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Four of Coins / Pentacles — Spiritual Message of the Day

March 14, 2011

Four of Coins / Pentacles -- Tarot of the MastersThis card can indicate the sadness of a life spent in pursuit of wealth, so its obvious spiritual implication is the warning against materialism. Although this statement is true, however, it is shallow and can benefit from a deeper examination.

We sometimes cast a critical eye on anyone who is affluent, considering that they must be bad in some way — perhaps greedy, superficial, or materialistic. In fact there is a common saying that “money is the root of all evil.” However, the original quote is “The love of money is the root of all evil.”[1] There’s an important distinction there, and with that in mind, what we see is not an admonition against wealth, but an admonition against the obsessive pursuit of wealth.

A life spent in poverty is not necessarily more virtuous or spiritual than a life spent in affluence. It is our relationship to money, not our possession or lack of it that is important. Do we find it incidental to living a fulfilling life or is it crucial? Do we use it or does it use us? Do we constantly want and need more money, or are we able to find happiness in what we already have? These are questions that this card suggests we consider today. And the following is an affirmation from my Tarot Affirmations book that might help.

I use the abundance in my life wisely and compassionately.

If you enjoy these words of spiritual advice from the cards, you will love my book, The Soul’s Journey: Finding Spiritual Messages in the Tarot


[1] 1 Timothy 6:10
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