The Card of the Day: The Four of Pentacles (Reversed)
The Four of Pentacles represents material security and stability, which is very different from being secure in yourself. Although this a wonderful card financially speaking, it warns against being consumed by the pursuit of security solely through the acquisition of external things. The Four of Pentacles reminds you to balance both your expectations of worldly success, with the needs of your authentic self.
Do you feel safe and secure? Are you erecting barriers between yourself and others because you fear sharing your authenticity? Do you feel that no matter how much you achieve or acquire; it still doesn't feel like it's enough?
The miserly man depicted on the card had a difficult early life. He knows well what it is like to go hungry. He was the eldest child, in a poor family. Dealing with extreme poverty in his childhood created a lot of emotional turmoil, accompanied by feelings of being less than. One way for the man to medicate this sense of inequity was to make a lot of money. He decided to be the best at everything he did. He thought if he gained enough money and status, he would finally prove to the world he was worthy. The man moved to a big city, buzzing with opportunity and flashy personalities. He did everything to gain their acceptance, and soon became the wealthiest man among them. And yet, no matter how much money he earned, or how much approval he gained, he still felt empty, and insecure.
Here we see the miserly man clutching his four pentacles. They are the symbols for status, money, power, and achievement. These are not bad attributes to have so long as they are held by one that is already secure in himself. As tightly as the miser holds these attributes, they never seem to bring him an authentic sense of security. Look at his face. There is still suffering happening there. Internally he remains a scared neglected boy. Now, in turn he's neglected the needs of his inner-self. His four Pentacles have become barriers. The one on his head makes him forget his connection to Spirit. The one clutched to his heart blocks him from receiving love and feeling his feelings. The two Pentacles under his feet cut him off from being grounded in nature. His nature.
The pursuit of position and wealth are not inherently bad things. By all means… be a great financial success! The problem lies in "deadening" your humanity, to conform to the world around you, in order to finally feel good enough. Your humanity can be described as the part of you that feels love and compassion, for yourself and others. The depth within you is in constant dialogue with your spirit. Many people in our culture use their work, or worldly position as a way to seek validation. And yet pharmaceutical companies are getting rich because these same people are depressed and miserable, seeking an authentic feeling in all that is artificial. Seeking security in someone or something outside of yourself will always lead to a sense of insecurity.
Listen to the needs of your true nature. True security can only be found within.
On a purely financial level, the Four of Pentacles can symbolize good financial prospects and material security, with a caution to be conservative concerning money at this time. Save it.
The Four of Pentacles (reversed) appears when you are courageously releasing avoidance behaviors that keep you from connecting with your true feelings. This could include excessive eating, drinking, working, shopping, obsessively checking your phone or binge-watching television. The Four of Pentacles reversed symbolizes the removal of barriers, that prevent you from connecting with your feelings and with others.
The Four of Pentacles reversed card can also represent giving and sharing. You may need to be more generous with your time, resources or abilities to assist someone looking to you for help. The man on the card is suffering because he is not open to sharing. The Four of Pentacles reversed advises you to be generous with sharing your best qualities with others. This card could also indicate that you need to share your true feelings, instead of bottling them up. The walls are coming down and it is time for reconnecting, not only with your inner self, but with loved ones as well. Being open-hearted and vulnerable will lead to healing. Have the courage to reject anything plastic or artificial and feel your real feelings.
The Four of Pentacles reversed represents transcending numbing distractions. Although it may feel like confronting your feelings will be uncomfortable this card shows that the prolonged avoidance of them is what leads to more suffering. Give yourself the gift of quiet. Light some candles and some incense. Give yourself a reading. Take a contemplative walk in nature. Start a dialogue with your heart. Ask how it has been feeling these days.
Being open and honest will lead to a tremendous breakthrough.
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