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Four of Pentacles - Tarot Card Meanings

Key Symbolism


acquisitions, possession, greed, being needy, being materialistic, selfishness, self-interest, stubbornness, not letting go, possessiveness, wanting to be in charge, resisting change, holding on to what is, fear of loss, obsession, being clingy.

four of pentacles

Description and Symbolism


A king is sitting on a stony seat. He is holding a pentacle tightly with both of his hands. On his crown is another pentacle and two more pentacles lay of the floor underneath the kings feet. There is a sense of greed coming up. In the background there is a large city with a lot of high buildings and some green spots. Probably it is his kingdom.


General Meaning

The number four symbolizes stability. In this card the possession of material things provides a sense of stability and security to the man. Four of Pentacles can be about the acquisition of something that is valuable to you and also about how this might change you, making you focus on these things or on material possessions only. This card can also come up when someone is holding onto something, being unable to let it go. They just might not be able to - like this king who lingers in this position to protect his coins from being taken from him.

Love Meaning


In a love reading it can symbolize a possessive and clingy partner that only wants to have someone for themselves. It can also represent unrequited love. Maybe the reason the person is holding on so strong is that their fear of losing someone is not without a cause. Four of Pentacles can also represent the inability to let go of a relationship. Maybe you know that it is time to let go, but you just can’t.

As Feelings

If you ask how someone feels for you, Four of Pentacles can indicate that the person in question is afraid of loosing you. They might act clingy and possessive. Another interpretation is that this person simply wants to keep you in their life. They don't want to let go of you. So even if they don't act like it all the time, they probably value you.

The Major Arcana        The Wands        The Cups        The Swords        The Pentacles     

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