The Devil

bondage ~ temptation~ slave to the wage

Lo Scarabeo

Tarot Card Meanings for the Devil Card

Keywordsfor the Devil
Bondage, temptation, enslavement, addictions to sex/drugs/drink/money, fear & doubt, materialism, lies, violence, unhealthy relationships, sexual deviancy/gratification, obsessions, hard work/over worked, tied to the job, feeling trapped & without options.
The Devil Reversed
Breaking free from unhealthy relationships & addictions, divorce, a relationship that becomes less sexual, not submitting to temptation, freedom from restraints, starting a new life.
The Devil as People
A very unreasonable & demanding boss/supervisor, prison guards, interrogators, traffickers, smugglers, hijackers, house thieves, tyrants, employer of illegal immigrants.

Death Card Correspondences

Key 15
Element Earth
Hebrew Letter ע – Ayin
Astrology Capricorn
Dec 21 – Jan 20
Related to The Lovers* 15/1+5=6
Count 12 – zodiac trump
Yes/No No

* See this interesting guest article by Barbara Moore that compares the Lovers and the Devil in greater detail.


The Devil as a Daily Tarot Oracle Card

Oracle Message: Your choices are a test of your character.


The daily grind wears us down and can often feel like all work and no play. Or, all play and no work. The Devil works in extremes, there is no balance. You are tied to your desires and what you believe you want. With the Devil card, there is no difference between a workaholic and a gambler, or a compulsive liar and a religious zealot – no room is allowed for anthing else.

So how does this relate to your day? In essence you will be tied to things you cannot stop or have no control over. Events will work against you and there will be no let up. Every ounce of your energy will be required just to get through the day and it promises to be demanding.

For some of you, you will be forced out of your comfort zone, for others your patience will be tested no end. There is a tendency to lose your temper, get lost in temptation or mundanely, waste the day playing solitaire or binge watching a boxset when you know you are needed elsewhere.

Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law


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