In Tarot numerology, the fours are about stability, grounding, and consolidation. In the money- and practical reality-focused energy of Pentacles, this card could be about structuring our finances, about strengthening our assets and making fiscally sound decisions.
But look closely at the man holding his Coins. If you work with the Chakras, you might notice that his crown (with a literal crown) is covered by a Pentacle, as is his heart — both places of enormous importance for our connection to the Divine. In addition, his connection to the Earth is insulated by the power of money.
This is another one of Pamela Colman Smith’s stage cards, for the king sits on his throne on an unreal seeming theater stage. All is gray, above and below. We even might wonder if the town is a real one, or merely a backdrop in the play.
At this time of year, we are reminded that Nature is not stingy with Her gifts. A riot of abundance is Spirit’s great gift and lesson for us – not just one kind of flower, but millions. For life on earth to continue, five thousand species of, say, sponge may not be absolutely necessary, or several hundred species of trees and shrubs in the genus Quercus (oak) alone. But Gaia gives all of those and so much more.
Why, then, do humans seem to believe that there is never enough? What do we really believe about wealth?
Imagine that, instead of the coin, the king is holding another gift from Earth’s bounty – oil. What does this card say to us about supply and demand; about wealth and who shares it; about who is in control of the city in the background?
This week, notice who holds the purse strings in our families, our community, our nation. Is it based on sharing, creating, loving? Or are the strings held tightly, with fear, the belief in lack, and hoarding? Who has the power?
How gray and dreary the world would be if the man in the Four of Pentacles was running things. Let’s all see to it that he does not. For there are many like him who do not mind turning our world to gray, as long as they can make their money.