What does the four of pentacles tarot card mean?

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The four of pentacles is part of the Minor Arcana deck of tarot cards and is part of the Pentacles suit.

Keywords: Stability, security, control


The Four of Pentacles is a card of two faces; the positive side is one of achievement and satisfaction, and the negative implications are that of greed and focusing too much on the material things in life. On the positive side, this card is a sign that you are in a healthy and stable financial situation right now, with excellent control over your incomings and outgoings. However, this control has the potential to develop into an obsession and lead to greed and possessiveness over your wealth and the material things in your life. Be careful not to prioritise money and material possessions over other, more important things.

Reverse Keywords: Greed, materialism, selfishness

Reverse Meaning

Upright, the Four of Pentacles encourages self-control and conservativeness when it comes to money, but warns of the fine line between control and greed. Reversed, this card suggests that you have crossed that line and your control over your finances has turned to obsession and greed. It may be because you know what it is like to struggle with money, and you are determined not to fall back into hard times. However, this stinginess is resembling greed and is off putting to others. Another meaning of this reverse card is that you are spending too much time focusing on work and are neglecting other areas of your life, such as family and friends. You are putting your career and earning money ahead of those you love, and this is causing hurt and damaging your relationships. You need to find a better work-life balance.

Other Minor Arcana Cards (in the Pentacles suit)