The Two of Wands is a card of decisions, dilemmas, and action. It represents a balancing act, triggered by a choice and/or by taking action. The Four of Pentacles is the card of possessions, but also of possessiveness. When it comes up in a reading, we may feel a strong desire to hold on to what we have, be it money, objects, people or situations. The combination of the Two of Wands and the Four of Pentacles is a decision to maintain the status quo.
To understand the elemental relationships between the cards, we should always take into account their actual meanings, especially when the interaction of the elements seems to have neutral effects. What we have here is a combination of Fire (Two of Wands) and Earth (Four of Pentacles) and in this case, Fire tries to energize Earth, to get it to move somehow. However, the Earth card (Four of Pentacles) with its gravity, is blocking the attempt of the Fire card to kick-start a process of change. For that reason, when this combination appears, in most cases, change is blocked.