The suit of Pentacles is about your resources – your home, your body and your physical health, your money and how you manifest things in your life.
The four of pentacles is often called “the miser card”. I think this every time the 4 of pentacles comes up in a reading. It definitely calls to mind images of Scrooge in his counting house, not enjoying the resources he has acquired.
The four of pentacles depicts a man, alone, in a very sparsely, though richly (purple curtains, a hardwood floor, and a large window), furnished building. Through the windows you can see that there is some sort of celebration going on, but the man’s back is turned away from it. He is holding a pentacle in his arms, there is one under each foot, and one behind his head.
This card represents a place of stability with your resources, at the expense of having fun! It can be a predictor of a loss of stability, because when you hold on to something too tightly, you end up losing it. Kind of like saving for a “rainy day” – you manifest a rainy day that uses up all of your savings.
Sometimes the message of this card is to buckle down and start managing your resources a little more carefully. Maybe the querant has been having lots of fun, and not saving. The universe might be sending the message that it is time to be a little more cautious with what you are given.
Other times, this card seems to say, “lighten up!” All work and no play makes Jane a dull girl. Play a little more. A little. Don’t go on a wild spending spree and blow it all. It’s good to be practical!
Listen to your intuition. This card might also be telling you that you’ve been too focused on the material for too long. It may be time to take a break and see how much you’ve actually accomplished.
Depending on the reading, the four of pentacles might not be talking about your finances at all! Maybe it is your health that you’ve been guarding over-cautiously. It may be time to stretch your wings a little more – go out in the world. Or stop obsessing about your weight or physical fitness.
The man in the card is wearing a red shirt. Red is the color of the root chakra, which is very much about stability and security. For most people, that sense of stability and security is directly tied to our physical and financial health. If you’ve had health problems for a long time, or if you’ve had little money, and you finally have some built up (health or wealth), one of two things is going to happen – you’ll spend it or save it. Either way, this card cautions against going to extremes.
He has green eyes, for jealously. If that is what stands out to you, perhaps the feeling of never having enough, or needing to keep up with the Jones’ has importance. The pentacle behind his head is like a halo, because he feels like he is winning the game. (And he might be if he would allow the flow!) Or maybe he feels that being thrifty is more godly. He is wearing socks, because he isn’t planning on going out to join the celebration. In fact, he’s not going anywhere any time soon.
Only you know what the right balance is for you, and whether this card indicates a rest before the next phase of growth, or that it’s time to stretch and grow because things have become stagnant.
Mary and Katana