Understanding Tarot The Devil

An intimidating and challenging card, but one of the most powerful and liberating is the Devil.  In the Tarot, he represents all matters of imprisonment: fear, addictions, bad habits, toxic relationships, inability to form strong boundaries, codependency, abuse, neglect, subconscious negative programming – you name it.

He also brings the opportunity to recognize, accept and grow through all these prisons of the mind and soul. In conquering these lessons, you will experience true spiritual liberation and freedom.  Embrace the shadow – your darkness, your shadow self, is actually your ally and will give you great opportunities to grow and overcome obstacles.

Avoiding darkness is a habit that impedes growth, accepting that darkness is a necessary reality allows your fears to give way and your light to shine through.

The Devil in a Tarot Spread

There can be several instances when this fellow may pop up in a spread.  He often comes up around people who are lying to you, cheating or otherwise mistreating you.  He also tends to come up when we are lying to ourselves, making excuses for bad behaviors or doing self-sabotaging things.

Questions for Personal Reflection

  • Am I pursuing a dangerous or wrong path?
  • Am I allowing others to mistreat or abuse me and making excuses for their negative behaviors?
  • Am I doing anything to self-sabotage?
  • Am I obsessing about something that isn’t serving my highest good?


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Learn and understand the Devil Tarot card.