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Four of Pentacles

Four of Pentacles

Today’s card is the Four of Pentacles, also known as Coins or Disks. It expresses the paradoxical aspect of material security, the two-edged sword of having been well supported and protected. It sounds completely idyllic until one investigates the real demands that prosperity places upon people: the pressure of big decisions, responsibilities toward dependents or employees, and even tougher decisions in times of insecurity. An immature person thrust into such a position would lack the perspective to sensibly assess risks and rewards, would be vulnerable to bad advice or surprise developments, and could even put the livelihoods of loyal assistants at risk. This card also can refer to the subtler dependencies that comfort encourages, allowing laxness and self-indulgence to quietly degrade one’s reserve of will. This card tells us we need to move slowly and deliberately if change is required, as the consequences will affect more than just her or himself.

What you have been given is abundant; still, it is not without limits. If you are prudent and responsible, the endowment will grow. However, if you are frivolous or foolish, your behavior could undermine both your ‘inheritance’ and the well being of others who are connected to it. Here we see the image of a person who is stuck in his or her misunderstanding of how the material plane works. He’s afraid to let go of his four measly coins, because he doesn’t know he has to give in order to get. When looked at this way, this is the card of “poverty consciousness”, living with the belief that you are destined to return to a place of lack and therefore guarding every scrap of abundance that comes your way at the expense of growth for yourself and others.

Study the responsibilities you have inherited rather than just looking at the advantages they represent. The Four of Coins signifies an emotionally immature person, naive and pampered, who has been left an estate. Think conscientiously about all those people whom your activities impact, including those whose work and effort went into building what you inherited and those whose welfare depends upon your right management, whether it be of a family legacy or a vibrant business under your supervision.

Today, may you better understand how to manage your affairs both at work and at home.