The Devil


The devil card isn’t like the Death card that seems bad, but it’s good. The Devil card seems bad, and it has a bad meaning too. The devil in this card looks like the demon Baphomet who is half man half goat. He is crouching and has large bat wings. On his forehead is an inverted pentagram showing that he has dark energy that is hard to quench. There is also the opposite card i.e. the Devil Reversed which is also explained below for the benefit of our readers.

Below him are a naked man and woman chained to him. The two have horns showing that the more they spend time with the devil, the more they become like him.  The man has a tail that is on fire showing his addictions, while the woman’s tail supports a bowl with grapes or her addictions. The expression on their faces is that of misery and helplessness while their nakedness signifies vulnerability.

The chains on these two slaves’ heads are loose, and they could easily slip away. However, they seem addicted to the finer things of life the devil gives them. Thus, their bondage is out of free will.

The Devil in an Upright Position

In the upright position, the Devil card represents:

  • Downfall
  • Violence
  • Disaster
  • Failure
  • Ego
  • Illusion
  • Addiction
  • Enslavement

The card in this position portrays the fears that prevent us from achieving growth. It may also represent our addiction to earthly pleasures that bind us from going forward. This is a materialistic and ambitious card indicating that you crave for power and money and you are willing to act dishonestly to achieve them. The Devil card signifies that your obsession with earthly pleasures will lead to your end. Concerning career and work, the card could indicate that you are stuck in a job you hate. It may also mean that you are being bullied in the workplace which may be the reason why you despise your job.

When it comes to matters, love, this card in an upright position shows that you may have resentment feelings towards your partner, and your relationship isn’t growing. It may also indicate an addictive love.  If you are looking for love, the card may indicate that you may be engaging in destructive behaviors such as having multiple sexual partners since you are desperate for love.

Concerning money and finances, the card may indicate that you have been engaging in destructive money habits such as gambling and drugs. This card lets you know that money is about to get scarce, and you better spend what you have wisely. Health wise, this card shows that you are at a high risk of suffering from illnesses caused by despair, such as depression or addictions. Be careful and tame addiction habits that can affect your health.

The Devil Card in the Reversed Position

In the reversed position, the Devil card signifies:

  • Release
  • Divorce
  • Enlightenment
  • Freedom
  • Overcoming difficulties

The card, when reversed, signifies good things. It shows you are self-aware and ready to break from addictions and chains. It also indicates a time for change where you need to be strong and make the necessary adjustments to move forward.

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The Devil in the Time Based Position

  • Past – This card signifies that you were able to conquer addiction or materialism, and it’s now behind you. However, be careful not to fall into old bad habits again.
  • Present – In this position, the card is warning you that there are some bad habits that you are into, or these are things that you are obsessed with that are preventing you from growing. Look carefully at your life, and let go of these habits before it’s too late.
  • FutureThe Devil in the future position warns you that the path that you have taken will lead you into a bad place. It could also mean that something bad may tempt in the future, be careful not to fall for it.

The card represents: Being seduced by the material world and physical pleasures; lust for and an obsession with money and power.  It is always good for anyone to thus have a good understanding of this card so that they can make positive changes to their life.

Other Associations

  • Element – Earth
  • Yes or no answer – No
  • Astrology – Capricorn

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