4 OF DISKS: Power
[Pentacles or Coins, in traditional decks]
...condition of assured material gain, and earthly power completed but nothing beyond. (Waite).
Here we have a fortress made by the grounding of the 4th Sephiroth- Chesed (mercy) in Assiah, the Material world. Held by constant authority and vigilance, a type of Law and order holds the 4 Alchemical Elements in balance. Air (mind), Water (emotions), Fire (Spirit) and Earth, are all centered on material security. The Word Power, means the ability to do work. Therefore, material security may often mean "nothing ventured nothing gained" for it is not really a state of permanence that many believe and it needs constant work. Believing that security is permanent becomes a problem of stasis that will be removed by the Greater Spiritual Self (A Tower Moment) to keep things moving/evolving. However, for now things look under control and sitting back and enjoying material security seems justified. Here we also have gift, legacy and inheritance.
Astrologically we have Sun in Capricorn which assures the light and warmth of success but nothing beyond the moment.
The 4 of Disks, is representative of the Rational Mind in total control of creative energy for material wealth; boundaries against change are erected and the illusion of total security is enjoyed. Now this feeling of benevolent strength, is indeed wonderful but we must also invest in the motion of wealth towards prosperity; prosperity comes from sharing/spending wealth. Hence, being flexible with your wealth is recommended. Therefore, the 4 of Disks card reminds us that damming a river can secure water, but if we don't leave room for flow, it will putrefy. Therefore, we stifle the prosperity all around us for a false sense of security. This easily becomes avarice, where blockages of thought and action naturally follow from excessive devotion to materialistic rewards. However, if the drawbridge of an open mind is open for "outside" traffic , as shown on the Thoth Card, we can make something tangible and take concrete steps towards creating security in the physical world that actually enhances that security for others as well.
Therefore, when all is examined, this card represents a positive with a caution; a kind of “good for you", that can only keep being good if you expand it to "good for others" as well. Again, that is why the draw bridge is down and the gate open on this illustration of the 4-of Disks, we must allow flowing change in order to really stay Secure in our power.
By looking at the Qabalistic Tree of Life, one can see that Chesed- the 4th Sephiroth called Mercy, is the architect of the Supernal (upper 1-2-3-triangle on the Tree of Life) whose intelligence externalizes the combined potencies of the upper Trinity. Chesed is the administrator of manifestation and the laws there of.The 4 of Disks (Pentacles in Rider-Waite-Smith decks) is the most complete expression of the grounded Chesed forces. ie., the architecture of Chesed.
The 4 of Disks -Power, is also called the Lord of Earthly Power. The Angels of the Decan are Keveqiah and Mendial. The planet is the Sun and here it is in the house of Capricorn.
The illustration of the 4 of Disks suggests a fortress implying law and order maintained by undaunted vigilance.The Disks themselves, are square implying that revolving or motion, is opposite to this card. However, another form of Chesed is in the Key 13 card of the Major Arcana, and it is the Death of stability, so that revolution can continue, 1+3=4, so the number of Chesed lays hidden in Gematria (numerology). Chesed, the Engineer of manifestation, has the power to reorganize creation and keep it in motion, through a process we call Death. Transformation is death, to the past.
The 4 square disks each contain one of the symbols for the 4 elements and the walls are strong and seemingly immobile. Yet we have the Sun reborn in Capricorn so new powerful activity is present, and is best shown as the Dancing Skeleton of key 13. What hints at underlying power in the 4 of disks Tarot Card is the orange-yellow color of the card,
Like the eye of a hurricane, The 4 of Disks is the "Dead Center" of the Engineer of all manifestation. Here at the center, everything looks quite and stable, but violent activity is making it so and soon, that stability will "fly to the winds". Capricorn is the center "where the Sun turns Northward." So the turning is happening in what looks to be stable.
The Tarot of The Ages- Four of Coins, depicts the opulent Mother Earth, whose breast are swollen and is pregnant. Her hair is blown in four directions as the four winds of the North, South, East and West. The Strength of Mother's hair holds up the four golden coins. Here the implication is that fertility, wealth, strength and health is for everyone, but only claimed by those in their "power"and/or have the ability to do their work by grounding their dreams. Here energy is found in deep breathing, and/or Yoga Pranayama exercises, as the element of Air is Mind and Breath. (click on link below for information on Pranayama)
All of us dream, but not all have the ability to add measurement to their dream by adding mental focus. By adding measurement we become the architect of our life. Measurement is the ability to "ground" their dream and/or turn the dream into in-form-action. Here the Great Mother Gaia, sits upon the dark fertile earth.
Therefore, this card implies the same meanings as the Thoth Tarot card- 4 of Disks.
When the 4/Four of Disks/Coins is thrown during a reading:
- The querent is owning their own personal energy, physical potency and vitality. The very act of which proceeds change.
- There may be a feeling of holding on tightly to what one has, emotionally or physically.
- The enfoldment of Power, Here the Ability to Do Work (Power) is unfettered and the architect is active.
- The querent is taking solid steps towards creating material security in the physical world.
- Here, "nothing ventured nothing gain" is the axiom of the Four.
- Holding too tightly to what you have, and not taking risks of change.
- Blockage of creative thought due to avarice, or excessive devotion to material things.
- Love of material wealth.
If ill defined by surrounding cards:
- Setbacks in material wealth.
- Opposition to further gain.
- Suspense and delay.