The Bright Side of ‘The Devil’ Tarot Card

Getting “the devil” in your tarot spread isn’t necessarily a negative omen. The horned goat (half man/half animal) can cause unwelcome feelings to arise as we recall how he can represent materialism, addictions, greed, overwork, ego and being our shadow self. Temptation is usually present, and because of the heaviness and suffering addictive natures bring, the devil card is not always welcoming.  Being aware of obsessions is necessary though, there is no shame in admitting to this.  Most of us are addicted to something, whether it’s work, exercise, chocolate, the gym, MAFS, coffee, wine or tattoos.   They are a part of our true nature and by shifting shame through understanding ourselves we can accept or transition.

The devil can emerge in your reading to highlight a call of the wild or that you need to put yourself first for once, be more self-absorbed, give yourself some TLC and break free from the shackles of restriction. When there are other encouraging and upbeat cards present in the spread, I like to see “The Devil” as animal impulse and instinct, primal knowledge and ancestral memory. He can differentiate the tension between order and chaos, reconcile the cultured vs. natural state of our being. The devil can easily fall into the temptation of desire, fertility, enchantment, fascination, and magnetism and is healthy competition.

This can symbolise our animal behaviour blending with the civilised conscious. It can also be interpreted as the rise of primal instincts such as nesting, nurturing, herding, and protecting and attuning our animal qualities and senses, which can be of great value in agility, cunning and the intuition of threats or unnatural conditions. If you were asking about your sexuality it could represent your deepest, darkest fantasies and your wild side. This could be a double-edged sword; if something’s supressed it could be enriching, however, it could be unsafe and boundaries may need to be set.

The wisdom of the subconscious can make its influence felt through appetites and aversions when the devil is present. Nature has a cycle and rhythm to regulate our behaviours, keeping balance and order. Unless a negative interpretation is suggested by surrounding cards, the horned satyr of the tarot deck is a symbol of a healthy, life-enhancing, wild nature or on a more human sense – security, routine and financial stability.

The devil is the symbol for Capricorn and in astrological terms, we have just moved out of the Capricorn Age, an age of industry, construction, technology, media and finance into the Aquarian Age, where we start to look for truths and question traditional rules and narratives.

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