Self-Care with Four of Pentacles

Welcome to Self-Care with tarot! Each week we will go over one tarot card and explore how it can be used to inspire a self-care activity for the week. This week is the Four of Pentacles.


Introduction and Meaning of the Card

SC-p04-01If you haven’t already, you can explore the basic meaning of this card here, from my Exploring Tarot series, and you can explore the emotional meaning here, from my Emotional Tarot series.

With that said, in the context of self-care, I take this card to mean to pay attention to your need for control.


My Suggested Self-Care Activity for the Week

Based on the meaning of this card, the activity I would suggest to try doing each day until next Wednesday is to take the time in your journal to track and assess your behavior for manifestations of control.

Remember that emotions are calls to action and thus drive behavior. As we become more aware of this connection, we can then become better able to consciously choose our behavior in response to these calls.

Controlling behavior tends to be driven by emotions like fear, anxiety, uncertainty, and paranoia. Controlling behavior can manifest in a variety of ways. This can range from interpersonal conflict to an avoidance of change. It can include hording, eating disorders, over exercising, or any other excessive or obsessive behaviors. It all depends on what is triggering the emotion that is driving the behavior. For example, a root fear of lack or scarcity often dives hoarding.

Keep in mind that we all have some form of controlling behavior. It creates a sense of certainty and security in our lives. It’s human nature to need this to some degree. The question is whether it’s at a healthy and functional level or not. If it’s interfering with your happiness and well-being then it’s not and an alternative needs to be explored.


Do You have any Self-Care Activity Ideas to Suggest?

Based on the theme of this card, do you have any additional ideas for self-care activities to suggest? I would love to hear them in the comments below!


~ Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti (Illustrator and Author) © 2009
~ Credit for 3D model and assets used in this rendered image can be found here.

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