4 of Pentacle – 4 de Deniers | Tarot de Marseille
I. The upright meaning of 4 De Deniers
In this card, we can see the phoenix that the two angels are preparing to sacrifice in the burning Two of Cups – 2 De Coupe Tarot. At the center of the highest material stability, there is the relentless rebirth of this mythical bird, being burned down then regenerated from its ashes. This card is reminiscent of family, health, land that is economically secured by not letting any wealth stalled. The Four of Pentacles symbolize the life of the body, but in order to maintain life, it is necessary to accept the continuous death of certain cells and the consumption of energy in the form of food.
4 De Deniers generates both positive and negative perceptions. On the one hand, this card means that you have achieved a major part of your goals and have accumulated great material wealth in the process. On the other hand, there may be a risk that you end up only valuing material wealth, becoming possessive and greedy by ensuring that no one else deprives you of it. This card indicates that you are in a position where you are financially stable and secure with solid investments. You are very conservative about money and highly appreciate financial matters.
You are very protective of what you have accumulated over time and, slowly and steadily, you increase your financial fund by saving money with safe investments. You are financially and emotionally self-sufficient because you often associate money with emotional security. Although this card corresponds to a practical person, it often indicates possessiveness, greed and an overly cautious approach to life. You may be afraid of taking risks, both financially and emotionally, for fear of losing everything you have acquired so far. As a result, you may be unhappy and unsatisfied but do not know the reason why.
From the deep bottom, you begin to realize that you suffer from a conservative and excessively safe approach to life. Thus, 4 De Deniers signals one of the dangers of prosperity: the temptation to value money goes beyond its true value. If wealth and financial success lead to greed or narrow-mindedness, you are trapped in a state of mind where nothing is considered to be more valuable than money. This attitude is an expression of extreme attachment to material things and is unhealthy in the long run.
Unfortunately, possessions have become your life and you now evaluate your personal value based on the price of your car, the number of rooms in your house, etc. It also means that you must continually work hard to generate a significant income in order to maintain your standard of living and to satisfy your permanent obsession with material possession.
Sometimes, this card can indicate an inflexible attitude that resists change. You have already created a way of life that works for you, so why change? Change seems to be a threat to your certainty, security, and comfort and may put you at risk of losing seemingly important things. Therefore, any offer to work differently will resist resistance because of its impact on your personal sense of security. As a result, you tend to focus on tradition and proven ways of doing things, instead of taking risks at this stage.
4 De Deniers can also indicate a need to control your environment. You want to be in charge of ensuring that your world is not altered or changed, and therefore you demand compliance and you insist that things be done in your own way. You want to create order in the midst of chaos, to bring back a state of calm and stability in your life. However, the downside is that you can not always do things your way and this can be too much for some, and so isolate you from your friends or family.
II. The reversed meaning of 4 De Deniers
The negative aspects of this card direct us to all the stagnant states of the body: prison, physical problems associated with immobility, excess, overweight, a job that promotes the ability, stagnant economic situation, a family that is confined to themselves.
In reverse, 4 De Deniers in reverse turned into greed and avarice. You are haunted by a fear of poverty that forces you to be materialistic. You are extremely guarded and protective materially and emotionally, afraid to open up and trust others. You are very reluctant to spend money, and you keep a very close eye on your savings. On the other hand, you may be spending too much money, and you need to better control your financial resources.
On the sentimental level, this reversed card means that you have spent your recent time concentrating on developing your career and acquiring materials rather than your relationships. This approach to life has been very successful financially, but it is very limited when it comes to authentically connect with others. You have trapped behind a solid wall of professional and financial responsibilities. You will have to free yourself and get away with it to a certain extent if you want to focus on more personal matters.
It is important to understand that the success of your career is beneficial but only up to a point. You may need to review your life and decide what you can give up, especially in terms of effort and time spent on work and other similar activities in order to have more energy to develop personal relationships. The reversed 4 De Deniers asks you to relax on the need for security and stability and get out of your comfort zone. Although it shakes a bit early, this is an important step for your personal development.