The Four of Pentacles Tarot Card Meaning

The Four of Pentacles is one of the most important cards of the Minor Arcana.

Below you will learn everything about its meaning both in the upright and reversed position.

In addition to the general interpretation, the topics of love, health, career, finances and destiny are also explained in detail.

Four of Pentacles Tarot Card Meaning

The Four of Pentacles Keywords

Upright: Control, Rigid, Security, Materialism
Reversed: Greed, Open, Spontaneous, Self-protection

The Four of Pentacles Tarot Card Description

The Four of Pentacles Tarot card shows a man sitting with his wealth in front of a city. The man wears elegant clothes and a crown on his head, expressing his wealth and prosperity.

On his head he balances a Pentacle, symbolizing his obsession with material wealth, next to which there is hardly room for any other thought.

The man holds a Pentacle at the level of his heart, which he protects with all his might.

Under his feet are two more Pentacles on which he stands, showing that he has lost contact with his environment and is only able to allow contact with the outside world with the help of his wealth.

Overall, the man shows a very closed posture with which he tries to protect his accumulated wealth. But there is no one around who could dispute his wealth.

Friends or family with whom the man could share the money are also not present, although he is sitting directly in front of a large city.

Due to the constant control and focus of his wealth, the man is unable to move around and explore his environment but is rigidly bound to one place.

He feels deceptive security from his wealth, which certainly allows him to fulfill some of his desires, but on the other hand, condemns him to loneliness.

Upright Four of Pentacles Tarot Card Meaning

The Four of Pentacles admonishes you to critically examine your relationship to money and wealth. Money enables you to fulfill many material desires and is a guarantor for life satisfaction.

But wealth is always only a small part of your overall satisfaction and can not replace happiness that arises from relationships with other people.

Always take good care that the accumulation of material things is not your sole purpose in life because the more you own, the greater the fear of losing some of it.

Rather, concentrate on riches that are immaterial and cultivate relationships with other people and your hobbies accordingly.

Another aspect of the Four of Pentacles is that you try to control some areas of your life compulsively, which exposes you to constant inner tension.

Whether at work or in a relationship, you try to have the upper hand over every little detail and refuse outside interference.

However, it’s impossible to control everything all the time, because life’s coincidences can always throw our daily lives into turmoil.

By giving up some control and accepting that you can’t supervise everything all the time, you will be more relaxed. You won’t always have to be in a guarded position and thus can devote your energy to other positive or relaxing activities.

The Four of Pentacles Tarot card also reveals that you are very concerned about security. Your desire for safety makes you hardly able to move out of your comfort zone. You have a fixed daily routine and life plan, which gives you a lot of security and direction in your everyday life.

However, such a rigid life plan prevents that you move forward in life. Instead, you very spasmodically hold on to your inner attitudes.

As a result, you miss many spontaneous and promising opportunities in life that would help you on your life path in the long run.

Having a life plan gives you security, but be willing to leave your comfort zone now and then to try new paths and enrich your life.

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Upright Four of Pentacles Tarot Love Meaning


As a single, the Four of Pentacles reveals that you are too oriented towards material values instead of inner ones when choosing a partner.

High social status and a corresponding financial endowment are important factors for you when choosing a partner.

However, money alone does not make you happy, as we all know. Focus more on the inner values that decide how harmonious and fulfilling a partnership is in the long run.

Therefore, when choosing your partner, focus more on his true character. Inner values like loyalty, reliability, and empathy can not be bought with money.

Another aspect of the Four of Pentacles is that you use very limited strategies to find a partner. While some of your strategies have worked in the past, others prevent you from finding a fulfilling relationship.

Venture out of your comfort zone and try new small talk topics, dating locations, or new styling, and then see how these changes affect your dating positively or negatively.

Finding the right partner is a very dynamic process and the more seduction strategies you have in your repertoire the better you can react to unexpected situations.


In a partnership, the Four of Pentacles reveals that one partner tries to control everything in the relationship, creating a great tension in living together.

Such a compulsion to control often results from great fear of losing one’s partner. Instead of binding the partner more firmly to oneself, it causes exactly the opposite, namely that the partner moves away.

By allowing each other your private space in the partnership, you show the other partner that you have confidence in him and each of you can develop happily in his own way.

Furthermore, the Four of Pentacles symbolizes that you long for more security in your relationship.

Especially if you currently face many challenges regarding your jobs or further family planning, you will quickly get a feeling of insecurity regarding your joint future.

Discuss the challenges ahead of you regularly and think together about how best to tackle them. By making concrete plans and agreements, you will surely be able to manage your everyday life.

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Upright Four of Pentacles Health Meaning

For your health, the Four of Pentacles means, that you tend to control everything. A mania for control can lead you to be concerned only with counting calories or setting fixed times for your fitness program.

Your health is a dynamic process where not everything has to be perfect. Find a healthy balance between control and enjoyment of life.

Another aspect of the Four of Pentacles is that you have a great fear of disease. You feel safest in your own four walls. But your high need for security can lead to isolation.

Illnesses are part of our everyday life and can help our immune system to become more robust. Therefore, do not restrict yourself too much and go out to enjoy life.

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Upright Four of Pentacles Career Meaning

In a career context, the Four of Pentacles represents a strong focus on purely material aspects. While money can be an important motivator in choosing a career, it is usually short-lived.

Much more important for one’s own satisfaction are the working atmosphere and the appreciation of one’s own performance. Therefore, do not base your choice of job on purely financial aspects.

In a Tarot reading, the Four of Pentacles means that you are in a professional dead end. On the one hand, you long for new challenges in your job.

On the other hand, you don’t want to leave your comfort zone, because at least you know what to expect in your current job. Use your intuition in your decision-making and follow the direction it points you.

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Upright Four of Pentacles Finances/Money Meaning

In financial matters, the Four of Pentacles indicates that you want to have as much control over your money as possible. Therefore, you keep your money very tight and turn over every penny twice before you spend it.

While this approach gives you a high level of financial security, you also take away a lot of pleasure if you never indulge yourself. Set aside a small amount that you can use to treat yourself at the end of the month.

Furthermore, the Four of Pentacles reveals that you are very focused on material things. There is a danger that you neglect important areas of life such as friends and family. The latter are not for sale and have a much higher value in the long run than all the money in the world.

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Upright Four of Pentacles Destiny Meaning

For your destiny, the Four of Cups reveals that you are very attached to old values. In order not to give them up, you cling to them spasmodically.

If you learn to let go, you will be able to move forward again. You don’t have to leave all your values behind, but only the ones that increasingly turn out to be ballast.

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Upright Four of Pentacles Personality

The Four of Pentacles as a personality card stands for someone who always needs control in life. Without it, he lives in constant fear he might lose something important or be in danger.

Furthermore, it describes a character who is materialistically minded. He finds his happiness mainly in accumulating wealth and less in social relationships.

Upright Four of Pentacles Tarot Past/Future


Not long ago, you felt you had to control everything. However, the associated stress has also taken a toll on you.

In the past, you let yourself be blinded by material values and neglected relationships with other people.


You want more certainty in future decisions. But you can only control the aspects being in your sphere of influence.

Too rigid thinking patterns will hinder you in upcoming challenges. You will receive new impulses if you look beyond your own horizon.

Upright Four of Pentacles Tarot Card – Yes or No

The Four of Pentacles is more likely to indicate a yes answer. In this matter, you must remain open to possible thought-provoking impulses. However, your gut feeling spontaneously pushes you towards a yes, which is why you should trust it.

You will soon realize that this decision will be completely in your favor.

Reversed Four of Pentacles Tarot Card Meaning

Reversed Four of Pentacles Tarot Card Meaning

The Four of Pentacles Reversed symbolizes that you are getting lost in your greed for more and more material wealth, thus losing sight of the true inner prosperity in life. The desire for more money and material things paradoxically increases the more you possess.

In the beginning, you are satisfied with your monetary achievements. However, after a short time, you will find that instead of inner peace and bliss, the greed for more and more money will burn you out internally if you live only for the accumulation of riches.

Focus on the things in life that cannot be bought monetarily, like love, passion or inner balance, which will bring you more satisfaction and happiness than all the money in the world.

The Four of Pentacles Reversed represents that you are very open and spontaneous in your life path and ready to adapt your way to particular circumstances in life.

If you’re willing to adapt your life goals to opportunities as they arise, you will benefit in the long run in terms of your satisfaction and happiness.

However, spontaneity in this context does not mean that you chase after every first opportunity in the hope of becoming wealthy or happy quickly.

Rather, you weigh carefully whether it is worthwhile in your current situation to adapt certain goals in your life to the new circumstances and make appropriate preparations to tread your new path.

Another characteristic of the Four of Pentacles Reversed is a strong need for self-protection from external influences. Especially in times that are very chaotic and make your environment react almost panic, you keep calm and control your fears and thoughts.

Thus you can make a well-considered plan out of inner security, how you can best cope with a difficult challenge.

The calmness and sovereignty, which radiates from within you, in turn, has a positive effect on other people, who also come to rest a little.

By using your strength and energy to defend yourself against external and internal negative influences and by keeping your inner calm, nothing will throw you off track so quickly.

Reversed Four of Pentacles Tarot Love Meaning


The Four of Pentacles Reversed Tarot card encourages you to act spontaneously and naturally in your dating. In love, many unforeseen things happen that are difficult to predict and control accordingly.

If you face such imponderables with composure and creativity, they can positively influence your date. You can develop spontaneity by relinquishing control and letting things take their natural course.

The Four of Pentacles Reversed also encourages you to be open and honest from the start of a new romance. Tolerance and openness are shown by looking at and getting to know the other person without prejudice and paying attention to their words and actions rather than their social status or wallet.

Over time, you will notice which character traits you find very attractive and get a better sense of what type of person suits you.

Furthermore, open-minded people are better and faster at establishing new relationships and radiate a natural charm and great attraction, which allows them to quickly find a new partnership.


In a Love tarot reading, the Four of Pentacles Reversed reveals, that in your current relationship your partner is very greedy for recognition and material riches.

Such greediness will have a lasting negative impact on your life together, as your partner invests all his time and energy in satisfying his material desires.

In addition, he constantly wants to be appreciated for his achievements and expects this from his environment. You should react quickly and address your partner about his greed and how it strains your relationship. Otherwise, your partnership will fall victim to his desires.

The Four of Pentacles Reversed in a partnership encourages you to look more at your own wants and needs. You often try to please your partner and neglect your own needs so that he is satisfied.

In order not to burn out in the long run, you have to protect yourself by learning to say no more often and to give priority to your own desires over those of your partner.

Often your partner won’t even notice how much you’ve been withdrawing for him lately, and he’ll be happy to help you pursue your own inclinations.

Reversed Four of Pentacles Health Meaning

The Four of Pentacles Reversed encourages you to simply let go and trust in your self-healing powers in case of illness. Especially with mild symptoms, you don’t always have to reach for the medicine cabinet right away.

Let your immune system do its work. You can support the recovery process with natural remedies, such as herbal teas or meditation exercises.

Another feature of the Four of Pentacles Reversed is the active increase of your immune system. For example, a daily walk is good prophylaxis for many diseases.

It is crucial that you perform health-promoting routines regularly so that they have a positive effect on your immune system.

Reversed Four of Pentacles Career Meaning

The Four of Pentacles Reversed encourages you to express your spontaneity on the job. Enrich your work with new ideas that can simplify your business operations.

By setting new impulses, you will create a dynamic work atmosphere in which every employee is motivated to set creative impulses.

In addition, the Four of Pentacles Reversed represents being open to new professional directions. Often you realize only after a few years in the profession that other activities interest you much more.

Gather testimonials about different jobs and follow your intuition. If you choose your job more according to your interests and less according to monetary aspects, you will experience higher job satisfaction in the long run.

Reversed Four of Pentacles Finances/Money Meaning

The Four of Pentacles Reversed warns you not to accumulate more and more wealth out of pure greed. Hoarding money can become a real addiction to which you sacrifice a large part of your life.

Some people often can not get enough and will never be happy. Rather, consider your material wealth as the icing on the cake to happiness and focus on important values in life, such as love and freedom.

Another meaning of the Four of Pentacles Reversed is that you should open yourself to new investments.

A time-honored savings account is not the only way to increase your wealth. Use some of your money for alternative financial investments and try out for yourself what you feel most comfortable with.

Reversed Four of Pentacles Destiny Meaning

The Four of Pentacles Reversed encourages you to face life openly and freely. Do not unnecessarily persist in old ideas, but let yourself be inspired by impulses from outside to new ideas.

Your life holds many positive surprises for you, if you are willing to reach for them spontaneously.

Reversed Four of Pentacles Personality

The Four of Pentacles reversed can reveal a greedy trait. Such a person is never satisfied with what he has but constantly strives for even more. However, this does not allow him to fulfill his inner desires.

Furthermore, such a person has a high need to protect himself. He is primarily his own well-being important, which he constantly sees as endangered.

Reversed Four of Pentacles Tarot Past/Future


You have tried to protect yourself from external attacks in the past. However, being closed in is not always the best solution.

Try to look into your past with an open mind. Then you can find out that there are still some secrets hidden there.


If you are too greedy for opportunities in the future, the latter will dissolve quickly and you will be empty-handed.

Soon, you should follow your spontaneous inspirations. They will lead you to new insights.

Reversed Four of Pentacles Tarot Card – Yes or No

You want to be in control of your question. But you have the highest chance of security only with a no answer.

It allows you to have a clear overview of the consequences of your actions and therefore, not experience any unpleasant surprises.

The Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings