I am working my through the Major Arcana and what they mean to me. Would like to know your thoughts on this card of the Devil.
“The Devil made me do it” This is a card that grabs your attention. From the traditional Rider/Waite Devil with it’s chained male and female figures, to Ciro”s seductive male figure wearing a mask. Even I am tempted to jump into the flames of desire. Temptations are in all of us, a devil is born.
This card is about temptation, obsession, and addictions, whether to drugs, alcohol, food, sex, manipulation of others, painful relationship, perfection, smoking…the list is endless. We experience these “bad” habits followed by feelings of guilt, an endless cycle. This is not a force that attacks from the outside, but one that devours us from within. This is the Devil.
This card warns us that we are not in control, sometimes as a result of our own actions, but mainly as a result of inaction on our part. If you allow someone to exploit you, they probably will…but no one has power over you unless you give them that power.
Ignorance, greed and materialism are tools of the Devil. You become a slave to your desires. Focus too much on possessions and you lose your spiritual side, losing energy and creativity. Temptation is powerful, we must learn and accept that it is a part of life; we must face it head on, never giving in. That is how you break free from your Devil.
Your Devil limits you from seeing possibilities, making you feel helpless and unworthy. Your Devils power rests in the illusion that nothing else exists. Your Devil cannot exist without you…there is no Devil except for the one that you create. It’s your Choice.
Direct. Addition, obsessions, not enough time/money, tied down, lack of change, destructive influences, unsatisfactory relationship, lust, ignorance, violence, perversion, Karmic bond.
Reversed: Breaking away, making changes, gaining freedom, enlightenment, divorce, handicaps overcome.