Use this resource as a guide to interpreting the Four of Pentacles tarot card as drawn by Kim Krans in The Wild Unknown tarot deck.
Four pentacles act as the joints in a complex, interconnected system. To me, this looks like a system of pulleys. Each one lessens the load for the others by a key order of magnitude, making lifting heavy things possible. All the energy here is pointed inwards (the lines are all forming a subtle arrow toward the center of the card).
The color in this card is the bands that connect the pentacles to each other. But are they harnessing the pentacles, or restraining their movements?
Numerology + Suits
4s in numerology are a number of stability and structure. Tables have four legs to hold them up. A room typically has four walls. The fastest animals move on four legs. As such, a four in the tarot represents a point of stability. You have learned enough to sustain yourself for the journey ahead.
Pentacles correspond with the element of earth and represent the material world. This means anything related to career, work, monetary resources, the skills we use to gain those resources, and the tangible goods we can buy with those resources.
In this interconnected system, everything must work in perfect harmony for the system to function and abundance created. There is no room for imperfection, for disconnection, for a spontaneous change in pace. This is a very binary system. There is either harmony and thus productivity and wealth, or disharmony and thus disfunction and poverty. If all parties are not in agreement, the system doesn't work.
There is a strength to this level or orderliness. But there is also weakness, too. Because the system cannot function in an unpredictable environment. And you cannot control the world around you. Thus, your system is always weak and your abundance at risk. The people in it may recognize that they are simply tools and grow to resent your control.
Learn to make room for change and create a system that can adapt with it. You cannot control everything.
Reversed, the controlling overtones of this card become more prevalent. There is a fear that if you don't control things, if you don't make sure every little things goes exactly right, then whatever you're seeking to manifest won't happen. You've gotten lost in maintaining the system.
Alternatively, you may be rejecting the system altogether, wanting instead to be able to fly by the seat of your pants on the pursuit of your goals. But nothing regarding Pentacles can be taken far with out a plan. The key is to find the balance between creating a plan and continuing to move forward imperfectly.