Today’s Community Tarot Card is the 4 of Pentacles. Financial gain and reward will come through hard work and effort, rather than luck. So don’t gamble today! Apply yourself to your work and budget your money wisely.
About the image: The 4 of Pentacles from the Animism Tarot deck. A baby skunk sits on green grass next to four strawberries. They hold one strawberry in their paws.
Each Tarot card offers us a Gift, Invitation, and Challenge. Before you read on, decide if you want to know which one the 4 of Pentacles has for you today. Please let us know in the comments what your choice was and how the answer applies to you.
The Gift of the 4 of Pentacles is reassurance that you have all you need. There is enough.
The Invitation of the 4 of Pentacles is to be a careful steward of your money and resources. You will receive more of what you have.
The Challenge of the 4 of Pentacles is to avoid squandering your money and resources, to know what is a “need” and what is a “want”. Spending and incurring debt can become addictive behaviours.
(Hint: the Gift is the grace that is already given us to overcome the Challenge, so if you chose the Challenge, also see the Gift.)
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Some readers call the 4 of Wands the “marriage card” and considered it to denote marriage and romantic commitment. It is a very positive omen in a love reading, pointing to a relationship with potential for a long term and deep commitment.
The image on this card shows four tall, slim tree branches standing on what looks like a stage or raised platform. There is a garland of flowers hung between two of the branches, tied on with ribbons. New growth shoots from the very tips of each branch. There is a castle in the background. In the corner of the image is the same bridge in the background of the 5 of Cups.
Two people holding up bunches of flowers are shown just beyond the edge of the stage and in front of the castle. They are centred between the two middle two wands. There is another group of figures further in the background.
Yellow is the main colour featured in this card. It is the colour of both the stage and the background. The castle is gray with red tipped turrets. The figures are wearing white gowns. One has a red overlay across the gown and the other a blue one.
Yes/No upright: Yes
Yes/No reversed: Yes
Amplified by: The Emperor
Amplifier for: The Emperor
Zodiac/Element: Venus in Aries
Dates: April 11 to April 20
Traditional name: Perfected Work
Traditional meaning: U: country life, haven of refuge, repose, concord, harmony, prosperity, peace, and the perfected work of these. R: The meaning remains unaltered; it is prosperity, increase, felicity, beauty, embellishment.
Some readers call the 4 of Wands the “marriage card” and considered it to denote marriage and romantic commitment. I would be looking for other cards around it, such as 2 of Cups and Ace of Cups, to confirm this. Regardless, it is a very positive omen in a love reading and points to a relationship with potential for a long term and deep commitment.
On its own, it represents friendship, community and celebration. It also points to a comfortable and stable home life and harmony between people and within communities.
Work/life balance is a more modern interpretation of this card. Work hard, but also take time out to rest and connect with the ones you love. The appearance of this card in a spread can indicate that you are engaged in a successful partnership, union or relationship.
TarotCraft Reversed meaning
Still positive when reversed, you might just need a reminder to prioritise loved ones and the homefront rather than work or other commitments at the present time.
TarotCraft Gift, Invitation, and Challenge
The Gift of this card is unconditional love and acceptance. Any activities or commitments undertaken with others will bring rewards.
The Invitation of this card is to step into friendship, acceptance and camaraderie. Join with others for a good outcome.
The Challenge of this card is to reach out to others for support when it’s the last thing you feel like doing. You don’t need to go through your struggles on your own.
Go to next lesson 202.05 The 5 of Wands
Go to previous lesson 202.03 The 3 of Wands
When the 4 of Pentacles is drawn, you are advised to pay attention to your financial affairs, to conserve your funds and budget wisely. Don’t indulge in discretionary spending at this time. Frugality and caution are essential right now.
The 4 of Swords brings the gentle energy of stillness, rest and meditation. This may be the opportunity to take some time out for self-care before returning to a problematic situation that may take some time to resolve.
When the 4 of Cups is drawn in a love reading as the emotional state of your desired suitor, it indictes they want space and they aren't committed to a relationship with you. So give them space from here to the Moon while you move on and find someone who is emotionally available to you.
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