Unlike cash, using credit as a way of getting fulfillment in the moment leaves you with the sense that you have to ‘pay later.’ This is the idea of trading what seems like a good idea right now, at the cost of something else. The credit card is a classic symbol of how the past can burden how you can remain open to the future. You can be ‘saddled with debt’ or burdened by seeking instant gratification to hide a lack of real fulfillment.
Also associated with security, the subject matter surrounding the credit card can point to clues about self-esteem or feeling more secure in life. Often representing a complex symbol of subconscious processes, a credit card can symbolize feelings of guilt associated with the parents, which undermine self-esteem.