero isn't smiling, and there's a sense of isolation from community in the card. It's a common trap that many well-meaning, ambitious entrepreneurs or hard-focused individuals fall into.

To be successful, we often need to put blinders on and focus on only the path that leads to results. There's nothing wrong with this, as long as we don't neglect the community we support, and who supports us in return.

In the three of pentacles, we see open communication with that community but somewhere along the way we closed off that correspondence. Ideally, our motivations for success include the well-being of everyone involved. But during months and years of hardnosed focus on the prize, sometimes we lose sight of the needs of the tribe.

When the four of pentacles comes up in a reading we know we've been stingy with our time, or money, and our presence in the lives of those around us. No need to have guilt; it happens.

Just break the wall of isolation and get the flow going again in your life by giving equal or more than what you've received. Remember, this is an inclusive universe. By giving openly, honestly, you're insuring your perpetual gain.

Some Symbols Enhancing the Four of Pentacles Tarot Card Meaning:

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City/Village: Cities and villages represent centers or gatherings of people, thoughts, energy and ideas. They are a symbol of the culmination of a group that meets for a common goal. They also symbolize protection, harmony, and team-work. When you notice the cities/villages in a reading it indicates a group effort is required, or the querent must tap into some energy centers or thought centers to accomplish what he/she must. Check out other cities in the cards here.



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Walls: Simply put, walls deal with separating one area from another. Why we feel the need to separate oursevles might need to be considered. Walls also symbolize holding ourselves back, or positive events have been prevented from flowing forth due to negative, exclusions or incorrect thinking. When we see the brick wall it is a message we might need to get in a state of allowing in order for the good to shine upon us. It also indicates we mustn't hold ourselves back or sell ourselves short. See also the "wall" symbol meanings. See other walls in the cards here.



Some Questions the Four of Pentacles Proposes:

  • Where are my blockages?
  • Why am I withholding?
  • How do I feel about giving?
  • How do I feel about being of service?
  • Where is my focus, and do I need to readjust my vision?
  • Why do I feel isolated?
  • What is gained from separation?
  • How is hoarding my resources serving me?

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