The 4 of Pentacles (Sun in Capricorn) is often considered a card of miserliness. However looking at the Thoth take on this card (Title: Power), we get an entirely different picture. Bear in mind that all 78 keys carry the full spectrum of meanings between positive and negative or light and dark.
The 4 of Pentacles showing up in a reading can indicate that we need to work on boundaries and generate more stability through our daily habits. Or it can indicate that we are clinging too tightly to things we perceive to give us security. It’s not only toddlers who use security blankets. What can you release today that has been an object of safety and comfort? For some of us, food fills that function.
You can’t build a great building on a weak foundation. You must have a solid foundation if you’re going to have a strong superstructure.
― Gordon B. Hinckley
On the plus side, this card provides a firm base and sound boundaries. On the minus side, it can sometimes make us rigid and cling too tightly to what we have. This is due to the combination of Earth (Capricorn) and the number four, a number representing stability.
In essence, the 4 of Pentacles teaches us a positive lesson about the need for a strong foundation. Capricorn is associated with the skeleton in the body and vitamin D – sunlight – is what strengthens the bones.
The trick is to learn to trust our own foundations enough to not fear opening up to change and giving of ourselves. Once those bones are strong enough, use them to give your neighbour a hand!
You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.
― John Bunyan
Affirmation: “I AM rock solid.”
4 of Pentacles Prayer
Dear Mother-Father God, thank you for a solid foundation and sound boundaries. Help me stay open to change and the needs of the world around me, firm in the knowledge that I have the power to flow with whatever life throws at me. Amen and so it is!
Correspondences for the 4 of Pentacles
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Archangel: Uriel, ruler of the Element of Earth
Gemstones: Black tourmaline, imperial topaz and sunstone
Essential oils: Cardamom, juniper and vetivert
The 4 of Pentacles in Love and Relationships
In a love and relationship reading, this card could symbolise a relationship that is primarily focused on financial stability. One or both parties could have sacrificed their heart’s desire in order to achieve a sense of security.
Alternatively, it can show that you are not working together financially but that one or both of you are wasting resources rather than looking to the future for the common good.
There could be a struggle for power and control in a relationship that falls under the dominion of this card. You are examining who stands to gain the most from every decision and this is creating a sense of oppression in the relationship. One or both of you could be withholding or stonewalling the other.
You need to learn to be more generous and forgiving with each other. If you can’t get a sense of a win-win relationship, then it may be time to move on. The presence of Death or the 10 of Swords with the 4 of Pentacles is a sign that the relationship is over due to withholding and power dynamics.
Single and looking
To a single person, this card could indicate a need to strengthen personal boundaries and learn to say no, especially when reversed. Upright, it could simply mean a need to loosen up and let someone in. Needing to be in control at all times is a surefire way of staying single.
On an intimate level, this card could indicate a need to learn to let go of control and surrender to the beloved. There is a deep-rooted need to feel safe first and this need should be honoured. Then gradually introduce fun ways of learning to relinquish control.