The Devil Tarot Card Meaning

Learning About The Major Arcana

The Devil Upright Draw Keywords

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The Devil Upright Draw Meaning

We live in an incredible world, filled with pleasure and all manner of things that we can indulge ourselves with. This becomes a potential danger when it is too much or used as a total escape from reality and taking responsibility. The word ‘devil’ is ‘lived’ backward. We need to experience things to live; we need to be engaged in the material world to live. So when this often scary figure appears in your reading, first ask yourself; how is my relationship with the physical world?

The Devil can be a representation of the negative forces that reside within ourselves. This internal trickery often makes us think that the world itself is working against us, causing turmoil and creating anger. We use these false “forces” as a scapegoat to explain why we did something we knew full well was wrong. However, the Devil dwells in all of us, and in order to become a master of our most dark impulses, we have to work on integrating that darkness.

A sense of powerlessness, hopelessness, and pessimism are some of the emotions you feel when The Devil comes up in a reading. You despair that the world is against you. You form addictions to things that feed the lie rather than actively seek solutions that would aid your growth.

Yet, you can free yourself from the situation you’re in. It starts with understanding your addictions, whether they are to things like alcohol or drugs or to certain situations, like narcissistic and toxic partners. From there, work to change and heal. Once you understand that you need to invest in your wellbeing, you can reclaim yourself.

The Devil In Love and Relationships

If you have been in a long-term relationship and The Devil tarot pops up, it is time to think about whether you or your partner feels smothered by your current situation. Are there signals of feeling trapped coming from your significant other? Sadly, The Devil may also be a precursor to an unhappy end to the relationship. Try as you may, sometimes the bondage between two people is more of a noose than a true bond of love and understanding. This can also be a little wink from the universe to spice things up in a relationship that has been in a routine for too long.

When searching for new love, keep in mind that The Devil is also about lust. You may be reaching out to people for the wrong reasons—such as in desperation for attention. Consider this a sign that you need to get to know yourself better first. The Devil can mean a summer love or intense love affair that may not be long-term but certainly enjoyable, as long as it is consensual and ethical.

The Devil In Career And Finances

How trapped do you feel by your day job? Do you detest it but refuse to leave because of the security? The Devil card is trying to tell you something—that you need to make a change or else you will suffer the unhappy consequences. All it takes is looking for new leads and possibilities. If one arises that is much more satisfactory than where you’re now, jump on it.

Unfortunately, for finances, whether you have job security or not, things are about to become very tight in the future. Try not to hate the situation. Instead, deal with the money issues calmly. It is okay to reach out for help dealing with money issues, like discussing the issue with a financial advisor.

The Devil tarot card meaning is all about letting go of unwanted bondages and obligations. Do not give into lesser needs. Keep a positive mindset and find a firm base of support. Those around you should not drag you down but be as positive and radiant as you are.

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The Devil Reverse Draw Keywords

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The Devil Reverse Draw Meaning

Appearing reversed is both a good and bad sign. When you draw The Devil card in this position, it means you are becoming aware of the situation’s direness and are seeking a way to alter the course. However, you’re also ridden with anxieties about the complexity of the journey. These fears may have you frozen in time, unable to decide how to break free.

You may, in fact, succumb to temptations that you had resisted in the past. Avoid what may harm you physically and mentally. If you can see these temptations for what they are and work on integrating the shadow aspects of yourself, then the chains become a lot looser, and the illusions of the world become more apparent.

The Devil Reverse Draw Love and Relationships

Time to tend to the boundaries in your relationships. Are you letting yourself be walked all over? There is an imbalance in your relationship that you need to work on. It’s not sustainable long term. You need to reclaim your personal power.

The Devil Reverse Draw Career and Finances

A situation is coming up where something dodgy has happened or something triggers you. How you deal with it is important. You may need to do some shadow work and make decisions consciously rather than just reacting.

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Understanding the Rider Waite Imagery For The Devil

We often see The Devil as a beast, a satyr—half-man, half-goat, or other mythical creature sitting in a cavern of darkness. In the Rider Waite Smith deck, we see a man and a woman naked and chain to the podium where The Devil sits. Don’t let the chains fool you; they are not there against their will. The chains around their necks are loose. They choose to remain tied to the material world, possibly chasing something that is not good for them and refusing to face their inner motivations.

The Muse of Tarot For The Devil

Tarot Muses are the divine creative source personified. They are invoked to provide support and space for your readings and lend their special gifts in realm of Tarot magic.

Nyx - The Muse of Shadow Work Tarot Reading

One of the positive sides of this powerful card is that you’re being invited by Nyx to look at what is binding you – what you may attach yourself to by giving your power away to the point where you feel helpless and hopeless. This card is a call to shine a light on your shadow before it’s in the driver’s seat and doesn’t want to hand over the wheel.

About The Major Arcana

The Major Arcana consists of the 22 cards that embody universal aspects of the human experience through symbology and archetypes. They are representations of our collective consciousness, those consistent, directing patterns of influence that are an inherent part of human nature. Each Major Arcana card is given a number, a place in a specific well-thought-out order, and a title which links the card to its meaning and deeper lesson.