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4 of Pentacles Reversed

The 4 of Pentacles
The 4 of Pentacles

Today’s card of the day is the 4 of Pentacles reversed. 

Here, the conservatism of the 4 of Pentacles has turned to greed and stinginess. The person in the card is haunted by a fear of poverty which impels him to be grasping and materialistic. He is extremely defensive and self-protective materially and emotionally fearful of opening up and trusting other people. This card relates to poverty consciousness, no matter how much money that person has. There is a lack of ability to delegate work and the bureaucracy is destroying the individual incentive and effort. Greed is indicated when this card is reversed. This person has a fear of losing what is familiar to them as well as what they established so as a result they are in opposition to any change now.

Where is this happening in the news today?

As I searched the news today, hurricanes are topping all the news sites. Unfortunately as disasters strike one of two things can happen when it comes to typical behaviour of humans: extreme kindness or extreme greed. Disasters bring out the best and the worst in us, and unfortunately this story is a story of pure greed and suits the meaning of the 4 of Pentacles reversed perfectly.

The headline reads:

This is pure greed’: Best Buy slammed for charging $43 for water during Hurricane Harvey

The article goes onto say that the usual price for this water per 24 pack is between US$15-$25.

Quoting the article “Best Buy doesn’t need to sell water at $43 a case. They don’t need the money. I understand the law of supply and demand and the cost and availability of goods being shipped to an area once a disaster hits. This was before there was a shortage. This is pure greed.”

Another business was caught out selling water for $US99 per case, hotels were reportedly charging double the normal nightly rate, and a petrol station was slammed for charging more than $US60 for two cases of beer, The Washington Postreported.

Read the whole story here.

Thankfully Best Buy did offer an apology to consumers, so the story at least has somewhat of a happy ending (kind of) where they claimed it was simply a mistake (I doubt it), and they lowered their prices again. But I get the feeling they were only doing this to keep up appearances after they found themselves criticised in the news.

This story relates to the 4 of Pentacles reversed in the way that the company is displaying a deep culture of greed and how their huge profits are just not enough for them and they want more. It is miserly and showing a real disregard for the welfare of others.

Self reflection for the day:

Can you think of any example like this in your own life or someone else’s life where they have encounter this kind of greed? Feel free to comment below and let me know!

 

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6 thoughts on “4 of Pentacles Reversed”

  1. Hi Liz, very cool article.

    I’ve always been intrigued by Tarot, but have never gotten around to exploring it properly. I thought it was particularly interesting how you connected the 4 of Pentacles Reversed to the recent headlines in the news (hurricanes, people overcharging for water, etc.).

    I also checked out a few of your videos. Very soothing. Just listening to your dulcet tones made me feel extremely relaxed and at ease 😉 It was almost hypnotic!

    1. Hey Al, thanks for visiting and having a look around! Glad you liked the article and enjoyed some of my videos. I like to connect typical human behaviour to the archetypes in the Tarot as I feel the Tarot can illuminate what is going on in our consciousness. There are a lot of people who want to learn how to read Tarot cards so I figured a unique way to learn is to make direct connections to world events as we seem to remember stories more than abstract meanings and symbols. 🙂

  2. I really enjoyed the ethical concerns, especially when tragedy strikes and unethical and immoral business people try to benefit instead of being compassionate (such as your information pertaining to Best Buy and Hurricane Harvey).

    Many people think that tarot card reading and other such activities are total BS scams. However, with your ethical concerns added in your website, you have indirectly proven otherwise…

    1. Hi Domerdog, thanks for your comments. Yes a lot of people do think that Tarot is BS and a scam, but unfortunately people don’t actually understand what Tarot is majority of the time. And, also unfortunately it is often portrayed negatively in movies and other media because once again, there has been a deep suppression of other kinds of knowledge over the centuries and the Church has a lot to do with that! When you look more deeply as to what Tarot is, it can be compared to myths in that we can gain wisdom and self knowledge from reflecting on the  morals of mythological stories and learn from the archetypes presented in them. It highlights patterns in society and how we can navigate around those patterns to get the most out of our life and have a positive impact on other people’s lives.

  3. Having had an interest in Tarot and Angel Cards for many years now although it was mainly for my own use. Over the years I have had quite a number of readings, some good and some I’m not so sure.
    Your website was of great interest and I have spent some time enjoying myself listening and reading your content.
    I believe there is a lot in knowing what to ask the tarot as it must be specific to receive better answers or insight.
    Also, email readings is a great way to proceed and I am considering availing myself of your services.
    Very impressed with your website.
    Carol

    1. Hey Carol! Thanks for stopping by. I agree there is a lot to know in terms of knowing what to ask the Tarot. Most people just want to know something about their future or their love life, but I feel in some ways this is kind of missing the point of what Tarot really has to offer. I feel it is more about the story we tell ourselves and unearthing things we may not be consciously aware of so that we can make more empowered choices about our life. Glad you enjoyed the website! Planning to do a bit of an upgrade soon so stay tuned!

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