|She says we've got to hold on to what we've got . . .|
~ Livin' On A Prayer, Bon Jovi
Picking the elemental and numerological bits apart, the Earth element often suggests material gains and the physical. While the number 4 suggests a solid foundation. How can this be a bad thing? In the RWS deck, the image is of a man seemingly clinging to four coins. And he does indeed look a bit miserly and concerned. One's reaction to this image makes sense. However, I once did a random reading for myself regarding time spent in Nature during the winter. Using an RWS deck, the 4 of Pentacles turned up in the reading. First thought: Bundle up, Buttercup! Well. That makes sense, doesn't it?
The thing is the 4 of Earth is very practical. (Tiny note: Each time I've been typing the number 4, I've been accidentally hitting the Shift key resulting in typing $. Everything is connected!) Yes. Very practical. To a fault. My focus for creating this card was the mother duck and her young. She has a safe, earthly place for them to come back to called a nest. She built that nest. She brooded, barely eating or drinking until they hatched. And now, by golly, she's protecting them.
Haven't you done something like that in life? Would you want to fritter it away after having endured so much? I think not.
Don't feel you're being mean or miserly or cheap or penny pinching today. In fact, having a solid foundation of earthly goods affords more freedom. It's likely you're not concerning yourself with finding a roof over your head or where the next meal is going to come from. You are free of that worry where others are not. The nice thing about that is you might actually be able to help another in some way because you've got your shit together. There! Not so miserly after all.
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