Daily Tarot Card

A tarot card of the day, every day of the year

the Daily Tarot Card
for September 24, 2022

How to interpret the Daily Tarot

This tarot card gives insight into the forces, people, events or spiritual states that will have significance today. The relevance of this particular tarot card may reference a general trend for the entire day, or a news event or something specific which occurs at some point within a 24 hour period.

NOTE: All tarot cards selected for Tarot of the Day are always in the upright position and do not use inverted positions. Need an inverted meaning? Check our complete tarot reference.

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The Meaning of the "Four of Pentacles"
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The Symbolism of the Four of Pentacles

On first glance, the man in the Four of Pentacles card looks a bit like a king. He is seated in a position similar to the King cards of each suit.

This is no king at all. His crown is not ornate. He does not sit on a throne.

But on closer inspection we see that this is no king at all. His crown is not ornate. He does not sit on a throne, but rather what looks like a chimney atop a building. His robes are far from regal.

In the background there is no manor. No estate or castle — but a crowded business district.

This is a man who is keenly aware of where he wants to be one day. His ambitions of wealth and power are clear. But he is frugal and conservative — steadfastly focused on his future, rather than spending his earnings today.

The positioning of the coins is intentional. He has wealth on his mind, and under his feet. His clutches one pentacle coin to his chest as if afraid that it will slip from his grasp.

This is not a man who throws his wealth around lavishly. He is controlling his desires and saving responsibly to attain his dreams later in life.

How to Interpret the Four of Pentacles

There are two common interpretations of the Four of Pentacles tarot card.

The first suggests a conservative approach to money: Dreams can be attained only if we exercise vigilant responsibility and control of our wealth. To spend frivolously today, is to let tomorrow's dreams slip from our grasp.

At the same time, we must be willing to acknowledge that a conservative approach to wealth will likely mean a restricted lifestyle, and a postponement of life's pleasures.

The Four of Pentacles may also serve as a reminder in some cases, that to clutch too tightly to money today may mean missing out on life.

The would-be King pictured on the Four of Pentacles is seated alone. Seemingly, far away from others. The suggestion here is that too much of a conservative approach may lead to missing out on much that life has to offer.

The Four of Pentacles asks us to consider how we manage our earnings.

Ultimately, the Four of Pentacles asks us to consider how we manage our earnings. Delayed gratification and conservative approaches to money have both positive and negative effects.

Wealth preservation is indeed a positive mindset. But being stingy is a step too far.

The Four of Pentacles card carries subtle warnings about the choices we make, and reminds us that wealth and lifestyle emerge from the balance we strike between spending and saving over the long term.

The Four of Pentacles Inverted

The reversed Four of Pentacles suggests that someone's relationship with money has gone wrong in some way.

Perhaps someone is spending beyond their means. Perhaps someone is misusing money to create a false image of themselves. Perhaps someone is being overly stingy and hoarding money while missing out on life's experiences.

When the inverted Four of Pentacles comes up in a tarot reading, it indicates that someone's relationship with money is unhealthy in some way and needs re-evaluation.

The card often serves as a gentle reminder that only love and selflessness bring lasting happiness.

The card often serves as a gentle reminder that only love and selflessness bring lasting happiness. The extremes of selfishness and spending beyond one's means only ever lead to unhappiness.

NOTE: The Tarot of the Day card is intended to be read in a general sense and is not meant to address any specific questions. You can think of this card as representing a universal or widely-shared event. A daily tarot card is not the same as a card pulled individually as part of a personal reading.

So what is a daily tarot card?

We sometimes get asked "what the point" of the Daily Tarot is. After all, with our ever popular ZodiacTarot tarotscopes which are far more specific to each individual's zodiac sign, what's the less-specific "daily tarot card" for anyway?

The short answer is: We all live in the same universe. Not 12 different universes. iFate has dozens of other oracles, divination systems, horoscopes and tools for expanding personal insight. All of these tools offer unique and specific guidance. The daily tarot card isn't one of them.

The point of the daily tarot card is to unify our experience around just one important facet of foresight. It's not an Aries, Libra or Capricorn "thing". It's a humans thing. From that perspective, the daily tarot should not be taken as 'personal' guidance per se -- but as a blunt tool for understanding (or predicting) something more general.

A daily tarot card might represent:

  • A more general trend.
  • A large event.
  • An important announcement.
  • The significance of some high profile person.

What to look for in a daily tarot card

We would never suggest a 'right way' or a 'wrong way' to interpret the daily tarot card, but we do pay attention to what the cards are telling us:

When minor arcana cards appear in the daily tarot, we look for the message in more mundane, ordinary things. When major arcana cards appear in the daily tarot, they tend to speak to large, "macro" forces at work in our lives or on the world stage.

Likewise, when court cards (Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings) appear in the daily tarot, we look for the significance of a corresponding person in our day.

Needless to say, the Tarot of the Day doesn't replace more direct, user-specific readings. But since we've been pulling daily tarot cards on iFate.com since late 2007, we've always felt they add a framework for every day -- a theme which more often than not becomes apparent as our day progresses. We hope you agree.

If you have any questions about our daily tarot cards or any other iFate feature, please don't hesitate to use the "contact us" link in the footer.


A daily tarot card for your horoscope sign

iFate also draws daily tarot cards for every horoscope sign. Select your sign from the list below to see which tarot card applies to you today.

Unlike the daily tarot card, which sets a more general theme for the day, these tarot cards meld astrology with tarot and seek a shared influence for each zodiac sun-sign.

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