Four – Power

Four of Disks - Power

Four of Disks – Power

The meaning of power is the ability to act, to achieve something. Political strength, authority.

The Four of Disks shows consolidation of a new business or venture so that it has solid foundations and can be built upon.

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Rider-Waite: Four of Pentacles

Image of Four of Pentacles in the Rider-Waite tarot deck
Four of Pentacles

A crowned figure, having a pentacle over his crown, clasps another with hands and arms; two pentacles are under his feet. He holds to that which he has.

The surety of possessions, cleaving to that which one has, gift, legacy, inheritance.

Additional Meanings: For a bachelor, pleasant news from a lady.

Reversed Four of Pentacles

Suspense, delay, opposition.

Additional Meanings: Observation, hindrances.

Book of Thoth: Four of Disks – Power

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Four of Disks – Power

As to the Disks, the heaviness of the symbol rather outweighs any considerations of its weakness. The card is called Power. It is the power which dominates and stabilizes everything, but manages its affairs more by negotiation, by pacific methods, than by any assertion of itself. It is Law, the Constitution, with no aggressive element.

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Golden Dawn – Four of Pentacles

Lord of Earthly Power

Wisdom displayed in the matter at hand; fair judgement; correct assessment of a situation; mastery of a situation through calm, deliberate action; presents given as tokens of respect.

Mathers: Four of Pentacles

Pleasure, Gaiety, Enjoyment, Satisfaction.

Reversed Four of Pentacles

Obstacles, Hindrances.

Image of Etteilla Four of Coins
Etteilla Four of Coins

Etteilla: Four of Coins

Charity, Present, Gift, Generosity, Liberality, Child’s Holiday Gift, Favor, Offering, Donation, Bonus, Assistance. The Color White, Lunar Medicine, Pierrot.

Reversed Four of Coins

Enclosure, Circuit, Convolution, District, Circumference, Circle, Circulation. Intercept, Obstruction, Blocking, Cornering, Cloister, Monastery, Convent. Immutable, Fixed, Determined, Definitive, Extremity, Borders, Limits, Bounds, End, Barrier, Partition, Outdoor Wall, Hedge, Interior Wall. Obstacles, Hindrances, Difficulty, Suspense, Delay, Opposition.

Paul Foster Case – Four of Coins

On the cube is the symbol of Jupiter, for among the Divine Numbers 4 represents the Sphere of Jupiter.

Time period

Third decanate of Capricorn, under the rulership of Mercury, from January 11th to 19th.


Opportunities for public service; an acute, sharp, penetrating, tactful temperament; economy in the arrangement of material affairs; activity in money-matters.


Dangers to reputation; troubles through changes not carefully considered; desire for money, but unwisdom in its management; the Querent will meet with sharp criticism.



Thierens: 4 of Pentacles

A present, gratification, gift, inheritance, legacy; liberality, generosity, offerings, etc. “The surety of possessions, cleaving to that which one has.” (W.) Reversed it is said to represent: A circle, circuit, and in general that which limits, encircles, holds, walls, encloses.. So it may be a convent, monastery. Further obstacles, delay, suspense.
The Fire of the heart on the house of Scorpio, the Eighth, which is the house of secrets, of the money and possessions of other people, of death and sex, of inheritance and debt, loans and delay in all material matters, psychic activity, but much hampering in all physical activities — all this makes clear much of what tradition has handed down. Everything falling in this house is connected with some secret, which cannot be divulged to the outer world, and consequently in relation to this world these things cannot appear in their full light or significance, are more or less handicapped, meet with obstacles and are wrongly judged. It is related to monastic life indeed. On the other hand it is the psychic and sexual expression of the love born in the heart, and it means, on this account, certainly “cleaving to that which one has” in a very personal way. It is the card of desire, attachment, secret longing for possession, which, when not being satisfied, may lead to retreat and retirement. The fire of the heart is here suffering from dissatisfaction or impossibility of realisation. It is probably the least favourable card of the pentacles suit, at least in a material sense. It may hold much good for the future, however. Material benefit in this case will never go without some loss or sadness at the same time, as in the case of inheritance.
Desire, longing, etc., which will be probably satisfied in the future, delay, retreat, retirement, secret possession, legacy, inheritance, loan, mortgage, gift, the former not without some drawback, sadness or loss. Debt, probably going to be paid. Condition of being limited, enclosed, hampered or delayed. Some good which is not within the reach of the querent.
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Four of Pentacles or Disks - Power tarot meanings
The Four of Pentacles or Four of Disks shows consolidation of a new business or venture so that it can has solid foundations and can be built upon.

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