• The card of the Devil represents those hidden forces of negativity that constrain us and deceive us into thinking we are imprisoned by external forces. The Devil is an inner force within each of us, he is an embodiment of our fears, addictions, and other harmful impulses. The people chained at his feet are entranced with the paralysing fear of his illusory power and therefore stand still with hopelessness and a numb appearance. However, the chains hang loosely around their necks, an indication that freedom is within their grasp if they can only break free of the hypnotic attachment to the temptations offered by the Devil. The Devil is a master of deception and illusion. The chains he binds us with are not real, we have freely given him any power he has over us. When we encounter the Devil in a reading, we must ask ourselves where we are “stuck” in life. We often fall prey to despair and the thought that we are controlled by external forces but we forge our own chains of imprisonment and powerlessness. What are the addictions or attachments restraining you from experiencing the freedom of the Fool? Are you giving yourself over to the illusion of helplessness and despair? You have the power within to set yourself free from the bondage of the Devil. What can you do to free yourself from his deception?

  • There are two interpretations of any tarot card. When you flip the card it is either upright or upside down (reversed). Upright generally means you are willingly bonding yourself to a situation where destruction is inevitable. You are entering or engaged in something that will do you harm and eventually strip you of any merit or choice in the outcome. The devil card represents that you are strong and wise enough at this point to become either a great instrument of evil, or a great promoter of good. The reversed meaning ranges from illness to jealousy. It is a warning not to take the easy way out for it will surely harm you only to benefit another. I tend to pull the devil card for those who have a drug or addiction problem often as well.

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