On a divinatory level, the Four of Coins warns against holding too tightly that which for the sake of everyone, it would be better to let go. On a Four of Coins day, the fear of losing that to which our self-worth has attached runs rampant and strong. As the result, there’s a very real danger that by clinging to the past, we block the future and with it, the vital energy necessary to survive.
For the Kabbalist, this relates to the 4th sephira, Chesed, the ruler of which – Jupiter (or Zeus) – we have met on this blog before. Recall the risk with Jupiter is excess – much too much of a good thing. So while on a Four of Cups day, the king of the gods surfeits on sensual pleasures (i.e. Jupiter’s notorious extramarital affairs), on a Four of Coins he overindulges in the material world where you might say like King Midas, he turns everything to gold.
But on a Four of Coins day it doesn’t stop there. No, indeed not. On a Four of Coins day we ‘re compelled to hoard our gold = i.e. everything with which we’ve formed a bond – be it people, places, or things. Because we view our ‘gold’ as an extension of ourselves (instead of carrying meaning in its own right), it’s no wonder we hang on to it like a life preserver in a stormy sea. The problem is however that in doing so we risk being so petty and miserly that we wind up pushing away those very things which we hold so dear.
While the primary vice associated with all the tarot fours is excess, the primary virtue is obedience. Thus the antidote to a Four of Coins day is to actively sacrifice some of our self (and our possessions) for the good of the commonweal.
In doing so we open ourselves up to the promise of the golden harvest, which is nascent in all the tarot fours. The trick is to ensure that which we really wish to harvest is what we do indeed sow – and this requires us to look well past the end of our own nose.