General Interpretation and Meaning of the Four of Pentacles - Upright & Reversed

by astrology valley Sep 27 2021

The Four of Pentacles card represents a man sitting on a chair holding pentacles in a very tight and defensive posture. It looks like he is holding them like this because of fear of loss.  One pentacle can be seen in a risky way on his head and the other one is tightly held by both hands. The rest two pentacles are safely placed beneath his feet.  He wants to make sure that nobody even tries to touch his coins. Simultaneously, he is unable to move because he is sitting in such a complex way. It can be clearly seen that he has no one to talk to not even his friends or family. In simpler words, he is stuck in this situation because he cannot let go of his possessions. Money doesn’t necessarily bring freedom. 

General interpretation and meaning of the Upright Four of Pentacles 

The Four of Pentacles card has the ability to produce both positive and negative understanding. In general, it represents that you are holding onto past issues, possessions, situations, or people. It can indicate that there are some deep issues in your life that you need to analyze and solve. When this card appears upright in your tarot reading then it represents that you are trying hard to stick to possessions or people that bring you a sense of security.  

It can indicate two things- either you are holding onto things in a toxic, clinging, controlling, and dominating way or someone is doing that with you. This Minor Arcana Card represents that you need to set some boundaries or respect other people’s boundaries. It can also indicate a lack of frankness and obstructing or hindering growth. You may be keeping yourself in isolation. It can represent avarice, material gain, wealth, and parsimoniousness.  

Love & Relationships (Upright) 

In love Tarot card reading, the appearance of Upright Four of Pentacles is not a good sign. If you have a partner then it can represent that either you or your partner is acting in a dominating, possessive, controlling, or jealous way which could be negatively impacting your relationship. Do not hold something so tight that you crush the life out of it. It can also indicate that one of you is stuck to their past grudges or mistakes or some deep-rooted problems causing difficulties in your relationship. If your partner has done something wrong with you then you can forgive them, move on together or get out of that relationship.  

Holding onto grudges will only make the relationship toxic.  For single people, this card can indicate that you are holding yourself back to meet someone new. This can happen because you are scared of change, you do not proceed towards a new relationship with an open mindset or it can indicate that you still haven’t moved on from your past relationship and still have feelings for your ex. Whatever the reason is, you need to solve these issues so that you can focus on your new relationship.  

Money & Career Interpretation (Upright) 

In a career Tarot reading, the upright Four of Pentacles usually represents that you are stable in your career. Do not let the fear of losing your career rule you, you can maintain your career without isolating yourself.  It indicates that you fear sharing your ideas with co-workers because you think they might steal them and take credit for it or being possessive with your clients fearing someone will steal them. Although this is a valid concern do not overthink. This card can also indicate that you are in a job that does not satisfy you and you cannot resign from it because of the financial security you are getting from it. On the other side, it can indicate that someone else is holding things from like an employer holding your promotion or raising your pay. If you own a business then this card indicates that you are achieving success because of your hard work.  

In terms of money, this card indicates that you are holding onto your money. This can happen because you are saving money to buy something such as a house or a car or saving it for your retirement. It can also represent that you are parsimonious.  

Health Interpretation (Upright) 

In health Tarot card reading, upright Four of Pentacles represents that you might be holding onto past issues for so long that it has negatively impacted your health.  These issues are creating negative energy in your life. It might be great for you if you try some healing techniques to release those energies. If you have psychological or emotional baggage then taking the help of a friend or professional counselor can help you to let go of those issues.  

Spiritual Interpretation (Upright) 

In spiritual terms, upright Four of Pentacles can indicate that you are resisting yourself to move forward on a spiritual path. Fear, negativity, or regret might be the reasons holding you back and you might be concentrating on materialism. You need to take a pause and analyze the issues that are holding you and why. To get on the path of this realization, try meditation.  

General Interpretation and meaning of the Reversed Four of Pentacles 

The reversed Four of Pentacles indicates that you are ready to release possessions, people, past issues, or situations. You are letting go of toxic situations or people who are proving unhealthy for you, dismissing old issues, or releasing fears or regrets. You may be feeling unselfish and want to share your possessions or wealth with others. Be careful that you do not go to an extreme level in doing that and not let others take advantage of you. This card can indicate that you may have lost something precious because of gambling or theft. It can also indicate that you have got out of control or behaving recklessly. On the bright side, this Minor Arcana card can represent that you have stopped controlling situations or people and are ready to approach things with a changed perspective. It can indicate that you have learned to keep an open and relaxed attitude.  

Love & Relationships Interpretation (Reversed) 

In a love Tarot card reading, the appearance of reversed Four of Pentacles is considered a good sign. If you have a partner then it indicates that you are ready to let go of insecurities and resentment because you want your relationship to grow in a positive way. If you are in a toxic relationship then this card is a sign of this relationship ending. This will prove a positive decision in your life because it will help you to move forward. If you are single, this reversed card can indicate that you have decided to let go of your fears and go out in the world to meet new people. If you were trying hard to move on from your ex then this card indicates that you will be able to move on finally and feel free.  

Money & Career Interpretation (Reversed) 

In a career Tarot reading, reversed Four of Pentacles is a positive sign for you as it indicates that you will be open-handed with those who work with you. This can involve giving them your help or time, sharing creative ideas, or sharing credit for projects that were successful. However, the reversed Four of Pentacles indicates some negative aspects in your career so look for supporting cards to get confirmation. This card can indicate job loss, not holding onto business failures, and sometimes even bankruptcy. When this card appears in your tarot reading it represents that it is not a great time to shift careers or businesses because you can lose some precious opportunities because of your risky behavior. This card warns you to climb the ladder of success with determination and hard work instead of taking shortcuts because they can backfire. It can also represent stealing ideas, clients, or businesses so be cautious with whom you share your ideas, client lists, or secrets.  

In a financial Tarot card reading, this card indicates that you are not holding onto your money. This can also result in losing something precious due to theft or carelessness or facing financial losses because of neglecting behavior.  

Health Interpretation (Reversed) 

In a health Tarot card reading, reversed Four of Pentacles indicates that you are ready to let go of the negative energy you have been holding and move in a healthy and positive way. You may have been facing anxiety and shared your tensions with someone you have faith in and it lightened your load or you may have forgiven someone who did wrong to you in the past and let go of your grudges.  

Spiritual Interpretation (Reversed) 

In a spiritual Tarot card reading, this card reversed can indicate that you have decided to move forward on your spiritual journey and make positive progress as you have let go of fear, negativity, or regret you have been holding onto. Spiritually, this is a great time for you to be ready to approach things with an open heart and mind.   



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