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Four of Pentacles

A description and interpretation of the role of The Four of Pentacles in the Tarot

In a nutshell...


  • security
    financial success

  • greed


General overview

While it is relatively easy to find reliable information on the major arcana of the tarot, this is not always the case for non-court minor arcana. If you really want to complete your knowledge, today I'm going to reveal all the secrets of the Four of Pentacles, a card particularly appreciated by cartomancers.

A little reminder of the facts if you are a latecomer. In the world of the Tarot, the suit of Pentacles is always associated with materiality, finances and social success. The Fours testify to a form of balance and comfort, which translates as the beginning of a feeling of relative security for the seeker. The Four of Pentacles is the result of these two great influences.

When talking about the card's visual aspect, first it's important to note the four golden Pentacles, arranged in the shape of a rectangle. This geometric figure of course refers to the principle of balance that I mentioned above. In its center is a coat of arms. It represents a phoenix, the mythical being that rises up from the ashes to make a new start. The symbolism is obvious here: after a long period of trouble, the seeker now has new opportunities and can work towards their financial security. The fruits of their labors are beginning to manifest themselves, as suggested by the beautiful floral motifs spreading around the four Pentacles.

True wealth is discreet.


  • from an emotional viewpoint

    Like all the cards in the suit of Pentacles, the Four of Pentacles rarely acts directly on the seeker's romantic life. Since it goes hand in hand with the idea of social success and financial fulfillment, the arcana testifies to a situation conducive to the emergence of a lasting love story. The security inherent in the card will allow the seeker to be serene when they envisage their future and consider constructing shared projects with their partner.

  • from a career viewpoint

    When analyzed from the point of view of the seeker's professional life, the Four of Cups reflects a particularly interesting financial situation that the seeker can now enjoy. Their money worries are now well and truly behind them. It is therefore high time to enjoy this prosperity wisely and to look proudly at the progress they have made. The success they are currently experiencing isn't the result of mere chance, it is the fruit of their ability to plan and to work hard.

  • from a life path viewpoint

    In a life path reading, the Four of Cups invites you to question the relationship you have with money. Although financial stability is essential to the emergence of a sense of security, if you become obsessed with earning money you may well miss out on the other, equally important, sides of life. As always, it will be a question of trying to find a balance between professional life, financial health and your relationships.

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    Its influence

    • short-term

      In the short term, the Four of Pentacles is always associated with financial prosperity and material comfort. Your work is now bearing fruit and you intend to make the most of that. You have managed to create a secure financial future for yourself and your family. You can be proud of your success.

    • long-term

      In the long run, the Four of Pentacles makes you face a fundamental question. Now that you have a secure financial future, how can you use your wealth wisely? Today you no longer need to accumulate wealth to allay your fear of poverty. So you should develop other facets of your life and devote more time to those who have always surrounded you.

    Full interpretation

    Interpretation of The Four of Pentacles upright

    It's not always easy to clearly understand what the Four of Pentacles is trying to teach, and this card has a particularly ambiguous message. At first glance this card seems very beneficial, it being associated with ideas of financial success, professional stability and social fulfillment. The seeker's rational intelligence has allowed them to gradually accumulate great material wealth, thanks to their unfailing commitment and hard work. Anxious to protect themselves from need and wanting to protect their family, money soon became very important in their life. And today the seeker feels pride when they look back on what they've done. They are proud of the path they have traveled so far.

    But this financial success must never make them forget that money isn't everything. The seeker is very conservative when it comes to finances and sometimes tends to accumulate simply for the pleasure of accumulating, a habit that some people will definitely call greedy. Because they are obsessed, the seeker frequently abandons their friends and family to focus again and again on their work. They will need to learn to let go a little and develop the other spheres of their life. Love, sharing and empathy are also active elements of every person's happiness.

    Interpretation of The Four of Pentacles reversed

    While it is difficult to interpret what a card means in detail without taking all the other cards in the draw into account, the inverted Four of Pentacles often refers to two distinct cases.

    In the first situation, the card represents a person who is very tightfisted, totally absorbed in the quest for acquisition, investment and financial success. The seeker is haunted by a fear of poverty, which encourages extremely materialistic behavior.

    In the second case, the reversed Four of Pentacles translates the difficulty the seeker has in putting their finances on a firm footing. Refusing to shoulder their responsibilities, they then tend to spend more than they possess, in a short-termist approach that will, sooner or later, be harmful to them. So, it is essential that the seeker learns to think more about how they will deal with the future.